Service Society/Awareness Organizations

Service Society/Awareness Organizations

Autism Acceptance Club

The goal of the Autism Acceptance Club is to act as a safe and inclusive space for students on the autism spectrum, as well as to educate the entire college community on how to be more supportive and accepting of the autism community. Topics covered include autistic traits, resources to educate and support the autism community, and how to fight ableism on and off-campus.

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteering movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).


Email: [email protected]

Circle K

Circle K is the largest student-led collegiate group.  We are an international chapter all about service to the community!  We do different projects for our local and international community!  In addition to being a part of the international chapter, our parent club is The Kiwanis Club of Patchogue who supports and works closely with us in everything we do.  We are a club with an emphasis on service, but service that is enjoyable to everyone who is doing it!  Our motto is: Live to serve, Love to serve.


Developing college and university students into a global network of responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to service.


Email: [email protected]

Diversity Union

Long Island Campus Diversity Union members

The mission of Diversity Union is to provide an inclusive and welcoming environment where diversity appreciation is celebrated and highly encouraged through various events, workshops and programs.

All of the programs offered are open to all students, faculty and staff of the University. Encouraging and promoting diversity throughout the University community helps to create a sense of unity by connecting different ethnicities, cultures and viewpoints. The Diversity Union provides all members of the University with a sense of community and togetherness, regardless of classification. 

Diversity Union supports Adelante of Suffolk County in Central Islip, NY, a non-profit organization which serves the diverse people of Long Island through a broad range of programs that improve and inspire forward movement in the lives of the families, senior citizens, youth, and people of all abilities which they service.


Email: [email protected]

Green Team

The Green Team is a student run organization committed to establishing a more sustainable campus both by promoting environmental awareness and encouraging student activism. Each semester will focus on improving a particular environmental issue, which will be promoted by events including guest speakers, campus events, trips, and volunteerism.

The club volunteers at environmental cleanups to foster appreciation for our planet. Fundraisers and events are hosted to benefit various environmental organizations. Anyone who appreciates the environment, or would like to learn more about sustainability is welcome to join the Green Team.

Peer Health Educators

The Peer Health Education Program is a College work-study program that focuses on delivering up-to-date relevant information to St. Joseph's University students from St. Joseph's University students. The peer health educators are made up of a diverse group of students who are educated in an area of interest, including alcohol and drug abuse, smoking cessation, body image, nutrition, fitness, disease prevention and high risk behaviors. We sponsor and participate in health awareness campaigns and events for students in all areas of the health spectrum while having fun.

What We Do

We are leaders and are responsible for running well-planned, interactive and fun events for the St. Joseph’s student body. We also offer workshops upon request. 

Our Mission

The mission of the program is to deliver holistic health promotion programs and support to St. Joseph's University students through peer educators. We strive to create a higher education environment that is supportive and encourages positive health promotion.

The peer education program offers opportunities for the individual student and collective student body to grow through a variety of diverse experiences that are challenging, rewarding and meaningful. Through educational workshops and programs, supervised by student health services, the program complements and supports promoting student learning and critical thinking. The program is supported through a collaborative effort from on and off-campus members of the community interested in offering help, information and support to St. Joseph's University students.


If you are interested in becoming a peer health educator, stop by the Center for Wellness and ask for an application, or download and fill out the attached application and drop it off at Center for Wellness office.

For additional information, please contact:

Peer Health Educator Program
Kerry Smith Vall, College Nurse
Student Health Services
Long Island Campus 631.687.1259​

Project Sunshine

Project Sunshine establishes a sense of normalcy for children facing medical challenges in the hospital setting. We focus on allowing members of the St. Joseph's community to provide happiness to these children and their families, right on our own campus.

Working onsite, our volunteers relieve the anxiety of the young patients and in a context of fun and play, foster in them the courage and coping skills necessary to confront procedures that lie ahead.


Email: [email protected]

Rotaract Community Service Club

The Rotaract Community Service Club’s main purpose is to assist the Patchogue Rotary in providing compassion to both our university campus and surrounding areas through fundraising, activism, volunteering, and awareness campaigns. The club will both hold and attend events sponsored by the Patchogue Rotary, all of which will be in support of volunteering and raising awareness towards the world's greatest issues.

The Rotaract Community Service Club is open for the whole student and faculty body to join. Along with the pleasure that helping others brings, you will gain beneficial skills that will follow in  your academic and professional careers. If you have the heart for helping others and giving back to the world, join the Rotaract Community Service Club. 


Our exceptional group of individuals will strive to assist the Patchogue Rotary in providing good fortune to those around us. We are committed to providing compassion to our college campus and surrounding areas  through fundraising, activism, volunteering, and awareness campaigns.

Email: [email protected]

Student Veterans of America

The Student Veterans of America is a student organization on our Long Island campus which aims to promote an understanding of veterans and their vastly unique experiences, as well as the issues they face upon returning home. Veteran and non-veteran students and faculty are invited to join our ranks and help us build our club, hold events, and raise funds for charity.

Look for our meeting times and locations in the Jotter and come get involved.


Email: [email protected]

Students Taking an Active Role in Society (S.T.A.R.S)

Whether you are a new or returning student, we would like to welcome you to the S.T.A.R.S. program here at St. Joseph's University. S.T.A.R.S. stands for Students Taking an Active Role in Society and that's what we do. We engage the community by lending a hand and donating our time to help others. We invite the entire St. Joseph's University community to be part of our events, which center upon a deep concern for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor and most vulnerable. For more information, call 631.687.1467 or visit the Campus Ministry office in O’Connor Hall.

Alternative Spring Break

The Alternative Spring Break trip is an annual community service trip for select students in S.T.A.R.S.


Phone: 631.687.1466
Room: Campus Ministry

Email: [email protected]

Women's Empowerment Club

Our mission is to empower the women at our school and inspire them to develop a high self-esteem, as well as to set high goals for themselves, all while creating a community of friends and women who desire to uplift one another. We hope to be a safe place for the women of our community, to share things about themselves, as well as provide an environment for new friendships to grow and flourish. We host events that connect with all students, such as Paint Nights and events that celebrate women during Women’s History Month. Regardless of your interests and hobbies, please consider joining our club and make some forever friends at St. Joseph's University.