Office for Student Engagement

Division of Student Life

Starting an organization

One of the great things about Reed is that it’s easy to get involved and find your niche. If you don’t see what you want in the student organization list, feel free to start your own group.

While student organizations at Reed have no formal recognition process, there are a few things you should do to get a group off the ground.

  1. Register your group with the student body Senate/Treasury. Look for instructions in the biweekly SB Info email sent by the student body President.
  2. Attend signators’ training. This usually happens the first week of each semester. Look for advertisements the first week of school that will provide the time, date, and location of the training. If you’ve missed the training, contact the student body treasurers at to find out what you need to do.
  3. Come talk to the staff in the Office for Student Engagement (in the student center) to get resources and advice about how to create a successful organization. You can also submit descriptions, links, and videos for inclusion on the clubs and organizations website.

Student organization resources

There are a number of ways that the Office for Student Engagement supports student organizations:

The Office for Student Engagement staff are available to meet with you about any organization-related issues including recruitment, keeping members engaged, running meetings, making decisions and more.

Event Planning
We can talk to you about events that are only a dream and help you figure out how to make them happen. We will walk you through all the details including contacting performers, negotiating contracts, budgeting and finding funding, event logistics, and more.

The Office for Student Engagement has a small amount of funding to co-sponsor student events. Contact for information about how to apply.

Student Spaces

There are a number of student organization spaces located in the Gray Campus Center, the basement of Old Dorm Block, and the student union. These are administered by the student senate and the Office for Student Engagement. We can assist with keys, maintenance and more.

Contact Us

Student Engagement staff are available by appointment to Reed students, staff and faculty. Please contact our staff for assistance.