The University of Dayton is a private Roman Catholic national research university located in Dayton, Ohio. The university has over 270 different student organizations to enrich the college experiences of its approximately 8,500 undergraduates. The clubs offered range from Greek Life organizations to dance teams to Model UN. Here are some of the coolest clubs available to students at the University of Dayton.
1. Mock Trial Team
The Mock Trial Team combines fun, critical thinking, and competition and enhances community learning. Members focus on improving trial advocacy, critical thinking, and public speaking skills. Members from all backgrounds participate, whether or not they are interested in pursuing law as a career. The team participates in several competitions per semester.
2. Orpheus Literary and Arts Magazine
Orpheus is student-written, student-produced literary and arts magazine. It is also the University of Dayton’s oldest student organization. The goal of the magazine is to support the arts and culture at the university through its publication. The magazine is published once per semester.
3. Social Justice Club
The Social Justice Club has a goal of addressing social justice issues in a group setting. The other, equally important goal of this club is to build a community of thinkers within the university. Meetings are discussion based. Members are dedicated to upholding the Marianist ideals of Learn, Lead, and Serve.
4. To Write Love on Her Arms
This student organization is a non-profit movement focused on giving hope and help to those struggling with addiction, depression, self-injury, and suicide. The Dayton branch of this organization exists to raise awareness of these issues on campus. One of its goals is also to invest directly in treatment and recovery through events like fundraisers. There are regular meetings and events organized throughout the semester.
5. Vegetarian Club and Outreach
This club exists to support vegetarians on campus with social events like cooking classes and field trips. It also functions as an outreach group that serves to inform others about the vegetarian lifestyle and its benefits. Vegetarians on campus are given a safe space to congregate and discuss the challenges posed by their lifestyle. Students who are not vegetarians can also come to meetings and decide whether vegetarianism is for them.
6. Women of Remarkable Distinction
This is a service organization that seeks to advocate social change among women. It also aims to serve as a voice of awareness about the current struggles faced by women in society. Emphasis is put on the unique struggles of women of color. The club unites women across the University of Dayton campus, forming a supportive community.
7. Music Therapy Club
This is a service organization open to all students at the University of Dayton. Members provide various sites across the community with music enrichment. Members also have access to special Music Therapy Conferences. Students can enrich their own and others’ lives by using music as a therapeutic medium.
This is the university’s gender-sexuality alliance. This group is dedicated to advocating for the acceptance of all sexual orientations and identities on campus. It aims to promote awareness and education about gender and sexuality among University of Dayton students. While this club attracts many gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning students, all are welcome.
9. Motorsports Club
This club helps to foster interest in cars and motorsports among students. Members are given the opportunity to socialize with other car enthusiasts. They are also encouraged to attend events organized by local sports car clubs. This includes concourse shows, autocross, and drifting.
10. Handball Club
Handball Club is a special-interest athletic club on campus. This organization has a goal of promoting the sport of handball. Members are given the opportunity to practice handball and to compete with each other. Students can enjoy themselves while making new friends and improving their physical fitness.
Top Events During the School Year at the University of Dayton
1. Humanities Fest
This event highlights the humanities disciplines on campus and brings more awareness to humanities students at the University of Dayton. Attendees can enjoy attractions like free pizza, t-shirts, games, a giant bouncy house, and a visit by 4Paws service canines. Humanities professors will be there to talk with students about opportunities available in the humanities. The event takes place in the Humanities Plaza on campus.
2. Discover Retreat
The Christian Diversity and Ecumenical Ministry offers this three-day retreat for students who want to go on a journey of spiritual and self-discovery. Students will learn how to connect more deeply with God and with their communities. They will do this through reflections, prayer, and different interactive activities. The retreat will be at Governor’s Island Retreat Center.
3. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk
JDRF has built is a network of members dedicated to finding a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. The Dayton JDRF One Walk is a charity event that takes place on campus every year. Members help to set up and take down the event, run different stations providing entertainment, and hand out water to the walkers. It is also a popular event with those who want to walk.
4. Christmas on Campus
Christmas on Campus is an annual celebration held in December on the University of Dayton campus. The tradition began when students wanted to celebrate Christmas with one another before going home for the holidays. While originally this was an event for UD students and faculty, it has since expanded to include the greater Dayton community. Local families were invited to join in after UD students realized that many children may not have the chance to fully celebrate Christmas.
CultureFest is a festival that allows students to celebrate the many diverse cultural identities across campus. Attractions include music, dance, demonstrations, and diverse cuisine. This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for International Programs, Dining Services, Center for Student Involvement, Housing and Residence Life, Campus Recreation, Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT), Women’s Center, New Student Programs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hanley Sustainability Institute and Student Government Association