Clubs and Organizations
Looking to meet new people, network or give back?
Joining a student club is a great way to make new friends, explore your interests, gain valuable experience, help your community and create college memories.
The easiest way to learn about Marymount’s student organizations is to attend the annual Student Involvement Fair held at the beginning of the fall semester. Members from each of the student groups will be on hand to answer your questions, promote upcoming events and help you get involved.
Any group of students may organize a student organization, provided the goals and activities are consistent with the mission of the university. Student organizations vary from semester to semester depending upon the interests of the students.
Popular student organizations
The mission of the Asian Pacific Islander Student Association (APISA) is to educate the MCU community about Asians and Pacific Islanders, to create a positive space for API alike to come together and connect, and to promote diversity and inclusion within the API community and beyond.
The purpose of the Black Student Union is to bring a sense of awareness and community to the Marymount campus. We provide a safe place for African-American students and allies to come together and discuss issues prevalent in the Black community. Our vision is to serve the MCU campus with cultural, intellectual and social events that inform, entertain and promote unity.
BSU celebrates diversity, ethnicity and culture, while also providing knowledge about the issues ethnic groups face. Understanding the importance of self-love and pride of one’s cultural background, BSU is determined to ensure members of the MCU community feel confident in who they are and where they come from.
The purpose of Chess Club is to provide a space to celebrate and enjoy the game of chess. Members learn, discuss, play and share their enthusiasm for this mentally challenging sport, and maybe improve their skills along the way.
Drama Club is a student-run organization that supports Marymount students in their performing arts endeavors through onstage and backstage training, as well as hosting performances. Drama Club aims to develop students’ theatre knowledge and acting skills while celebrating the theatre arts of MCU.
Latinos Unidos seeks to unite students interested in sharing, celebrating and learning about Latino culture. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of heritage and our ability to connect, foster solidarity and form a strong fellowship within the MCU community by discovering ways to relate to one another through cultural experiences.
We provide a supportive space for LGBT+ students and allies who may need advice, guidance and a place to find other students with whom they can connect. The LGBT+ group encourages students to love and accept themselves and others for who they are, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Nova Enactus exists to provide MCU students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and insight into the effective development and implementation of social entrepreneurship. Our mission is four-fold.
First, Nova Enactus seeks to instill itself deep into MCU’s fabric as a student organization, as an active link between participating students and communities, local and abroad.
Second, this organization wishes to provide encouragement and practice in effectively applying skills related to social entrepreneurship so as to enhance opportunities for students and the community by actively involving students in efforts to establish positive, lasting and sustainable changes to contend with social issues.
Third, participation will be encouraged as a viable means of providing an enriching and educational experience. As well, it will provide practice and encouragement to further nurture skills in social entrepreneurship. In turn, this will provide access to the service(s) offered by Nova Enactus to participants such as the Mentor Initiative, in which elder students will take on younger students to teach them the meaning of being a Mariner, being a social entrepreneur, and being altruistic.
Fourth, it is the hope of this organization that students will learn and be inspired to build careers in this field, should it be within their ability to do so. That while they make powerful changes in their communities—at home and abroad—they make even greater changes in the world and, in turn, serve to foster and inspire others to continue these works for the betterment of all.
Our purpose it to educate the Marymount community about the dangers of unhealthy choices and to help students live happier, healthier lives by providing tools and resources. The Peer Health Education Society seeks to create an environment of learning and trust to address individual and community responses to alcohol, drugs and other health-related issues that MCU students may encounter.
By integrating comprehensive findings about alcohol, drugs and other health-related issues with frank and open dialogue, we develop strong, cohesive partnerships on campus and in the community. We are committed to a balanced approach that applies best practices while promoting a healthy campus and community environment.
The purpose of The Philosophy Club is to facilitate philosophical debate and discussion in an informal, welcoming environment. The Philosophy Club hosts activities and events as an opportunity for engagement with philosophical issues. The club aims to foster a better understanding of each other and the world by sharing questions, concerns, and ideas. The club is not exclusive to philosophy majors. All students are welcome to join, and all members of the MCU community are welcome to attend events.
The mission of the Psychology Club is to promote the study and research of psychology and bring together individuals who are interested in pursuing the discipline as a career. We offer opportunities to learn more about psychology through leadership, community service, workshops, guest speakers, field trips and other activities.
Rotaract provides students the opportunity to enhance personal development, address physical and social needs of their communities and promote better relations among all people worldwide through a framework of friendship and service.
The Marymount Rotaract Club has won awards for its many outstanding activities and events, including hosting the End Polio Now fundraiser, organizing a Backpacks & School Supplies collection for the district’s Panama Humanitarian Project, organizing a Cabrillo Beach cleanup, collecting baby supplies for Camp Pendleton military families, coordinating the District 5280 Youth Leadership Conference, working with the Palos Verdes Land Conservancy and organizing a holiday toy drive.
The Marymount Student Government Association (MSGA), the official representative body for students attending Marymount California University, promotes and advocates the student voice and opinion. MSGA works alongside administration and campus partners to guide policy and solve student issues, charters and funds student organizations, supports student organization leadership, and coordinates student programming. Representatives are elected by fellow students for one-year terms. Bi-weekly meetings are open to all students.
Marymount’s Student Veteran Organization works to build a friendly, open and inclusive environment for active military, veterans, dependents and any student supporter of the Armed Forces of America. The Student Veteran Organization will provide tools, training and assistance to any MCU student veteran.
We promote sustainable practices on campus and promote student involvement in the garden.
Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for students, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. It was founded in 1939 to recognize academic accomplishments, to foster scholarly activities and to encourage a sense of intellectual community among its members.
Delta Epsilon Sigma requires members to have completed at least 60 units of college-level coursework toward their baccalaureate degrees and maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.
Delta Epsilon Sigma students are recognized at an induction ceremony and at graduation. For more information visit http://deltaepsilonsigma.org/.
Psi Chi is an international honor society for students majoring or minoring in psychology. It was founded in 1929 with the mission of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Students are eligible for Psi Chi if they are enrolled as a psychology major or minor and meet these requirements:
- Complete at least 9 units of psychology coursework at Marymount
- Complete 45 units of college coursework
- Achieve an overall GPA in the top 35% of their class
- Earn a psychology GPA of 3.0 or higher
Psi Chi members are inducted each spring in a ceremony and recognized at graduation. For more information please visit https://www.psichi.org.
Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society that recognizes high-achieving students in accounting, business, management and marketing for their scholastic excellence.
Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at the college or university level. Eligibility applies to all business students who rank in the upper 20 percent of their class following completion of 60 units toward their bachelor’s degree or at least 18 units toward the MBA.
Sigma Beta Delta students are recognized at a spring induction ceremony and at graduation.