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

SLAM (Students Leaving A Mark) students 2019

SLAM (Students Leaving a Mark) assist with relief efforts after Hurricanes Matthew and Florence in North Carolina during Spring Break 2019.

All CCPS-Affiliated Student Organizations

Below is 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.

Faculty Advisor:  Jina Lee



Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)

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

Faculty Advisor: Michelle Wooddell

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

Faculty Advisors: Brandon Youker and Shelley Schuurman


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

Faculty Advisor: Mark Hoffman


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

Faculty Advisor: Carrie Buist


Healthcare 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

Faculty Advisor: Raymond Higbea


Hospitality & Tourism Management (HTM) Club

HTM Club is a networking opportunity to meet and mingle with not only other HTM majors at Grand Valley, but professionals in the industry. Our events are a mixture of every aspect of the hospitality world exploring every industry to get everyone involved. 

Open to all students majoring in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Faculty Advisor: Kristy Jack

Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX) Honor Society

LEX is a national honor society for paralegal and legal studies students.  Students who achieve an overall GPA of 3.3 or above and a GPA in the Legal Studies major of 3.5 and above and who have completed 80 credits (including 12 credits of Legal Studies courses) are eligible to be invited to join LEX.

Open to paralegal and legal studies students with eligible GPA standing.

Faculty Advisor: Joshua Sheffer


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.

Faculty Advisor: Neal Buckwalter


Law Society

This organization will provide students with information and opportunities related to law school and legal professions, including careers as paralegal professionals and attorneys. The organization will also enable students to develop relationships with legal professionals within the community. These purposes shall be achieved through regular meetings, presented speakers, events, and personal contacts with the legal community.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 $15.00 per year (Because of our virtual setting, dues are currently not taken at this time)

Faculty Advisor: Adrian Copeland


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.  

This group is not currently active. If you are interested in restarting this organization, please contact Dr. Paola Leon.

MSW students; Dues are $10.00 lifetime.

Faculty Advisor: Paola Leon


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.

Faculty Advisor: Salvatore Alaimo


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.

Faculty Advisor: Emily Nichols


Students Leaving A Mark (SLAM)

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.

Faculty Advisor: Quincy WilliamsEmail