Taylor University encourages students to take leadership roles in a variety of areas and organizations, even as freshmen. Joining one of our student organizations is a great way to make connections across campus, build your resume, and develop leadership skills.
Student leaders in the Taylor Student Organization (TSO) work to create excellent programs and provide quality services that build Christian community, explore contemporary issues and popular culture through a Christian worldview, and add to the educational and spiritual environment of campus. There are also several student organizations in the Office of Intercultural Programs that support multicultural and international students.
With over 100 diverse student leadership and cabinet positions offered through TSO, students can find teams that share their gifts and passions and allow them to cultivate their faith, leadership skills, and callings for service. Explore the following TSO programs to see where you can get involved:
Promote the spiritual, educational, and relational development of the Taylor University community by creating and encouraging programs, initiatives, and awareness pertaining to the global community. Global Engagement desires to prepare students to work in a multicultural environment, serve as part of the global church body, and have an attitude and mindset to learn from other cultures. This organization believes that we, as Christians, have the responsibility to engage in thoughtful dialogue, and many of the events we plan revolve around that idea in politics and current issues such as upcoming elections and feminism’s relationship with the church.
- World Religions Week: We plan chapel services and evening programs to allow students to learn more about different religions from around the world.
Made up of a group of student-elected class officers, ICC is dedicated to promoting class and campus unity. Each class has four student representatives that work together in order to provide innovative, competitive, and interactive class and community events.
- Taylathon: Graduating classes compete to win this cross-campus bike race. Non-competing students can cheer on their classmates and watch some disastrous falls.
- Airband: Besides being a lip-syncing and dance competition, Airband practices and performances provide an opportunity for students to bond and make memories and friends that will last a lifetime.
- ‘J’ Awards: An event program for juniors in which students vote their classmates into several superlative categories, such as “Best Singer,” “Most Likely to be Asked on a Pick-a-Date,” etc. Voting is done prior to the event.
Leadership Programs trains and equips life and leadership scholars to effectively explore and use their talents, gifts, and abilities to serve in the Kingdom of God. Coordinate various events that emphasize whole-person education, Christ-centered leadership, and expansion of a student’s global perspective to develop and flourish as servant leaders.
- Pursuit Lecture Series: Engage with leaders serving in the Kingdom in this annual gathering. Speakers include Taylor community members and many others from around the globe.
- National Student Leadership Conference: Leaders from around the nation and globe share their wisdom and insights with student leaders. This conference is open to not only the entire Taylor community but to all college students, faculty, and staff who wish to learn more about what it means to be a Christian leader and serve the world.
- ICHTHUS Mentoring Program: This mentoring program allows Community Life Scholars to explore what community leadership looks like. Scholars are mentored in clusters, and then those groups partner with an experienced Taylor-affiliated adult with .
- Beyond the Walmart Run: Incoming freshman scholars get to experience the neighboring city of Marion and discover the history, story, and needs of the community they will be part of for the next four years.
- Leadership Networking Night: An event where students interested in leadership positions can connect with current student leaders and supervisors. Discover all the ways to serve the Taylor community in a leadership capacity.
- Reframing Leadership Course: This class, offered every J-term and Spring semester, engages students in personal exploration with themes of Congruence, Power, Imagination, Hospitality, Failure, and Self-Awareness. Students explore each of these through reading, seminars, reflection, discussion in small groups, and assignments.
SAC creates fun and meaningful activities and events to encourage campus and community involvement.
- The Cardboard Boat Regatta: An event during Parent and Family weekend where families use their creativity to survive a voyage on Taylor Lake using only cardboard, plastic sheets, and duct tape.
- MyGen: An event for students to show off their talents by performing contemporary songs from when the graduating class was born until now.
- Nostalgia Night: A night for students to perform songs from before the graduating class was born.
- Study Breaks: Put on every semester, students are given time to take a break from cramming for final exams and projects and build community in a unique way.
IFC challenges students to strengthen Taylor’s commitment to engage, understand, and challenge culture. This cabinet encourages students to think seriously by exposing them to many ideas and art forms. They bring bands and speakers to campus, show and discuss films, organize book clubs, and support Taylor’s own artists in order to spark thoughts and conversations about how Christians view culture.
The Office of the Student Body President provides leadership for the TSO cabinets and serves as student representatives to Taylor administration. The Student Body President and Vice President often meet with the president of the University and other administrators to provide student input on a variety of issues. Additionally, they emphasize meaningful experiences and conversations that promote growth among the members of the student body.
The Student Senate serves as the primary representative body for the students of Taylor University and helps bridge the gap between students and the administration. By spending time with other students; discussing pertinent issues; and meeting with faculty, staff, and members of the administration; Student Senators demonstrate Christ’s love by discovering needs and ministering to them. Senators are chosen via student elections at the end of each year and serve a one-year term.
The Office of Finance exists to ensure TSO cabinets are being good stewards of the budget they have been given through student fees. The office prepares the budget and payroll for all TSO cabinets, assists each cabinet to wisely plan and spend within their means throughout the year, and reports payroll information directly to the University Payroll Manager.
Media & Marketing Services students use their creative design and marketing skills to inform students and faculty about all TSO events. Graphic designers create tickets, posters, and flyers for the events, while photographers and videographers shoot photos and videos. They also run the TSO Facebook page and News of the Day.
Taylor also offers a variety of organizations that focus on intercultural relationships and allow international and third-culture students to share stories from their home countries with the rest of the Taylor community. Learn more about these intercultural organizations.
The Office of Intercultural Programs (OIP) cultivates a safe and welcoming environment for international students, American ethnic students, missionary kids (MKs), and third-culture kids (TCKs), which provides educational and experiential opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty. OIP is committed to enriching the Taylor community by implementing programs that promote racial reconciliation; sensitivity to diversity-related issues; and positive, respectful, and meaningful dialogue regarding these issues.
OIP offers many intercultural organizations that celebrate specific ethnicities and are open to all students. Each organization provides encouragement and support for its students and programming to promote awareness of the diversity on campus. Please email Debby Cheruiyot Bii or Felicia Case with any questions or concerns.
Read more about Taylor’s intercultural organizations below:
ASIA invites the Taylor community to grow in understanding of the diverse cultures, religions, and current events of Asia. ASIA members foster compassionate relationships, exchange cultural knowledge and appreciation, and host campus events.
BSU is a student-led organization that explores and shares Africa-rooted culture and history. We celebrate and inspire restoration of the various cultures of the Black community. BSU welcomes everyone interested in increasing their knowledge and building relationships with those within the African-American society.
ISS fosters community among the international student body. Representing international and third culture students, our group brings international students together to celebrate and explore the rich backgrounds represented on campus and have fun together through various programs and social activities. Though far from their families and familiarity, international students find a sense of family in ISS.
LSU welcomes all students who identify themselves with Latino culture and/or have an interest in learning more about the diversity of the Latin world. LSU’s overarching goal is to create awareness of the Latin world through various campus events.
MESA aims to restore cross-cultural relationships, while breaking down various barriers that divide Taylor University. Through thoughtful programming, MESA also fuels critical conversations about prejudice and stereotyping, while educating the community about the psychology behind racism. MESA hosts events like Push My Button—a weeklong event seeking to encourage students to learn more about each other and be open to the differences each student has—and Mosaic Night—a night that allows students to share performance aspects of their cultures such as dancing, storytelling, and singing.
MECA hopes to welcome all students to both engage and learn about Middle Eastern culture, religion, and politics. Through speakers, music, media, language, food, and interaction with people from the Middle East, MECA desires to counteract negative stereotypes and provide a balanced perspective on the region.
Now an international organization, MuKappa was first founded at Taylor University to provide a supportive environment for missionary kids (MKs) and third culture kids (TCKs). The MuKappa organization helps these students appreciate and embrace their diverse cultural background while learning to integrate into the American community.
The Gospel Choir is an intentionally diverse choir that proclaims a ministry of reconciliation through performing black gospel music and dance. This choir is open to Taylor University students, staff, and faculty members. New members are accepted at the start of every semester. Contact Caitlin Jacques and Alex Berends for more information. Contact Caitlin Jacques for more information.