Florida State University

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Student Organizations

Students in the college can become active and involved in a number of organizations, including several that are specific to their fields of study.

Student Leadership Council 

The Student Leadership Council (SLC) serves as a liaison group between the student body of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy (COSSPP) and Florida State University. The council provides programming to enhance the values of scholarship, leadership and service for COSSPP students.

Past years have seen the great success of SLC’s signature event, Agree to Disagree, bringing students of varying political beliefs and ideologies together. The council also plans events centered around student research, resources from the FSU Career Center and virtual service opportunities. SLC has also been working toward greater inclusivity on campus by lobbying FSU administration to enable a feature on Canvas allowing students to display their pronouns.

Connect with the SLC on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with council announcements and events. 

Global Peace Exchange

Established in 2006, The mission of Global Peace Exchange (GPE) is to engage students in supporting sustainable development partnerships in the local community and around the world, benefitting communities at the grassroots level and exposing students to opportunities in the humanitarian field.

Building upon a network of partnering organizations, students travel and work on projects with communities within various regions around the world. Year-round activities provide students with knowledge of global issues and development ideology. GPE members understand the complexity of issues affecting communities worldwide as well as the challenges of the development field, develop intercultural competencies, participate in cultural exchange and gain valuable skills working under a fully-functioning nonprofit organization.

GPE’s partnerships have focused on education, business, the environment, health and women and youth empowerment. Since its inception, more than 100 volunteers have traveled to and partnered with organizations based in Rwanda, Nepal, Cambodia, Thailand, Ghana, Uganda, Moldova, Guatemala, Haiti and Peru.

GPE has had to adjust to travel and other restrictions during the COVID pandemic. Member students have been focusing on local projects, such as a partnership with the nonprofit network Herbalists Without Borders, to make moringa-based herbal medicine for distribution in Winter Wellness Kits in Tallahassee. GPE members have also had the opportunity to remotely volunteer with Iracambi a Non-Governmental Organization in Brazil.  

Get involved and learn more about GPE on their official website.

Events are updated regularly on the organization’s Instagram

World Affairs Program 

Top-ranked for its success in Model UN and Crisis Simulation competitions across the U.S. and Canada, the FSU World Affairs Program (WAP) is a student-run academic program within the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, that gives students a social, academic and competitive outlet in an educational setting.

The primary mission of the World Affairs Program is to promote an increased awareness of the global community and encourage personal and professional growth among those who participate in the program. 

The Model UN team trains every Tuesday and is open to all students. Trainings are separated and tailored to both new and experienced delegates. 

In addition to this competition aspect, WAP has organized weekly programming that includes guest speakers and important joint discussions with local community and student organizations to discuss such topics as COVID-19, international politics, the LGBTQ Movement, police reform, immigration and more.

General Body Meetings are held every Thursday to encourage campus debate and discussion. Membership in the organization is both free and open to students of all majors and levels.

Click here to view upcoming WAP events.

Discipline-Specific Student Organizations

Units within the college have organizations established to allow students studying within specific disciplines and programs to network and share their knowledge and experiences and to connect them with alumni, guest speakers, conferences and research opportunities that expand on their academic and professional goals.

These groups are not generally open to all students but may sponsor events that anyone can attend. Students are encouraged to check with their programs and advisers for more information about how to get involved in these groups.

International Association of Emergency Managers

This student group affiliated with the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program was re-formed this year after being disbanded in 2018.

The goal of the chapter is to have a vibrant revival year that includes guest speakers representing many areas of the field, including unmanned aircraft systems, emergency management academia, disaster recovery and county-level disaster response, as well as to provide a conduit between students and the various networking and interning opportunities in the emergency management field. 

To find out more about IAEM at FSU, visit their Facebook page.

Public Health Organization (undergraduates)

The Public Health Organization is a newly formed undergraduate Recognized Student Organization (RSO) created with the vision of allowing public health students to find a community of like-minded individuals to connect for academic, professional and social endeavors. The organization serves as a hub for public health majors to network, create study groups and share course recommendations.  

All FSU students with an interest in public health are welcome to join. Applications will soon be made available for select officer positions. Connect with the Public Health Organization on Social Media and GroupMe: 

Public Health Student Association (master’s students)

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) provides opportunities and the tools necessary for public health graduate students to be successful through the awareness of internships, education of various public-health related topics and community service projects on and off campus.

The PHSA mission is to increase awareness of public health-related concerns and policies as well as facilitate and enhance the health status of Florida State University students, faculty, and its surrounding community.

Master of Public Health Facebook page

Economics Club

The purpose of the Economics Club at FSU is to advance economic ideas, research and opportunities for its members. The organization hosts talks by faculty and neighboring economic research centers to build a network of bright economists. 

Club meetings provide students with information on research opportunities, current event discussions, fun economics games and events, outreach to feeder schools and networking. 

Any FSU student interested in economics is welcome to join. Check the Economics Club Facebook page or Instagram Account for updates on events.

Public Administration Graduate Association

The Public Administration Graduate Association (PAGA) exists to enhance the educational experiences of M.P.A. and Ph.D. students of the Askew School by fostering communication among professionals, alumni, practitioners, faculty and students while providing services that assist student development both educationally and personally.

Recent monthly events include a Local Leaders Webinar Series via Zoom and Facebook Live. The first session featured Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit Public Defender-Elect Jessica Yeary.

Connect with PAGA on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with events and announcements.  

National Association for Business Economics

The FSU Chapter of the National Association for Business Economics prepares all traditional and applied economics majors and minors for the professional world they will meet after graduation. NABE hosts bi-weekly meetings featuring guest speakers with backgrounds in economics. 

Members of the chapter have the opportunity to form a network of peers, develop professional skills and typically attend two NABE conferences each year.

Learn more and connect with NABE on Instagram and Twitter.

Graduate Researchers of Geography

The Graduate Researchers of Geography (GRG) is a creative and supportive community for graduate students in the Department of Geography. The purpose of the organization is to unite graduate students while providing a forum for discussions on geographical, educational, pedagogical, or professional topics. 

Connect with them via Facebook and Twitter.

Pi Sigma Alpha

The Department of Political Science houses FSU’s Gamma Alpha chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 

Pi Sigma Alpha is the only recognized political science college honor society and one of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies. Students become eligible for membership by attaining high standards of scholarship not only in the discipline of political science but in their overall academic work as well. 

During the spring semester, the department invites qualifying students to join and holds an initiation ceremony during an annual awards reception.

Political Science Graduate Student Organization (PSGSA)

The Political Science Graduate Student Association serves as the main forum for graduate students to voice their opinions about department matters and a resource for helping graduate students to successfully complete their academic degrees. PSGSA is also the central coordinator of social and community service events for the graduate department. The group organizes a couple major initiatives within the department, including a mentorship program for incoming first-year students and an annual methods workshop. More info here.

Alpha Kappa Delta Honors Society

The Department of Sociology sponsors the Alpha of Florida chapter of the AKD Honors Society for undergraduate and graduate students. The organization offers opportunities for participating in leadership positions and allows sociology majors to engage with a network of students who share their professional interests.

Visit this link for more info and eligibility requirements.

Synoptikos, aka Urban and Regional Planning Student Association

This organization for planning students promotes professional and intellectual stimulation and the exploration of ideas outside formal classroom contents. It also sponsors social activities, assists new planning students and visiting educators and facilitates the exchange of information between the faculty, staff and students of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Find out more at this link.