Otterbein University Student Government (OUSG) has recognized the impact of COVID-19 and is continuously working to improve the conditions for student organizations.
Student organizations were hit hard by the pandemic and many of them faced a host of challenges, like dealing with low numbers of student involvement and COVID-19 restrictions.
In response to this, the OUSG administration has made the issues that student organizations face one of their primary goals. A way OUSG has helped student organizations by restocking student organization spaces, so students can get the resources they need for their extracurricular activities.
"Social organizations, because of restrictions, were just kind of left to the wayside [during the pandemic],"Cayla Andrick, OUSG Vice President said.
With the pandemic continuing, COVID-19 restrictions are still in place. The ability for groups to meet has helped student organizations recover, and as a result, the OUSG is helping these organizations succeed.
Since the start of Otterbein's 2021-2022 academic year, students returned to in-person classes, as have many student organizations.
This doesn't mean that things have been easier for students.
"It's through the strong partnerships with the Center for Student Involvement (CSI) that we want to continue to support student organizations with recovery if that's what they're going through," Joseline Martinez-Cortez, OUSG President said.
OUSG and Center for Student Involvement (CSI) are organizations that help student organizations in their own way. The administrators of OUSG often work together with the CSI for the betterment of student organizations, in an effort to help with funding and other endeavors.
"The pandemic has given them a renewed effort to want to work more closely with the CSI in order to ensure Otterbein's many student organizations can succeed," Andrick said.