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!
Develop Professional SkillsLiterary & Media OrganizationsEngage 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; Pathways, 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.
Aaja Nachle: Aaja Nachle means "let's dance" in Hindi. Dance plays an important role in Indian culture and this organization brings this part of Indian culture to the campus. Aaja Nachle focuses on teaching and learning Bollywood styles of dance including, but not limited to, Bhangra, Filmi Bollywood Fusion, "Item Dance", and Dandiya Raas.
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.
Arabic Club (Al-Nadi Al-‘Arabi): The Arabic Club aims to further expand the awareness of the Arab World through cultural events and biweekly discussion groups
Asian Community Coalition: The mission of ACC is to promote awareness of Asian cultures at McDaniel and the surrounding community.
Belly Dancing Club: Belly Dancing Club was created to introduce the art of belly dance to the college community. They learn moves from an instructor as well as basic self-taught moves. We also get to perform at different times throughout the school year.
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.
GIRL: The purpose of GIRL is to open a space for Black women and other women of color in order to realize their presence at McDaniel College. Their goal is to have every woman who joins the organization leave feeling more confident than the day before and eventually reach their optimal level of confidence. They are committed to doing community service once a month to help fulfill their goal.
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).
McDaniel College’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance: The purpose of Allies is to serve as a bridge between the LGBTQ communities at McDaniel College, and as a constructive forum where members of the McDaniel community can express themselves without binding claim to sexual orientation, thereby working toward the greater goal of the UNDERSTANDING and ACCEPTANCE of LGBTQ individuals in society.
Explore Your FaithReligious 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.