Students ready to get involved on campus

Members of Phi Mu Alpha standing in front of the organization’s display board. Photo Courtesy: Iyanna Peoples

The Efferson Student Union and Activities hosted the annual club and organization fair yesterday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the grand ballroom. With over 150 organizations on campus, students filled the room with the purpose of learning more ways to get involved at Florida A&M University (FAMU).

There are a range of organizations on campus to join including service clubs, cultural clubs and academic clubs. Campus Plus, Images Modeling Troupe Inc., FAMU West Coast Club and FAMU-FSU National Society of Black Engineers were just a few of the clubs present with informational display boards and current members to greet and invite students to join their organizations.

Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America, Inc. is a national men’s organization founded on advancing music in America. Since being established on campus in 1995, Phi Mu Alpha has preserved its relevance by continuing to serve the community and upholding the fraternity’s collegiate legacy. Tavien Green is a senior psychology student who shared the benefits of joining this fraternity.

“Phi Mu Alpha gives students the opportunity to have a family away from home,” Green said. “Getting involved on campus contributes to not only unifying and bettering an institution but it also refines personal skills and work ethic.”

At FAMU, there are new organizations being established constantly. If a student notices a lack of representation within the student body, they will follow the steps to properly turn their idea into a registered organization.

Kiera Macklin (left) and Amanda Dwyer (right). Photo courtesy: Iyanna Peoples

Free the Period is a new organization that ensures students have access to free menstrual products. Kiera Macklin is a sophomore psychology student serving as the current events chair with intentions of influencing the topic of menstruation being more socially accepted.

“Free the Period is an organization that gives out free menstrual products and teaches students about women’s health,” Macklin said. “Menstruation has always been a taboo topic but it’s something all women go through so talking about it should be normalized.”

Service clubs like Phi Mu Alpha and Free the Period are what many students enjoy actively participating in because it provides an opportunity to serve others. Amanda Dwyer is a junior animal science student who shared that she prefers to join service clubs over social ones.

“Service clubs allow you to make connections and meet people you don’t know,” Dwyer said. “Putting yourself out there and getting to know people can benefit you in the future by being able to reach back out to someone you met before since there’s a ground of familiarity. Service clubs also provide many opportunities for you to do outreach in the community.”

For students that missed the club and organization fair, be sure to visit iStrike to learn about all of the campus organizations and how to follow up with most on social media.