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Direct lottery ‘winners’ regarding their new role as members of the student government

Direct lottery ‘winners’ regarding their new role as members of the student government

Newly selected student government members will need orientation and capacity building if their term of office is to be successful and educational.

This is especially true of a diverse, randomly-selected student government, which typically needs more initial help establishing group norms and routines than a pre-existing group of likeminded friends who campaigned together to win an election. Student government members will also need guidance in selecting different team roles and responsibilities, whether taking the more traditional approach of electing from amongst themselves a President, Vice President, Treasurer, etc., or the more innovative approach of rotating responsibilities in a horizontal team structure. This guidance can range in comprehensiveness from a couple of workshops at the start of the year, to weekly capacity building and advising throughout. The more support student governments are provided, the more they will achieve and the more students will gain from the experience, and lots of great techniques and ideas for serving as a student government advisor can be found on Democracy In Practice’s website.