Student Organizations: A Chance For Dominican Students to Connect

By Francyne Hari

Posted on September 14, 2017 11:27am PST

ICC Club Fair 2016 (Photo Courtesy of Dave Albee)

ICC Club Fair 2016 (Photo Courtesy of Dave Albee)

On a warm, but breezy Tuesday afternoon on August 29th, Dominican University students gathered on Archbishop Alemany Lawn for the annual club fair. There was much anticipation as the fair got underway whether it was new students looking to find their niche in a new environment, or continuing students eager to share their passions with other students.

The club fair gives Dominican Students a chance to see what activities the university has to offer through student organizations. From Campus Ministry to Rotary and much more, there are a variety of communities to join. These clubs represent the diversity that can be found on campus, an aspect that is important since Dominican has a diverse student body.

Campus organizations allow students to connect with others, forming friendships along with a professional network during their time in college. Lauren Castro, the Director of Student Activities and Leadership expands on why such organizations are important, “Campus clubs offer an opportunity outside of your roommate or your major to connect with other students. It helps build community and this ties in with the Dominican Core Value of community.” In a study on the impacts of student organizations on student development, researchers found that involvement in a student organization could help students hone their leadership skills or help them find their voice.

Campus organizations also give students the opportunity to reach outside their comfort zone. They get to explore interests that they might not have gotten to explore previously. Keenan Casey, a senior Communications major, reflects on his experience with Dominican’s clubs, “I have a few friends in the History Club. Despite not being a History major, the History Club has been very welcoming and has enjoyed any contribution I could give no matter how big or small.” Casey’s experience speaks to the opportunity that clubs give for students to connect with each other despite not being in the same major.

For more information about student organizations, visit the clubs and organizations page on the Dominican website or you can email Lauren Castro at lauren.castro@dominican.edu. You may also email the Inter-club council, a council of club leaders, at icc@students.dominican.edu.

Please note that the clubs and organizations page may not be up to date or may not list all the clubs on campus.