Student organizations are a vital part of our campus community. By getting involved in a student organization, you'll have the opportunity to meet new people with similar interests, explore your passions, develop leadership skills, gain experience in your academic areas of interest, connect with faculty and staff, and make a positive impact to our local and global communities through service.
There are more than 100 student organizations on campus and you can choose the level of commitment and area of interest in which you are involved.
View the university's Student Organizations Manual for additional information on organization policies.
The Campus Involvement Ambassador team (CIA) helps students get involved with organizations. CIA can either connect you with current student groups that match your interests, or can help you start a new student organization.
Contact the CIA Team:
involvement [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Need%20Help%20Finding%20a%20Student%20Organization) (Email)
Visit the Student Activities office on the third floor of Ragsdale Center
While supported by Student Activities, the success of student organizations depends primarily on the student leaders and members of each organization. Student organizations have the unique challenge of funding the majority of their activities through membership dues, fundraisers and generous donations from outside supporters.
Common costs associated with student organizations include: resources for hosting large campus events, member development, travel costs for out-of-town conferences and official organization t-shirts. Organizations engage in fundraising activities throughout the year to offset the growing costs associated with being active and successful on campus.
The Student Government Association (SGA) provides limited funding for student organizations. This funding should directly support an organization's purpose or mission. Submit an application and apply for funding. Note: This must be filled out at least two weeks (14days) before the event or program.
Student Government Senate will vote to grant your organization funding at the weekly Senate meetings. You will then receive communication from the Student Government Chief Financial Officer outlining the steps to receive your reimbursement.
If you have questions, contact Student Government Chief Financial Officer seuorgs [at] stedwards.edu (D)seuorgs [at] stedwards.edu (subject: Funding%20Questions%20) (erek Hunter).
You may contribute to a student organization. To donate to a specific organization, click "Student Organization Designations" on the second page, or fill in the organization's name in the space provided.
If you would like to solicit donations from businesses, you must provide a list of those businesses to Student Activities. The list will be submitted to University Advancement for approval, and you will be notified of their decision. Our university fundraising efforts must be coordinated to ensure we do not overburden a single person or entity.
If your student organization is planning an event or travel, the information below will help navigate you through the process.
To ensure the event or program gets approved, follow these steps:
If your student organization is planning on traveling, ensure that you have completed the following requirements so your trip goes smoothly: