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Starting a Delegation

Every TISL delegation was once a new delegation. Even if your college had a delegation last year, you might be rebuilding this year and effectively starting from square one.

The steps to form a new delegation are straight-forward and easily accomplished with pro-active leadership. TISL delegations at other colleges and other student organizations on your campus have done this many times before.

Bases you will need to cover:

Every task will be easier if you start by recruiting other delegates to help with everything else. You don't have to start with a full delegation, but a few friends and allies will make the tasks easier. Once you have a core group, you can plan together and share the effort.


Recruiting is an ongoing process, even for established delegations. Attracting new members every year is very important. We have an entire page with recruiting ideas and strategies.


Finding money to pay your delegation's expenses can vary from easy to difficult, depending on your college. We have a variety of funding ideas on a page devoted to the subject. Click here for funding ideas.

Finding Your Place As A Student Organization

Every TISL delegation is officially attached to its college. The best solution for your delegation depends on your college and its policies. This is a decision for your delegation to make; any of these options are OK with TISL.


Creating an independent campus organization

The details for creating an independent organization depend on your college, but typically you will need to complete these steps:


Advisers might be helpful or advisers might sign the forms and forget about you.

The best advisers provide savvy advice without getting heavily involved. This is a relationship that will be driven by the culture of your college, the tendencies of your adviser and your openness to assistance.

If you ask a professor or administrator to be your adviser, you should talk about what he expects from the delegation and what the delegation expects from him.

Advisers are welcome at the General Assembly, but they aren't required to attend.

Information for Advisers

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