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. If you'd like to start your own organization, contact the Office of Student Life at 419-783-2388. Find more resources here.

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 & Leadership at 419-783-2388 or


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.

Black Action Student Association (BASA)

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. For more information, contact advisor Dr. Agnes Caldwell at or 419-783-2586.

Campus Activities Board (CAB)

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 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 the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 or for more information.

Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU)

A connection of faith and athletics for students on campus. To learn more, contact Emili Aselage at or 419-783-2350.

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 Kris Knight at or 419-783-2445.

College Choir

College Choir 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. For more information, contact Camille Lively, Director of Music Programs, at or 419-783-2421.

Chess Club

For more information, contact advisor Brett Decker at or 419-783-2417.

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. For more information, contact advisor Steve Sondergaard at or 419-783-2443.

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. For more information, contact contact Camille Lively, Director of Music Programs, at or 419-783-2421.

DC Community Orchestra

The DCCO is a full orchestra open to all strings, winds, brass, and percussion. This ensemble combines the talents of college students, community members, and local music students to perform a variety of classic and contemporary orchestral literature. This ensemble offers musical growth and development, as well as performance opportunities for all involved, including our DC Community Music School students. Students interested in joining should contact contact Camille Lively, Director of Music Programs, at or 419-783-2421.

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 Music Programs at

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 at 419-783-2548 or Mercedes Clay at 419-783-2362.

The Defender

Campus newspaper with opportunities to gain experience with reporting, feature articles, photography, editorials, and more. Viewable online at Contact Dr. Steven Engel at 419-783-2338 for more information.

Free the Slaves

The purpose of this organization is to empower Defiance College students and the community to effectively combat human trafficking. In recognizing the need for a holistic approach in addressing modern slavery, our objectives are to: raise a general awareness about modern day slavery, with a particular emphasis on domestic and international human trafficking; identify and respond to the questions and issues that arise when addressing trafficking in persons, collaborate to increase awareness, identify victims and high risk populations, and facilitate multi-sectoral involvement between the DC community and local organizations such as Children's Lantern and Legal Aid of Western Ohio Human Trafficking Protection Project. Free the Slaves also strives to stimulate greater academic research by students, faculty, and alumni at DC about human trafficking locally, nationally, and internationally. For more information, contact advisor Tim Wedge at 419-783-2415.

Habitat for Humanity

This organization helps to build and renovate housing in partnership with people in need and builds awareness of poverty housing issues. All Habitat for Humanity projects are currently on hold due to COVID. A timetable for return has not been set. Contact Judy Lymanstall at 419-783-2300 for more information.

High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)

The DC Chapter of 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. For more information, contact advisor Tim Wedge at 419-783-2415 or


Intramurals offer a wide variety of sports and recreational activities throughout the academic year for all students, faculty, and staff. Follow them on Twitter. You can also contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 or for more information.

Jazz Band

The Jazz Band is a non-curricular ensemble open to students with an interest in jazz music and performance technique. This group meets once weekly and works on music of various styles including swing, funk, blues, rock and latin. The flexible nature of this ensemble allows for a traditional big band set-up or various combos based on student interest/instrumentation. If interested, contact contact Camille Lively, Director of Music Programs, at or 419-783-2421.

Marching Band/Pep Band

The DC Marching/Pep Band provides 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 should contact contact Camille Lively, Director of Music Programs, at or 419-783-2421.

Phi Alpha

Omicron Mu chapter of the National Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. Requirements for membership: Junior or senior status with a 3.0 overall GPA and 3.25 GPA within the social work major. For more information, contact Alesia Yakos-Brown at 419-783-2425 or

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. Those interested should contact advisor Jeremy Taylor at 419-783-2305 or

Progeny Literary Magazine

Progeny is 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. Contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 or for more information.

Science Club

This organization was 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. The Science Club is responsible for DC's campus-wide recycling program and road-side pickup. It is open to any student with an interest in environmental issues and the outdoors. Those interested should contact advisor Dr. Sabrina Brown at or 419-783-2598.

Social Work Organization

The Social Work Organization was created for the benefit of Defiance College social work students, those with allied majors, or those with 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. Those interested should contact advisor Tess Salisbury at or 419-783-2556.

Sports Business Administration (SBA)

The Defiance College SBA is an student-run organization comprised of individuals who aspire to enrich their educational experience with applied sport management, business, and wellness opportunities outside the classroom. SBA seeks to provide opportunities for professional networking, working with guest speakers, group outings, and becoming more involved in local communities. SBA is open to any student at DC with an interest in advancing their career in the sports industry. For more information, contact advisor Scott Hirko or 419-783-2336.

Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)

The mission of 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. SAAC supports and upholds the core values of Defiance College excellence, integrity, community, and respect. For more information, contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership at 419-783-2388 or

Student Senate

The Student Senate serves as the voice of the students in the leadership and governance of the College. Representatives from various campus organizations form the general body of the Student Senate. Senate representatives choose executive board officers from among the general body of the Senate. Class representatives are chosen through elections from among the student body. Class presidents and the Senate Executive Board also serve as student panelists in the College's judicial system. The Student Senate Chairperson serves as an ex-officio member of the Defiance College Board of Trustees. Students interested in participating in Student Senate may contact the Office of Student Life at 419-783-2437 or for more information.

Student Veterans of America (SVA)

The purpose of the SVA is to support and guide Veterans, current military members, dependents, and advocates (VMDA) throughout their academic career. Contact SVA advisor Jack Lawson for more information at 419-783-2313 or

Students in Service

Student-run service projects. Visit the page to learn more.

Tau Mu

Tau Mu is a social work honor society and 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. Those interested should contact Alesia Yakos-Brown at 419-783-2425.

Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)

YAF chapters bring together students to advocate for the ideas of limited government, individual freedom, free enterprise, traditional values, and a strong national defense. YAF chapters can provide a visible presence for the Conservative Movement, energize other students, and encourage them to speak out. For information, contact advisor Britta Baker at or 419-783-2545.