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Student Involvement

Student Involvement and Leadership

The Department of Student Involvement and Leadership, in partnership with students, strives to create an environment that encourages educational and social growth. By intentionally engaging students in interactive and diverse involvement opportunities, we seek to develop an ongoing commitment to leadership, service and learning that enhances our students’ overall collegiate experience.

Student Involvement and Leadership encompasses three extremely dynamic areas—the Office of Civic Engagement, the Office of New Student and Family Programs, and the Office of Student Activities—to encourage our students’ growth.

Office of Civic Engagement

The Office of Civic Engagement seeks to connect Butler students with service and philanthropy opportunities in the Indianapolis community and beyond.

Office of New Student and Family Programs

The Office of New Student and Family Programs works with the newest members of the Butler University community, including first year students, transfer students and families. The Office coordinates a wide array of programs and services to help with the transition of all of these constituents.

Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities strives to create a vibrant co-curricular atmosphere where students can engage in involvement opportunities that maximize their Butler experience and simultaneously enhance their leadership skills.

Student Government Association (SGA)

As the voice of the students, the Student Government Association (SGA) works closely with faculty, staff, and administrators to address student concerns and act on suggestions. In addition, SGA hosts a year’s worth of concerts, competitions, and entertainment.

Student Organization Directory

Welcome week


Office of Student Activities uses Butler Engage, a comprehensive student engagement platform, to both manage our student organizations and promote student involvement opportunities. 

  • Student organization leaders use Butler Engage to manage their organization functions.  
  • Students looking to get involved can explore the events calendar and our 130 student organizations

SIL’s Philosophy

We believe in the value of our students’ co-curricular experiences. Hands-on, transformative opportunities that happen outside of the classroom can enhance their overall college experience.

It is important to note there is no one co-curricular path. In the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership, we strive to help every student develop a co-curricular experience that is as unique as they are. We hope students will explore new areas of interest, delve deeper in passions they already know, and, perhaps most importantly, continually process the lessons and skills they are developing.

Co-curricular experiences can help students to grow in a wide variety of areas that will have an impact beyond their time at Butler University including teamwork, communication skills, decision making, and problem solving.

It is critical to remember that, while co-curricular involvement can be a key part of their learning experience, it is meant to enhance and not overwhelm. Being thoughtful and realistic about all their time commitments is essential.