CCPS Student Organizations

Students in the College of Community and Public Service have developed excellent student organizations that fulfill a variety of interests.  Here are ten reasons you should join one of these groups:

  1. Expand your professional network
  2. Assume new leadership roles
  3. Find new learning opportunities
  4. Give back to your community
  5. Develop your soft skills
  6. Work in a team
  7. Gain practical experience
  8. Engage with diverse groups of people
  9. Augment your resume
  10. Take a break and have some fun

All CCPS-Affiliated Student Organizations

Below a list of our CCPS student organizations. Find out more about them, including meeting times and upcoming activities, by visiting their page in OrgSync or sending an inquiry to their general contact e-mail address.




General Contact

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is a scholastic honorary society in criminal justice. The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life-long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research, to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind of the benefit and necessity of education and professional training

The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor, legal studies major or minor, criminal justice graduate student or law students who have the required academic criteria.

American Hotel & Lodging Association

For more than a century, AH&LA has been the only U.S. association focused on the needs of every segment of the lodging industry.  Our mission is developing skills in leadership and communications to aid in the future success of student members upon graduation.

Open to any student interested in a career in the lodging industry.

Kristen Jack at

Association of Fundraising Professionals

AFP, an association of professionals throughout the world, advances philanthropy by enabling people and organizations to practice ethical and effective fundraising.  Our collegiate chapter raises money for a self-identified philanthropic project and hold educational sessions about ethical fundraising practices.

Open to any interested student; Dues are $40.00 per year

Michelle Wooddell at

BSW Student Organization

We are Bachelor of Social Work students engaged in enriching our professional identity, increasing the recognition of GVSU’s social work program and discussing social issues that affect our profession and communities.

BSW students. Dues are $5.00 per semester

CCPS International Student Group

The CCPS ISG promotes intercultural activities and global awareness through dinners, films, discussions and field trips.

Open to any International or American graduate student interested in sharing cultural experiences and discussing international issues

Mark Hoffman at

Criminal Justice Student's Association

The Criminal Justice Student’s Association gives students with a passion for the field of Criminal Justice an opportunity to create new personal and professional relationship while helping the community.

Open to all students interested in the field of Criminal Justice

Patrick Gerkin at

Health Professionals Graduate Student Alliance

As part of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Higher Education Network, we offer networking opportunities with classmates and local healthcare administrative professionals and ACHE education opportunities and updates.

Open to any MHA, MPA, MPH and MBA graduate student studying health administration

HTM Club

The HTM Club gains knowledge, experience and connections within the hospitality industry by acting as a bridge from the classroom to the work world.

Open to any student interested in the hospitality and tourism industries.

ICMA Graduate Student Chapter

We are a student chapter of the International City/County Management Association. We introduce and integrate students into local government and the city management profession

Open to any students interested in local government and city management.

Neal Buckwalter at

Law Society

We provide students with information and opportunities related to law school and the legal profession. We enable students to develop relationships with legal professional within the community.

Open; Dues are $10.00 per year

Meeting Professionals International

We are part of an international association for those looking to have a career in meeting and event management and would like to partake in professional networking opportunities including hands-on-activities, guest speakers, venue tours, volunteer opportunities, trips and conference.

Open; Dues are $40.00 per year.

Mock Trial Club

The Mock Trial Club is designed to help students who are interested in law and legal processes to understand and take on roles of key players in this practice.  It is also designed to improve public speaking skills, acting and working under pressure.

All students are welcome.


MSW Student Organization

The MSWSO provides opportunities for MSW students to serve the Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Sault Ste. Marie areas, use their professional knowledge and uphold their social work value through community-based service projects.  

MSW students; Dues are $10.00 lifetime.

Lois Smith Owens at

National Society of Minorities in Hospitality

We provide students with the opportunity to network with peers and industry-related professionals.  We have meetings throughout the year and plan to attend the annual NSMH conference every February.

Open to all students interested in recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of minority students in the hospitality industry. Dues are $10 per year (for national membership).

Nonprofit Professionals Graduate Student Organization

We create personal, academic and professional advancement opportunities, and seek to develop intelligent, connected and empowered emerging nonprofit leaders. We raise student awareness of resources, provide opportunities for academic advancement and facilitate connections for professional growth.

Open to any graduate student interested in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership.

Pals Student Mentors

Pals Student Mentors matches at-risk and underprivileged youth with passionate college students to create positive, life changing mentoring relationships. Each community-based mentor is paired with a child with whom they visit 2-4 times a month. There are also 1-2 free events each month for mentees and mentors.

Members must pass a background check for working with youth; Dues are $5 per year.

Phi Alpha Chi Epsilon

Chi Epsilon is a chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society, a national social work academic honor society with the purpose of providing a closer bond among students of social work and promoting humanitarian goals and ideas.

By invitation, based on academic accomplishment.

Professional Convention Management Association

We are affiliated with the leading national organization for meeting and event professionals. We fundraise for our participation in the annual professional convention to become more affordable for club members.

Open to any business or hospitality student interested in convention management.

SLAM (Students Leaving A Mark)

SLAM is an organization dedicated to providing its membership with academic, cultural and social opportunities to enrich the students’ professional leadership potential in the field of nonprofit management, leadership and social entrepreneurship.

Open to students in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration and the Seidman School of Business.

Quincy Williams at

Page last modified November 8, 2017