The Ohio Student Environmental Coalition Steering Committee is a networking body of committed individuals from interested Ohio high schools, colleges, and universities, with the purpose of collaborating and sharing ideas, working with one another within and outside the committee, and fostering a sense of community as we join forces to further sustainability and environmental justice. Steering will connect local communities of each Steering member to the larger OSEC community and sets the coalition’s priorities and action plans.
meet the Fall 2010 steering committee! (comming soon)
Who Is Eligible To Join?
Membership in the Steering Committee consists of staff, interns, alumni, and up to 3 students per school who make the necessary 2-5 hour/month time commitment.
What Do They Do?
If the movement was a wheel, Steering would be its spokes – the more spokes we’ve got, the smoother the ride! Steering sets the coalition’s priorities and action plans, focusing specifically on these 3 areas:
- Strategy — Examines the bigger picture to plan campaigns and determine the best practices of the organization for achieving its mission.
- Facilitation — Maintains the statewide network, empowers groups to work together at a larger level, and develops individual leadership.
- Support — Helps grow the movement by fostering collaboration and community, and helping to provide sufficient funding for this work to flourish.
The steering committee also includes the OSEC coordinator (a full time, paid position), a membership coordinator (a student) and a development coordinator (a student). Each campaign has a designated chair who is in charge of bottom-lining the campaign with support from the coalition coordinator, membership coordinator and development coordinator. For more information, scroll down to “How Is It Structured?”
When Do They Meet?
The steering committee meets in person twice annually (one time each during fall and spring semesters) and otherwise communicates via weekly or bi-weekly conference calls.
Who Are They? And Where Are They From?
update coming soon.
Why Should I Join?
- Skills — Gain experience and formal training opportunities including: leadership and organizational development, team building, event and conference planning, coalition and movement building, and group facilitation.
- Decision-Making — Make your voice and your opinion heard in a strong and growing statewide organization, and make a difference at a larger level.
- Networking — Make new friends from all over the state, while strengthening your resume through demonstrating effective leadership.
“Being a Steering member has changed my life. This past year, thanks to retreats and conference calls and Power Shift, my experience on Steering has been the first time I have ever felt like a leader, and it was the first time I’ve ever felt a sense of my own power.”
-Anna Culver, Ohio Wesleyan U, Steering Committee member 2008-2009
How is it Structured?
The Steering Committee consists of five groups: student delegates, staff, student coordinators/chairs, alumni, and campaign working groups.
- Student Delegates — Student delegates act as a conduit for information, opinions, and involvement between OSEC and local groups.
- Staff — Supporting staff from friendly organizations serve an advisory role in providing other Steering Committee members with background information, advice, and guidance, and staff can vote and be involved in the decision-making process
- Student Coordinators/Chairs — The membership coordinator, development coordinator and campaign chairs are students who have chosen to increase their involvement in Steering for a period of time. The membership coordinator bottom-lines outreach to other students and manages membership information. The development chair works with the coordinator to raise funds for OSEC through grassroots efforts and grant applications. Each OSEC campaign has a chair-person who serves to bottom-line the strategy, logistics, outreach and media for the campaign with support from the OSEC, membership and development coordinators.
- Alumni — Alumni will serve a similar role as student delegates, either as individuals who participate with interest or stake in environmental or environmental justice issues, or as delegates for other organizations. Alumni may take on an advisory role as well.
- Campaign Working Groups — The campaign working groups consist of the campaign chair, student delegates, staff, alumni, and other students from the OSEC network who are directly engaged with the strategy, logistics, outreach and media for a given campaign. Steering committee members are encouraged to participate in 1-2 campaign working groups.
Decision-Making: Decisions will be made by an 80% super-majority of Steering Committee mebers. Working group members who are not Steering members cannot vote in Steering decisions.