Our goal is to support student leaders in taking a holistic risk management approach to event planning which encourages safe and fun events that promote Rice culture within the bounds of campus policy, state and federal laws, and the culture of care.
A holistic risk management approach strives to look at an event in it’s totality, to identify goals for the event, risks that might prevent achieving those goals, and strategies for mitigation. This approach encourages use of multiple lenses, those of the planner, the students staffing the event, the participants, as well as providing an administrative perspective. Student leaders are encouraged to look at best practices, data from previous events, as well as brainstorm new and creative ideas for safe and fun events.
The Student Center is excited to take on the event risk management process through our Student Activities Campus Events lens. Our goal is to support student leaders in taking a holistic risk management approach to event planning which encourages safe and fun events that promote Rice culture within the bounds of campus policy, state and federal laws, and the culture of care.
With this goal in mind, we are making a shift toward a more interactive event planning process that includes meetings in event spaces, walk through times with RUPD and REMS, insight from Environmental Health and Safety as well as regular meetings with College Socials/Event Planners and regular communication with CJs, Presidents, and Magisters or Club Sponsors as applicable. We recognize that this is a huge shift, and encourage regular feedback and communication with all involved individuals and groups as we continue to improve the process and practices related to Campus Events.
We are in the process of hiring an Associate Director of Campus Events who will eventually oversee this process and be the point person on all events as well as risk management training while still continuing to work closely with our collaborators on this process including Wellbeing, Student Judicial Programs, RUPD, REMS, and others.