Belonging and feeling in touch with the people in our lives is an important part of our shared human experience. Engage with your friends, your organization, your fellow Longhorns and other communities through the activities and virtual events on this page. It is not easy to be together in person right now but there are so many ways to connect in a virtual world. No matter where you are, the Longhorn community is there to support you.
Get Together with Friends
Spending time with friends may be different in a remote setting but it doesn't have to be boring. Explore fun, virtual activities to keep you connected with the people in your life while trying something new.
Play Board Games
- Board Game Arena: Access free board games directly from your web browser to play with friends or the online community.
- Tabletopia: Challenge your friends or the online community with free board games.
Try Online Party Games with a Group
- skribbl.io: Draw and guess words to gain points with up to 12 players.
- Jackbox Games: Purchase these easy-to-play party games available on a wide variety of digital platforms. Players can join from anywhere through a web browser.
- Spyfall: Get a taste of the spy life in this game available on mobile and desktop. A "spy" is randomly selected and the players must ask questions to guess the secret before the spy catches on.
Create Your Own Game
- Build a tournament bracket: Pick a topic, invite friends and let the voting begin! Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are all great spaces to host this event. You can make the bracket live or have friends participate before a set deadline for the next brackets to open.
- Find trivia or make your own on Kahoot: Answer multiple choice quizzes in a multiplayer trivia game via web browser or the Kahoot app. Speed and correctness are the keys to this rapid-fire game.
Host Virtual Events
- Virtual dinner party: Entertain guests on a virtual platform without having to worry about seating at your table. Choose the virtual platform, the menu and the entertainment for the perfect distanced gathering.
- Book club: Start a book club with the people in your life to read and discuss a book of your choice. Set up a virtual meeting to compare notes once everyone has read the book. Looking for a specific book? Check out The University of Texas Libraries virtual lending resources for UT students.
Watch Shows and Movies
- Netflix Party: Watch Netflix with your friends online with synchronized video playback and a group chat.
- Watch2Gether: Create a room on this free platform, share the link with friends, and watch videos, listen to music and even shop together in sync.
Take a Virtual Tour
- Go on a virtual trip: Set a date and time for your virtual tour with friends. Use Zoom to host a discussion about what everyone learned and experienced. Here are just a few places you can visit remotely:
Volunteer Virtually and Join a Community
- Zooniverse: Participate in research projects from a variety of fields by helping with data classification, being a beta tester on new projects or moderating discussions.
- Crisis Text Line: Commit to volunteering four hours each week, train to become a remote Crisis Counselor and help power this free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis.
- Amnesty Decoders: Join volunteers around the world to help Amnesty International researchers sort through pictures, information and documents, using your computer or phone.
- Smithsonian Digital Volunteers: Support the Smithsonian making their collections accessible by transcribing historical documents or editing Wikipedia articles related to their artifacts and research.
Keep Your Student Organization Active and Engaged
There are many ways for your organization to stay connected virtually, even when you are not able to meet in person. Keep all members involved by participating in activities as a group. Select any of the activities included above for getting together with friends or choose from ones below that are specifically curated for student organizations.
Have Online Meetings
- Set regular meeting times.
- Provide an agenda to all your members.
- Designate a host or facilitator who manages the mute function for the group.
- Include some fun activities, like the trivia listed above.
- Recognize members through organization spotlights.
- Post your meeting event to HornsLink by Creating a New Event in Your Organization. This lets members and the UT community know that they are invited to attend the meeting you are hosting.
Host Organization Elections
- Invite membership to submit a brief video introducing themselves and their platform.
- Share videos with all members.
- Use Zoom to set up a candidate Q&A session.
- Utilize the HornsLink elections feature to create your ballot and collect votes.
Participate in Pillars of the Forty Acres
- Review the criteria.
- Decide what Pillar(s) to pursue.
- Reach out to Student Activities to discuss creative ways to meet criteria goals.
- Designate members to lead efforts for each Pillar criteria.
Publish a News Story
- Identify what your organization has accomplished, its goals or even highlight a member.
- Share news story via HornsLink News tool to share with the entire student organization community.
Feature Member of the Week or Month
- Select a member of the week or month.
- Interview them or other members to gather biographical information.
- Post member feature on social media accounts.
Review and Update Governing Documents
- Create a Google Doc to share with all members.
- Invite all members to provide feedback and ask questions.
- Use Zoom to host a virtual town hall for your organization.
- Reach out to Student Activities for a virtual consultation if you have questions on how to get started or move forward.
- Use HornsLink voting feature to pass any changes for your governing documents.
Virtual Community Events
The virtual events below allow you to engage with your fellow Longhorns and may provide a sense of community. Most events are free, and all are open to UT Austin students. Click on the event links below to learn more about the next seven days' events.
Is your virtual UT event open to students from all colleges and schools? Submit it here.
- Interest Groups occur every Monday, starting September 14, 2020, from 5-615PM. Topics rotate between the following: 1. The Black Effect 2. Proverbs 31 Woman 3. BAWSE Up! 4. SHIPS
- September 14, 2020 5:00 pm
- Download the "Among Us" app and help us catch the imposter! Students will need to sign into their UTexas Zoom account to join.
- December 1, 2020 7:00 pm
- We are a community of graduate and law students at UT connecting deeply with God, one another, our calling, and the mission of helping others do the same. Come gather to explore and study the Bible, connect with each other, and pray for each other. Everyone is welcome! We meet on Wednesdays over Zoom. Get in touch through Facebook!
- December 2, 2020 5:15 pm
- Join us for our convergence graduate student bible study! Join through the zoom link. Convergence is a community at the an intersection between individual journeys and Scripture, between faith and academic work, and between ourselves and the needs of the world, Convergence seeks to nurture a graduate student community, foster spiritual formation, encourage service and evangelism, and facilitate integration of faith and scholarship.
- December 2, 2020 6:00 pm
- Join us for our TPA Trivia Night via Zoom + KAHOOT!
- December 2, 2020 7:00 pm
- Join us for our Animated Movie Trivia Night via Zoom + KAHOOT!
- December 3, 2020 6:00 pm
- Solid Ground is about hard-hitting, life-changing, Spirit-filled truth. Each week we gather to hear God’s word proclaimed with confidence, clarity, and conviction. This is our once a week, all-club gathering. So show up to deepen your CSOC connections and discover more of God’s purpose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=thPuYAt4FL0
- December 3, 2020 7:00 pm
- Weekley Zoom meeting where we chat and do crafts together! The craft of the week will be posted on our Facebook page or you can join our email list by filling out this form. We look forward to seeing you soon! Join our Zoom meeting Fridays at 4 pm using this link!
- December 4, 2020 4:00 pm
- We are a student club at UT Austin campus. Our club has been instrumental in bringing to the UT community, the Science of the holistic Yoga process. We are currently restricted to virtual meetings due to COVID - 19. In the virtual meetings every week, we practice yoga, meditation, and have some philosophical discussion. We post our virtual meeting links on our GroupMe every Friday. Please join our GroupMe using this link: https://app.groupme.com/join_group/48268664/Ms8srJLE
- December 4, 2020 5:30 pm