Get Involved

Why partner with the Dean of Students? 

Our office manages a wide variety of high-impact programs on campus, which means you will:

  • Engage directly with students 

  • Learn leadership and other professional skills 

  • Contribute meaningfully to the campus community 

We encourage students, faculty, staff and other campus community members to explore the following options for getting involved. We offer both paid and volunteer positions.

Thank you for your help! 

Volunteer with Purple Pantry

We're always looking for volunteers — individuals and groups — to staff the Purple Pantry, stock the shelves, collect donations and more.  

Contact the Purple Pantry at [email protected] to get started.

Volunteer with Purple Threads

Have a flair for fashion? Purple Threads volunteers sort donated professional clothing and help students find a great outfit for their professional activities. 

Contact the Purple Threads at [email protected] to get started.

Donate food, clothes or money

Visit the Purple Pantry webpage to donate funds, food and/or toiletries to the on-campus pantry. 

Visit the Purple Threads webpage to donate professional clothing to the on-campus closet. 

Donate to the Student Emergency Fund, which supports undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing an unforeseen financial hardship or emergency, so they can stay on track toward graduation. 

Serve on a Student Conduct Body

The Office of Community Standards is seeking students, faculty and staff members to support the student conduct process — an excellent opportunity for professional development and for serving our campus community. 

  • Student Conduct Board members hear student conduct cases, determine whether violations were made and identify appropriate sanctions.

  • University Community Accountability Board members facilitate restorative justice programs to resolve student conduct cases. 

Volunteers complete a one-time, day-long basic compliance training and an annual training. They are supervised by professional Community Standards staff. 

Contact Community Standards at [email protected] to get started. 

Work as an exam proctor, reader or scribe

Help make our campus inclusive and accessible to all students! 

Disability Access and Inclusion Student Services (DAISS) offers alternative testing services — such as a less distracting space, assistive devices, extended time and/or proctors — for students with approved accommodations.  

We’re always looking for federal work-study students to join our team. Faculty and staff members can volunteer to proctor exams during finals week. 

Email [email protected] to get started. 

Apply to be an Off-campus Ambassador

Off-campus Ambassadors serve as community liaisons, helping bridge the gaps between off-campus students, neighbors, city officials and the University.  

They provide resources and guidance to students transitioning to off-campus housing, while working with UAlbany staff and leadership to host programs, build community relationships and address issues affecting off-campus students. 

Ambassadors are undergraduate and graduate students who live off campus in the city of Albany. They work in teams of two and are assigned to neighborhoods with a high concentration of student residents. 

This is a paid position. Contact Off-campus Student Services at [email protected] to learn more.