The mission of the Student Programming Council is to enrich the Emory community by providing a variety of quality entertainment for the entire university, making the Emory experience as enjoyable as possible. We accomplish our mission through the meticulous planning and execution of events throughout the school year. Our events are open to Emory students from all of the nine different schools of the University. We put on four big events every year, including Homecoming Week, Fall Band Party, Spring Band Party, and Dooley’s Week. In addition to our four big events, we also organize or cosponsor other events such as open-mic nights, speakers, and extra concerts.
Students that are involved with the Student Programming Council will not only have a blast getting to plan events, meet high profile artists, and enjoy the comraderie with the other awesome SPC Members, there are also some key learning outcomes that occur. These outcomes enhance both the academic classroom experience, as well as provide members with key leadership skills to help them succeed in the their careers after leaving Emory.
1) Leadership: Student Programming Council Members will have opportunities to lead peers, learn about delegation and goal setting, and effective decision making. Members will also enhance basic leadership skills such as time management, prioritization, goal setting, self accountability, and motivating others.
2) Interdependence: Student Programming Council Members will gain a deeper understanding of their own personal leadership styles, and how their style impacts their interaction with others. Students will learn the value of collaboration, team work, community, motivation, and diversity to make events stronger.
3) Interpersonal Communication: Student Programming Council Members will enhance communication skills. Using electronic and face to face media to discuss complex events and make difficult decisions, members will also learn to listen to each other’s ideas. Students will also learn to give appropriate feedback and will learn how to receive constructive feedback.
4) Event Planning and Organization: Student Programming Council Members will leave the organization having implemented numerous complex events. Members will have seen programs implemented from beginning to end, and will have to had to plan and organize every detail. Such important aspects include attention to detail, budgeting, public relations, publicity, and familiarity with the music industry.
5) Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Through managing complex events, students will learn to analyze critically every event, thinking through all of the necessary details to host high quality events. Additionally, the students will learn to problem solve when situations beyond their control arise.
6) Conflict Management: Student Programming Council Members will understand the value of constructive conflict, how to handle and diffuse unnecessary conflict, and when to allow controvery to exist in the face of creativity in order to strengthen the decisions being made.
7) Diversity: Student Programming Council Members will deepen their appreciation for diversity, and understand the creativity that can arise when diverse viewpoints exist and are openly shared. The council will value diverse additions to the council through recruitment and selection of a more diverse council.