Clubs and Organizations
Office of Student Activities
Rice Student Volunteer Program
Intercollegiate Speech and Debate
Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Student Activities , located in the Rice Student Center, oversees the activities of various campus wide student organizations, student requests for facilities usage, and coordination of various leadership development programs.
In addition to managing the registration process, finances, and general advising for the 250 plus registered clubs at Rice University, Student Activities provides direct advising to the following organizations:
The Rice University clubs are divided into eleven genres: Academic/Honorary, Cultural/International, Departmental GSA, Environmentalism and Sustainability, Political, Recreational/Sport, Religious/Spiritual, Service, Social/Special Interest, STEM and Visual/Performing Arts. Additional information about the clubs can be found online . Student Activities also provides leadership development opportunities in the form of Lunch and Lead Programs, the Impact Rice Retreat, the Leadership Summit, the Women LEAD program, and the Club Development program.
A large number of student organizations address special student interests, such as the Black Student Association, the Hispanic Association for Cultural Education at Rice, the Chinese Student Association, Rice Young Democrats, and Rice College Republicans. There also are numerous sport related clubs such as sailing, rugby, volleyball, and soccer. Some of the special-interest groups include a pre-med society, a pre-law society, and Habitat for Humanity.
Many organizations are associated with academic and professional disciplines, such as foreign language clubs, honor societies, and student affiliates groups such as the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Student Activities also recognizes a number of religious and spiritual organizations. These include, but are not limited to, Chi Alpha Christian Ministries, the Baptist Student Ministry, Catholic Student Association, Hillel Foundation, the Muslim Student Association, and an Interfaith association. Many of these clubs are assisted by local clergy or staff, and form the Joint Campus Ministers.
The Clubs Office is located in the basement of the Rice Memorial Center and provides computers, workspace, storage, and a color copier for club convenience.
By heightening student awareness of community needs and generally raising social consciousness, the Rice Student Volunteer Program (RSVP) has organized volunteer projects for Rice students, faculty, and staff since 1985. The largest event of each semester is Outreach Day, a Saturday when approximately 500 students volunteer with more than 30 nonprofit agencies throughout the Houston area, learning how to take thoughtful action to build a stronger, more just community. With an office in the cloisters of the Rice Memorial Center, RSVP invites each student’s involvement as an officer, a college representative, a committee member, a project organizer, or an interested participant in any RSVP event. To learn more about the programs sponsored by the Rice Student Volunteer Program, visit http://www.rice.edu/rsvp .
Consistently ranked in the top 10 nationally, the George R. Brown Forensic Society sponsors competition in the categories of Individual Events, Lincoln–Douglas, and Parliamentary Debate. The society provides students with the chance to hone their public speaking skills and to qualify for competition both at the American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament and at the National Parliamentary Debate Championships. Recognizing the importance of developing strong communication skills, the society has an open admission policy, inviting students with little or no previous experience as well as those with extensive high school backgrounds to become members of one of the most successful teams at Rice. For more information on speech and debate, please go to:www.ruf.rice.edu/~forensic/ .
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) has, as its primary mission, coordinating and implementing comprehensive educational, cultural and social programs designed to emphasize inclusiveness, while promoting intercultural dialogue, awareness and respect for diversity. Through advocacy, cultural programs and education, OMA also helps students understand and appreciate racial, ethnic, gender and other differences, while creating opportunities for students to challenge prejudice and expand their cultural knowledge and appreciation. OMA utilizes its programming and support systems to provide an optimum developmental environment where all members of the University community may develop to the highest level of their potential in an atmosphere free from harassment and bias, thereby ensuring Rice's standing as an intellectually and culturally vibrant community. Cultural student clubs, such as the Black Student Association, the Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice and the Rice Native American Student Association, meet regularly with OMA to discuss programming logistics and other issues. OMA also directly advises ADVANCE (Advancing Diversity and the Need for Cultural Exchange), a student club that hosts a weekly discussion on a topical issue and organizes an annual cultural fair. Other programs for students under OMA include HARAMBE, (Swahili for "working together in unity" or "let's pull together") a group that seeks to create a unifying event for entering African-American students, allowing them to build social and academic connections with peers, faculty, and staff, and FRESH, a group dedicated to forming relationships through education, scholarship and heuristics at Rice. For more information about OMA, please visit this website .
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