Student Organizations

Office of Student Life


Become a part of the student experience! With over 30 organizations on campus, find your niche, and explore the list below. 

Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity founded on the cardinal principles of leadership, friendship, and service. It provides its members the opportunity to develop leadership skills as they provide service to their campus, to youth and the community, to the nation, and to the members of the Fraternity. Advison - Jessica Miller - - 419-783-2874.

Alpha Xi Delta
National sorority involved in programming social activities and offers services to various philanthropies. Requirements for membership: 2.25 GPA and selection by the group. If interested, contact any member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority or the Office of Student Activities at 419-783-2388.

This select group of students links the student body of Defiance College with its alumni, faculty, and staff as well as the community of Defiance. Their purpose is to promote and represent the College in an enthusiastic and positive manner to the community and prospective students and families. Applications for new Ambassadors are available in early October for the Spring semester and early February for the Fall semester. Selection process is completed by late November for the Spring and late March for the Fall. The group meets twice monthly and is advised by a member of the Admissions staff. For more information, please contact the Office of Admissions, 419-783-2359.

Anime-Manga Club
Social and cultural activities related to Anime and Manga art form. Contact Todd Comer, advisor, at 419-783-2348 for more information.

Black Action Student Association
BASA provides several avenues for students to interact positively with the heritage of African-Americans and other cultures. BASA serves as a "family unit" with respect to personal, social, and intellectual growth for its members and others who participate in the campus community. BASA host annual parties, poetry slams and other programming. All students are eligible for membership in BASA. Students interested in the events or activities sponsored by BASA are encouraged to contact the Office of Intercultural relations at 419-783-2362.

Carolyn M. Small Honors Program
The Carolyn M. Small Honors Program provides opportunities for all Defiance College students regardless of their major, to participate in an honors curriculum. Students who meet the requirements of the program will be designated as Carolyn M. Small Honor Scholars. Advisor - Mary Ann Studer - - 419-783-2555.

Campus Activities Board
The purpose of the Campus Activities Board (CAB) is to provide a wide range of programs and activities for the college community. CAB's programs are fun, diverse, and are almost all free! CAB also strives to collaborate with other campus organizations in its planning of activities. All students interested in planning, coordinating, and creating campus activities are encouraged to volunteer for membership on the board; contact CAB at 419-782-2472 or the Office of Student Activities at 419-783-2388.

Catholics on Campus
Opportunities for fellowship, service and retreats are provided. Catholics on Campus often coordinates on-campus services for various holy days and feast days for the convenience of Roman Catholic students, faculty, and staff and other interested parties. All students and membership are welcome. For more information, contact advisor Brenda Delarber at or 419-783-2352.

Chamber Singers
Chamber Singers is an auditioned SATB choral ensemble, open to all students at Defiance College. Repertoire contains music from all stylistic periods, including contemporary music, and consists of small-form choral music performed a cappella and/or with chamber instruments. Frequent performances on and off-campus, including tours, are expected of this ensemble.  Advisor - Andrew Schultz - - 419-783-2331.

Cheer Squad
Cheer for the Jackets! For more information, please contact Kristin Sorensen at (419-783-2430) or Abby Vetter at (419-783-2474).

Criminal Justice Society
The Criminal Justice Society is focused around the CJ major and provides opportunities to give student out of the classroom exposure to criminal justice in the real world. The Criminal Justice Society sponsors annual trips to metropolitan areas such as Chicago, Washington D.C., and Detroit to visit a variety of criminal justice agencies. Advisor - Steve Sondergaard - - 419-783-2443.


DC Charter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association
The DC Charter of High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA) is designed to encourage, promote, aid and affect the voluntary interchange of data, information, experience, ideas and knowledge about methods, processes, and techniques relating to investigations and security in advanced technologies among its membership. Advisor - Tim Wedge - - 419-783-2415.

DC Choral Union
A large choral ensemble open to students, college personnel and the surrounding community. Repertoire consists of larger oratorios often performed with instrumental accompaniment. The group performs three times during the academic year including a fall community choral concert, Handel's Messiah in December, and a spring oratorio. An audition is required for participation. Advisor - Andrew Schultz - - 419-783-2331.

DC Pride
This student organization provides programming for the campus intended to broaden and deepen our understanding of the issues and concerns of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer persons. DC Pride has sponsored a "Day of Silence," program, and has collaborated with the Intercultural Community Task Force (ICCTF) and the Office of Spiritual Life in offering discussion groups on the topic of Sexual Identity and Religion. Students interested in DC Pride and its programs and events are encouraged to contact their advisors: Lynn Braun, 419-783-2548, Mercedes Clay, 419-783-2362, & Jodie Holava, 419-783-2379, 

The Defender
Campus newspaper with opportunities for reporting, feature articles, photography, editorials, and more. Online at Contact Chris Medjesky at 419-783-2568 for more information.

Defiance College Community Band
The Defiance College Community Band (DCCB) is organized to serve the musical needs of Defiance College, provide artistic performance opportunities for the Defiance community, and provide a performance outlet for college and area musicians. The band is comprised of not only college students, but includes adult musicians of all vocations as well as area music instructors. The ensemble performs four major concerts per season as well as appropriate music for special occasions. There are no auditions required; however, musicians should be moderately proficient on their instrument. Participation in the band may be taken for credit if so desired. A complete syllabus is issued at the first rehearsal for the band on the first Tuesday after Labor Day. The band rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 pm in Schauffler Hall.

DC Players
The DC Players are an informal group of students who assist in the development and production of the College's twice-annual dramatic productions. Students interested in performing in these shows may contact the Office of Student Life at 419-783-2437.

Ecology Club

Organization established to promote ecological restoration, develop/restore small ecosystems, and increase environmental awareness by connecting with nature through positive learning experiences which will benefit ourselves, our environment, and wildlife in our community. Responsible for the campus-wide recycling program and road-side pickup. Open to any student with an interest in environmental issues and the outdoors.

Habitat for Humanity

This organization helps to build and renovate housing in partnership with people in need and builds awareness of poverty housing issues. Contact the Office of Spiritual Life at 419-783-2444 for more information.

Inter-Greek Council (IGC)
Coordinates fraternity and sorority activities; meets regularly to increase communication among the three member chapters. Members include each Greek chapter's chief executive along with another member from each chapter. Executive officers are chosen from within the group to help organize and plan Greek activities throughout the year. For more information about IGC, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 419-783-2388.

Intramurals offer a wide variety of sports and recreational activities throughout the academic year for all students, faculty, and staff. Find them on Twitter at or Facebook at

Latinos Unidos
Latinos Unidos provides all students the opportunity to learn about the Latino culture and customs through a variety of events meant to provide exposure and learning opportunities about current Latino issues.

Pep Band
The Defiance College Pep Band was formed in the winter of 2008-2009 in order to provide a musical outlet for DC students centered on school spirit and support of the athletics teams. All students, regardless of musical ability or experience, are encouraged to participate with the group. Rehearsals are established to coincide with preparation for playing opportunities. Students interested in joining the Pep Band should contact the Office of Student Life, 419-783-2437.

Phi Alpha Theta
Honor society for history majors. Must have a 3.1 GPA or higher and courses in history, and a 3.0 GPA or higher in all other courses.

Phi Sigma Chi
Social fraternity involved in campus activities and offers service to various philanthropies; 2.2 GPA and selection by group; contact any member of the Phi Sigma Chi fraternity or the Office of Student Activities at 419-783-2527 for more information.

Physical Education Club
Activities and professional development for P.E. majors.

Progeny Literary Magazine
Progeny is the name of Defiance College's semi-annual literary and photography magazine. The magazine provides opportunities for publication of poetry, short stories, and personal essays. Progeny members also coordinate several literary activities both on and off campus. For more information, contact any member of the English faculty.

Project 701
Student-run non-profit involved in various service projects. Contact Jessica Myers, advisor, at 419-783-2479 for more information.

Student in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is a global organization that promotes leadership, teamwork and communication skills through learning, practicing, and teaching the principles of free enterprise. The Defiance College chapter (DCSIFE) is open to all majors con campus.

Social Work Organization
The Social Work Organization was created for the benefit of Defiance College social work students and those with allied majors and an interest in exploring social work as a career. The Organization annually co-sponsors a fundraiser for the local homeless shelter, an urban trip to a major metropolitan city, various speakers and workshops on relevant social issues, as well as other social and professional activities.

Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
The mission of the Defiance College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) is to enhance the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunities, supporting fellow student-athletes, and fostering a positive student-athlete image to the campus and community. The SAAC supports and upholds the core values of Defiance College excellence, integrity, community, and respect.

Student Senate

Tau Mu
Social work honor society - a member of the Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society. Requirements: 3.0 overall GPA and 3.25 GPA within the social work major. Contact a member of the social work faculty for more information.