Asociated Student Government
Community Engagement & Service
Fraternity & Sorority Life
Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader (SOULs)
Miami University’s Associated Student Government (ASG), along with its branch organizations, allows students the opportunity to engage within the university both on and off campus by being involved in issues facing the Miami and Oxford communities. Students may get involved in ASG directly through the Executive Cabinet or Senate, or indirectly through one of the ASG branches including Campus Activities Council, Academic Affairs Coalition, Diversity Affairs Council, the Residence Hall Association, or the Oxford Tenants Organization. For more information about ASG or any of the branch organizations, visit the ASG's website.
Miami University’s Club Sports program bridges the gap between intramural and intercollegiate athletics while giving students the opportunity to participate competitively, or at an instructional level. Those engaged in Club Sports also have the opportunity to learn new skills, or refine existing skills, in areas such as fundraising, public relations, administration, budgeting, and scheduling. Additionally, the Club Sports program builds Miami's core strengths while contributing to the overall undergraduate experience. Visit the Club Sports website for a list of sports and contact information.
The Office of Community Engagement & Service serves students looking to get involved in mutually beneficial campus and community partnerships. The office provides a multitude of ways for students to become engaged, including one-time and ongoing volunteer opportunities with community agencies, Service-Learning courses, and our popular tutoring and mentoring programs. Students can also also get involved in social justice and student activism through the EMPOWER program and the Social Action Center. Need assistance planning a service oriented event? Visit the Office of Community Engagement & Service website.
The Interfraternity Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and Panhellenic Association have built a long tradition of men and women whose experiences have enriched Miami University since 1833. Miami University's fraternity & sorority life is firmly grounded in the five core principles: Scholarship & Learning, Service & Philanthropy, Leadership, Community, and Brotherhood & Sisterhood.
Fraternity and sorority members constitute the largest student organization on campus, representing approximately 5,200 undergraduate students; members recognize how great of an impact each individual can make within their chapter as well as the rest of Miami University. Membership in a Greek organization promotes personal connection to the University through a comforting atmosphere and a network of support.
With 20 sororities and 30 fraternities, there is a place for everyone in the Miami University fraternity/sorority community. Each individual chapter has their own unique traditions to offer while all provide opportunities for academic assistance, networking, leadership, social events and community service, molding men and women into the future leaders of tomorrow. The three councils pride themselves in promoting high standards through open communications and collaborations with other on-campus organizations as well as the surrounding Oxford Community.
For information, visit the Cliff Alexander Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life website or call 513-529-7117.
For information about other Leadership Programs and activities visit the official Miami University Leadership website.
Peer Education programs, such as the HAWKS Peer Health Educators, is an effective tool for students to learn from other students. Peer Educations programs educate, inform, and engage students on a variety of topics including overall wellness, health, and the safety of students. Additional information about the HAWKS is listed below, along with other important Peer Education programs.
HAWKS Peer Health Educators
Our mission is to actively engage students to consider important issues by presenting factual, relevant information that encourages them to honestly, realistically, and thoroughly reflect on their lifestyle and to help them make healthy choices. HAWKS present programs on a variety of requested health topics to student groups, residence halls, and academic classes. HAWKS also sponsor campus programs and awareness campaigns throughout the year. Contact HAWKS through Student Wellness Programs, 102 Health Service Center, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 513- 529-8544.
Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS)
MARS is a group of men from many different areas of campus life who share the belief that violence against women, specifically sexual violence, is wrong. The mission of MARS is to give informative, discussion-based presentations educating peers about the realities of sexual assault. The MARS program teaches male peers the importance of consent and the responsibilities that each sexual partner has to the other. Through MARS, our male peers learn that sexual assault occurs when the perpetrator takes away his partner’s freedom of choice, without regard for his partner’s wants or desires. We also address masculinity and other gender topics that impact our culture. In addition, we work with and support other campus and community inniatives that address gender equality and sexual violence. MARS is a campus affiliate of Men Can Stop Rape (MCSR) which is an international organization that mobilizes men to use their strength for creating cultures free from violence, especially men’s violence against women.
Women Against Violence and Sexual Assault (WAVES)
WAVES is a group of women who are dedicated to spreading awareness and education about sexual violence to the campus community. The group provides interactive, discussion-based 60-75 minute long programming to female peers which educates about the dynamics of sexual violence, challenge social norms, and equip individuals on how to respond when this crisis arises. Members of WAVES are also committed to being proactive bystanders and change agents in their sphere of influence. As a student organization, the group hosts both passive and active campus-wide events which aid in spreading our core messages and allowing students to become allies for this cause. Although sexual violence is largely a gender-based crime, the key to its end requires participation of men and women that target all people.
Women's Center Ambassador Program
The Women’s Center Ambassador Program is a leadership, learning, and employment opportunity for undergraduate students. The Ambassador Program is designed to further critical thinking, advance a culture that embraces difference, consider student development from a holistic perspective and actively engage students in their own learning and discovery. Ambassadors deliver classroom and community presentations about issues affecting women, assist with event planning, promotion, and execution, represent the Women’s Center at various campus events and generally raise awareness about women’s and gender issues. Ambassador responsibilities also include basic office tasks such as answering phones, greeting patrons of the Women’s Center, providing a brief orientation for new visitors to the Center, and assisting with mailings. Ambassadors are recruited each spring semester. For more information, visit the Women’s Center’s website or contact the Women’s Center at email@example.com or call 513-529-1510.
Leadership Opportunities in the Residence Halls and Commuter Center
Interested in getting involved in leadership opportunities at Miami? Check out the opportunities available to you in the residence halls and Commuter Center!
Commuter Assistants are responsible for mentoring commuter students by providing information, resources, as well as developing and implementing student-centered programming throughout the semester. In addition, CAs are responsible for daily office duties, maintaining bulletin boards, and creating a sense of community within the Center. CAs will have the opportunity to work on our bi-monthly newsletter Commuter Connections, as well as assist in the development of our student organization. This position requires the successful completion of an application and interview process. For specific information regarding the position of Commuter Assistant, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 513– 529– 4000
The purpose of this organization is to address any issues and/or concerns specific to the commuter student, both traditional and non-traditional age. With representation on Student Senate, the Commuter Council has had the opportunity to communicate our concerns to university administrators and other student leaders. The Commuter Council is also responsible for petitioning the Associated Student Government (ASG) for funds to support commuter student programs and activities.
Community Councils are the governing bodies in each residence community that are comprised of students who are looking to gain leadership experience and have a positive impact on their fellow residents through programming and partnerships with Residence Life staff. It’s a wonderful way to meet new people and to have a role in shaping your on-campus experience. Ask your hall’s Adviser or Resident Director about how you can be a part of Community Council!
The goal of living in the residence halls is to enable students to become citizen leaders and engaged scholars within the Miami community. Every resident has the opportunity to plan events, create bulletin boards, and engage in a variety of other leadership opportunities on his or her corridor. For specific information regarding corridor leadership opportunities, please contact your Resident Assistant (RA).
National Residence Hall Honorary
National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) honors our outstanding leaders at Miami University. NRHH is built around the concepts of Recognition, Leadership, Scholarship, and Service. In addition to induction ceremonies to recognize leaders, NRHH programs at Miami include recognition week, You Better Recognize, an End of the Year ORL Banquet, service projects, small recognition programs and collaborative programs with the Residence Hall Association (RHA), such as Community Council Training. NRHH membership is comprised of the top 1% of residential student leaders. Membership in NRHH requires the successful completion of an application and interview process. For specific information regarding the position of NRHH, please e-mail NRHH at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resident Assistants in the Residence Halls and Heritage Commons Apartments
Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students with special training who live within the residential communities. There is approximately one student staff member per 30 students. The RA works to build a supportive community on the hall's corridor and serves as a resource for students. RAs are trained to address a variety of issues to ensure hall communities are a place where students can succeed academically and personally. This position requires the successful completion of an application and interview process. For specific information regarding RA positions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at 513–529–4000.
Residence Hall Association
Residence Hall Association (RHA) provides outstanding leadership opportunities, creates engaging programs and useful services, and assists with funding for student-directed events and initiatives. Every fall, the RHA holds elections to appoint General Assembly Representatives and On-Campus Senators.
- General Assembly Representatives act as the voice of their peers deciding important campus issues, planning and facilitating events, and delivering news and information to their fellow residents.
- On-Campus Senators are part of the Associated Students Government (ASG), working to promote awareness of and enacting change surrounding issues affecting the Miami community.
Interested in running for an elected position? Watch for special advertisements in residence halls and on the RHA website to find out more about the elections process!
In a recent survey, 85% of students reported involvement in at least one of Miami's more than 400 student organizations. Involvement in student organizations is one of the key ways that students get involved in during their time in college. Each student organization has their own membership requirements and means of getting involved, but one of the best ways to get involved is through Mega Fair, the student organization fair held each semester. For more information about student organization involvement, download the Office of Student Activities Brochure or visit the Hub to search for student organizations.
“SOUL” is an acronym for Student Orientation Undergraduate Leader, and Miami’s Office of New Student Programs employees 20 undergraduate students as SOULs each year. The SOUL staff plays an extremely important part in the Orientation experience for new students and their family members. During Orientation, the SOULs lead small group activities, facilitate discussions, write and perform vignettes (or skits) about common college-transition issues, and serve as a resource for new students and family members. The SOUL position provides students with excellent leadership experience; opportunities to build and develop communication, leadership, and facilitation skills; and a fun summer job working with current and new Miami students! For more information about the SOUL position please visit www.muohio.edu/orientation. Applications to be a 2013 SOUL will be available on the New Student Programs website in late October 2012.