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Student Life

Student Organizations: Special Interest

These student organizations are special interest organizations.

Active Minds At Southwestern University

Contact: Christine Nguyen
Advisor: Bryan Neighbors
Purpose: to increase awareness of issues surrounding mental health, its symptoms, and resources available.

Alpha Phi Omega

Contact: Javier Fuentes
Advisor: Patti Penney
Purpose: to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

Animal Behavior Society

Advisor: Fay Guarraci
 Purpose: to foster a student-wide interest in animal behavior and provide a forum for animal behavior majors, minors and other interested students to interact and explore animal behavior related opportunities.


Contact: Shirin Hussain
Advisor: Carl Robertson
Purpose: to revive and maintain campus-wide interest, activity, and exploration within the distinctive cultures of Asia, and to provide a space to support Asian/Pacific/Islander/Desi American students.

Best Buddies

Contact: Berkeley Bacon
Advisor: Don Gregory
Purpose: to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching friendships and integrated employment.

Cat Partners of Southwestern University

Contact: Jane Stewart
Advisor: Kelly Lessard
Purpose: dedicated to the care and safety of the campus cats.

The Catalyst

Contact: Logan Glick
Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to identify, educate, and empower emerging leaders at Southwestern University.


Contact: Chandler Hyatt
Advisor: Terri Johnson
Purpose: to serve as an umbrella organization comprised of representatives from registered cultural and identity organizations at Southwestern University.

College Democrats

Contact: Danyale Kellogg
Advisor: Paul Sicard
Purpose: to educate the campus on important issues, promote the advancement of Democratic candidates and ideals, and encourage a more politically active campus.

College Republicans

Contact: Jimmy Brymer
Advisor: Tim O’Neill
Purpose: to promote and discuss Republican issues and candidates, to encourage a more politically active campus community.

Colleges Against Cancer

Contact: Jacob Buckley
Advisor: Maria Todd
Purpose: to fight cancer by volunteering for and supporting the programs of the American Cancer Society.


Contact: Zainab Oketokoun
Advisor: Reggie Byron
Purpose: to promote unity among African Americans and the SU community; greater awareness and appreciation of the diverse African American culture by emphasizing acceptance not tolerance, and breaking stereotypes.


Contact: Markell Henderson
Advisor: Alicia Moore
Purpose: to provide positive social and political context that will influence the success of African American males at Southwestern.

Finch Society

Contact: Sebastian Gualy
Advisor: Dana Marchant
Purpose: to unite students with prospective students to enrich the recruitment experience.


Contact: Daniela de Souza
Advisors: Don Gregory & Fay Guarraci
Purpose: to educate students on and improve situations for human rights, animal welfare, and environmental preservation and conservation.

Hispanics & Latinos Organization (HALO)

Contact: Daniela Lomeli
Advisor: Guillermo Alvarado
Purpose: to provide an understanding of Hispanic culture and to serve as a means for intercultural exchange.

Korouva Milkbar

Contact: Mirella Suga
Advisor: Derek Timourian
Purpose: to provide beverages and a social space to students, faculty, and staff and valuable business experience to volunteers.

Meditation Club

Contact: Issa El Hage
Advisor: Katy Ross
Purpose: to provide an area of gathering for anyone who wants to relax and de-stress through the practice of meditation.

Model United Nations

Contact: Aresha Davwa
Advisor: Bob Snyder
Purpose: to expose participating students to contemporary international issues, and represent UN committees and countries at conferences.

Operation Achievement

Advisor: Jeanette Montalvo
Purpose: Operation Achievement is an outreach program to Georgetown Middle Schools.  It is a voluntary-based mentor program where the children come for 2 hours & O.A. provides an enrichment and tutor time.

Physics Club

Contact: Isabella Ferranti
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster wide student interest and participation in the field of physics and engineering.

Pirates for Pride

Contact: Kichelle Walker
Advisor: Jamar Keaton
Purpose: to promote education, communication, and understanding among all sexual orientations in order to unify the Southwestern community. We seek to provide a safe space for discussion of GLBTQ/sexual orientation issues, both personal and political.

Pre-Dental Organization

Contact: Samar Dawy
Advisor: Michael Gesinski
Purpose: to guide students through the process of getting in to dental school, DAT requirements, various fields of dentistry, and opportunities for dental experience.

Progressive Student Alliance

Contact: Dakota Cortez
Advisor: Eric Selbin
Purpose: to promote the education and awareness of social justice concerns on a group, societal, and international level.

Robotics Club

Contact: Laura Prier
Advisor: Steven Alexander
Purpose: to foster a wide student interest and participation in activities by providing leadership, programs, and service, and to assist the student in developing skills and experience in the world of robotics.

Sailors and Sirens

Contact: Julia McDonald
Advisor: Kenny Shephard
Purpose: to bring enthusiasm and engagement to the Southwestern community through acapella music.

She’s the First

Contact: Brenna Conway
Advisor: Desi Roybal
Purpose: to promote awareness about complex global issues related to poverty, and the role education plays in alleviating poverty.

Southwestern Community Garden

Contact: Sam Guess
Advisor: Megan Danner
Purpose: to foster community through sustainable food cultivation

Southwestern Economics Club

Contact: Lorena Roque
Advisor: Dirk Early
Purpose: to encourage close and open relationships between economic students, mentoring with faculty, and to promote the application of knowledge learned inside the classroom.

Southwestern Mock Trial Team

Contact: Samantha Pentecost
Advisor: Davi Thornton
Purpose: to bring students together in an organization that challenges and develops public speaking, debating, critical thinking, and acting skills; educates students on the inner-workings of the legal system; and allows students, professors and alumni to work together to achieve a common goal.

Southwestern University Creative Writing Club

Contact: Walter Stroup
Advisor: John Pipkin
Purpose: to facilitate a community of students at Southwestern University who are engaged in a range of creative writing practices.

Southwestern University Philosophy Society

Contact: Kenneth Knowlton
Advisor: Michael Bray
Purpose: to provide an environment in which all students of Southwestern University may participate in formal philosophical discussion.

Southwestern University Veterans Association

Contact: Sean Vickers
Advisor: Daniel Orozco & Scott Sandoval
Purpose: to provide support and awareness to transitioning veterans and military dependents.

Student Foundation

Contact: Elizabeth Wright
Advisor: Megan Frisque
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Purpose: to serve as a liaison between the student body and the University administration and act as an ambassador and student representative on-campus and within the community.

Student Health Advisory Council (SHAC)

Contact: David Mata
Advisor: Jennifer Spiller
Purpose: to promote student health and enlighten students on relevant health topics through health education, activities, and improvements on campus.

Student Philanthropy Council

Contact: Eleanor Siff
Advisor: Becky Rodriguez
Purpose: to raise awareness among Southwestern University students about the importance of giving the the University.


Contact: Keara Hudler
Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: to improve sustainability policies on Southwestern’s campus, state-wide, and nationally. We strive to educate and involve the Southwestern community in environmental, energy, and conservation issues. We believe in thinking ahead by acting now yo create a cleaner and more sustainable Southwestern future.

SU Animal Alliance

Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: to provide a place for animal advocates and enthusiasts, to foster and interest in animal welfare among its members and the community, and to support animals through volunteering and activism.

Su Film Club

Contact: Sophia Woodward
Advisor: Eileen Cleere
Purpose: to foster a student interest in film and helping students develop a better understanding of film narrative and the world at large.

SU Habitat for Humanity

Advisor: Jason Chapman
Purpose: to facilitate opportunities which encourages the SU community to become involved with Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County.

SU Native

Contact: Lainey Stary
Advisor: Ben Nava
Purpose: to raise awareness of Native American and indigenous teachings, values, and cultures to build a connection between the SU community and native issues in the Georgetown area.

SU Planned Piratehood

Contact: Rachel Holm
Advisor: Alison Kafer
Purpose: to promote an understanding of reproductive justice on campus, which includes economic justice, the environment, immigrants’ rights, disability rights, discrimination based on race and sexual orientation, and a host of other community centered concerns.  We also provide resources on these subjects.


Contact: Mattie Cryer
Advisor: Aimee Slagle
Purpose: to foster ongoing relationships between Southwestern University, local and national organizations and businesses, and the local community.


Contact: Beulah Agyemang-Barima
Advisor: Stephen Marble
Purpose: to promote and interest in teaching and learning.

Tabletop Pirates

Contact: John Rodriguez
Advisor: Eric Selbin
Purpose: to inspire a widespread student interest and participation in card and board games.

Theatre for Social Justice

Advisor: Kathleen Juhl
Purpose: to promote social justice through the medium of the stage.

Transfer & Nontraditional Student Society

Contact: Megan Benson
Advisor: Sherry Adrian
Purpose: to provide and fulfill a sense of community to transfer and nontraditional students attending Southwestern University.

U Can 2

Contact: Bria Washington
Advisor: Alisa Gaunder
Purpose: to foster leadership and philanthropy among first-generation and supportive students at Southwestern University by providing academic assistance and pre-college workshops.


Contact: Kenly Gaynor
Advisor: Jason Chapman & Ron Palmer
Purpose: to sponsor entertainment activities for the entire SU community.