Student Organizations

Special Interest

Below is a list of special interest organizations at Southwestern.  

ALPHA PHI OMEGA

Contact: Alex Camacho
Advisor: Jenny Roberts
Purpose: to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity.

ASIAN STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Contact: Sabrina Zheng
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.

BEE-CO

Contact: Layla Hoffen
Advisor: Laura Hobgood
Purpose: 

BEST BUDDIES

Contact: Brian Armijo
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.

BLACK STUDENT UNION

Contact: Taylor Bass
Advisor: Malissa Ismaila
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.

CALM BUDDIES

Contact: Andrew Cutting
Advisor: Purna Bajekal
Purpose: To spread compassion and positive energy.

CAT PARTNERS OF SOUTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

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

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

COALITION OF CHRONIC ILLNESS

Contact: Miranda Farrar
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.

COALITION FOR DIVERSITY & SOCIAL JUSTICE (CDSJ)

Contact: Aleena Khan
Advisor: Malissa Ismaila
Purpose: to serve as an umbrella organization comprised of representatives from registered cultural and identity organizations at Southwestern University.

COLLEGE REPUBLICANS

Contact: Gerald Jones
Advisor: Kent Huntsman
Purpose: to promote and discuss Republican issues and candidates, to encourage a more politically active campus community.

COMMUNITY GARDENING CLUB

Contact: Sydney Strange
Advisor: Jennie DeMarco
Purpose: 

DRAG HAUS OF VITALITY

Contact: DeVonte’ Rogers
Advisor: Glenda Wolfe
Purpose:

EDUCATORS FOR EQUITY

Contact: TBD
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: Camden Terry

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: Dena Altshuler
Advisor: Vanessa Mikan
Purpose: to advocate for cultivating a healthy mind, body, and soul through physical activity.

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: Gerald Jones
Advisor: Daryl Tschoepe
Website
Purpose: to inspire a widespread student interest and participation in activities that cultivate friendship, community, and imagination through Esports competitions and board games.

LATINOS UNIDOS

Contact: Brandon Gomez Carrillo
Advisor: Carlos De Oro
Purpose: to provide an understanding of Hispanic culture and to serve as a means for intercultural exchange.

MASK & WIG

Contact: Marley Sensenderfer
Advisor: Debika Sihi
Purpose: a student-run organization committed to exposing the campus community to Theatre by giving students more opportunities to participate and perform in productions.

PANHELLENIC

Contact: TBD
Advisor: Allison Everett
Purpose:  To maintain a high plane of fraternity life and interfraternity relations within our University. To further fine intellectual accomplishments and sound scholarship. To cooperate with the University administration in the maintenance of high social standards. Act in accordance with all rules established by Association as to not violate the sovereignty, rights and privileges of member fraternities

PING PONG CLUB

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

PIRATES FOR PRIDE

Contact: Em Farnan
Advisors: Brianna Pierce
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 LGBTQ/sexual orientation issues, both personal and political.

REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE ALLIANCE

Contact: Alissa Perez
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.

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 BAND OF PIRATES (PEP BAND)

Contact: Scott Hampton
Advisor: Laura Sewell
Purpose: To entertain and build a positive atmosphere for spectators at Southwestern University athletic and campus events. To encourage and nurture the musical skills of the Band’s members. To integrate fine arts, athletics and other aspects of the SU student experience.

SOUTHWESTERN BUSINESS CLUB

Contact: Kate Dudley
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 COLLEGE DEMOCRATS

Contact: Scott Hampton
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.

SOUTHWESTERN COMMUNITY GARDEN

Contact: Ellie Munson
Advisor: Jennie DeMarco
Purpose: to educate the Southwestern community on sustainable food cultivation and to foster an appreciation for growing one’s own dinner.

SOUTHWESTERN PRE-HEALTH ORGANIZATION

Contact: Breana Trevino
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 OFFICIALS ORGANIZATION

Contact: Jason Lund
Advisor: Anna Castillo
Purpose: 

SOUTHWESTERN TABLETOP

Contact: Marcus Leese
Advisor: Arjun Chandrasekhar
Purpose: to foster a creative community of like-minded students through the shared interest of tabletop gaming.

STUDENT FOUNDATION

Contact: Madeline Bollinger
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: Bryce Stiemert
Advisor: Brit Katz
Website
Purpose: To serve as the bridge between students and administrators by representing the rights and interests of the student body, and to implement of innovative programs, services, and initiatives that enrich student lives.

STUDENT PHILANTHROPY COUNCIL

Contact: Abigail Skelton
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: Brianna Westmoreland
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.

STUDENTS FOR LIFE

Contact: Gerald Jones
Advisor: Kent Huntsman
Purpose: to pursue social activism by advocating for lives threatened by abortion, euthanasia, or other means. In furtherance of these goals, we stand for the dignity of all human persons and seek to promote respect for life at Southwestern University and on a local, state, and national level, to educate on life issues, to help those in need, and to work with others who share common goals. 

SU FIBER ARTS CLUB

Contact: Elyssa Gall
Advisor: Fumiko Futamura
Purpose: 

SU HISTORY UNION

Contact: Josh Tenorio
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: Aspen Coriz-Romero
Advisor: Ken Mello
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: Carson Maxfield
Advisor: Eric Selbin
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.

UNIVERSITY PROGRAMMING COUNCIL

Contact: Hailey Vickich
Advisor: Evan Alexander
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.