There are many clubs to choose from at WSU Vancouver

There are many different clubs available to choose from at Washington State University Vancouver. Whether one is looking for an academic club, something fun, or a club that will help with networking within a chosen field, there is something for everyone at a WSU Vancouver club.

One of the active clubs at WSU Vancouver is the Young Democrats at WSU Vancouver. This club is for anyone who wants to engage themselves in the political process. The Young Democrats club promotes civic engagement in the political process. It educates students and the community about democratic officers and the political goings-on across all levels.

Michael Williams, acting President of the Young Democrats, says, “This club is a great way to allow students to get involved in what is going on- to network with members of the community and find out what ways they can affect the issues that matter to them.”

For those interested in exercising their green thumb, they should check out the Garden Club. Anyone is welcome into this club, whether they know a little about gardening or a lot. Currently, the Garden Club is responsible for taking care of a few herb and flower potters on campus.

Vice President of the club, Ryan Griffith, says that their long term goal is to build a community garden space on campus for students and faculty to use, as well as a community garden out in the City of Vancouver.

The WSU Vancouver Environmental Science and Sustainability Club is a great way to get involved on campus if you are concerned with environmental issues. It is open for anyone to join. Kate Perkins, club president, says, “We are working in topics ranging from environmental science (such as a water monitoring project), planning for an Earth Day event in the spring, campus tours and learning more about the campus.”

The Cougar Pride Club is the official LGBTQ club on campus. This club’s focus is on building an ally coalition with all students to ensure LGBTQ equality, and also to procure a safe and inclusive learning environment for the LGBTQ community. The Cougar Pride Club sponsors the LGBTQ and Allies Socials and this year will be sponsoring the Gender Inclusivity Committee for Gender Neutral Bathroom Week.

This club has a lot going on in the next school year. Rusty Wray, LGBTQ Outreach Coordinator for the Student Diversity Center and a Cougar Pride Club leadership member, says, “This year we will support the Student Diversity Center in the LGBTQ College Fair and Leadership Conference on [Oct. 20], as well as host our annual Monster Ball in Oct. and Drag Show in the spring. We plan to continue with our LGBTQ & Allies Socials as we focus on expanding the LGBTQ footprint at [WSU Vancouver] in the fight for equity and inclusivity.”

Anyone is welcome to join this club, even those not involved in the LGBTQ community. However, Wray asks, “that they be a supporter of LGBTQ equity and inclusivity.”

DECA is an Association of Marketing Students Club. Peter Collier, president of DECA, says that they are “a resource for students…providing networking, professional development, and involvement opportunities.”

DECA has several upcoming events. Sept. 21 a CEO from one of Vancouver’s strongest digital marketing firms will be speaking on industry trends and how to position yourself in today’s digital world. In Oct. DECA will be putting on a negotiating a job offer seminar, Nov. they feature Dress for Success and the annual $1,500 Custom Tailored Suit Raffle.

Anyone can join DECA and find value in what DECA has to offer.

The Bronies are a WSU Vancouver club that fit the “something fun” category. They are described as being a half My Little Pony fan club and half tabletop gaming club. Tamra Norris, the head of the Bronie club, says the goal of the club is to “provide a place for students to meet and relax from schoolwork, to spread awareness of the show and fandom, and to spread the message of love, tolerance, and friendship encouraged by the show.”

You can be a diehard fan of the popular show, or you can know nothing about it, because according to Norris, anyone can join “be they pony fan or not.” Future plans for the club include a dance party, scavenger hunt and a campus-wide showing of the Bronie documentary. They are also developing a pony-themed Dungeons and Dragons style tabletop RPG session.

These featured clubs are only a fraction of active campus clubs. For more information on these and other clubs, please visit CougSync, or the Office of Student Involvement.

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