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The purpose of Black Students in Action is to promote the recognition and involvement of African American students, students of African descent, and students of other ethnic backgrounds at John Carroll University. The organization holds the intention of creating a strong voice on campus and to make an impact on the decisions regarding students of the JCU community.

Meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 PM in the Murphy Hall Conference Room (located in the basement).

Email for more information. 

Founded in 2016, Asian Pop Culture Club strives to introduce and inform the John Carroll Community on Asian culture and values. We highly encourage students to engage in activities that will strengthen their understanding of Asian traditions through the celebrations of different holidays and ceremonies. Asian Pop Culture Club also aims to provide a mutual ground for John Carroll’s community to address opinions on social issues pertaining to East/Southeast Asia. 

Email for more information about meetings. 

Le Cercle Français is a space for students to discover the French language and francophone culture! Students of all levels of French are encouraged to participate. Members meet for bi-weekly events and organize trips off campus to experience French art, theater, film, and food!

Email for information on meeting times!

Allies is a group of LGBTQ+ persons and their supporters. We believe in the freedom and equality of all individuals and work to promote this in our daily lives.

Meets on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. in the CSDI Lounge (LSC 48).

Email for more information. 

Supporting Jewish students in the expression of their identity and providing opportunities for non-Jewish students to enhance their understanding of the Jewish world. Meeting date and time TBD.

Email for more information on meetings and programs. 

The primary purpose of LASA is to provide the opportunity for students of Latin American heritage and their friends to meet on a regular basis, organize activities, and increase the number of Latin American students on campus and the awareness of our presence and value to the University at large.

Meets on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in the CSDI Lounge (LSC 48).

Email and/or for more information. 

MESA’s goal is to introduce students to the diverse cultures, people, and ideas of the Middle East. We are inclusive to all students from all backgrounds and we encourage all students to attend our events. Some of our main events include: Middle Eastern Dinners, Hookah Nights, and a bi-annual Hafleh (festival). 

Email for more information on meeting times and programs. 


The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) is devoted to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of under-served communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent, and socially conscious physicians here at JCU. MAPS is committed to providing educational workshops, medical resources, and networking opportunities to the students on campus.

Email for meeting dates and time.

The Muslim Student Society invites you to weekly Friday prayer service! We will be in the Interfaith Room (second floor of the library) at 2 p.m.! All are welcome to observe and we highly encourage you to attend!

Email for more information on programs and events. 

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Resources for Cultural Organizations

The executive boards of cultural student organizations work directly with CSDI staff to strengthen their club's mission, vision, and leadership skills. Cultural leadership retreats are held in early fall and spring semesters.

CSDI periodically offers leadership training on the following topics.

  • Overview of internal funding: Purchasing Card overview and budgeting format
  • Grant writing process
  • Student Organization Budgeting Board tips
  • Blue/Silver/Gold process
  • Check requests
  • Fundraising

Community Development Activity Fund

Cultural student organizations that are recognized by the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion are each allocated $500 for the 2019-2020 school year. This funding is used to support Community Development Activities (CDA) within the student organizations. Inspired by the programming model of the Office of Residence Life, CDAs are:

  • Used to orient the executive board members (president, vice president, etc.) as community builders.
  • Activities facilitated by the executive board members (president, vice president, etc.) aimed at intentionally developing relationships and building community in their student organization.
  • Often spontaneous and may require little to no planning and preparation.
  • Not programs that conflict with other cultural student organization programming or CSDI programming; nor will CDAs take away students from other responsibilities (i.e. attending class, etc.).

Some examples of CDAs are: getting candy for a general body meeting, tickets to a culturally-relevant movie, bus passes to a demonstration downtown, small meals at a restaurant, etc. Financial officers and faculty advisors are responsible for CDA fund management.

All meetings begin at 5 p.m. in the Dean of Student’s Conference Room. After you submit a request form, sign up for a time on the sign-up sheet outside the Student Union office. For more information click here.

Fall 2019 SOBB dates:

November 4
November 18
December 2

Please direct any questions to! I look forward to reviewing your application!

Funding from the Student Activity Fee is meant to serve John Carroll students and the board serves to ensure that this is taking place within student organizations. To request funding in any of the above-noted areas, the student organization shall complete and submit one or more of the following LSO budget request forms listed below.

The Operating Fund Request Form is only used to support the internal functions of the organization, such as office supplies, binders for the organizations’ executive board, and printing supplies, such as flyers to advertise meetings. Those are just a few examples. Organizations can only request up to $100 per semester. The $100 is not guaranteed to each organization; it must be requested in order to be used. Click here to see an example PDF of a completed Operating Fund Request Form.

The Program/Event Request Form is to be used for supplies, food, decorations, tickets, publicity, performance fees, or other expenses incurred while planning, promoting, and staging an on-campus event or program open to all students of John Carroll University. Click here to see an example PDF of a completed Program/Event Request Form.

The Travel/Conference Request Form is for any student organization that is sending members to an event/conference. It includes registration fee, lodging, and transportation. This form is also used for driving to an event, such as requests for gas money. Click here to see an example PDF of a completed Travel Request Form.

The Service Fund Request Form is for use by student organizations for service projects and organization needs. Some examples include executive board needs, printing supplies, and project supplies. Click here to see an example PDF of a completed Service Fund Request Form.

CSDI-Recognized cultural student organization

Not all cultural student organizations are recognized by CSDI, but all are recognized by the Office of Student Engagement. New cultural student organizations need to attend the annual CSDI Cultural Organization retreat in January 2020. 

Please email or to learn more about the retreat. Details will be available in December 2019.

Helping ideas become a reality

$5,000 is set aside to fund campus-wide diversity programs focused on raising awareness, knowledge, and skills promoting a culture of inclusiveness. All proposals have students as the primary audience.

Proposals should include: 

  1. Name of Project
  2. Date/Time/Location (if applicable)
  3. Project Goals and Learning Goals
  4. Anticipated Itemized Budget
  5. Collaborators
  6. Evaluation Plan

Please email with your proposal or any questions. 


The CSDI Lounge is a multi-purpose space used by student organizations and others for meetings, studying, and socializing. To reserve this space please call 216.397.4185 or email 

Features include:

  • Movable large couches, love seats, and chairs
  • Movable coffee/study tables
  • 2 large group study tables
  • 1 large classic chalkboard, chalk, and erasers
  • 1 large white board, white board markers, and erasers
  • Flat screen television, hooked up to University’s cable system
  • 1 DVD player
  • 1 Wii console and games
  • Board games
  • Community lending library

Student Involvement Fair

The Involvement Fair happens in early fall and spring semester. Here you will be able to meet 100+ student organizations and other opportunities. This is the best place to sign up for clubs, leadership opportunities, fraternities, sororities, academic clubs, intramural sports, etc.

Involvement Fair usually is scheduled for the 2nd Friday of the fall semester.