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Student activities and involvement

Earlham has dozens of clubs and organizations tailored to all sorts of interests. Whether you want to continue a favorite activity you’ve been doing for years, or try something brand new, you’ll find lots of opportunities at Earlham. That includes opportunities that are a little unexpected—like cricket matches on sunny spring days, hammocks hanging from trees, games of humans vs. zombies across campus, or performing with Dance Alloy—one of our largest student groups.

Recreational and club sports

Earlham offers a large variety of recreational sports and club sports for those students interested in participating in athletics without a high-level of commitment. Explore our opportunities below.

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Clubs and organizations

Students are encouraged to become active and informed participants during their time here at Earlham. Student organizations are a good catalyst for this participation. This section provides you with all current student organizations. We invite you to find your niche through these groups, and we welcome new ideas if you feel passionate about something that is not found within these pages. We want your voice to be heard.

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Active Minds

  • Conveners – Alaina Hoff and Luz Tafradjiyski
  • Business manager – Alaina Hoff
  • Faculty adviser – Hannah Lipps

Active Minds has become the premier organization impacting young adults and mental health. Our consistent message, amplified by nearly 16,000 young adults each year, is that mental health needs to be talked about as easily as physical health. Only then can we bring suicide and mental health into the open, so no one struggles alone.


Health Club

  • Conveners – Abbey Zanatta and Andrew Belec
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Jessie Pilewski

The Earlham College Health Club welcomes students interested in, or considering, going into a health profession. We strive to develop experiences that help to educate our students while serving the greater community. Learn crucial healthcare skills in our Health Skills Certification Series or volunteer at our annual blood drives and health fairs. Yearly observations also include Health Professions Week and Public Health Week, both endorsed by the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions).


Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)

  • Co-conveners – Regan Seeman and Rose Abigail Leon Alvarado
  • Business manager – Diana Santiago Cruz
  • Faculty adviser – Jessie Pilewski

This national organization seeks to develop leadership and technical HOSA skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, and recognition, which is an integral part of the Health Science Education instructional program. HOSA chapters can be found on high school and college campuses across the country. Each year Earlham students prepare and compete in State and National level competitions in various healthcare sectors.


The Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

  • Convener – Haeyn Lim and Angel Roberts
  • Co-convener – Robert Lemon and Edgar Hernandez
  • Faculty adviser – Jessie Pilewski

The sister chapter of SNMA (Student National Medical Association). Their mission is to increase the number of African-American, Latino and other students of color entering and completing medical school. Members of EC’s chapter have the opportunity to network with IU School of Medicine. EC’s chapter is also open to all minority students interested in a health career, not just medicine.


Net Impact Chapter at Earlham

  • Convener – Ted Jacquet and David Huany
  • Business manager Ruslan Dominic
  • Faculty adviser  Gene Hambrick

The mission of Net Impact: Earlham College is to inspire, educate and equip individuals to use business power, especially social entrepreneurship, to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world.

The chapter will serve as a nexus for students, faculty, alumni and administration to educate and expose the Earlham community to entrepreneurship as a career option.


Sexual Health Peer Educators

  • Convener: Kate Goodpastor
  • Business manager: N/A
  • Faculty adviser: Amanda Wright
Sexual Health Peer Educators (SHPE) is a student-run group that works alongside Health Services to provide education and resources regarding sexual wellness to the student body. Some of our activities include tabling, assisting in the distribution of condoms and lubricant to RAs, informational sessions, and health-related events.

Black and Lavender

  • Conveners – Jimin Yoo and Kiara Kamara
  • Business manager – TBD
  • Faculty adviserShannon Flaherty

Black and Lavender serves as a safe space for students who identify as BIPOC & LGBTQIA+ in discussing the navigation of our identities, serving as advocates for LGBTQIA+ students of color, and promoting acceptance and safety for everyone.


Black Student Union

  • Conveners – Hallie Raikes and Enehi Ameh
  • Business Manager – Sheldon Lindsay
  • Faculty adviser – James Logan

Earlham’s Black Student Union serves as a guiding organization to PASE, BLUE and BMU. BSU supports the three student organizations to construct a more stable union that can better serve the African diaspora at Earlham. The Black Student Union is both a support and action group for all of its members, reflecting the principles of love, perseverance and unity.


International Student Coalition

  • Conveners – Thato Ts’olo
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser Candice Marshall

We strive to educate and expose students to varying ethnic cultures and societies and encourage students to explore and seek these cultures. Serving as a liaison between non-domestic and domestic students at Earlham, we also understand the importance of learning through others’ global experiences and understanding different perspectives.


Multicultural Student Association

  • Convener: Ima Varghese
  • Business Manager: Hemanta Dahal
  • Faculty Adviser: Nora Taplin-Kaguru

The Multicultural Student Organization’s goal is to support and celebrate students of color (or anyone who wants to join) on this campus. We would hope to promote and educate people on issues of social justice and solidarity.


Pura Vida Latinx

  • Conveners – Pablo Rios-Cruz and Diana Tobon
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Belén Villarreal

Pura Vida Latinx is a community whose focus is self-education in regards to Latin American cultures and issues. Our goals include spreading cultural awareness to the broader Earlham community through educational projects, events, and community services. By raising these issues, we hope to challenge the entire Earlham community (i.e., faculty, staff, students, and alumni) to recognize the national Latinx demographics and the growing Latinx voices. We are a group with a Latinx focus and are composed of those interested in these related issues.


Queer Athletes and Allies Collective (QAAC)

  • Conveners: CJ Johnson
  • Faculty Adviser: TBD

QAAC serves as an education and advocacy group on marginalized romantic or sexual orientations and gender identities in sports. Our goal is to increase campus-wide awareness of LGBTQ+ issues in athletics. We invite any interested persons, regardless of sexual, romantic, and gender identity, to join group meetings, lectures, discussions, socials, etc. QAAC believes it is essential for every individual to fully express themselves and feel confident in all aspects of athletics, including sexual, romantic, and gender identity.



  • Conveners – CJ Johnson
  • Business managers – Iris Stevenson
  • Faculty adviserMaggie Thomas

Spectrum serves as a support system for those with marginalized romantic or sexual orientations and gender identities. We also seek to increase campus awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer-related issues. We invite any interested persons, regardless of sexual, romantic and gender identity, to join group meetings, movies, lectures, discussions and socials. Spectrum believes it is essential for every individual to fully express themselves and feel confident in all aspects, including sexual, romantic and gender identity.


South Asian Student Association

  • Conveners: Iman Ajanee and Loukik Nanda
  • Business Manager: N/A
  • Faculty Adviser: Mahesh Dawadi

The South Asian Student Association aims to bring and celebrate all South Asians on campus through our different cultures and traditions. This club seeks to represent this diversity and enrich the exchange of experience with the wider Earlham community.


Students for Free Tibet

  • Convener – Tsering Lhamo and Mana Yoshikawa
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Kari Kalve

Students for Free Tibet’s mission is to educate the Earlham community on the Tibetan struggle for freedom and independence.


Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP)

  • Conveners – Daniel Setemi Oni and Zaid Adli Daana
  • Business manager – Salma Khalaf
  • Faculty adviser – Ahmed Khanani

Our conviction that the Palestinian narrative is misunderstood and weakly represented in America, Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP), works towards highlighting the sufferings of the Palestinian people and the violations of their rights. A group of committed students initiated SPJP at Earlham College in January 2008 with a mission of informing the Earlham community about the plight of the Palestinian people by conducting cultural events, festivals, exhibitions, letter writings, and petitions on numerous human rights violations and calling for a just and durable solution to the conflict in the Middle East.


Vietnamese Student Association

  • Conveners – Khoa Nguyen
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Seth Powless

Vietnamese Student Association is a student organization that aims to promote Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American culture and awareness throughout campus and the community.

Earlham College Democrats

  • Convener – Lily Mura and Alex Eastman
  • Business Manager – Julian Banks
  • Faculty Adviser – Dyron Dabney

We strive to get Earlhamites more involved in politics and elections by getting students and faculty registered to vote, connecting the campus to campaigns and political organizations, and hosting space for students to learn and get involved.


Earlham Young Democrat Socialist of America (YDSA)

  • Conveners: George Morpurgo and Audrey J Elliot
  • Business Manager: TBD
  • Faculty Adviser: Ryan Murphy

The purpose or mission of Earlham YDSA shall be: to fulfill a community need for a leftist organization that seeks to build coalitions across diverse racial, sexual, gender, economic, and community backgrounds. It seeks to create an open space for anyone and everyone to speak frankly about the shortcomings, unjust conditions, and violence increased by global capitalism. Through antiracist and grassroots organizing, the group will also culminate in direct action to assist the campus and Richmond communities in various issues as they come up.


EC for Fair Labor

  • Conveners: Elijah D. Gamber and Nolia Wilcox
  • Business Manager: Brooke Jarvi-Beamer
  • Faculty Adviser: Ryan Murphy

Our mission is to educate and organize the Earlham community to create a more equitable, fair, and just workplace on campus.


EC Votes

  • Convener – Elsa Hoover
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Dyron Dabney

EC Votes is a student-led movement to register, educate and encourage other students to vote. This nonpartisan group is committed to providing students with the necessary information and materials needed to vote in every local, state, and federal election.


Model United Nations

  • Convener – Salma Khalaf
  • Business manager – Carol Morris
  • Faculty adviser  Peng Yu
  • Website – ecmun.com

The Model UN’s mission is to plan and operate an excellent Model UN conference for area high school students. We also send Earlham students to university-level conferences to skillfully represent member states.

Baha’i Club

  • Convener – Lucas Mulhall
  • Co-advisers – Gordon & Janet Gray


Buddhist Student Union


College Meeting for Worship Cabinet

  • Convener – Amelia Richardson
  • Adviser – Kelly Burk


Earlham Christian Fellowship


Jewish Student Union

JSU provides a community space for Jewish students and beyond on campus. JCC is a space for all those interested in Jewish life to eat, learn, and have fun! We host cultural events for holidays, we cook Shabbat weekly as a house and often for all of campus. We also host a range of speakers who talk about Judaism in many different contexts.

  • Co-conveners – Maxine Scherz and Meeghan Kersten
  • Adviser – Elliot Ratzman


Muslim Student Association

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) at Earlham College aims to cultivate a community for the Muslim students and faculty on campus through dialogue and educational outreach. We help the Earlham community learn more about Islam by engaging in religious events such as breakfasting together during Ramadan, Eid celebration, Maulid Nabi, etc. Every week we also meet up at Teague Library for open worship and Friday prayers. We aim to foster understanding and acceptance while working towards a common goal of inclusivity in the Earlham community.

  • Co-conveners – Aniqa Ali and Rafi Ul Azam
  • Adviser – Lailul Ikram


Questing Catholics


EC Unitarian Universalists

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal faith tradition that encourages a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. People have a variety of religious beliefs but share ideas about being in a community and relating to the world. EC UUs meet on Sunday evenings at 7 pm in Virginia Cottage in small worship gatherings focused on faith exploration and small group ministry and larger events for holidays, such as the equinox.

  • Co-conveners – Katherine Liu and Grace Neudek
  • AdviserKelly Burk


Interfaith Cabinet

  • Co-conveners – Daryl Mifsud and Trevor Marimbire
  • Adviser – Lailul Ikram

Barn Co-op — Equestrian Program

  • Barn manager – All Barn Staff members are also currently acting in the role of Barn Manager.
  • Barn director – Robert Lemon
  • Horse care manager – Megan Steinhiser
  • Barn correspondent – Lucy Goode
  • Lesson coordinator – Risa McFee
  • Faculty adviser – Cynthia Fadem

Website: earlham.edu/equestrian
Facebook: @EarlhamEquestrian
Instagram: @earlhamequestrian

Whether “horse” is to you a hobby, a sport, a lifestyle, or an intriguing mystery, the Earlham College Equestrian Program is the community to enhance your learning and sustain your passions. The only student-run, cooperative, collegiate equestrian program in the country, this program offers affordable lessons and boarding to students and the community. In addition to our lesson program available to all, recreational riding on school horses and a competitive hunt seat equestrian team are available to Barn Cooperative members. We’re in the unique position of being able to welcome new members from the full spectrum of equine experiences and it is through the collective wisdom of that diversity that our program flourishes.


Bike Co-op

  • Conveners – Sean Anh and Neil Lindop
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Chris Smith

The Earlham Bike Co-op strives to create a bike-friendly community on Earlham’s campus and in greater Richmond.  The co-op organizes group bicycle rides, and anyone of any skill or interest level is welcome to participate and be a part of the co-op. Intro-level bicycle mechanic classes are given every semester, and weekly mechanic hours are held to allow anyone to come to learn how to fix bikes, do some tuning up on their bikes, or be around other people who love bikes!



  • Conveners – Liesl Nunemacher and Claire Gerlach
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Vince Punzo

Brimley’s is Earlham College’s only entirely student-run a cappella group. We are an auditioned group of between 12 and 16 men and women, famous for our goofy concerts and dynamic personalities. All of our compositions are arranged by group members, and they incorporate all voice parts and vocal percussion.


BTS Fan Club

  • Convener: Thea Clarkberg
  • Business Manager: Amelia Nguyen
  • Faculty Adviser: Katie Breslin

In their song “Magic Shop,” BTS sings, “On a day you hate being yourself, on a day you want to disappear forever, let’s build a door in your mind. Once you open the door and enter, this place will wait for you. It’s okay to believe the Magic Shop will comfort you.” This fan club is a place for ARMYs to gather, make friends, and learn about Korean culture. Every week we will discuss content, play games, dance, learn the Korean language, and eat food!


Cabaret Club

  • Conveners – Chiara Bowker
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Mia Slayton

Do you like musical theatre? Are you sad there isn’t a way to sing it on campus? That’s what Cabaret club is all about! Enjoying and performing musicals!


Chess Club

  • Convener: Evan Shelley and Stephanie Fallas Barboza
  • Business Manager: N/A
  • Faculty Adviser: Igor Minevich

The mission of the Chess Club is to give new players a place to learn and experienced players a place to be challenged. In the long run, we hope to create a space where interested students can feel comfortable being beginners and grow and space for experienced players to meet one another and keep their skills sharp.


Dance Alloy

  • Conveners: Tyler Le and Ashley Church
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – N/A

Dance Alloy is a student-run, student-funded organization composed of people from all different dance backgrounds. For at least a decade, Dance Alloy has striven to bring together dancers from all backgrounds to allow individuals to work together collectively. Each semester, our company successfully performs a full-scale production of works by students and faculty. For each of our performances, we encourage a variety of movement styles.  Dance styles have ranged from abstract to modern, tap, swing, hip-hop, African, ballet, and salsa. Dance Alloy’s goal is to provide an artistic performance outlet for those interested in expressing themselves through movement. We do not exclude individuals based on ability. All you have to have is a passion for moving.


Earlham ACM-W

  • Convener – Ana Verulidze
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty advisers – Charlie Peck

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) is the world’s largest academic and scientific society for computing. The ACM Women’s Council (ACM‐W) encourages and promotes women’s extensive engagement in the field by presenting services and opportunities to its 148-member student chapters. Earlham College ACM-W Student Chapter was launched on Feb 17, 2016, with ten members from different disciplines. Since then, we have organized and participated in several programs and events across the nation.


Earlham Ethical Debate Club (EDC)

  • Conveners: Shah Mir Aizaz and Lily Mura
  • Business Manager: Bradley Oliver
  • Faculty Advisers: Robert Couch and Erik Baker

Earlhamites pride themselves in advocating for global issues pertaining to several disciplines, whether in public policy, philosophy, arts, or science. This club aims to nourish and enhance this talent and provide students with a platform to broadcast their opinions and thoughts in a debating environment.


Earlham Hackers

  • Conveners – Ana Verulidze
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – David Barbella

ECHackers is an inclusive programming club that specializes in software projects, hackathons, and other events. We meet weekly for a small event called “Hacky Hours,” where students can collaborate on various projects, and we have a significant event every month or so. We look forward to seeing you.


Earlham Student Government

The Earlham Student Government (ESG) is responsible for representing the student body of the College. The organization comprises the Process Keepers, Student Organizations Council, Student Senate and the Constitutional Review Committee.


Earlham Student Organization Council 

  • SOC communications – Melissa Velásquez and Serena Pisacano
  • Financial adviser – Donna Tin Sun
  • Faculty adviser – Joe Lepone

The Student Organization Council (SOC) is a group of diverse students responsible for ensuring that student organizations can get the funding they need to further their purpose and enhance the Earlham College experience in various ways. The purpose of SOC is to allocate the portion of the student fee money to the undergraduate student organizations that promote interaction and awareness through programs that serve to benefit the entire student body directly. SOC is a branch of Earlham Student Government (ESG).


Earlham Theater Company

  • Conveners – Mike Martin and Katie Zack
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser: Lynne Perkins-Socey

The Mission of ETC provides a space for students interested in any areas of theatre, including, but not limited to, acting, directing, producing, designing, and backstage assistance. The group offers the opportunity to increase students’ knowledge through extracurricular activities such as professional workshops and lectures, peer training, and the opportunity to create and present small pieces inside and outside the institution.


Earlham College Educational Conversations (EC^2)

  • Convener – Indira Delacorte and Jonathan Todd
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – Cammi Michelle Fulvi

We are a group of students from all different backgrounds and interests to discuss the most crucial topic in our world…education! Students can reach out to @[email protected] with any questions and follow us on Instagram and Facebook @eceducationconversations


Girls Who Code

  • Convener – Winnie Nguyen
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviser – David Barbella

Girls Who Code is a chapter of the national non-profit organization working to close the gender gap in technology. Our organization educates, equips, and inspires girls with the computing skills they’ll need to pursue 21st-century opportunities.


Outdoors Club

  • Conveners: Serena Pisacano and Andrew Belec
  • Business manager: N/A
  • Faculty adviser: Kim Reid

The Outdoors Club encourages enthusiasm for the outdoors and wilderness by promoting and sponsoring activities where participants gain first-hand experience. We hope to inspire people to lead trips or expeditions and to foster an appreciation of the unique attributes of outdoor activities. We also wish to serve as a resource and provide opportunities for fun.


Rose City Coffee Co-Op 

  • Conveners – Alberto Edwards and Salma Khalaf
  • Business manager – Katie Breslin
  • Faculty adviser – Joanna Swanger

Founded in 2011, we are a student-run coffee shop.  A small board advises us of faculty and staff who help educate us on business practices and legal issues related to running a business.


Student Activities Board (SAB)

  • Convener – Kiyomi Johnson
  • Co-conveners – Cristina Esquivel, Jacque Mendes, and Lee Watkins
  • Business manager – N/A
  • Faculty adviserJoe Lepone

The Student Activities Board (SAB) is a student-led organization dedicated to providing fun, enriching, and free events to Earlham students! SAB puts on events year-round for everyone in the Earlham community. All of our events are free, often including food and giveaway items! SAB programs events like concerts, comedians, movies, Winter Wonderland, late-night events, guest speakers, and more! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @Earlham_SAB.



TEDxEarlhamCollege Club, which was founded in 2019, is committed to ensuring that students, faculty, staff, and people from the Richmond community from all backgrounds have the opportunity to share their innovative ideas and shape the event itself. TED is a non-profit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).


*Denotes all official student organizations recognized, and therefore funded by, Earlham Student Government.

Club sports

The mission of the Earlham College Club Sports Program is to provide students the opportunity to participate in competitive sport clubs against intercollegiate teams, with an emphasis on student leadership, development, and involvement.

View current club sports.


Recreational sports

Recreational sports at Earlham College are an integral and significant phase of the total wellness and fitness program that is geared toward the ability and skills of the entire College community. They exist for voluntary participation in team and individual sports and games.

View current recreational sports.

After consulting the faculty/staff member that can or will advise the organization, this application must be submitted to the Student Organizations Council (SOC) at the beginning of each semester.

SOC will then discuss and recommend the addition of the new organization to the director of student engagement. If granted, the organization will become recognized for the following academic year, in which they will undergo a one-year introductory period.

After completing the introductory period, organization membership may be granted unconditionally, declined or extended under the introductory period for further evaluation.

Equestrian programs at Earlham

Whether “horse” is to you a hobby, a sport, a lifestyle or a mystery, here is the community to pique your curiosity and sustain your passion.

The only entirely student-run cooperative collegiate equestrian program in the country, Earlham College Stables offers affordable lessons and boarding to students and the community. With recreational riding on school horses and a competitive hunt seat equestrian team both available to our co-op members in addition to the lesson program, we are in the unique position of being able to welcome new members from the full spectrum of equine experiences. It is through the collective wisdom of that diversity that our program flourishes.

More information and resources

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