Student Organizations

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Involvement in student organizations is an important part of college life.  This involvement allows students the opportunity to meet peers with similar interests, develop leadership skills, and build a resume and network for employment after graduation.  Listed below are Student Organizations found in or associated with the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS).

Elementary Education Student Organization (EESO)+ -

The purpose of the SIU EESO is to provide pre-service teachers of elementary education with resources and support services. EESO's goals are to assist students in developing the skills that will enable them to become effective teachers in an elementary setting. EESO gives pre-service teachers opportunities to attend conferences, earn scholarships, and meet other students in the program. Advisor Name: Louise Stearns,
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Higher Education Student Association (HESA)+ -

HESA is the student organization for the graduate students in the Department of Educational Administration and Higher Education (EAHE) at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The purpose of this RSO is to enhance the professional education of the membership outside of the classroom, assistantships, and internships. Advisor: Dr. Saran Donahoo,
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Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA)+ -

The Illinois Art Education Association (IAEA) is a student-managed professional organization dedicated to the enlightenment and advancement of future, current, and retired art educators in the Southern Illinois region. IAEA provides workshops, conferences, and preparatory experiences in the professional art education community. The SIU student chapter of the IAEA promotes art advocacy, professional development, and leadership opportunities in the visual art education profession. Advisor: Sally Gradel,

National Student Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)+ -

NSSLHA is a pre-professional membership association for students interested in the study of communication disorders and sciences.  The goal of NSSLHA is to encourage students to get involved, and reach out to the community, while building professional relationships. Advisor: Valerie Boyer,

Organization of Sport and Exercise Science (OSES)+ -

The mission of OSES is to help exercise science students learn more about the physiology of exercise and to teach members of the organization how to become role models and leaders in their field. Advisor: Dr. Michael Olson,
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Promoting Respect through Inclusiveness and Diversity Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.)+ -

Promoting Respect through Inclusiveness and Diversity Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) is an academic registered student organization (RSO) designed to provide students who are within the College of Education and Human Services an opportunity to learn about and experience views from a multicultural perspective.  P.R.I.D.E. is a unique RSO dedicated to diversity and inclusiveness issues. Advisor: Dr. Rose Moroz,
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Social Work Student Alliance (SWSA)+ -

This is a service-oriented group for undergraduate social work majors and other students interested in social work.  Advisor: Sarah Buila,

Social Work Student Alliance, Graduate Chapter (SWSA, Grad Chapter)+ -

Advisor: Karla Horton

Sport Studies Association (SSA)+ -

The SSA provides professional development experience and encourages its members to pursue community involvement through service. Contact
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Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)+ -

SCEC provides professional development for students in the College of Education or Liberal Arts working with students with special needs in K-12 settings. Advisor: Dr. Deborah Bruns

Student Leadership Program, College of Education & Human Services (SLP, COEHS)+ -

Selected students will serve as official representatives of SIU and the College of Education and Human in a variety of public relations, student recruitment, and retention programs, as well as other outreach efforts.
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Student Recreation Society (SRS)+ -

The Student Recreation Society is mainly occupied by SIUC Recreation majors. SRS plans fun activities for members, provides service projects for the community, and offers scholarships for students to attend professional conferences. Advisor: Tina Colson,

Students Together Advocating Rehabilitation Services (STARS)+ -

STARS is a student-run organization that performs a number of activities on the SIUC campus and the Southern Illinois community aimed at improving the lives of individuals with disabilities and raising awareness of issues related to disability and accessibility in society. Advisor: Dr. Stacia Robertson,
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Eta Sigma Gamma (Public Health)+ -

Eta Sigma Gamma (ESG) is a national professional health science honorary for undergraduate students, graduate students, and practicing health professionals. The primary purpose of the honorary from its beginnings in 1967, has been to further the professional competence and dedication of individual members of the health science profession. These three elements form the basic purposes of the organization and the profession; teaching, research, and service.
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