What is an Recognized Student Organization (RSO)?
We're glad you asked. A student organization is exactly what it says: An organization composed of and run by students. Aside from this, student organizations widely vary in their size, mission, and purpose. A group of people getting together to watch a movie is just as valid as a group that gets together to clean up Prexy's Pasture. The purpose of recognizing student organizations at the University of Wyoming is to provide an opportunity for students to exercise their right to freely associate for a common purpose. Recognition is the process in which the student organizations become‘official’ in the eyes of the university. Though you are recognized, you are technically not part of the university. Being recognized by the University, allows RSOs access to certain privileges and services at the university.
Being involved with an RSO at the University of Wyoming is a great way to get involved on campus. Why you ask?
Because...these reasons (and more!):
- Meet and make new friends.
- Pursue special interests or hobbies.
- Develop your leadership and communication skills.
- Express support for and contribute to a cause or purpose you strongly believe in.
- Gain opportunities for professional development.
- Interact with faculty, staff, students and the community.
- Participate in local, regional and national student and professional activities.
- Develop a closer alliance with the University.
Okay, so what are the benefits of being a Recognized Student Organization (RSO)?
We're glad you asked this too! RSOs get many great free services. For example:
- Free use of space in the Wyoming Union
- Free Branding Iron ads
- Use of the poster run and the digital signage in the Union
- Poster making supplies for example, butcher paper, extra large markers, letter cutouts and more!
- Ability to request funding from ASUW for programs, events and conference registration fees
- Advertising on the campus calendar
- Free leadership and club development consultation
- Many more services that we're adding!
That sounds super awesome, how do I find an organization that is a right fit for me?
Well, shucks - we're glad you asked. There are a few ways:
- Check out how to join an org here.
- If you can't find an organization for you, you can consider starting your own club or organization (psst...we've got the benefits of having your own club below). There are a few stipulations that you must follow, but we try to make it as painless as possible.
- If starting a new group or joining an existing one isn't your thing - that's OKAY. But before you go - we have a few other recommendations for you get involved at UW:
- Go Greek! - Joining a fraternity or sorority is a GREAT way to make connections and make new friends.
- Join Your Student Government! - Also known as ASUW; every fee-paying student is already a member so why not get involved with something you are already paying for? Have your voice heard!
- Serve the Community! - Our sister office, SLCE (Service, Leadership, and Community Engagement), organizes plenty of opportunities for you to serve the community while you're getting your education - everything from the annual Big Event to the Alternative Breaks program.
- Get Active! - Our neighbors over in Half Acre have great (new) facilities and programs such as intramural sports or their outdoor program.