Today's Update: Wednesday, February 17

February 17, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, Sometimes the best solutions are born out of necessity.  

It’s worth considering that this might be the case with our Student Involvement Fair. I understand that it has always been a large and raucous affair, with booths and banners everywhere as students wander through the grounds looking for a group or cause that catches their attention. 

COVID, of course, forced us to rethink that model, and the Student Activities team turned it into a virtual event. To say it’s been successful is an understatement.  

The final engagement numbers from the Spring Involvement Fair held on January 21 are in, and they’re staggering.  

  • 343 active booths 

  • 3,441 total participants (1,959 officers and 1,482 attendees) 

  • 7,725 booth visits 

  • 3,174 “I’m Interested!” notices 

  • 1,045 chat messages 

  • 265 video conferences 

  • 563 video conference participants 

This marks the highest attendance we’ve ever had for the spring Student Involvement Fair. Not most ever for a virtual Involvement Fair, but the most engagement ever for a January Involvement Fair in any format.  

I’m not saying that the in-person Involvement Fairs are gone forever -- the energy of the fall event on the Oval is a highlight of the year for thousands of people, and I look forward to the day that I’m able to see it in person. But this recent level of participation at a virtual program may signal that we are on to something as we think about models for the future. 

It’s another reason I want you to join me in thinking about what Student Life will be like post COVID. What practices, initiatives and procedures should we keep? What worked? Why did it work? What are things we hope never to see again?  

You’ll find these questions and more at this link: I’ve mentioned this before, but I really want you to weigh in on these questions, and your responses are anonymous. 

Please don’t delay in answering. The survey link will close on Friday, and I want to be sure to hear from you.  

Here’s to a Scarlet and Great future.