The purpose of student organizations at Willamette University is to provide opportunities for the enhancement of academic, cultural, social and recreational aspects of student life through participation in group programs and activities. Every Willamette student has the opportunity to become involved in campus organizations!

Student organizations fall into one of ten categories. To browse student organizations, select a category below.


Archaeology Club

The Archaeology Club aims to engage students in extracurricular archaeological activities, projects and events. The club hopes to give students more hands-on learning opportunities.

Holly Piper  Advisor: Ortwin Knorr  

Biology Club (BIO)

Biology club aims to advance the study of biology

Rachel Benning  Advisor: David Craig  

Chemistry Club

The purpose of the Chemistry Club is to engage the Willamette community in chemistry-related activities both on campus and around Salem. The club provides teaching experience, along with training in lab safety techniques, for members who perform science demonstrations at local elementary and middle schools. The Chemistry Club also provides opportunities to learn about possible careers in chemistry. Science and humanities majors alike are welcome.

Monce Barajas Gomez  Advisor: Cooper Battle  

Exercise and Health Science Club

The Exercise Science club is designed to provide exercise students opportunities to explore different careers in the field and participate in curriculum-related field trips.

Risa Shutz  Advisor: Michael Lockard  

French Club

The French club's purpose is to promote the culture of the French speaking world on Willamette campus and to improve students' knowledge of this culture by providing them with an insight of francophone particularities that they cannot experience in the classroom (food movies, exhibits, music, etc.)

Eva Morath  Advisor: Amadou Fofana  

German Club

The German Club will provide a community setting for students of German and those with an interest in the German language and culture to broaden their learning through activities, informative gatherings, traditional festivals, and group excursions related to the subject of German.

Helena Wetzel  Advisor: Aili Zheng  

Institute for Healthcare Improvement and Pre-Health Club (IHI)

This group aims to provide academic, social, and professional support for students interested in pursuing a career in the healthcare field.

Eleanor McDonough  Advisor: Cooper Battle  

Math Club

The purpose of the Willamette University Math Club (WUMC) is to provide an environment in which members can explore extracurricular mathematics.

Izze Sacksteder  Advisor: Colin Starr  

Physics Club

It is the mission of the Physics Club to create a supportive student community focused on expanding aerospace and other relevant physical knowledge.

Cameron Taggesell  Advisor: Jed Rembold  

Russian Club

The purpose of the Russian Club is to promote awareness and a greater appreciation of the Russian culture and also to provide an opportunity for students of the Russian Department to associate and socialize.

Christina Clothier  Advisor: Sarah Bishop  

Spanish Club

Spanish club is a student-run organization at Willamette University that celebrates and promotes Spanish culture and language. We hold different types of events each month so students are exposed to the different foods, cultures, and dialects that are present in Spanish speaking countries. Our club is intended to expose students to aspects of Spanish language and culture that are difficult to explore in a traditional classroom setting, to promote fluency in the language, and to help students gain a deeper understanding of culture.

Brian Ixtlahuac  Advisor: Gustavo Fonseca  

STEM-GEMS (Gender Minorities in STEM)

This organization creates a space for discussion of women in information science, and helps facilitate academic and personal projects in this field.

Izzy Pfander  Advisor: Haiyan Cheng  

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Interfraternity Council (IFC)

IFC is the governing body for the men's fraternities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's fraternities.

Tovar Moreno  Advisor: Lisa Holliday  

Beta Theta Pi

The mission of Beta Theta Pi is to develop men of principle for a principled life and it is our vision that members will live out Beta's values of mutual assistance, intellectual growth, trust, responsible conduct and integrity.

Caleb Tedder  Advisor: Lisa Holliday  

Kappa Sigma

By striving for excellence in Kappa Sigma's Four Pillars of Fellowship, Leadership, Scholarship and Service, we seek to produce Brothers who are involved in all aspects of campus life; who excel academically as students and professionally upon graduation; who develop lifelong bonds with those around them and who support those peers; and who serve their colleges and communities.

Zachary Haroian  Advisor: Haley Morris  

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of friendship, scholarship and service for its members based upon the ideals set forth by the founders and as specifically enunciated in "The True Gentlemen."

Carson Pies  Advisor: Richard Barreto  

Sigma Chi

The purpose of this fraternity shall be to cultivate and maintain the high ideals of friendship, justice and learning upon which Sigma Chi was founded.

Will Huntington  Advisor: Emilio Solano  

Panhellenic Council (PHC)

PHC is the governing body for the women's sororities, composed of elected representatives from each of Willamette's three sororities.

Kilani Fierstos  Advisor: Lisa Holliday  

Alpha Chi Omega

Alpha Chi Omega seeks to positively contribute to our surrounding community through philanthropy, educational activities and social events. We strive for excellence in academics, leadership, responsibility, character, and seek to create strong bonds of friendship among our members

Perrin Crespi-Funderburk  Advisor: Karen Wood  

Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi is a sisterhood of outstanding women supporting one another in lifelong achievement. The objectives of our Fraternity are the promotion of growth in character; unity of feeling, sisterly affection, and social communion among our members.

Trystin Thomas  Advisor: Lucas Ettinger  

Pi Beta Phi

The mission of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is to promote friendship, develop women of intellect and integrity, cultivate leadership potential and enrich lives through community service.Our vision is to be recognized as a premier organization for women by providing lifelong enrichment to our members and to contribute to the betterment of society.

Jadelin Tung  Advisor: Kimberlee Hanken  


Mortar Board

Mortar Board is a national honor society recognizing college seniors for their exemplary scholarship, leadership and service, established in 1918.

Montana Hunter  Advisor: Robert Chenault  


The Collegian

The Collegian strives to teach journalistic skills and ethics while providing Willamette's weekly student paper.

Noah Dantes  Advisor: Marwa Al Khamees  


It is the mission of KWU to fill the people's ears with joy, love and happiness.

Cassidy Brennan  Advisor: Kyle House  



The purpose of Alianza is to promote the Latino culture as well as empower the outer Latin community in effort to seek a higher education. We will provide the campus with ethnic celebrations, films, speakers, and a supportive environment for multicultural students through potlucks, trips and other cultural gatherings.

Raul Marquez  Advisor: Jonneke Koomen  

Asian Coalition for Equality (ACE)

The mission of the Asian Coalition for Equality (ACE) is to educate and promote interest in awareness of Asian American issues within the Willamette University community through the use of films, lectures, outings, and other events. ACE will also attend events of groups that we recognize in solidarity on campus. These include groups representing marginalized students, groups centered around activism, and groups holding educational or informational events. ACE is here to conduct Asian American education and activism, but we also seek to build connections and support other groups representing marginalized populations on campus.

Jam Rorsoongnerm  Advisor: Aili Zheng  

Black Student Union (BSU)

The Black Student Union is dedicated to the unification and healing of African-Americans, people of African descent and others that are part of the African Diaspora through self-determination, cultural education, and academic excellence. Through the Implementation of these principles and others, the Black Student Union will strive to continue the struggle for Black liberation and the liberation of all.

Vanessa Sanders  Advisor: Amadou Fofana  

Chinese Taiwanese Culture Association (CTCA)

The Chinese Taiwanese Culture Association strives to bridge the gap between Chinese, Chinese American, and Willamette Students and to facilitate communication among these cultures on Willamette campus.

Tara Hickman  Advisor: Huike Wen  

Hawaii Club

The Hawaii Club strives to produce a more comfortable environment for students, both from Hawaii and those interested in the culture. It provides a support group that participates in activities, service projects, and educational programs, especially through the luau put on at the end of the school year. It also functions as a transitory resource to assist students while finding their niche at Willamette University.

Shione Mochizuki  Advisor: Gordon Toyama  

Japan Studies Student Leaders (JSSL)

JSSL is an organization open to all students interested in Japan, with the purpose of organizing engaging academic activities centered around Japanese culture, society and language for the Willamette, TIUA and Salem communities.

Ada Martin  Advisor: Miho Fujiwara  

Native and Indigenous Student Union

The purpose of the Native and Indigenous Student Union is to enlighten its members to the cultural diversity of the Native American people. This association will help Native Americans to identify with an organization on campus and all other students of different origins to be enlightened by the activities, debates and lectures this association may offer.

Clifford Grace Steelman  Advisor: Gordon Toyama  

Rainbow Alliance

This group exists to provide and encourage the support, education, and visibility of all sexuality and gender identities, concerns, and issues in the Willamette/TIUA community. Its aim is to create an awareness and celebration of differing perspectives and lifestyles.

Silas Newman  Advisor: Rachel Kinsman Steck  

Performing Arts


Headband is a vivacious group of tenors, baritones, basses and vocal percussionists who perform contemporary a cappella music in a variety of genres! Headband performs on Willamette's campus, sings around Salem, travels to regional festivals, and competes in the International Competition of Collegiate A Cappella (you can check them out on YouTube and Spotify, too).

Seth Bell  Advisor: Bryce Tomlin  

Improv Club

The purpose of this organization is to promote, perform, and teach methods of improvisational theatre to members of the Willamette community.

Whitney Widrig  Advisor: Susan Coromel  

Pep Band

The Pep Band will play at Willamette sporting events to increase student participation and to bring more pep to sporting events.

Jake Procino  Advisor: Hector Aguero  

Poi Club

Poi club promotes, expresses and teaches the art of poi on the Willamette campus. We will gather regularly to practice and improve each others' skills. Performances will be in conjunction with other clubs at WU including but not limited to the DJ and Hawaii club. The tools used in poi are varied; the include poi balls, glowsticks, zuni, beaming poi and fine poi among others.

Peter Strobel  Advisor: Rich Dennis  

Sanshin Club

The Sanshin Club is a student-run organization with the main goal of sharing the traditional Okinawan musical instrument and the abundant Japanese history and culture to the Willamette community and schools around the Salem area. The Sanshin Club is open to any Willamette University undergraduate and American Studies Program (ASP) students. Through the learning and performing of this musical instrument, our organization aims to bring not only enjoyment, but also traditional Japanese culture and its rich history into the public view.

Amelia Gingrich  Advisor: Miho Fujiwara  

Student Theatre Arts Group (STAGE)

STAGE is dedicated to supporting and funding theatrical endeavors on campus. Their goal is to create more inclusive student-led arts community on the Willamette campus as well as organize and support creative expression outside of the academic department.

Shelby Fenn  Advisor: Robert Brewer-Wallin  

Taiko Club

The purpose of Taiko is to give an opportunity to students to learn the traditional ways of Japanese Taiko and to perform for Willamette as well as other local communities in hopes of expanding the knowledge of Japanese tradition.

Kahi Wilhelm  Advisor: Miho Fujiwara  


Tandem is a co-ed a capella choir that arranges, learns and performs a variety of popular music.

Evan Kohne  Advisor: Paul Klemme  

Up Top

Up Top is a student-run treble a cappella musical group comprised of full-time Willamette students of any major. It strives to promote a creative and performance outlet through the process of performing and arranging original and "covered" vocal pieces.

Brady McDevitt  Advisor: Christopher Engbretson  

Willamette Dance Company

The Willamette Dance Company is an organization of dancers and dance enthusiasts with the common goal of creating and performing a fall and spring dance concert.

Kristin Jradi  Advisor: Lisa Holliday  


Buddhist Student Association

Buddhist Student Association provides a community for students at Willamette University to practice Buddhism. We will be reading Buddhist texts, meditating, and chanting.

Kawika Kalama  Advisor: Michael Marks  

Campus Ambassadors

Campus Ambassadors Christian Fellowship desires to help students grow in the knowledge and love of God, guided by the authority of Scripture and prayer. We work to fulfill our mission through worship, Bible study, community service, daily prayer and retreats.

Adam Marl  Advisor: Sarah Kirk  

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (WUIV)

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a student-led organization that is working with Jesus to cause a revolution through which all students will experience the kingdom of God, be transformed by His love and be sent out to change the world. Students lead small group Bible studies and prayer meetings in order to know Jesus personally.

Olivia Brady  Advisor: Sue Corner  

Jewish Student Union

This organization strives to provide a forum and community for Jewish students of WU to practice and talk about Jewish culture.

Louis Polcin  Advisor: Ellen Eisenberg  

Newman Club

Our mission is to integrate faith, reason and life experience on the campus of Willamette University according to the vision of Cardinal Newman. As a Catholic apostolate, we foster spiritual growth through prayer, discussion and service.

Gregory Gandy  Advisor: Karen Wood  


All Abilities Alliance

All Abilities Alliance is a college based volunteer program designed to promote one-to-one friendships between college students and people with developmental disabilities. Each College Buddy is asked to see his/her Buddy once a month and call or write once a week. In addition, pairs participate in monthly group activities, such as dances, arts craft nights and pizza parties.

Amy Meyerson  Advisor: Beth Walsh  

Burning Bright

Burning Bright provides a variety of opportunities to volunteer with children with serious illnesses. Opportunities include service at the hospital, fundraisers, organizational events and specialized camps.

Zachery Luis  Advisor: Eric Lassahn  

Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer gives students the opportunity to combat cancer on their campus while uniting with other chapters nationwide. Students can make an impact nationwide, as well as within the Salem Community.

Ciera Abrigo  Advisor: Karen Wood  

Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA)

SARA aims to provide a safe group of trained volunteers to which survivors of sexual assault and their allies can go to seek support, advocacy, and information.

Jessie Evans  Advisor: Andrea Doyle Hugmeyer  

Willamette Emergency Medical Services (WEMS)

To encourage and facilitate training of students expressing interests in emergency medical services to include but not limited to training in CPR and First Aid. To provide certification in CPR to the Willamette Community.

Nathan Brown  Advisor: Ross Stout  

Zena Farm Club

The Zena Farm Club gathers students to collaborate ideas and work on Zena Farm, the Willamette owned piece of land just outside of West Salem.

Hope Heideman  Advisor: Wendy Petersen Boring  

Social and Support

Bearcat Pantry

An operating food pantry that aims to serve students that identify as food insecure, help connect students with resources to support better financial stability, and to raise awareness about food insecurity.

Miya Konishi  Advisor: Gordon Toyama  

Boffer Club

The Boffer Club is devoted to recreation of medieval battle using light, padded weapons in a variety of game-types and settings. Typically meets once a week, occasionally also meets on weekends for capture the flag and other large-scale games. Safe and fun. Theatrical/period costume encouraged.

Holly Piper  Advisor: Peter Wogan  

Choice Action Team

NARAL is part of the larger Pro-Choice Oregon: Salem Regional Leadership Team. We will work with this team to advance reproductive rights/access in our area and participate in legislative action and community organizing

Lily Clancy  Advisor: Raechelle Mascarenhas  

Climate Action Alliance

Climate Action Alliance is meant to provide opportunities to learn about and engage in sustainability, environmental justice, and other relevant topics.

Daniel Smith  Advisor: Joe Bowersox  

Clothing Share

Clothing Share

Kela Iwata  Advisor: Gordon Toyama  

College Democrats

Willamette College Democrats will serve as a source of ideas, organization, and activism directed towards supporting the community members of WU who seek to gain experience in local, state, or national politics through voter education, voter registration, get out the vote efforts, as well as those who seek to gain experience by aiding candidates or campaigns aligned with the ideals found within the platform, heritage, or future direction of the Democratic Party.

Quinna Sypher  Advisor: Melissa Michaux  

College Republicans

College Republicans endorse and publicize the principles of the Republican Party. College Republicans will serve as a source of ideas, organization, and activism for those wishing to support the Republican Party and conservative ideals.

Alexander Knorr  Advisor: Michael Marks  

Disability Advocacy Club

To provide a safe community and uplifting environment for current students with disabilities, as well as their allies.

Samantha Nurmi  Advisor: Emma Coddington  

Restorative Justice Coalition (RJC)

This group will share information in regards to and advocate for reformation of criminal justice.

Harriet Siqueland  Advisor: Melissa Michaux  

Stitch and Bitch

Stitch N' Bitch will help to better serve the community at Willamette and in Salem through the cooperative and healing activity of knitting and crocheting.

Risa Shutz  Advisor: Karen Wood  

Student Athlete Advisory Committee

The mission of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity for all student-athletes; protecting student-athlete welfare; and fostering a positive student-athlete image, while maintaining the tenets of the Division III philosophy.

Mack van der Velde  Advisor: Leslie Shevlin  

Student (Cyber) Security League

SSL holds weekly meetings to teach members cybersecurity concepts in preperation for the National Cyber League competition each semester.

Wren Andrus  Advisor: Fritz Ruehr  

Student Solidarity Union

Student Solidarity Union

Zeke Druker  Advisor: Joe Bowersox  

Tabletop RPG Club

Tabletop RPG Club provides a positive and social atmosphere for Willamette students to enjoy themselves by playing various tabletop games.

Matthew Ihling  Advisor: David Altman  

Video Game Club

It is the mission of the Video Game Club to promote teamwork and communication between video gamers on campus, and build an environment of harassment-free sportsmanship through on-campus competition.

Devin Otto  Advisor: Jeff Allen  

Willamette Events Board (WEB)

The purpose of Willamette Events Board is to provide programs that complement, reflect and respond to the Willamette University community. These programs shall be designed to be an educational experience for those involved in planning and presenting of the programs, as well as those who participate. These programs should remain consistent with stated objectives, regulations, and missions of the Office of Student Activities and Willamette University.

Adriana Escorcia  Advisor: Marwa Al Khamees  

Sports and Recreational

Badminton Club

The purpose is to be an organization where members can compete against each other and enhance their skills as badminton players.

Danae Alexander  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Equestrian Club

The purpose of this club is to get students involved with horses. The club focuses on putting care first and working together to increase communication, responsibility, and patience. Club members volunteer with the community groups that use horses to help others.

Eleanor Donohue  Advisor: Cady Campbell  


The eSports Club aims to provide Willamette Students with the chance to compete in their favorite video game as eSports athletics to develop their competitive spirit, leadership abilities, and teamwork. There will be team practices, competitive tournaments, and viewing parties.

Alejandro Garcia Iboa  Advisor: Josh Laison  

Men's Rugby Club

Men's Rugby plays a challenging schedule in both the fall and spring semesters, and tour all over the country - from home games at McCulloch Stadium to campuses across the Northwest and California. Students with any ability level are welcome! Live your golden years playing the greatest sport in the world, and forming friendships you'll have the rest of your life. GO BEARCATS!!

Henry Veitenhans  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Men's Soccer Club

To provide players with a more competitive soccer environment than intramurals provides, without being at the extreme level of collegiate varsity sport.

Raul Marquez  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Nerf Club

The Nerf Club fosters a safe, friendly, social, and inclusive community centered around the Nerfing hobby.

Evan Kohne  Advisor: Rich Dennis  

Outdoor Program

The Outdoor Program aims to provide students with accessible opportunities to engage in outdoor recreation.

Char Howland  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Paradigm Choreography

Paradigm strives to bring an urban/hip-hop community to campus for students to express themselves and present professional level performances.

Chagall Ford-Roshon  Advisor:Tony Stafford  

Running Club

The purpose of the running club is to unite runners of all abilities to go on runs together. Participants may choose to run in races together.

Char Howland  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Ultimate Frisbee

This club exists to play Ultimate Frisbee and lots of it. Group members strive to develop skills, play in intercollegiate games and tournaments and to have fun in every weather condition.

Thomas Verner  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Volleyball Club

This organization seeks to gather students of Willamette University to play indoor volleyball and increase their skills in the sport.

Alejandro Garcia Iboa  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Willamette Rugby Football Club

Our purpose at Willamette University is to promote the love of rugby in a positive and fun manner by providing women, non-binary, and transgender folks with a fun and athletic pastime outside of varsity sports. By participating in Willamette Rugby Football Club, students have a chance to participate in a unique sport and get involved in the Willamette community.

Natalie Roadarmel  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Women's Club Soccer

This organization is designed to provide the WU community with a more competitive soccer environment than intramurals provides, without being at the extreme level of a colligate varsity sport.

Amairani Santillan-Guzman  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Wrestling Club

Wrestling club is designed to coach students in wrestling, and provide a platform for wrestling athletes to train and travel to competitions.

Henry Veitenhans  Advisor: Tony Stafford  
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