Designing an Interest Meeting takes at least two weeks to plan out. The Human Resources committee first decides what theme we want the Interest Meeting to be about; aka we figure out what we look to teach or display to the Rutgers student body. In RUPA, we want you to grow personally and professionally even outside of our organization, so we like to present topics that anyone can apply to anything that they do.
The first Interest Meeting this past fall semester was differently formatted because the HR committee wanted to have a quicker and more engaged meeting, spreading out an equal amount of information to our large turnout. We decided to have three sessions per meeting to create a more interactive session for each General Member (GM). We mainly discussed what being a General Member means to RUPA and what RUPA does for the student body, and how involved you can get in RUPA. The meeting was a success and we used this event as motivation for the rest of our Interest Meetings in the fall semester. Interest Meetings are an amazing event to plan and execute as our HR committee not only develops relationships with General Members but also provides them with valuable and practical skills. Many of the General Members really do grow as members and this allows our HR Committee to tangibly see their mark on RUPA and the Rutgers community as a whole. A lot of what we do in RUPA is bolstered by how engaged our GM’s are. Creating Interest Meetings that allow them to realize that they are a vital part of our organization is our goal as a HR Committee.
— Jayson, Director of Human Resources