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Student Services creates new involvement calculator

The engagement team in Student Services announced a new “Involvement Calculator” to help students find organizations on campus. 

Emma Murphy, Student Engagement Coordinator with the Office of Student Engagement, said the engagement team in Student Services created the Involvement Calculator to “expand upon the engagement opportunities we already had for students.”

According to Murphy, the interest was ultimately sparked when a member of the Office of Student Engagement mentioned creating a BuzzFeed-style quiz to help students find new opportunities on campus.

Murphy and other members of the Office of Student Engagement conducted research to observe new initiatives that other colleges and universities were doing to engage their students. The office obtained this information and has specially trained staff members to personally match students who took the quiz with organizations that would be suited for them.

Associate Dean of Student Engagement Colleen Dallavalle said that the online tool has multiple purposes, “whether students are looking to make friends, connect over shared interest, create or share a passion or hobby—this is a tool that anyone can use.”

Murphy said that when she was a freshman in college she found involvement events overwhelming.

“There are so many organizations on campus and sometimes it can be hard to know which club will be a good fit for you,” Murphy said.

Murphy said this sparked her interest and led to her role in the involvement calculator to help students find new opportunities to develop personally and professionally.

“Many students may not know how or where to get started, and this is a great tool to help students get connected,” Dallavalle said. “We wanted to ensure students had open access to all of our organizations and could get connected to those that match their interests. We also have the involvement form which can be found in our SHUMobile app, as well as the A-Z Organization listing.”

Angelia DelNegro, a sophomore psychology major, said she found the tool “very helpful.”

“I already took the quiz and got matched with a few organizations,” DelNegro said, “As a freshman I was kind of confused as to what to join and who I fit in with. There are just so many options. I think this is a great fun and quick idea and it will definitely help a lot of freshmen.”

Within a week of completing the quiz, students are matched with three to five student-run organizations based on the answers provided.

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