Student Organizations

Best Buddies

Faculty advisor: Ashley Johnson (

The mission of Best Buddies, a non-profit international organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Miami’s chapter has about 75 members and received an “exceptional chapter” award in 2008.

Comparative Education Club (CEC)

Faculty advisor: Dr. Aimin Wang (

The CEC is primarily designed for the EDP Chinese Master Degree Cohort; however, both graduate and undergraduate students from any department are welcome to join and participate. Goals of the club are to increase cultural awareness and diversity within the Miami University community. Members will be provided opportunities to further their educational knowledge and experiences through activities such as seminars, guest speakers, group discussions and attending conferences.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

Faculty advisor: Dr. Sarah Watt (, 513-529-6621

The SCEC is part of the Council for Exceptional Children's student division. SCEC provides professional development and leadership opportunities for pre-service special educators and provides services to individuals with exceptional learning needs in the community. Monthly meetings provide opportunities for interaction with fellow students and leaders in special education from the faculty and surrounding communities. Service projects will help involve students with individuals and groups in the surrounding area.

4 Paws for Ability at Miami (4 Paws Miami)

Faculty advisor: Molly Kelly (, 513-529-1711

4 Paws for Ability at Miami University partners with a service dog training organization called 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio. Eligible students provide an initial level of fostering for dogs that involves socialization and education. The organization, including members who do not foster a dog, also educates and creates awareness about service dogs and helps to raise money for children who need a service dog. Open to all Miami University students.