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.

Megan Rodgers  Advisor: Ortwin Knorr  

Biology Club (BIO)

Biology club aims to advance the study of biology

Emelia Sherman  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.

Daniel Sytsma  Advisor: Cooper Battle  

Eye Health and Pre-Optometry Club

The mission of the Eye Health and Pre-Optometry Club is to provide a space for students to meet other students with similar interests, and to benefit the community by completing community

Morgan Schetter  Advisor: Cooper Battle  

Institute for Healthcare Improvement & Health Professions Club (IHI)

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

Morgan Schetter  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.

Nathan Howard  Advisor: Josh Laison  

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.

Teddy Brewer  Advisor: Michaela Kleinert  

Slavic Club

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

Christina Clothier  Advisor: Sarah Bishop  

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.

Reese Hamilton  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.

Will Antink  Advisor: Jeffery Allen  

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.

Joshua Perez  Advisor: Emiliano 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.

Quinna Sypher  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

Anna Corner  Advisor: Anne Lapour  

Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi is a women’s fraternity that seeks the highest ideals of womanhood through sisterhood, scholarship, service, leadership, loyalty, and character development.

Casey Swinkels  Advisor: Luke Ettinger  



The Collegian

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

Emma Innes  Advisor: Lisa Holliday  



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.

Maria Aguilar Alvarado  Advisor: Olivia Munoz  

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.

Rou Rou Hutchinson  Advisor: Gordon Tomaya  

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.

Laila Pickett  Advisor: Ineda Pearl Adesanya  

Sinophone Cultural Association (CSA)

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

Chris Olivia  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.

Jillyan Harada  Advisor: Kendrick Arakaki  

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.

Aidan Smith  Advisor: Miho Fujiwara  

Native & Indigenous Student Union (NISU) (NISU)

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.

KC Fejeran  Advisor: Gordon Toyama  

Queer Student Union (RBOW)

The Queer Student Union is dedicated to providing support, resources, and visibility for queer students in the Willamette community. We aim to build community and create a welcoming space for organizing towards queer liberation that celebrates all intersections of identity held by our members.

Cameron Cole  Advisor: Janet Lorenzen  

Pro Immigrant Rights Student Union (PIRSU)

Pro Immigrant Rights Student Union (PRISU) is a pro-immigrant rights organization. We represent a diverse group of activists who recognize that immigration affects the wider Willamette and Salem communities. We advocate for human rights, equity, and justice by taking political action, spreading awareness, and educating the Willamette community and the broader public.

Melissa Melquist  Advisor: Delia Olmos-Garcia  

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: Oliver Hamilton  

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.

Noa Landau-Camarillo  Advisor: Anthony Stafford   

Student Theatre Arts Group for Equity (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.

Tori Purpura  Advisor: Kyle Lemoi  

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.

CJ Bradford  Advisor: Kaelyn Kappes  

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.

Taylor Hamura  Advisor: Lisa Holliday  


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.

Logan Heagerty  Advisor: Courtney Stevens  

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.

Jasmine Shigeno  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.

Theo Balwit  Advisor: Meredy Goldberg Edelson  


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.

Jenna Harris  Advisor: Eric Lassahn  

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.

Sage Clemons  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.

Jacob Kuklock  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.

Leila Fischer  Advisor: Jordan Uth  

Social and Support

Bearcat Pantry/SOAR

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.

Shione Mochizuki  Advisor: Gordon Toyama  

Chess Club

Chess Club provides a friendly, welcoming, judgement free space to play chess, develop strategy, hone tactics, learn theory, make mistakes, and gain a deeper appreciation for the game.

Tyler Bontrager  Advisor: Ivan Welty  

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

Olivia Hoffmann  Advisor: Andrea Hugmeyer  

Climate Action Alliance

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

Ian Curtis  Advisor: Joe Bowersox  

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.

Gus Gunter  Advisor: Richard Ellis  

College Republicans

The Willamette University College Republicans is dedicated towards the discussion and promotion of conservative ideas on campus and beyond. The club will serve to support the politics and platform of the Republican Party and connect students with opportunities to engage in real-world political discourse and action.

Kasey Englert  Advisor: Ortwin Knorr  

Disability Advocacy Club

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

Andrew Caruana  Advisor: Justin Leibowitz  

Fabric, Yarn, and Textiles Club

Fabric Yarn and Textile club will meet with the purpose of building community and giving back to the larger Salem community through craft projects.

Sophia Rosenberg  Advisor: David Altman  

Millstream Board Games Collective

The Millstream Board Games Collective seeks to provide a sense of community for students, offering a safe, equitable, and inviting space to enjoy tabletop games through play, conversation, and creation.

Forrest Derr  Advisor: Josh Laison  

Neurodivergent Student Union

The mission of this organization is to be a community space for neurodivergent students to create relationships with others like them, to offer support with navigating university resources, and to educate the community about Autism, ADHD, ADD, and neurodiversity.

Kayden Cantrell  Advisor: Karen Holman  

Non Traditional Student Union

Non Traditional Student Union creates a safe space for non traditional students to connect with each other and share experiences while also connecting to the larger Willamette community.

Lauren Meekins  Advisor: Kelvin Clark  

Restorative Justice Club (RJC)

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

Harriet Siqueland  Advisor: Joneeke Koomen  

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.

Catie Kawamura  Advisor: Leslie Shevlin  

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.

Matthew Quirarte  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 Engagement & Leadership and Willamette University.

Audrey Ely  Advisor: Jodi Santillie  

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.

Marcos Maza  Advisor: Tony Stafford  


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.

Teddy McKenna  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!!

Aiden Schubert  Advisor: Anthony Stafford  

Nerf Club

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

Emma Innes  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Outdoor Program

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

Aliya Schwartz  Advisor: Anthony Stafford  

Skate Club

Skate Club is a fun recreation club that plays with all types of skating including: Roller Skating, Roller Blading, Skateboarding, Longboarding, and Ice Skating.

Sabrina Daramola  Advisor: Tony Stafford  

Taekwondo Club

The mission of Taekwondo Club is to provide a place for college students to safely practice and improve in taekwondo.

Jonathan Webb  Advisor: Anthony 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.

Michael Bihrle  Advisor: Anthony 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.

Maddy Specht  Advisor: Tony Stafford  
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