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How It Works:

The ECOllective Student Project Committee is a body of five or more students designated as "Case Managers" who work closely with applicants during the submission process and collectively decide which projects will receive funding. These students come from a range academic backgrounds including business, political science, the physical sciences, anthropology, etc. The inclusion of a range of majors allows the committee to apply diverse perspectives and expertice in assisting applicants during the the formulation of their proposal and in the final project assessments. All committee members report to the Executive Chair who is a current intern with the Office of Sustainability and the coordinating official for the Committee. If you're interested in one of these positions, read on below!

Time Commitment and Responsibilities:

ESPC meets as a group once a month during the semester, other meetings may take place with individual projects but most other correspondence is conducted through email. Depending on the number of applicants a committee member's time commitment may vary week to week. Usually, meetings with applicants take no longer than 30 minutes, however, the review of a final proposal with the full committee may take as long as an hour. Previous members of the committee have typically spent an hour a week with their applicants.

The Process:

Case Managers will be notified by the Chair via e-mail once a proposal is submitted. Committee members can volunteer to work with a full project proposal, but if no one offers, the Chair will select a case manager to work with the applicant. Committee members will also review and discuss expedited projects/events and sustainable food funding and correspond via email and in person regarding the proposal revisions and/or funding decision. Fortunately, these take far less time than full-scale projects. To insure sanity for both applicants and committee members, no applications will be processed in the period three weeks prior to final exams. The Executive Chair will always be available for questions and guidance, especially for new committee members. 

Responsibilities of Case Managers include:

  • Reading the ESPC website and handbook.
  • Responding to e-mails sent by the Executive Chair.
  • Volunteering to assist applicants during the submission process as their "Case Manager".
  • Reviewing expedited projects/events and sustainable food funding requests.
  • Attending final project assessments with the full committee.
  • Keeping track of meetings with applicants in a google doc.

How Long Does the Committee Membership Last?

Committee membership will turn over every semester, at which point the membership application page will be reopened and new students may apply. At this time, current committee members may choose to vacate their position or extend their stay for another semester. If the committee member chooses to extend their time with the committee, the Executive Chair will meet with them for a semester review. If the Chair feels as though they've been active and have contributed as a Case Manager the committee member will be invited to continue their position. Committee membership length is indefinite as long as you continue to receive positive reviews!

The Benefits:

Working with the ECOllective Student Project Committee offers a number of benefits that will give participants experience and help to develop their professional skills.

  • As mentioned previously, the Executive Chair position is held by an Office intern. Working with ESPC as a Case Manager is an excellent way to get your foot in the door if you are looking to work with the Office as an intern.
  • Current committee members will be invited to attend professional development workshops with the Office of Sustainability.
  • This experience will look great on a resume! Working in a cooperative team environment to help facilitate the development of project proposals and assessing whether or not a project should receive funding shows that you are able to handle a significant amount of responsibility, delegate tasks and manage time efficiently.