08 Aug Get In On the Action
Our Office of Student Involvement should be the first stop in finding out how to experience more at UofL. The office manages over 400 campus student groups as well as the Student Activities Center, one of the hubs of action on campus. The office is located in SAC 310, and staff will be more than happy to help you get connected.
Here’s a rundown of what you can find there.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Religion. Musical theater. Politics. Debate. Whatever you’re passionate about, there’s a student group here for you. Don’t believe us? Check out the more than 400 registered student groups on campus. Each group is student led, while Student Involvement staff serve as consultants, offering leadership development and skill training to help groups reach their goals. OrgSync, an online social engagement platform, allows student groups to stay connected and work together on common initiatives.
If you really don’t see a group you want to join, stop by Student Involvement anyway and staff can help you start your own group.
Forget the stereotypes. Joining a fraternity or sorority is one of the best ways to get involved, network and make new friends. Our Greek life has witnessed record growth in recent years, with 14 percent of the undergraduate population now affiliated with one of our 32 chapters. Greek life is about more than hanging with your friends. It’s about tradition, developing your leadership skills and serving the community. In fact, last year, more than 2,300 fraternity and sorority members donated more than 75,000 service hours to the Louisville community.
Be sure to attend Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment or an NPHC informational meeting to find out more about these organizations and their opportunities.
The Student Involvement office is a type of clearing house for campus groups. Many RSOs are sponsored by other programs and departments. Student Involvement might refer you to some of these places.
Student Activities Board
There’s a group of students on campus charged with making campus life as exciting as it can be. The Student Activities Board offers up a bit of entertainment for everyone, from concerts and cookouts in the Red Barn and movies in Floyd Theatre, to block parties and comedy shows all across campus. In 2015, they brought Matt & Kim to Cardinal Boulevard for a homecoming concert. You can apply to be on the Student Activities Board, and most importantly, you can go to any of the SAB events (most of which are free).
If you have the potential for high levels of achievement, you’ll find multiple opportunities for academic and personal development in the University Honors Program. Nearly 1,200 students are currently involved in honors work, with 750 students enrolled each semester in honors courses and seminars. Learn more at louisville.edu/honors.
The Cultural Center is a hub for students of all backgrounds looking for a place to connect. Center programming includes roundtable talks and lectures, and its staff advises student groups. No matter your background, the Cultural Center staff can point you to various student groups that interest you. The Cultural Center is also a great place to stop by and hang out between classes. Stop by to learn more about these groups—Association of Black Students, American International Relations Club, Black Diamond Choir, Latin American and Hispanic Student Organization and Garden Commons.
UofL’s LGBT Center is a walking, talking positive force focused on one thing—helping students have a great experience, no matter who they are. The office works to strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus community that welcomes people of all sexual orientations, gender identities and gender expressions. It offers regular academic lectures and programs, an annual study-abroad program and research opportunities and several student groups to help build community. Make sure to check out annual events like Pride Week and Alternative Thanksgiving. The office is located at The Intersection in the Red Barn.
There are more than 30 religious organizations on campus, representing a variety of beliefs and denominations. Religious life advisers/ministers are available to help you explore and support your spiritual and religious needs. These organizations also host a variety of events throughout the year.
Ask someone about things going on around campus (RALs, friend, teacher, anyone)
Check out the bulletin boards around campus (there are usually fliers for organizations and clubs)
Go to the SAC and check out the Student Involvement Office (or online at louisville.edu/studentinvolvement)
Log into OrgSync, a web-based social platform to connect you to student groups
Acronyms & Abbreviations
RSO – Recognized Student Organization
RSA – Resident Student Association
SAB – Student Activities Board
SGA – Student Government Association
CP – Community Park
SAC – Student Activities Center
ELSB – Engage Lead Serve Board
SRC – Student Recreation Center
IFC – Interfaith Center or Interfraternity Council
NPHC – National Pan-Hellenic Council
BCM – Baptist Campus Ministry
BinC – Book-in-Common
FYI – First Year Initiatives
RA – Resident Assistant
HD – Hall Director
iMrs – Intramural and Recreational Sports