Joining a student organization can be an important factor in the success and enjoyment of your college experience. While academic learning is the primary goal of college, extracurricular activities help you learn and grow beyond the walls of the classroom and can provide you with hands-on training to better prepare you for your future career.
Participation in student organizations offers you opportunities for fellowship, leadership, recreation, and meaningful interaction with faculty, staff, and peers. The good friends and times encountered through being actively involved on campus can help transform what is sometimes a large and overwhelming institution into a place you can call “home.” There are a variety of organizations to choose from.
BALANCE It is important to remember that it is possible to get "too" involved. Balance your school work, friends, family, and work schedules with your involvement opportunities so they complement one another rather than cause you to go crazy. If you are satisfied with your answers and you have the time and interest, choose to be involved. Getting involved is easy, just pick up your phone and dial a number. If you need help or some encouragement, dial (414) 229-5780.
A Recognized Student Organization (RSO) is an organization created and sustained by its student membership. The organization has completed the recognition process established by the University. The student membership sets the direction for the organization and develops its own means of supporting the organization. Each RSO will also have a category that helps describe the nature of the organization.
As a condition of affiliation with UWM, all RSOs must have a charter/constitution, which contains a purpose statement and membership requirements (among other requirements), on file with the Center for Student Involvement. The organization’s category is based in large part on the purpose statement of the organization. It is important to note that categories are determine by “primary focus” of an organization; organizations frequently have more than one focus and may operate, in a limited fashion, within some areas other than their primary focus (for example, all student organization have a social component).
No student may be denied admission to, participation in, or be discriminated against in any organization at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, ancestry, age, pregnancy, marital status or paternal status. Discrimination is also prohibited based on political affiliation or belief, arrest or conviction record or disabled veteran or Vietnam-era veteran status.