RACC Clubs and Organizations
RACC clubs and organizations are designed to enhance your experience as a student. They are a great avenue to making friends, learning new skills and even look good on a résumé. New groups are always welcome.
Contact: Kimberly Uphold, 610-236-3943
Diversity Club - This club is open to all credit students attending Reading Area Community College who want to promote diversity and an awareness of other cultures and ethnicities. The club especially welcomes international and ESL students who are adjusting to college life in another language. Monthly meetings include a time for sharing ideas and talents. The club hosts the Annual International Festival in the spring and joins together in community service activities.
Front Street Journal - The Front Street Journal is the student newspaper of Reading Area Community College. Its mission is to provide a forum for the free exchange of ideas and information among all members of the college community. In addition to editorial staff opportunities, FSJ is always looking for reporters, photographers, as well as a marketing/business manager.
Contact: Al Walentis
Health Professions Club - This organization is designed for students in a health-related curriculum such as Registered Nursing, Practical Nursing, Respiratory Care, and Medical Laboratory Technician. Members of the club participate in the annual Health Fair at RACC. The club plans programming on health issues and sponsors an information table monthly in the Berks Hall lobby.
Contact: Alayne Fessler, 610-372-4721 ext. 5428
Legacy - Legacy is an annual scholarly journal written, edited and published entirely by students of Reading Area Community College. Legacy publishes well-written, researched papers representative of the college's diverse student body and curriculum. Opportunities exist for students interested in writing, editing, graphic design, illustration, photography, public relations and finance. Join Legacy to share your skills or to learn new ones.
Contact: Dr. Bahar Diken, 610-372-4721 ext. 5035
Muslim Student Association - The purpose of this organization shall be to bring comfort and knowledge to not just the Muslims on campus, but to people of all faith within the framework of this Constitution and bylaws and the rules, regulations, and policies of the College and the Board of Trustees.
Advisor: Carmela Capellupo-Beaver
Operation Green - The purpose of this organization is to disseminate information on pertinent environmental issues, engage in sustainable practices, and promote a cleaner, "greener" way of living on campus and in the community. Operation Green culminates its year-long initiatives with an Earth Day event each year.
Contact: Kristie Hudzik, 610-372-4721 ext. 6216
Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society (Alpha Sigma Rho Chapter) - Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges, is foremost a recognition of academic achievement. The local chapter also provides members with many opportunities for scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship as an active club on campus. Membership can be beneficial in terms of a variety of scholarships, at the two-year school as well as future four-year colleges. Currently enrolled students are invited to join when they have completed at least twelve hours of associate degree coursework at RACC with a grade-point average of 3.60 or higher.
Psi Beta Chapter of National Honor Society in Psychology - The goal of the Psi Beta Chapter at RACC is the professional development of psychology students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research and community service. Psi Beta means to provide opportunities for club members to become acquainted with and involved with the larger field of psychology. It also serves as a forum for developing one's perspective about psychology, for building a sense of community, and for identifying with others in the field. Interested students do not have to be psychology majors, but the chapter does require a 3.25 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in psychology classes.
Contact: Dr. David Brant, (610) 372-4721 ext. 5450
The RACC Christian Network - Regardless of where you are in your faith, the RACC Christian Network brings students together to share and encourage one another. Open to all current RACC students, our goal is to benefit the campus and community through service and outreach. We strive to provide a forum for Christians, to enhance Biblical knowledge through Bible study and prayer meetings; to share the Christian faith with those willing to listen and to create greater opportunities for student interaction outside the classroom.
Contact: Lynette Davis, (610)-372-4721 ext. 5047
Students Advocating for Everyone (SAFE) - By engaging the RACC community through donation collection, SAFE draws attention to issues in our larger local community in order to educate the public. This is put into motion through fundraising events to collect resources coupled with the power of conversations focusing on the issues in our community. These eyeopening acts build an empathetic and enganged community for RACC students and availables resources for those in need.
Advisor: Jodi Greene
Student Government Association - The Student Government Association (SGA) of Reading Area Community College consists of a diverse group of students who are the voice of the student body. SGA works hard to ensure that your concerns and interests about campus life are met. Advocacy and campus life improvement are the main focus of SGA. They also sponsor the many of events on campus. All students with a minimum GPA of 2.0 are eligible to petition to become a senator of SGA after attending three consecutive meetings; completing a petition signed by twenty (20) currently enrolled RACC students; & obtaining a letter of recommendation from staff or faculty at RACC. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend an SGA meeting and voice their concerns or suggestions. Only members of SGA will be able to vote on the issues raised.
Contact: Kimberly Uphold, 610-236-3943
Student Leadership Program - This program is open to current students with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must complete an application to the program, write a short essay, and obtain a faculty recommendation. The program consists of four components: spring leadership retreat, summer leadership institute, fall leadership retreat, and winter leadership institute. Students may register for any or all of the components when they are accepted into the program and with acceptance into the program, they are granted a full scholarship for all program costs.
In addition to participating in the program, students are able to apply for leadership certification and wear leadership cords at graduation. For more information stop by SUB 112 or email Kimberly Uphold.