CECI Student Organizations

Students in the College of Education and Community Innovation 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.

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

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: Sally Pelon



CECI International Student Group

The CECI 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



Educational Leadership/Specialist Organization

Master of Educational Leadership and Educational Specialist learners throughout Michigan will have a common place to connect and share resources, engage in exchanging of ideas and contribute to the enhancement of the GVSU Laker experience.  This will allow distance learners to better understand the resources of the institution, to provide possible professional development and networking opportunities.

Meets twice a year at the NMC-University Center in Traverse City. No dues.

Faculty Advisor: Greg Warsen


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: Larry Warkoczeski



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


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


Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education that fosters excellence in education and promotes fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Grand Valley KDP Student Chapter provides service opportunities in schools and throughout the community to positively impact the education of all children.

Students can become a member of the organization by coming to events, volunteering in the community through partnering school programs, and many other ways.

Faculty Advisor:



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



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 and to use their professional knowledge and uphold their social work value through community-based service projects. 

MSW students; Dues are $10.00 lifetime.

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


National Science Teaching Association - Student Chapter

The Grand Valley National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Student Chapter connects science to teaching, and provides professional opportunities for students wishing to pursue careers in K-12 science education. Science education majors and minors meet, explore careers, share resources, and talk with practicing teachers.

Open to students interested in science education; No dues

Faculty Advisor: Steve R. Mattox


Neighbors for Justice

Neighbors for Justice provides opportunities for students to dive into deep, thoughtful discussions about some of the most pressing social justice issues facing our communities. This student-led group creates space for constructive dialogues around difficult, messy, and potentially uncomfortable topics, knowing such conversations are necessary in order to generate progress. They ultimately aim to build upon these discussions with volunteering and engaging in the broader social justice community in West Michigan.

Open to any students seeking a space where they are empowered to share their authentic selves, be vulnerable, and challenge their preconceived notions. No dues.

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Perhamus


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.

Faculty Advisor: Kathy Bailey


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



Student Affairs Graduate Association

Student Affairs Graduate Association strives to empower graduate students to contribute to the enrichment of their education and program through active scholarship, community building, and professional networking. SAGA also strives to uphold the mission and values of GVSU and the College of Education and Community Innovation in all its functions and programming.

For graduate student in Higher Education. No dues.

Faculty Advisor: Karyn Rabourn



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 Williams



Teachers of Tomorrow - Phi Delta Kappa

Teachers of Tomorrow is a social and professional group for future teachers. We plan volunteering events, fundraisers, and have monthly meetings. We work with neighboring schools to raise money, make donations, and give back to our educational community. There are many ways to get involved, come out and get involved!

For education majors. Dues are $10 per year.

Faculty Advisor: Terry Stockton



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