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Online Student Organizations

Ashford's online student organizations currently include:

Anthropology Club
Early Childhood Education Club
Forbes School of Business & Technology Human Resources Management Club
Forbes School of Business & Technology Management Club
Forbes School of Business & Technology Marketing Club
Forbes School of Business & Technology SHRM Chapter
Forbes School of Business & Technology Women Leaders
History Association
Instructional Design at Ashford (IDA)
Omega Rho Lambda Upsilon (ORLY)
Online College of Education Undergraduate Club
Online Master of Arts in Education (MAED)
Online Psychology Club
Online Sociology Club
Sigma Epsilon Kappa
Social Science Club
Society of Professional Journalists
Student Veterans Organization (SVO)

Online Student Organization Resources

Check back often to see what new organizations have been added, or propose your own idea for one.

Anthropology Club

The Anthropology Club has been designed to bring students with an interest in Anthropology together.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Kathryn Sorensen, an Assistant Professor in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford.

Learn more about the Ashford Anthropology Club.

Early Childhood Education Club

The Early Childhood Education student club is a social site where early childhood education students can gather for additional opportunities for communication, personal development, and overall ECE community growth.

The faculty advisor is Stephanie Heald, a full-time faculty member at Ashford University's College of Education.

Learn more about the Early Childhood Education Club.

Forbes School of Business & Technology Human Resources Management Club

The Forbes School of Business & Technology Human Resources Management (HRM) Club’s purposes are multifaceted:

  1. The Club provides an arena for students, alumni, faculty, and other stakeholders to discuss relevant Human Resources concepts, theories and ideas, and trends.
  2. The Club serves as a basis for networking in a community of current students, alumni, faculty, and other stakeholders (such as prospective employers) with common interests.
  3. Although student clubs have long been an aspect of higher education, virtual student clubs, such as the HRM Club, serve as innovative learning communities and as such, are relevant to the future of higher education.
  4. In addition, FSBT HRM Club members are often eligible for student membership discounts in a variety of HR professional associations.

Students can join by reaching out to current club President Emily Jarvis or by contacting the Faculty Advisor Dr. Lora Reed.

Learn more about the Forbes School of Business & Technology Human Resources Management Club and engage with us on LinkedIn.

Forbes School of Business & Technology Management Club

The Forbes School of Business & Technology Management Club is a management and business administration club that is open to all business administration students, alumni, and faculty. The club’s mission is to foster continuous learning in business, management, and other related fields. The club’s goal is to further learning and success by sharing ideas, advice, and information. We are committed to furthering the success of adults who enjoy lifelong learning. The Forbes School of Business & Technology Management Club endeavors to provide students and alumni with:

  • Insightful articles
  • Career resources
  • Monthly presentations from faculty and guest speakers
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Additional online resources

The faculty advisors are Bill Davis, Core Faculty, Dr. Ron Beach, Program Chair, and Dr. Mike Reilly, Professor, who are all instructors in the Bachelor of Arts Business Administration Program in the Forbes School of Business & Technology at Ashford University.

Learn more about the Forbes School of Business & Technology Management Club.

Forbes School of Business & Technology Marketing Club

The Forbes School of Business & Technology Marketing Club provides students and alumni an opportunity to engage with faculty, share innovative ideas, network, and develop a higher level of thinking. In addition to creating a more collaborative environment where students, alumni, and faculty share their experiences, the organization will serve to foster increased learning, development, and critical discussions that pertain to the expertise in the field of marketing.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Avisha Sadeghinejad, a Program Chair in the Forbes School of Business & Technology.

Learn more about the Forbes School of Business & Technology Marketing Club at Ashford.

Forbes School of Business and Technology SHRM Chapter

The Ashford University Forbes School of Business and Technology SHRM Chapter is a virtual student Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM is the world's largest association committed to human resource management. The AU FSBT SHRM Chapter extends free membership to AU alumni and current students from all degree programs interested in the field of HRM with a primary focus on the needs of our graduate students. As a virtual organization, the Chapter uses technology to facilitate educational webinars and networking opportunities.

Benefits of membership to Ashford University’s Forbes School of Business and Technology SHRM Virtual Student Chapter include opportunities to:

  • Experience the “real world” of human resources through interaction with HR practitioners.
  • Network with alumni, students, industry professionals, and business leaders.
  • Participate in events to develop leadership skills and expand HR and business knowledge.
  • Access the Chapter’s group forum on LinkedIn to connect with members.
  • Receive notification of HR internships and entry-level HR jobs.
  • Attend educational webinars and networking events.

The faculty advisor is Katie Thiry, Program Chair for the Master of Human Resource Management at Ashford University.

Learn more about The Ashford University Forbes School of Business and Technology SHRM Chapter.

Forbes School of Business & Technology Women Leaders

The Forbes School of Business & Technology Women Leaders is an online network community of leaders and aspiring leaders, who connect with each other to share ideas, knowledge, experience, and resources. We encourage and inspire professional development and life skills for women and men around the world, with the goals of empowerment, support, leadership, and ethical values.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Shawn Milligan, a Program Chair in the Forbes School of Business & Technology.

Learn more about the Forbes School of Business & Technology Women Leaders.

History Association

The History Association's purpose is to support the study of History at Ashford University.

The faculty advisor is Matthew Laubacher, a Program Chair in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University.

Learn more about the Ashford History Association.

Instructional Design at Ashford (IDA)

This student club, Instructional Design at Ashford (IDA), is reserved for current students enrolled in the B.A. Instructional Design (BAID) program within the College of Education at Ashford University.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Barbara M. Hall, a Program Chair in the College of Education at Ashford University.

Learn more about Instructional Design at Ashford (IDA).

Omega Rho Lambda Upsilon (ORLY)

This student group is an organization for students who believe in promoting fellowship, creativity, and volunteerism through the use of humor, emotional support, and acts of service. Through this organization, we will be able to lead members to introduce change in their own lives as well as the world around them. We want to show followers what a united front can accomplish.

The mission of ORLY is:

• Develop an organization with a positive and uplifting environment, dedicated to filling its ranks with people focused on doing good, exemplify integrity, leadership, perseverance, academic excellence, and equality.

• Promote advocacy and awareness and being a voice for those that cannot be for themselves.

• Encourage students to be creative, inspiring, and most of all a platform to help others.

The staff advisors are Connie Lower, Assistant Professor, and Rizza Bermio-Gonzalez, Assistant Professor.

Learn more about ORLY.

Online College of Education Undergraduate Club

The Ashford University Online College of Education Undergraduate Club is an academic community for Ashford's College of Education Undergraduate students, alumni, and faculty.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Judy Donovan, a full-time faculty member and Chair of the Library Science and Media program at Ashford.

Learn more about the Online College of Education Undergraduate Club.

Online Master of Arts in Education (MAED)

The MAED Student Club has been designed to bring the MAED students together.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Jackie Kyger, an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at Ashford University.

Learn more about the Online Master of Arts in Education Club.

Online Psychology Club

This student group is a collaborative effort between Ashford's psychology faculty members in the College of Health, Human Services, and Science and learners who have a strong interest in psychology.

The mission is to: 

  • build community 
  • offer a supportive environment 
  • promote the understanding of psychology as a science 
  • provide students with information relevant to graduate school, career opportunities, research, and leadership opportunities at Ashford

The faculty advisor is Dr. Stephen Brewer, Assistant Professor in the Psychology program.

Learn more about the Online Psychology Club.

Online Sociology Club

This student group is a collaborative effort between Ashford's sociology faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts and students who are interested in sociology.

The objectives are to: 

  • provide a supportive environment for learners 
  • provide examples of practical applications of sociology 
  • share volunteer and service opportunities 
  • increase interactions between students and faculty 
  • share information about career paths, research, scholarships, graduate school, and publishing 
  • highlight student and faculty accomplishments

The faculty advisor is Dr. Elaine Alden, Program Chair of Ashford's Sociology program.

Learn more about the Online Sociology Club.

Sigma Epsilon Kappa

This student group is a social society that embraces the unified goal of giving hope to women seeking non-traditional education.

The objectives are to:

  • promote philanthropy, education, and personal growth in female learners and the women in their lives
  • exemplify integrity, leadership, perseverance, academic excellence, and equality
  • impart of the benefits of Panhellenic traditions amongst online students

Spring 2017 recruitment is underway. Applications are accepted every February and August. Visit the club website for membership criteria and to apply.

The staff advisors are Rebecca Nowicki, Manager of Reference & Faculty Services and Anna Uribe, Distance Education Librarian.

Join the Sigma Epsilon Kappa club on LinkedIn.

Social Science Club

The Social Science Club is dedicated to the personal and professional growth of students through group discussion about research, leadership, and career opportunities within the social sciences. The Social Science club is open to Ashford students, faculty, staff, and alumni who have a strong interest in the social sciences.

The mission of the Social Science Club is:

  • Develop a greater understanding of social science research and principles by examining current social events and problems.
  • Expand student awareness of career paths, research, graduate school, and service or volunteer opportunities.
  • Encourage interaction among faculty and students.
  • Promote awareness of student and faculty accomplishments.

The faculty advisor is Dr. Katie Bojakowski, program chair of the Social Science program.  

Learn more about the Social Science Club at Ashford University.

Society of Professional Journalists at Ashford University

This group is dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty. Ashford is proud to have established the first ever online chapter for students.

To ensure that the concept of self-government outlined by the U.S. Constitution remains a reality into future centuries, the American people must be well informed to make decisions regarding their lives, and their local and national communities.

It is the role of journalists to provide this information in an accurate, comprehensive, timely and understandable manner.

It is the mission of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ):

  • To promote this flow of information.
  • To maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press.
  • To stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism.
  • To foster excellence among journalists.
  • To inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists.
  • To encourage diversity in journalism.
  • To be the pre-eminent, broad-based membership organization for journalists.
  • To encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.

The faculty advisor is Gabriel Scala.

Learn more about the Society of Professional Journalists at Ashford University.

Student Veterans Organization (SVO)

The SVO serves as a source of knowledge, support, representation, and camaraderie to any and all students of prior and current military service seeking education at Ashford University.

The staff advisor is Stephanie Kinman, Military Student Development and Engagement Specialist.

Learn more about the Student Veterans Organization.

Online Student Organization Resources

Contact

For more information about getting involved in an online student organization or creating a recognized student organization, contact [email protected].