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:

  1. Research.
    • What groups have a similar mission or purpose?
    • Or what groups would have a mutual interest in an event?
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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: