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Student Service Organizations

Student Organization Advisors 2019-2020

Organizations advised by the OACS team can request an advising meeting here.

For the most current policies regarding student organizations for the upcoming fall semester, please reference the Student Programming & Organizations section.

  • If your student service org would like to be advised by OACS please schedule a meeting with an advisor.
  • Visit AnchorLink for a complete list of Student Organizations.
Oragnization Name (in alphabetical order)                              OACS Advisor
Alpha Epsilon Delta

AED is the student extension of the HPAO, enabling students at Vanderbilt to maximize their pre-health experience.

  • Shadowing opportunities
  • Medical school presentations
  • Mentoring programs
  • Community service outreach
Meagan Smith
Alpha Phi Omega

Our purpose is to make an impact on society by providing young people the opportunities to serve their local and national communities.

Alternative Spring Break

Vanderbilt Alternative Spring Break motivates students to become active citizens through intentional community engagement.

Meagan Smith
Alternative Winter Break

Alternative Thanksgiving & Winter Break (ATWB) is a student-run organization built on the foundation of education, service, and reflection. We offer service sites across the country with opportunities that range in topic from environmental conservation to homelessness, poverty, and more.

Meagan Smith
American Red Cross at Vanderbilt

We work very closely with Red Cross Nashville Chapter to provide training opportunities and sponsor events including multiple blood drives,  disaster preparedness, disaster relief, and how to prevent, prepare, and respond to emergencies.

Meagan Smith

AMIGOS is an organization focused on uniting students with a passion for the Spanish language and Latino culture to serve and empower the Latino community in Nashville.

  • Connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities
  • Community Advocacy
Meagan Smith

Amnesty International – Vanderbilt




Be The Match on Campus


Melissa Looby

Begin with Books

Begin with Books offers its members tutoring opportunities through the YMCA’s Y-Literacy program, focusing on literacy and reading comprehension.


Best Buddies



Meagan Smith


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Vanderbilt


Camp Kesem at Vanderbilt

Our mission is to provide children affected by a parent’s cancer with a supportive, lifelong camp community that recognizes and understands their unique needs and to empower college students to make a difference and build invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of their Camp Kesem chapter.

Melissa Looby
Cards For A Cause

The mission of Cards for a Cause is to uplift the human spirit through the design and creation of high-quality, handmade cards uniquely tailored to the needs of each population served.

Meagan Smith
Challah for Hunger

Come bake challah twice a month, sell to the Vanderbilt community, and raise money for local and national hunger-fighting organizations!

Melissa Looby
Change ++

Change++ directly supports the Chancellor’s vision of immersion and the critical project skills that students need.

The initiative to create a tool or useful piece of technology will be spearheaded by Vanderbilt students with a passion for computer science, design, or community service.


Melissa Looby

Circle K at Vanderbilt University

CKI seeks to provide diversified service opportunities to fit an array of interests with no unnecessary paperwork or restrictive commitments.

Code Ignite

Code Ignite is dedicated to increasing young student interest in programming and inspiring young minds to pursue careers in computer science.


Commodores for Science Competitions



DiaBEATetes’ key mission is to provide those with diabetes a supportive outlet to openly discuss topics associated with diabetes. DiaBEATetes will also aim to be one step closer to the cure by donating the money generated from selling albums and hosting runs to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

Meagan Smith
Dores for Ronald McDonald House Charities

At the RMHC of Nashville, students can volunteer their time and engage in activities including working the reception desk, greeting guests, cooking meals, cleaning and organizing the house, and general engagement with the families staying there, along with other service-oriented projects

Meagan Smith



Dunks for Diabetes



The purpose of EmbrACE is to give female-identifying undergraduate students at Vanderbilt University the opportunity to regularly mentor middle school girls in the Nashville area on age- and gender-related issues.

Engineering World Health (EWH)

We are a non-profit organization with a mission of inspiring, educating, and empowering the biomedical engineering community to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world.


Melissa Looby



Glamour Gals

Glamour Gals inspires volunteers to provide ongoing companionship and complimentary makeovers to women living in senior homes.


By connecting students and resources with some of Nashville’s most impactful non-profits, Grassroots seeks to empower the marginalized.  Grassroots is in constant pursuit of a sustainable solution to the specific problems that the most pushed out individuals of Nashville face.

Harmonies for the Elderly

Harmonies for the Elderly, founded in 2010, is an organization of students of all ages who play music at nursing homes and hospitals. We incorporate aspects of music therapy while interacting with Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.

Meagan Smith
Interaxon – Vanderbilt University

Vandy Interaxon visits Nashville-area schools weekly in order to expose students to the study of the brain. Through fun, interactive lessons, we teach middle-school basic neural concepts, including the anatomy of a neuron, functions of different brain regions, and disorders of the nervous system.

Liberty in North Korea at Vanderbilt

The Vanderbilt chapter has been coordinating events, fundraisers, and chapter discussions throughout the year. We hope to raise awareness about the North Korea crisis on campus and in the Nashville community, as well as invite people to celebrate together in the Korean culture of sharing and compassion.

Meagan Smith
Life’s a Stitch

Our goal is for each member to be able to finish a project (blanket, scarf, hat, etc.) which at the end of the year can be donated to the homeless shelter!

Meagan Smith

Lyrical Movements


Meagan Smith
Manna Project International – Vanderbilt

We are an organization dedicated to connecting Vanderbilt students with service opportunities through a range of local and global initiatives, both in the Nashville community and internationally with our Spring Break Service Trips.


Melissa Looby


Martha O’Bryan World Cup


Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere

Through our Mobile Clinics and community development projects, students are able to work alongside doctors and other professionals as we bring meaningful, sustainable change to areas of extreme poverty.

Melissa Looby
Mentor TennissSee

Two times per week MT hosts students from area public and charter schools for after school care at no cost. Participants receive homework help and academic mentoring, a life skills curriculum designed by Stanford experts, and tennis instruction.


Moneythink is a national student movement aimed at rejuvenating urban America by mentoring the next generation of America’s small business leaders.


Move for Hunger – Vanderbilt

To help fight hunger in the Nashville area by holding Move Out For Hunger and other collection events, by promoting awareness and facilitating other opportunities to work as a community to help the hungry people of our society.


Melissa Looby


Next Steps @ Vandy Ambassadors

The purpose of this organization is to empower the Vanderbilt students with intellectual disability enrolled in Next Steps through positive peer-to-peer relationships and support. Support areas include academics, organizational skills, exercise, and inclusive campus life participation, and other program requirements.


Nilaja Amari Dance Troupe

Through dance, Nilaja Amari strives to expose more of the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities to African culture and celebrate the diversity in the many styles from several different countries. By showcasing our efforts, we hope that the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities will also continue to grow in appreciation for African dance.


Meagan Smith


Page by Page

Our mission is to partner with Napier Elementary School in order to build community between Vanderbilt and the Metro Nashville public elementary school system while fostering individual relationships between Vanderbilt students and Napier’s young readers.



Pencil Projects

Pencil Projects at Vanderbilt is an extension of PENCIL, which links community resources to Metro Nashville Public Schools in order to help the city’s youth prepare for a successful future. Combining mentoring and tutoring, the program gives Vanderbilt undergraduate students a chance to make a difference in the community at its roots.


Project C.U.R.E.

We are dedicated to connecting the Vanderbilt community to the non-profit, Project C.U.R.E., which delivers donated medical supplies from hospitals and clinics in the U.S. to resource-starved hospitals and clinics in over 130 developing countries.



Melissa Looby


Project Heal

Project Heal is a Christian non-profit organization established at Vanderbilt University dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare in developing nations through student-led medical missions centered around a collaborative, educational and service-oriented environment.



Project Nicaragua


Melissa Looby

Project RISHI

Project RISHI’s mission is to provide financially sustainable solutions to core problems within rural Indian villages. We have partnered with primary schools in Pamulparthi and other villages outside of Hyerabad to provide running water, desks, and stoves!


Melissa Looby


Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine supports patients and their families in pediatric hospitals. We volunteer at the Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in addition to our weekly club activities.



Project: Bridges at Vanderbilt

We achieve our goal of improving the well-being of refugees and immigrants through a framework of community connectedness by:

1.  Coordinating the match up of students with community agencies, refugee families, and individuals.

2.  Providing student volunteers with a basic foundation and relevant training for working with multi-cultural populations.



Melissa Looby


Purple Ribbon Project

Purple Ribbon Project operates as a service and awareness promotion student organization. The mission of Purple Ribbon Project is to raise awareness about domestic violence and intimate partner violence. Additionally, this student organization aims to provide Vanderbilt students with the means to show support to survivors and positively contribute to efforts currently being made to end domestic violence.

Relay For Life

Relay for Life’s ultimate goal is to raise cancer awareness on campus. Our motto is, “Celebrate, Remember, Fight Back.” Celebrate survivors, remember loved ones lost, and fight back for a cure.


Melissa Looby



Save the Children Action Network


Meagan Smith

She’s the First – Vanderbilt

She’s the First is a not-for-profit that sponsors girls’ education in the developing world.



Meagan Smith




Special Olympics Vanderbilt

Special Olympics Vanderbilt is a club on campus that brings together Vanderbilt students and individuals with intellectual disabilities through sport to build friendships and help lead the social justice movement of Special Olympics.



Meagan Smith


Students Against Modern Slavery

Human trafficking is a violation of human rights. It is the exploitation of vulnerable people through the trade of humans for forced labor or sexual slavery. How can you help? Join Students Against Modern Slavery to raise awareness of the issue and be in service of human trafficking victims around Nashville.


Meagan Smith


Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations

The Vanderbilt chapter of Students Consulting for Nonprofit Organizations is committed to providing high-quality and professional pro-bono consulting services for a variety of non-profit organizations and social enterprises.



Melissa Looby


Students Demand Action

Vanderbilt Students Demand Action is part of a group of college and high-school students working together nationwide to end gun violence.



Meagan Smith



Our mission is to provide survivors of brain injuries with support, provide students with an opportunity to serve as leaders within the local community and learn about the patient perspective of living with a brain injury, and to
collaborate with the Nashville community in supporting survivors of brain injury and spread TBI awareness.



Melissa Looby



SYNERGY is an undergraduate organization that brings Vanderbilt volunteers to local Nashville elementary and middle schools once a week to provide academic tutoring and develop one-on-one relationships with the students there.



Timmy Global Health

Timmy Global Health expands access to healthcare and empowers students and volunteers to tackle today’s most pressing global health challenges.



The Wells Project


Meagan Smith

United Muslim Relief

University students as well as the surrounding community can work to combat poverty and homelessness here in Nashville. Additionally, Vanderbilt UMR hopes to fundraise for and spread awareness about global initiatives to provide access to clean water, quality healthcare, and basic social services to underdeveloped populations overseas.



Meagan Smith


Universities Allied For Essential Medicines

We will aim to a) raise awareness of the issues surrounding access to pharmaceutical drugs by increasing our chapter membership and hosting regular on-campus initiatives, b) work directly with the Center for Technology Transfer at Vanderbilt to ensure that Vanderbilt is 100% compliant with the FDA Amendment Act requiring all clinical trial results to be filed on the public registry, and c) influence national drug policy by meeting with US Congressmen and Senators.



Vanderbilt Alzheimer’s Buddies

Alzheimer’s disease is a devastating terminal neurodegenerative disease that impairs memory, motor function, and emotional response. An estimated 5.4 million Americans are currently afflicted with this disease, and their numbers are growing rapidly.



Meagan Smith


Vanderbilt Cancer Society

The Vanderbilt Cancer Society (VCS) exists to address issues related to cancer’s presence in the lives of Vanderbilt students and the larger community. Through fundraising efforts, awareness campaigns, and volunteering opportunities at various organizations around Nashville, our goal is to address the wide-reaching effects of cancer in the Vanderbilt, Nashville, and even global community.



Melissa Looby


Vanderbilt Connecting Generations

This organization strives to promote empathy and patience in volunteers while engaging with an underserved populace, connect the Vanderbilt community with an elderly populace through events like organization performances, dinners, and mentally stimulating activities, and promote intercultural and cross-generational understanding, among students as well as between volunteers and the people they serve.



Vanderbilt Global Brigades

Our mission is to empower volunteers and under-resourced communities to resolve global health and economic disparities. Our vision is to improve equality of life by igniting the largest student-led social responsibility movement on the planet.



Melissa Looby


Vanderbilt Habitat for Humanity

Vanderbilt Habitat for Humanity is a service organization dedicated to issues around homelessness and poverty-housing. From weekly service nights to weekend builds and spring break trips, there is an opportunity for everyone to get involved!



Meagan Smith


Vanderbilt Initiative for Veg. Awareness


Melissa Looby

Vanderbilt International Relations Association

Vanderbilt International Relations Association (formerly Vanderbilt Model U.N), or VIRA, is a multifaceted organization aimed at bringing together students interested in international affairs and global issues through four main branches: Model UN Travel Team, VUMUN, Project Hemispheres, and GlobalVU. Across these four branches and our regular social meetings, VIRA promotes international affairs through competition, philanthropy, community engagement, written publication, and open discussion!



Social Impact Consulting Club

Vanderbilt Social Impact Consulting Club is an undergraduate organization with the mission of economic empowerment and positive social impact. We partner with social enterprises in developing countries, aiming to advance their efforts and address their most pressing business issues.


Melissa Looby

Vanderbilt Music Outreach

Vanderbilt Music Outreach aims to provide rewarding service opportunities in the Nashville community to any Vanderbilt student with a passion for music and a desire to share it with others. We do so through several key programs: music workshops with elementary and middle schoolers, patient outreach, volunteer concerts, and one-on-one private student teaching through W.O. Smith.



Melissa Looby


Vanderbilt Prison Project

Founded in 1972, Vanderbilt Prison Project is a service-based organization that aims to educate, equip, and inspire the Vanderbilt student body to work with the Nashville community for progress in the criminal justice system, and to serve, advocate for, and uplift those impacted by it.



Melissa Looby


Vanderbilt Protecting Animal Welfare Society


Melissa Looby

Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science

Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science (VSVS) is a service organization composed of undergraduate, graduate, and medical students who are committed to bringing inquiry-based, hands-on science lessons to middle school students.



Vanderbilt Students for the Armed Services




Meagan Smith


Vanderbilt Teach the Future

The Vanderbilt chapter of Teach the Future is a service organization that seeks to provide free math tutoring, homework help, and organizational skills assistance to children K-5 with ADHD and/or from low-income families in the surrounding community.



Vanderbilt UNICEF Campus Initiative


Meagan Smith

Vanderbilt Volunteers for Youth Athletics


Meagan Smith

Vandy Art Outreach



Volunteers Around the World

Vanderbilt’s chapter is a medical outreach chapter that gives volunteers an opportunity to shadow medical professionals and work side by side with experienced doctors. Volunteers will accumulate medicines prior to the trip to the host country.


Melissa Looby

Volunteers for Health

Volunteers for Health (VH) is a service organization dedicated to bringing an interactive health curriculum and education to elementary school students. In the Nashville Metro Public School District, health class is not required to be taught, thus paving a road for us to provide that education.



Vanderbilt for Veterans

Our organization’s mission is to create an awareness and appreciation for the veterans who have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of our country. Our goal is to improve the well-being of veterans at the VA and across the country. We will volunteer at the VA frequently to meet and create relationships with the veterans.



Youth Encouragement Services – Vanderbilt

Y.E.S. – Vanderbilt will further the organization’s mission by providing dedicated, dependable volunteers to mentor underprivileged inner-city youth.