Our mission is to change campus perception of mental health issues, reduce the stigma associated with it, and create a comfortable environment to discuss the real-life issues that students face. Active Minds is founded on the principals of creating an opportunity for students to advocate for something they believe in, raising awareness, and empowering students to make a difference.
(If you ever need EMERGENCY assistance, please call the SMC switchboard at 802.654.2000, 9-1-1, or the local Crisis Hot Line at 802.488.6400.)
Advisor: Catherine Welch
Common Ground is a GSA (Gender and Sexuality Alliance) that seeks to provide a safe space on the Saint Michael's campus for all members of the LGBTQ+ community. We work with both students and staff members to promote education, awareness, and student advocacy. Common Ground also sponsors various events on campus such as speakers, performance artists, and movie nights in addition to working with off-campus organizations.
Advisor: Mike Bosia
The Diversity Coalition's primary goal is to encourage open dialogue, educational opportunity and the chance to celebrate diversity in all human culture and experience. The Diversity Coalition serves to educate and promote awareness of issues such as gender, race, religion and ethnicity.
Advisor: Moise St. Louis
Feminists for Equality
The Feminist Club aims to promote gender equality on campus through engaging events, weekly meetings, and discussion. We aim to fight against injustices women, non-binary individuals, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and racial and ethnic minorities face. In addition, we focus on combating issues regarding sexual assault, sexual harassment, and domestic violence. Lastly, we aim to empower individuals and provide a safe space for all people.
Advisor: Gabriella Elmoussaoui
Fire & Rescue
Fire & Rescue staffs and runs a full-service rescue squad and fire department headquartered on campus. Fire operates as a battalion of the Colchester Fire department, while Rescue covers four area towns. Fire & Rescue answers over 1,300 emergency calls a year. Entry-level training is offered in the fall ansd spring for both units. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn and get involved.
Advisor: Pete Soons
Fix It with Five
This student-led and -funded organization works for systemic change within our community. Backed with a $10,000 grant, we look for charities and organizations within the community that strive for systemic sustainable change and try to form partnerships with them and Saint Michael's.
Advisor: Tom VanDzura
Food for Thought
This group aims to foster a community in which students make conscious decisions about their food, recognize its origins, and realize its connections to other social issues.
Advisor: Jeffrey Ayres
The Founders Society is Saint Michael’s student ambassador organization. Ambassadors work with the Admission and Alumni Relations staff to foster strong relationships with prospective students and alumni through a variety of campus and off-campus activities.
Advisor: Matt Seklecki
A laid-back and comfortable environment for fans of video games of all kind to connect. We aim to create a sense of community among students through a common interest of games. All skill levels are welcome and we offer a judgement free space for those looking to learn how to play.
Advisor: Jerome Allen
Go Baby Go
The mission of Go Baby Go is to provide innovative, accessible, and practical options to improve the lives of children who experience mobility challenges. Go Baby Go St. Mike’s adapts battery powered cars to help kids move in their environment. The organization brings together undergraduate students, community volunteers, and professors to work together on behalf of kids and families to solve real world problems.
Advisors: Mary Beth Doyle and Donna Bozzone
Green Up SMC is committed to reversing the effects of global warming and climate change by implementing and pursuing positive energy conservation initiatives on the Saint Michael's campus. These include diverse combinations of education, grassroots activism, live music and visual arts.
Advisor: Heather Ellis-Lynch
Her Campus is an online magazine targeted at the female college demographic. As a chapter, we publish weekly articles, post content on social media, and plan and market events for our organization. The group is ideal for students interested in business, event planning, journalism, media, and female empowerment.
Advisor: Sydney Rybicki
The Hilltop publishes the annual yearbook and it an excellent training ground for students looking to hone their organizational, editorial, creative and publishing skills.
The Knitting Club
The Knitting Club welcomes new and experienced knitters from all parts of the Saint Michael's community. Join us to learn or share your skills. Bring your own knitting or choose from our service project kits to benefit COTS and the Vermont Children's Hospital.
Advisor: Naomi King
Martin Luther King Jr. Society
The MLK Society is an interracial group dedicated to promoting the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting and sponsoring programs, lectures and workshops, including the annual Martin Luther King Convocation.
Advisor: Moise St. Louis
MOVE (Mobilization of Volunteer Efforts)
MOVE gives students an outlet to serve others in the community through a variety of programs.
Advisor: Lara Scott
Paint and Cookies
Paint and Cookies meets once a week at the Center for Women and Gender. All are welcome to enjoy fresh cookies and paint.
Advisor: Sarah Kilonsky
Peace and Justice Club
The Peace and Justice Club promotes the dignity of every human person, seeks to develop a justice network with other groups on campus and provides the community with events and programs about issues of peace, nonviolence, justice and equality for all people.
Advisor: Mahmoud Arani
Random Acts of Kindness
A group of students whose mission is to speak joy within the Saint Michael’s community through "random acts of kindness" that inspire and motivate others to make selflessness and generosity part of their everyday life. You may find these club members handing out hot chocolate on a cold winter morning or handing out fresh cookies during finals week!
Advisor: Heidi St. Peter
Resident Hall Association (RHA)
RHA meets weekly to plan campus events and socials derived from student interest. Events include Quidditch tournaments, ice cream socials and cookie delivery, semi-formal dances, sports viewing parties, and more!
A group of students working together with a goal to work for better worker's rights, an economy that values human beings and the environment and dignity for all.
Advisor: Mike Bosia
Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC)
The Student Global AIDS Campaign is a national organization that seeks to stop the global AIDS pandemic through advocacy and education. The Saint Michael's chapter has been influential in the adoption of progressive AIDS policies by seven 2004 presidential candidates. SGAC also works with Senator Patrick Leahy '61 to increase funding to the Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria. SGAC meets bi-weekly to discuss strategies to fight HIV/AIDS in our community and worldwide.
Advisor: Trish Siplon
Student Government Association (S.G.A.)
The Student Government Association is the student governing board of Saint Michael's College. The S.G.A. is completely run by students, and is charged with setting policy and allocating funds to student organizations on campus.
Advisor: Kerri Leach
VITA is the student-led peer ministry group committed to ministering to other students through exploring our faith and how it fits into college life. VITA provides weekly small and large group programming, retreats, socials, and sponsored events through Edmundite Campus Ministry.
Advisor: Anna Lester