SOE Student Organizations

The University of Cincinnati encourages students to actively participate in extracurricular activities around campus.

Currently, there are over 250 student groups registered with the university. These organizations focus on a variety of topics such as academics, athletics, creative arts, cultural and ethnic issues, politics and professional development. Whether it’s playing on one of UC’s nationally ranked sports teams or broadcasting from UC’s Bearcast radio station, students have many opportunities to get involved.  To view an updated list of groups, please visit the Student Activities and Leadership website.

American Sign Language

Come join the UC ASL Club and learn more about the Deaf culture and community. The UC ASL Club is a safe and friendly organization for students to learn American Sign Language. Involvement in the UC ASL Club will help improve students’ signing skills and knowledge about Deaf culture. We do this by getting involved with the Deaf community on and off campus through volunteering our time, attending and sponsoring signing-friendly events, and increasing knowledge and exposure of the local Deaf community.

Please join us by contacting the President or Vice President of our club by email.

Council for Exceptional Children

Student Chapter (CEC-SC)

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and gifted children, as well as those typically developing. If you are committed to children, focused on becoming the best educator, and want to meet new people, then SCEC is for you! Membership dues permit you to receive professional development opportunities, journals and newsletters with new research and classroom practices, and the opportunity to attend conventions and conferences.

President: Taylor Hughes

Vice-President: Brian Miller

Secretary: Kimberly Davis

Treasurer: Madeline Noland

Future Educators Association

UC’s FEA chapter is dedicated to fostering the love of teaching, examining the reality of teaching, and promoting the rewards of teaching. FEA is open to all university students; however, the chapter’s main focus is to offer a path for teacher education students to stay connected to CECH and their future profession. Members will also have the opportunity to work with children and young adults in local schools and FEA chapters.

Learn more:

State Conference 2014

Future Educators Association Facebook Group

Kappa Delta Pi

Kappa Delta Pi is a prestigious international Honor Society that recognizes scholarship and excellence in the field of education. Members must have a college GPA of at least 3.0 for undergraduate students or 3.25 for graduate students. KDP members work on several volunteer activities that focus on education. Some benefits of being a member of KDP include annual scholarships, professional development, a nationwide job database, and access to the ideas, research, insights, and the expertise of internationally renowned educators.

President: Meredith Bodkin 

Vice-President: Hanna Clark 

Secretary: Shelby Salzl 

Literacy & Second Language Studies

Graduate Student Association

The LSLS GSA is an organization of students enrolled in a postgraduate program in Literacy and Second Language Studies at the University of Cincinnati. Our goal is to provide members with opportunities for professional and academic development and to build a community of LSLS professionals.  

For this purpose, we organize both academic and social events and support members’ participation in LSLS conferences. We provide opportunities for social and professional networking among the graduate students and the faculty of the various LSLS programs (endorsement, certificate, masters, doctoral) at UC and actively seek to build a professional relationship with the LSLS community locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.  As a graduate student organization, we also aim to represent LSLS graduate students at relevant university forums.

For more information, visit the LSLS GSA website.

President: Ahmed Fahad

Vice President: Milton Fernando Romero-Obando

Secretary: Rebecca Gasiewicz 

Middle Childhood Education Society (MCES)

The purpose of the Middle Childhood Education Society is to help future educators and the general public understand the challenges facing middle school aged children, explore ways to assist children in overcoming these challenges, as well as actively serve the community in a way that benefits middle school aged children while bringing together people who all have these common goals and collaboratively work to achieve them.

Friend us on Facebook (UC Middle Childhood Education Society) and add us to your Blackboard (look under student organizations) and we will let you know when our meetings are!

Co-President - Margaret Lorenz 

Co-President - Olivia Ungruhe 

Vice President - Caden Irwin

Treasurer - Hannah Zylka

Secretary - Alexa Spiller

Communication Chairs - John Noe and Emily Richardson 

Students for the Education of Young Children

SEYC helps students prepare to enter the teaching profession as early childhood educators. It provides opportunities to network with other professionals and members of the Cincinnati Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) and its state and national affiliated groups. Students provide outreach to centers/schools (preschool through grade 3), participate in service projects, and contribute to CAEYC activities such as Week of the Young Child, annual conference, and community lecture series. Students presented at the 2005 NAEYC conference in Washington, DC. Past members welcome and mentor all new students.

President: Kaitlyn Tyler

Vice-President: Chelsea Mcilvain

Treasurer: Savanna Swann 

UC Alliance for Abilities

Our mission is to to establish a community of students of all abilities that will bridge a common understanding of advocacy, pride, and inclusion by addressing disability rights as human rights and social justice, and are dedicated to education, awareness and activism in support of disabilities issues on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.

 We will achieve this by:

  • Bringing disability related events to campus
  • Raising awareness about disabilities
  • Providing educational opportunities for our members
  • Partnering with UC’s Disability Services Office to connect with the students registered with Disability Services
  • Connecting and volunteering with community organizations including but not limited to Sara Spins and Circle Tail, Inc

To join Alliance for Abilities, please visit Campus Link or contact Sara Whitestone.

Bearcat Buddies

If you are interested in being a volunteer tutor and helping Cincinnati Public Schools' students achieve academic success, you should consider becoming a Bearcat Buddy. It's a powerful way to give back, and provides a meaningful experience for you and the students you serve. It's also a great addition to any resume, and includes the potential for leadership positions. Above all, it's a fun way to make a positive impact on your community!

Bearcat Buddies is a signature program of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), in partnership with GRAD Cincinnati, the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati and Cincinnati Public Schools.

Bearcat Buddies work with students in Kindergarten - 12th grades, for about an hour a week during the school day (tutoring sessions range from 8:15a - 3:45p, Monday - Friday). The CCE supports Bearcat Buddies by:

  • Providing transportation to schools where the tutoring takes place.
  • Arranging on-campus or on-site tutor training.
  • Handling the required background checks.
  • Providing ongoing support throughout the year.

Bearcat Buddies also offers Saturday tutoring opportunities in April. The focus of these "Super Saturdays" will be to get local students ready for standardized testing in May. Help give students the knowledge and confidence to achieve their best results in and out of the classroom.

Registration Information for Prospective Tutors: Applications are taken each semester. Preference is given to tutors who have volunteered with Bearcat Buddies in previous terms. 

For more information, please email Bearcat Buddies.