Starting an Organization

Interested in starting a student organization? You have come to the right place. We look forward to hearing more about your interests for a new organization on campus; follow the below steps:

Begin Researching Orgs Already on Campus

  • Is there a gap, on campus? Will your organization bring something new? What needs will your organization fill?

E-mail the Assistant Director of Student Programs and Leadership answering the following questions.

  • Name of organization
  • Reason for starting the organization
  • Why there is a need for this organization on campus
  • Mission Statement
  • List of members
  • Member recruitment plan
  • Leadership structure and transition plans
  • Event ideas for the academic year
  • Rough draft of meeting agendas

Need help writing a mission statement? Developing a plan to recruit students? Help determining the best leadership structure for your organization? Don’t know where to start? Please contact the Assistant Director of Student Programs and Leadership who is here to guide you and advise you on your process.

Club Sports and Recreation Organizations

While club sports and movement & recreation organizations are registered through the Office of Student Programs, club sports are dually administered through the Department of Physical Education and Athletics, and supervised by Amie Canfield. The planning for creating such organizations is often more intensive than other groups, and Mount Holyoke encourages students to adhere and follow the regulations of any national affiliate groups and charters. Students should come to Student Programs to discuss their ideas and if we feel it meets the criteria of the risk level of a club sport we will connect them with athletics for further support.

For clarification, here are some of the basic differences between a recreation organization and a club sport:

  • Club sports are intercollegiately competitive. They practice and require coaches, whom are paid from SGA funds and a staff member of the college. These groups require greater administrative oversight and risk management.
  • Dance, movement & recreation organizations do not compete on the collegiate level, and require little-to-no practice. Coaches are not provided.