how to get involved

Cultural clubs provide a space for identity based community and learning. This photo was taken of a student performing at the International Student Union dinner. 

Gonzaga students are known for being busy and involved in many different things. The following highlights are just a few of the opportunities for student involvement at GU.

Student Government

Are you interested in changing your community for the better? The Gonzaga Student Body Association (GBSA) acts as the voice and representation of the student body to the administration and faculty, voicing concerns, perspectives and suggestions. To get involved, be on the lookout for spring elections for positions that require campaigning, such as senators and president and vice president. Additionally, applications come out for other positions decided through a hiring process. This includes class representatives and clubs and organizations.

Cultural Clubs

These clubs provide a space for identity-based community and cultural learning. All are welcome. They spend the year preparing large festivals and events that take place on campus in the Spring semester. The clubs in the Unity Alliance of Cultural Clubs are Asian American Union, La Raza Latina, Filipino American Student Union, International Student Union, Black Student Union, Hawai’i Pacific Islanders Club, Indigenous People and Rights Club, Gonzaga Against Poverty and Queer Student Union.

Community and Volunteering

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) hosts a youth program called Campus Kids, a mentoring program that establishes one-on-one, meaningful relationships between a fourth, fifth and sixth grade students and a GU student. The GU website states, Monday through Friday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm, GU mentors and their mentees can be see together working on homework, playing educational games together, or simply hanging out together. CCE also offers a variety of opportunities to engage with the community.

Environmental: 

Gonzaga Environmental Organization (GEO) works to improve sustainability on campus and to promote methods to help conserve the planet. They have implemented sustainability projects on campus such as the sustainability thrift shop and have taken part in climate change initiatives. Along with Fossil Free Gonzaga, they advocate for fossil free divestment at GU in favor of investing in companies that greater align with GU’s mission statement.

Activism and Organizing

Since 2013, the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) GU chapter has been advocating for institutional change and the rights of domestic and international sweatshop workers. In January 2018, through the efforts of GU’s USAS chapter, GU updated its contract with Nike by adopting protocol that allow the Workers Rights Consortium (WRC), an independent labor rights monitoring organization, to investigate working conditions of factories producing school apparel.

Professional Greek life

The Alpha Kappa Psi – Phi Omega GU chapter is a coed professional fraternity open to all grades and majors. The slogan on its website says, “Shaping people, Shaping business.” Alpha Kappa Psi members use the business skills they are taught in the classroom to acquire life skills such as the art of compromise, consensus building, project management, team building and networking.” 

Student Media

Student Media at GU is composed of The Gonzaga Bulletin student newspaper, Spires yearbook and four journals. Students have the chance to develop their creative side as all publications are written, designed and staffed by students.

Disclaimer: Opportunities for student involvement are subject to change due to the Washington Safe Start Plan and the university’s response to COVID-19.

Melina Benjamin is a news editor. Follow her on twitter @melinabenj.

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