When two or more groups work together to achieve a common goal by exchanging ideas and coordinating efforts, they are truly collaborating! Ideally, groups should work towards collaboration.
Four steps for collaboration:
- What groups have a similar mission or purpose?
- Or what groups would have a mutual interest in an event?
- Meet & communicate.
- Everyone must understand the value and their role in the collaboration process.
- Agree on types of involvement, funding, timelines, and expectations.
- Build trust; keep your promises and meet deadlines.
- Make connections.
- Have conversations about visions and current topics.
- Continue dialogue. Realizing what each group has in common is not always an easy process. A debate may occur and people may have settled on ideas prematurely.
- Reach consensus.
- Agree on a topic or event to collaborate upon.
Co-Sponsorship: Strictly Financial
There are a few funding sources on campus (also known as Discretionary Funding) where all you need to do is submit an application in order to request funds, they include:
- Speaker Fund
- Venture Fund
- Senate Fund
- Early Event Fund (summer)
- Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning Fund
- Intercultural Board Fund
- Educational Board Fund