Student Organizations

Why Get Involved?

Getting involved in a student organization is a great way to enrich your college experience. Student organizations provide opportunities for learning outside the classroom; for meeting new people; for sharing and exploring interests; for broadening your point of view; and for developing life, work and leadership skills. Also students that are involved in student organizations are more likely to get better grades, be more successful in their academic program, be more likely to stay in school and graduate on time, and feel more satisfied with their college experience.

The Kent State Department of Sociology and Criminology houses several student organizations, including: 

    • Alpha Kappa Delta

      Alpha Kappa Delta



      Description: Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin translated:  “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”

      Purpose: AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. AKD members seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and other forms of social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvement in the human condition.


      Governing Board for 2022

      President: Michelle Fretwell
      Vice President: Haley Crews
      Social Chair: Josh Warren
      Secretary: Sarah Harvey


      Want to become a member?

      *Must be Sociology major or minor or express strong interest in the field of Sociology
      *Must be junior standing
      *Must have a 3.0 cumulative and in all Sociology (SOC) courses taken
      *Must complete 4 Sociology (SOC) courses before initiation

      Contact: Sarah Harvey

      Academic Advisor: Christopher P. Dum


    • Alpha Phi Sigma

      Alpha Phi Sigma


      Welcome to the Criminal Justice Honor Society - Alpha Phi Sigma (Psi Chapter)!

      Who We Are: As the only nationally recognized honor society for criminal justice, Alpha Phi Sigma serves to recognize academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice, as well Juris Doctor students. The society was founded in 1942 and has grown to over 550 chapters across the United States, Canada, and Guam.

      What We Do: Alpha Phi Sigma is dedicated to honoring and promoting academic excellence, community service, and educational leadership, along with creating a sense of community amongst members. We are the only Criminal Justice Honor Society that is accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies and are incredibly honored to promote the larger society and the Psi chapter at KSU! More information can be found in this link to the official organization pamphlet and on the headquarters website.

      Thanks for your interest in Alpha Phi Sigma, and please email Dr. Solomon for more information!

    • Lambda Alpha Epsilon

      Lambda Alpha Epsilon


      Description: Lambda Alpha Epsilon is the undergraduate club for students enrolled in Criminology and Justice Studies. (Click here for the organization's website. Bylaws can be found here.) It is a chapter of the American Criminal Justice Association. The club engages in activities related to criminal justice, including field trips, social activities, and outside speakers.

      Meetings are held once a month in Merrill Hall. See notices on the LAE/Criminology Club bulletin board on the first floor of Merrill Hall for the location and time of meetings.

      Purpose: The goals of Lambda Alpha Epsilon are to (1) improve criminal justice through educational activities, (2) foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies, (3) promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues, (4) encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice, (5) provide a unified voice for professionals in, and students of, criminal justice, and (6) promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.

      Do you want to become a member?

      *Open to Criminology & Justice Studies/Justice Studies Majors and Minors

      *Open to any undergraduate class standing (rank)

      *Must be in good academic standing

      LAE Officers (2022-2023)

      • President:  Kaylise Howard
      • Vice President:  Amanda Grewell
      • Secretary:  Grace Ellis
      • Treasurer:  Trinity Kohnen
      • Social Media Director:  Aysegul Cekic

      Contact: Faculty Advisors, Richard E. Adams at or Michelle Foster at

    • NAMI Walk

      NAMI Walk

      Team Gallagher won the Top Newcomers award (aka Rookie of the Year)!! Out of all of the new teams participating in the Summit County NAMI Walk this year, Dr. Gallagher's team raised the highest amount of money. With over $3,000 in donations, our team really stood out among all of the teams!

      On October 3, 2015, family and friends of Tim Gallagher participated in a fund raiser walk sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in his memory.

      Family members present at the walk included:Dick (Father), Joan (Mother), Rick (Brother), Joelle, Meghan, Liz, Lindsay, and Ryan

      Friends and members of the Kent State University Department of Sociology and Criminology at the walk included: Victoria Reynolds, Elena Fox, Jacob Church, Kelly Markowski, Richard Serpe, Clare Stacey, Zach Schiller, Lillian Schiller-Stacey, Tim Rose, Greg Gibson, Jessica Cebulak, David Vraniak, Kristen Marcussen, Diane Moran, Julie Globokar, Adrian Jones, Donna D’Angelo, Anthony Vander Horst, Becky Myer, Austin Johnson, Brennan Miller, Jacqueline Coffey, Michael Kreiter, Brianna Turgeon, Karen Martinez, Erin Andro, Andrew Kreiger, Romi Fox, Tiffany Bergin

      We would also like to thank the following sponsors for supporting our team: Natalie Bonfine, Christian Ritter, Susan Fisk, Kamesha Spates, Dan and Mary Kay Gallagher, Christopher Dum, Jay and Rachel Hays, Susan Kunkle, Susan Roxburgh, and Richard Adams

      Timothy Gallagher's Obituary can be found here:

    • Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)

      Sociologists for Women in Society (SWS)


      Description: Sociologists for Women in Society is a nonprofit professional feminist organization dedicated to furthering the intellectual examinations of social problems from a feminist perspective and career development of feminist scholars in higher education.

      Purpose: Sociologists for Women in Society encourages the development of sociological feminist theory and scholarship, the transformation of higher education through feminist leadership, career development, and institutional diversity, the promotion of social justice through local, national, and international activism, and the publication and dissemination of cutting edge feminist social science research.

      Want to become a member?

      *Open to any major

      *Open to any class standing (undergraduate or graduate)

      SWS Officers

      Michelle Fretwell, President

      Miles Davis-Matthews, Vice President

      Lexi Hilling, Treasurer

      Leslie Wood, Secretary

      Haley Crews, Social Chair

      SWS Website

      SWS Kent Facebook


    • Undergraduate Student Sociological Collective

      Undergraduate Student Sociological Collective


      Welcome to the Kent State Sociology Collective – we’re glad you’re here!

      Who We Are: Rooted in the social science discipline, the Sociology Collective provides a space for students and sociology/criminology faculty to discuss current social problems, plan events that accord with our interests, speak on topics that are important to us (e.g., internships, grad school, etc.), and build community amongst members.

      Thanks for your interest in KSU's Sociology Collective, we're looking forward to hearing from you!