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Student Organizations

Pursuing Your Passions

Each year, dozens of student organizations contribute to our campus community and give our students opportunity for leadership. New organizations are added each year that reflect the changing interests and passions of our students, and we encourage all students to join the organizations that pique their interest. Not seeing something you'd like to join? Start your own!

Visit the What's Up McDaniel app for a list of active clubs & organizations.

Organizations: Athletics, Arts, Service & Social

  • League of United Latin American Citizens
  • Levels of Excellence
  • Magician's Club
  • McDaniel Art Club
  • McDaniel Barbell Club
  • McDaniel College Student Government Association
  • McDaniel Dance Company
  • McDaniel Free Press
  • McDaniel Gender and Sexuality Alliance
  • McDaniel Live Music Club
  • McDaniel Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Music Meditation Club
  • Palabras 2 Words
  • Polish and Glam
  • Pre-Health Club
  • Progressive Student Union
  • Relay for Life Committee
  • Student Alumni Council
  • Student Athlete Advisory Committee
  • Students for Life
  • TEACH @ McDaniel
  • Terror TV
  • The Scoop
  • Uncinema Club
  • Vagina Monologues
  • Voices of Praise
  • Young Americans for Liberty
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Develop Professional Skills Literary & Media Organizations Engage on Campus

Students interested in writing and publishing may work with three publications edited and published by students: The McDaniel Free Press, the student newspaper; the college yearbook, a pictorial collage of campus life; and Contrast, a literary magazine published yearly. In addition students operate the college radio station and a cable broadcast channel.

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Cultural Leadership Council Multicultural Student Organizations

McDaniel students have developed a variety of organizations that recognize and celebrate all forms of diversity. These organizations play an important role in educating and developing awareness in the McDaniel Community. The student multicultural organizations are recognized by the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) and advised by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). The groups primarily function independently with a few collaboratively planned events each semester.

The Cultural Leadership Council (CLC) will be comprised of the current multicultural student organizations. The council will gather to discuss educational program ideas and strategies to increase collaboration among the groups. The CLC will also be a sounding board for other students from underrepresented communities to address concerns/issues that they may have.

    Student Organizations: Culture, Diversity, Gender & Sexuality

    • Africa’s Legacy: The purpose of Africa’s Legacy is to provide an environment in which students are enriched by the study of many cultures, develop a positive self-image, and benefit from mutual support. This organization works to educate peers, acquaintances, faculty, and staff through cultural events and experiences. African diasporic cultures are emphasized but all cultures are welcome.
    • Asian Community Coalition: The mission of ACC is to promote awareness of Asian cultures at McDaniel and the surrounding community.
    • Black Student Union: The purpose of the Black Student Union (BSU) is to promote the recognition and involvement of African American students at McDaniel College with the intention of creating a strong voice on campus and to make an impact on the decisions regarding students of the College Community. BSU promotes both academic and extracurricular programs to enhance and increase knowledge and appreciation of cultural diversity.
    • Curl Friends: Curl Friends purpose is to spread awareness and knowledge about natural hair. They host an annual Natural Hair Conference for students and community members at McDaniel College. They bring in YouTube personalities and a natural Hair psychologist to talk about natural hair its impact in the black/African American community.
    • Hispano-Latinx Alliance: The Hispano-Latinx Alliance (HLA) is dedicated to giving Hispanic students a chance to express themselves and their heritage in a comfortable environment, and also to educate the McDaniel campus about Hispanic culture.
    • League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC): LULAC is a nationally affiliated student group. The Mission of the League of United Latin American Citizens is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, housing, health and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. The McDaniel chapter is an organization comprised of student leaders that seek to make a difference and leave a lasting impact through their advocacy efforts aimed at advancing the rights and issues that affect the community. Students will have the chance to network, meet members of Congress and make friends with other LULAC student leaders from across the country.
    • Muslim Student Association: The McDaniel College Muslim Student’s Association will focus on providing a place of peace, safety and community for all students, no matter their background; to the best ability of every member; strengthen the brotherhood and sisterhood of students through Islam; and find success both on campus and off by improving our faith in Quran and Sunnah (teaching, deeds and saying of Prophet Muhammad).
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    Explore Your Faith Religious Organizations

    We are proud to support a variety of organizations that support faith traditions, including Catholic Campus Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, McDaniel College Muslim Student's Association and The Jewish Student Union. Students are also welcome to practice their faith at the houses of worship throughout Westminster.

    Connect With Us

    Amanda Gelber

    Director of Student Engagement

    Phone: 410-386-4638


    Roj Student Center

    2 College Hill

    Westminster, MD 21157