by Morgan Christian
Raise your hand if you’ve missed the sense of energy that comes from being on campus these past couple months.
Raise your hand if you’ve missed making new friends or hanging out with old ones.
And what about all the events and activities put on by different clubs and groups — the opportunities to connect with people, learn something new? How can we have experiences like these in our new, socially distant reality?
The Office of Student Life has one solution that will help: a virtual platform for student organizations through eCampus. Four organizations have just launched online: the African American Student Association (AASA), the Anime/Social Gaming Club, the LGBTQ+ Student Club and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC).
The clubs are open to students across the district. Two student resource/learning communities are available to join as well: the Health and Wellness Community and the Career Development Student Community.
Once you’re in, you can take part in discussions, access various learning and support resources, and tune in to virtual events. The Career Development community, for example, has been posting lots of useful information, including hosting live career tips sessions on Instagram.
Here’s how you can access these organizations on eCampus:
- Log in with your student ID and password.
- At the top of the page, click on the red “Community” tab.
- Use the search box to find an organization and enroll in it.
- You will then be able to see the organization in the “My Organizations” section under the Community tab.
As DCCCD makes the transition to Dallas College, students will be able to join more student organizations and communities through this platform, regardless of the campus where they attend classes. And two more student communities will soon be available: a Mental Health and Counseling community and a general Office of Student Life page for virtual events.
Campus-specific clubs can also set up pages to connect students. Email DCCCD Student Life Council Chair Brian Borski at firstname.lastname@example.org to have your club’s request reviewed. You may also suggest virtual events for the Office of Student Life to host. So, get to it! We can’t wait to see the creative ways you all use this technology to connect with and support each other.