Student Organizations

Special Interest

Below is a list of special interest organizations at Southwestern.  

ACTIVE MINDS AT SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

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

ALPHA PHI OMEGA

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

ASIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Contact: Kristie Cheng
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: Noah Dennis
Advisor: Debbie Shepherd
Purpose: to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and development disabilities by providing opportunities for mutually enriching friendships and integrated employment.

BROOKS PRIZE DEBATE SOCIETY

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Bob Snyder
Purpose: to encourage and execute informed discussion and thoughtful argumentation.

CAT PARTNERS OF SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Contact: Caitlin Babb 
Advisor: Kelly Lessard
Purpose: dedicated to the care and safety of the campus cats.
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CHESS CLUB

Contact: Andrea Goodart
Advisor: Carl Robertson
Purpose: to improve and preserve the chess playing abilities of the individual and to prepare them for higher level playing.

COALITION FOR DIVERSITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE (CDSJ)

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

COALITION OF CHRONIC ILLNESS

Contact: Kolby Byer
Advisor: Santiago Rocha
Purpose: to create a network of shared experiences amongst students in order for them to encourage and advocate for each other. Through critical conversations with professors, administrators, and students we aim to keep chronically ill students connected academically and socially.

COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

Contact: Co-Presidents Antonio Esparza & Grace Parmer
Advisor: Laura Sewell
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: Mary Ricker
Advisor: Kent Huntsman
Purpose: to promote and discuss Republican issues and candidates, to encourage a more politically active campus community.

EBONY

Contact: Kellie Henderson
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.

ECONOMICS CLUB

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

EDUCATORS FOR EQUITY

Contact: Antonia Renfroe 
Advisor: Alicia Moore
Purpose: An organization bringing future educators together to discuss equity, social justice, and decolonization of classrooms.

Website: link

E.M.P.I.R.E.

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

EXERCISE IS MEDICINE

Contact: Sam Anderson
Advisor: Vanessa Mikan
Purpose: to promote student interest in Kinesiology by providing leadership, program, service, and certification opportunities.

FOOD JUSTICE ASSOCIATION

Contact: Antonia Renfroe
Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: to promote & facilitate discussions regarding the different aspects of food justice including environmentalism, animal rights, veganism, and human safety and health.

THE GOLDEN PIRATES

Contact: Dominic Blea
Advisor: Derek Timourian
Purpose: to inspire a widespread student interest and participation in activities that cultivate friendship, community, and imagination through Esports competitions and board games.

H.E.A.T.

Contact: TBD
Advisors: Fay Guarraci
Purpose: to educate students on and improve situations for human rights, animal welfare, and environmental preservation and conservation.

HISPANIC & LATINX ORGANIZATION (HALO)

Contact: Juan Mojica
Advisor: Melissa Johnson
Purpose: to provide an understanding of Hispanic culture and to serve as a means for intercultural exchange.

JOLT TEXAS STUDENT CHAPTER

Contact: Jack Martinez
Advisor: Patrick Hajovsky
Purpose: to create a community that empowers Latinxs across Southwestern University and across Texas to become more civically engaged and advocate for issues that impact our community.

KOROUVA MILKBAR

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

LATIN-X UNIDOS

Contact: Angel Cantu & Corrine Ramirez
Advisor: Carlos De Oro
Purpose: to empower and guide Latinx/Hispanic students at Southwestern University through community and political engagement, education, and social justice work.

MASK & WIG

Contact: Olivia McCain
Advisor: Debika Sihi & Christian Erben
Purpose: to provide beverages and a social space to students, faculty, and staff and valuable business experience to volunteers.

PING PONG CLUB

Contact: Jose Ortiz-Mas
Advisor: Fumiko Futamura
Purpose: to cultivate a tight-knit community between students who have a passion for ping pong.

PIRATE HOSTS

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

PIRATES FOR PRIDE

Contact: Zarine Parakh
Advisors: Laura Sewell 
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.

 PIRATETHON

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Oliver Agger-Shelton
Purpose: to raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Miracle Network and Dell Children’s Medical Center in Austin.

PRE-DENTAL SOCIETY

Contact: Bria Tovar
Advisor: Stacie Brown
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: TBD
Advisor: Eric Selbin
Purpose: to promote the education and awareness of social justice concerns on a group, societal, and international level.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE ALLIANCE

Contact: Vivienne Miller
Advisor: Elaine Craddock
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.

ROBOTICS CLUB

Contact: TBD
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.

ROTARACT

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Laura Senio Blair
Purpose: to provide an opportunity for young men and women to gain knowledge and skills that will assist them in personal growth, and to address the physical and social needs of their communities.

SAILORS AND SIRENS

Advisor: Bruce Cain
Purpose: to bring enthusiasm and engagement to the Southwestern community through acapella music.

SOUTHWESTERN ASTRONOMY CLUB

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Mark Bottorff
Purpose: to encourage and increase community engagement and equal opportunity through hands-on experience with astronomy.

SOUTHWESTERN BUSINESS CLUB

Contact: Karlton Covington
Advisor: Debika Sihi
Purpose: to bring together students interest in all aspects of the business world be it investments, economics & finance, marketing, internships, and more.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY GARDEN

Contact: Julia Hollis & Gavin Reid
Advisor: TBD
Purpose: to educate the Southwestern community on sustainable food cultivation and to foster an appreciation for growing one’s own dinner.

SOUTHWESTERN MOCK TRIAL TEAM

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Faustine Curry
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 PRE-HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Contact: Nicole Ortega
Advisor: Martin Gonzalez
Purpose: to encourage excellence in scholarship, promote cooperation among pre-health students and faculty, and bring together students with similar interests in order to stimulate appreciation and preparation for health professional education.

SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY CREATIVE WRITING CLUB

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Jim Kilfoyle
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: TBD
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

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

STUDENT FOUNDATION

Contact: Caden Cox
Advisor: Becky Rodriguez
Web Site: link
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 GOVERNMENT

Contact: Anna Franklin
Advisor: Jamie Woody
Purpose: TBD

STUDENT HEALTH ADVISORY COUNCIL (SHAC)

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Brittany Crim
Purpose: to promote student health and enlighten students on relevant health topics through health education, activities, and improvements on campus.

STUDENT LABOR ACTION COALITION

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Michael Bray
Purpose: to consolidate the voices of student workers and other interested parties, and to facilitate discussion and activism around issues of labor.

STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL

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

STUDENTS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM AND KNOWLEDGE (SEAK)

Contact: Nicole Rajtak 
Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: We believe that sustainability is for everyone and that a sustainable society is one that honors the earth and all its inhabitants. We strive to create this society by educating ourselves and others on our connection to the planet and on the local and global impacts we have on its vital systems. We aim to disrupt consumptive mindsets, advance environmental justice, and foster a more sustainable future for all.

SU HISTORY UNION

Contact: Max Schein
Advisor: Melissa Byrnes
Purpose: to foster a vast student interest in history and participate in activities that promote leadership, scholarship, and community.

SU NATIVE

Contact: TBD
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 SOCIALISTS

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Phil Hopkins
Purpose: to engage in political activism centered on socialist ideals, propagate socialist messages both on and off Southwestern campus, and analyze and discuss socialism in both literature and current events.

SUSTAIN

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Sarah Brackmann
Purpose: to foster ongoing relationships between Southwestern University, local and national organizations and businesses, and the local community.

TRANSFER & NONTRADITIONAL STUDENT SOCIETY

Advisor: Scott Sandoval
Purpose: to provide and fulfill a sense of community to transfer and nontraditional students attending Southwestern University.

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMING COUNCIL

Contact: Katherine Nguyen
Advisor: Jade Godoy
Purpose: to sponsor events and campus activities that provide entertainment, awareness, and education to the university community. Members also have the opportunity to develop as leaders and active members of the campus.

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