Getting Involved in Student Organizations

 

A quick, fun way to get involved on campus is to join, or start, a student organization. With over 160 organizations on campus, there’s something for everybody! Whether you’re interested in politics, video games or inclusion – there’s a student group for you at UM-Dearborn.

 

What Types of Organizations Are at UM-Dearborn?

  • Fraternities & Sororities
  • University Sponsored Organizations including Media Organizations
  • Honor Societies
  • Academic/Professional
  • Cultural/Ethnic
  • Political/Social Activism
  • Recreational/Special Interest
  • Religious/Spiritual

How Do I Start Getting Involved?

The first thing that you need to do is take the plunge.  Attending an open meeting for any organization is an excellent way to put your foot in the door and also to see what the organization is all about.  Being in attendance does not mean you are automatically committed.

If you are not sure about an organization’s open meeting policy, contact a representative via email first to see how and when you can learn more about the organization.  After the meeting, talk with other members and ask them what they enjoy about the organization.  Why did they join?  How have they benefited from being a member?

Once you’re in, don’t be shy - make yourself welcome!  Ask questions, give input, and volunteer to help out when you can.  As the old adage goes, “You’ll get out of the experience what you put into it.”  Make the most of your college experience!

Helpful Resources:

  • Classmates
  • Bulletin boards
  • Showcases and display board
  • Members of organizations
  • Faculty, staff and your academic advisor
  • Orientation leaders
  • Student Activities Office staff

Need More Information?

At the beginning of each semester, UM-Dearborn celebrates Welcome Week (September) and Winter Welcome (January).  Many organizations participate by setting up booths, promoting upcoming events and signing up new members.   Stop by some of the booths to talk to the members and ask questions about their organization and events. 

For more information about these events, any student organization, or campus program, you can contact the Office for Student Engagement by stopping in (2136 University Center), emailing (student_engagement@umd.umich.edu), or calling at 313-593-5390.