Clubs

How to Get Involved with the Student Community

On-campus activities are often just as important as academic experiences for the growth of a student. Oakton encourages students in our campus community to get involved with their peers and join one of our student-led clubs. Joining a college club is a great way to explore existing interests and discover new passions you may not have realized you had. With more than 30 active clubs and counting, you're sure to find something to match your interests. Clubs at Oakton range from hobbies like the Card and Board Game Club to special interests and more cause-related organizations like those promoting social justice.

Browse our active student clubs below, and if you're looking for something different, read on for information about how to start your own student club at Oakton. We encourage you to be passionate and involved as an Oakton student, so let us help you organize your interests into a new club that our whole community can enjoy.

Active Student Clubs at Oakton

Connect with Oakton students with an interest in the fine arts—and raise awareness about fine arts throughout the College community. This club provides a space to experiment with different artistic styles and techniques outside of the classroom.

Advisor
Mark Palmeri
mpalmeri@oakton.edu
847.376.7115

The Building Lasting African Culture and Knowledge (B.L.A.C.K.) Student Union provides support to all Black students at Oakton and helps students find and utilize resources on campus. By working closely with the B.L.A.C.K. Student Success Program, BSU fosters belonging and is a hub centering on Black thought and ideas through critical conversations, 365 celebrations, mentoring, community engagement, equity advocate training, and conference attendance and presentations.

Advisor
Danielle Terry
dterry@oakton.edu
847.376.7796

The purpose of this club is to create a friendly and comfortable environment for students to participate and learn about card and board games.

Advisor
Gretchen Schneider
gschneid@oakton.edu 
847.635.1608

The Ceramics Club provides a forum for students to explore the commercial and artistic aspects of ceramic art. Club members are expected to donate work and/or volunteer. This group sponsors the Empty Bowls project every December to benefit local food pantries.

Advisor
Lou Pierozzi
lpierozz@oakton.edu
847.635.1838

The Ceramics Club provides a forum for students to explore the commercial and artistic aspects of ceramic art. Club members are expected to donate work and/or volunteer. This group sponsors the Empty Bowls project every December to benefit local food pantries.

Advisor
Randy Felsenthal
rfelsent@oakton.edu
847.635.1910

The Early Childhood Education Club, a pre-professional organization, supports students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Oakton. Club members have opportunities for professional development and will also develop leadership skills through their involvement in conferences, meetings, and professional organizations.

Advisor
Cheryl Joseph
cjoseph@oakton.edu
847.376.7271

The Environmental Club (formerly Sustainability Club), seeks new ways to get students and employees engaged in sustainable actions like waste reduction, ecological restoration, and gardening on campus. Enthusiastic students are encouraged to join and participate in making the Oakton community more sustainable in our everyday lives.

Advisor
Charmaine John
cjohn@oakton.edu
847-376-7315

Advisor
Amanda Krause
naturalist@oakton.edu
847-635-1768

This club supports students in their academic success and personal development through activities, assistance, and referral services.

Advisor
Kristine Panopio
kpanopio@oakton.edu
847.635.1728

The Habitat for Humanity Club, a collegiate branch, fosters team-building activities such as visiting construction sites to help provide shelter for low-income families.

Advisor
Cheryl Thayer
cthayer@oakton.edu

Hillel coordinates social, political, cultural and educational activities on campus and in the Chicago area for Jewish students.

Advisor
TBA
studentlife@oakton.edu

Honors students have the opportunity to enhance their learning experience at Oakton by becoming involved in local and national events that benefit themselves and the community.

Advisor
Kristin McCartney
kmccartn@oakton.edu
honors@oakton.edu
847.376.7164

Oakton's IEEE Student Branch shares knowledge of electrical and allied branches of engineering and helps students start careers.

Advisor
Gloria Liu
glorial@oakton.edu
847.635.1738

The purpose of the Latinx Club is to foster interest in the Hispanic Culture and share its richness and diversity. The Latinx Club strives to promote cultural diversity among its members and create awareness or cultural sensitivity to cultural differences in the college setting and the broader community. Latinx Club provides opportunities for members to practice their Spanish language skills.

Advisors

Evelia Giraldo
egiraldo@oakton.edu
847-635-1612 Des Plaines
847-635-1493 Skokie

Valeria Benson-Lira
vbensonlira@oakton.edu
847-376-7258

This club is designed to help students interested in criminal justice by providing an opportunity to learn about the profession and those impacted by the criminal justice system. Our goal is to give students a better insight on the correct path and how to make connections with each other and outside agencies upon graduation.

Advisor
Jim Humenik
jhumenik@oakton.edu
847.635.1948

Through weekly Bible study, the club strengthens students' relationships with God by applying God's word to daily life. Meetings are based on the Christian faith.

Advisor
Esther Kim
ekim@oakton.edu
847.635.1688

The Muslim Student Association introduces Islamic history, culture and values to all students. The club promotes relations with other groups on campus.

Advisor
Stella Pillay
stella@oakton.edu
847.635.1630

This club serves the community by coordinating service projects and raising funds for charitable organizations. The club meets on the Skokie campus.

Advisor
Princess Escudero
princess@oakton.edu
847.635.1443

The Pride club seeks to celebrate and promote diversity throughout campus while providing personal and social support to LGBTQ students on campus. The club works to unite the community through education and dialogue.

Advisor
Lindsey Hewitt
lhewitt@oakton.edu
847.376.7044

Oakton Visual Organization provides hands-on experience in developing media projects.

Advisor
Erick Rohn
erohn@oakton.edu
847.376.7248

The Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) Club, a pre-professional organization, is open to students enrolled in the physical therapy assistant program. The club participates in Physical Therapy Week and community service events.

Advisor
Elizabeth Dempsey
edempsey@oakton.edu
847.635.1896

The club informs students and other members of the Oakton community about Filipino culture and traditions.

Advisor
Princess Escudero
princess@oakton.edu
847.635.1443

The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) provides opportunities for female engineering students to support each other in their paths toward becoming engineers, encourages the role of women in engineering, and learns from female engineering professionals.

Advisor
Gloria Liu
glorial@oakton.edu
847.635.1738

The club introduces and educates members and the student body about the history, events, lifestyle, traditions, religions, cuisines, and customs of various South Asian countries.

Advisors

Rignesha Prajapati
rprajapati@oakton.edu  
847.635.1265

Samuel Pudi
spudi@oakton.edu
847.635.1408

The purpose of this club is to assist student nurses in working with individuals, families, groups, and communities in a variety of settings guided by health promotion perspective with an ethic of caring.

Advisor
Margaret Gas
mgas@oakton.edu
847.635.1833

The club’s mission is to help and educate others regarding healthy and sustainable living practices. We also partner with local and international organizations to provide support to those in need. New members are always welcome!

Advisor
Kristi Zenchak
zenchak@oakton.edu
847.635.1615

Students for Social Justice educates the College community about the importance of human rights and promotes respect for those covenants around the world.

Advisor
Scott Johnson
sjohnson@oakton.edu
847-376-7286

A campus chapter of the International UNICEF organization, the club addresses the needs of children around the world through education, philanthropy and advocacy.

Advisor
Kristine Panopio
kpanopio@oakton.edu
847.635.1728

Interested in Starting Your Own Club?

If you have a hobby or particular interest not represented here, Oakton encourages you to bring your passion to campus and apply to start your own club. The Student Government Association approves all new clubs, which are almost always formed by students.

View the petition PDF form below to get started. Your next step will be to get in touch with us at the Office for Student Life and Campus Inclusion to schedule an appointment to talk about your new organization. Please review the form below, then send us a message at studentlife@oakton.edu.

View the New Club Formation Petition (PDF) (69 KB)