Starting a new club
Starting a new club is a relatively easy process but it does involve a few different steps in order to complete it successfully. The Student Development and Activities office works closely with interested students to determine the purpose and mission of their proposed new organization. Once ideas are formalized, we will walk you through the necessary paperwork to complete the New Club Application packet. Formal proposals are then forwarded on to the Student Government Association where the full senate will vote on the activation of your new club.
First Step - What does MMC already offer for clubs?
Before creating a new organization outright, give a look through our roster of existing organizations to see if the group you’re looking for already exists on the Clubs and Organizations page. Groups that have recently been deactivated will appear in italics. If we do have an active organization, simply contact them to get involved. If a group that you would like to be a part of is currently inactive, you can simply reactivate that club with a Renewal Form.
The Student Development and Activities office also has a catalog of older inactive organizations that are not listed on our website. For more information on those, please contact SDA at Activities@mmm.edu
Second Step - Your idea is for a completely new org at MMC, now what?
This is fantastic news! We’re always excited to welcome new and imaginative clubs and organizations. Below are your action items now that you’re starting a brand new club:
Pick up or download a copy of the New Club Application
Build your Team
- Find three additional people who would excitedly join the club’s executive board (VP, Treasurer, and Secretary)
- Find a full-time faculty or staff member who would be interested in serving as the club advisor
- Find 6 additional students interested in being members of the club
Complete the New Club Application and bring it to an SDA staff member for a final proofreading
Once these are all taken care of, your completed application will be forwarded on to the Student Government Association for their review and subsequent approval.
Third Step - What does an SGA review entail?
The Student Government Association executive board and senate are the final authorizing body for the formal recognition of clubs and organizations.
What does SGA look for when reviewing?
- Is the mission of this organization unique from anything previously established at MMC?
- Does the purpose of this organization serve the student body and/or the broader MMC community?
- Does the mission embrace MMC’s mission of embracing and celebrating inclusion?
- Does this organization have the potential to thrive year-to-year?
Once the application is received by SGA, a representative will contact you with an invitation to attend their next meeting in order to answer any questions that may arise.
Fourth Step - SGA has approved the club, now what?
Once SGA has approved the club, a member of the SDA staff will ask to meet with the club officers to review the myriad resources offered to support the success of student organizations. We’ll go through the benefits of club status, how to request funding, how to plan events on campus, taking advantage of the Student Organization Suite resources, and how to engage the student body as an official student organization of MMC, just to name a few.
As always, if you have any questions at any point in the process, please do not hesitate to contact the Student Development and Activities office Activities@mmm.edu or you can reach out to Kevin Croke, Assistant Director of SDA, who oversees the establishment and operations of clubs and organizations email@example.com