This year, RMIS has focused on maintaining connections in these difficult times. While we cannot be together in person, we can still foster connections with one another and learn together.
Our typical requirements for full membership are attending three speaker events, two social events, and one volunteer event per semester. This year, we have added an additional requirement of one town hall event. These events are meant to fill in the gaps that our other events may not reach. For example, some of the town halls we have had and are planning to have include preparing for the career fair and case interviews/competitions, and a diversity and inclusion session.
Speaker events are proceeding as normal, except through Zoom. Speakers do not need to travel to Madison, so we can have speakers from anywhere. We have had events on innovation in workers’ compensation and captives already this semester. We are planning a presentation on the pandemic risk insurance act (PRIA), and having a panel of previous RMIS presidents come to talk about their careers and experiences transitioning into the workforce.
We are not hosting our own volunteer events this semester, but we are encouraging people to volunteer and donate where they can by giving out volunteer points if they send proof. Socials are also different and can be one of the most difficult things to do in this new environment, but we are trying many different events like virtual games and movie nights in order to get to know one another and have some fun.
RMIS has been continually adapting to improve our club in this new environment so that we can still provide a platform for all our members to learn and stay connected.