Professional Student Organizations
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Organizations Open To All COHS Students
American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
AAFCS is the professional organization that encompasses all areas of the human sciences discipline. The mission of the organization is to assist individuals, families, and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. This organization sponsors professional development programs and promotes interaction between students and professionals of all majors. Student members are also members at the state and national level and have opportunities to attend these conferences and network with other members.
Dean's Leadership Council
This collective voice of Human Sciences students will serve as a student government focusing on the needs and concerns of the students in the College of Human Sciences. The president of each Human Sciences organization represents his or her respective organization. If the president is unable to serve another member of the organization may be chosen by the advisor or executive council for that organization.
Advisor: Denise Sanchez, HS 154 B
Human Sciences Ambassadors
Ambassadors is an organization that allows current students to share their passion for Human Sciences with prospective new students. Ambassadors give academic information sessions and college tours to prospective new students to help ease their transition to becoming a Red Raider. Student Ambassadors travel with the coordinator to on-campus resource fairs, high schools, junior colleges, and organization meetings across the state.
Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U)
The Omega Chapter of Phi U is part of a national honor society of Human Sciences students who excel academically. Phi U recognizes and encourages academic excellence, develops qualities of personal and professional leadership, and provides opportunities for professional service as well as service to the profession. The Omega Chapter conducts initiation by invitation for students with a 3.25 GPA or above.
Advisor: Emily Vanderpool, HS 265, 742-3000 x256,
Tech Council on Family Relations (TechCFR)
A professional society within the College of Human Sciences devoted to understanding and strengthening families. The organization allows students to socialize and volunteer with others interested in working with families as well as network with professionals and graduate schools.
Organizations Open to Specific COHS Students
Association of Childhood Education (ACE)
This is a professional education/service organization for human development and family studies, elementary and early childhood majors. ACE supports classroom experiences with professional insights on the development of children from early infancy through early adolescence. ACE students also participate in service projects in the community.
Advisor: Stephanie Shine
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) student chapter is a community of students committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, ASID strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. The Society's student membership includes nearly 5,000 students of interior design with more than 280 student chapters at colleges, universities and design schools with 2-year and 4-year programs.
Advisor: Michelle Pinson, HS 101C, 742-3050
Association of Students About Service (ASAS)
To create an environment in which recovering students and those supporting recovery can interact socially and can be of maximum service to the College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, and the local, state, and national community.
Advisor: George Comiskey, CSAR 206, 742-2891
Eta Sigma Delta (EΣΔ)
An international honor society that recognizes exceptional academic achievement by inviting junior and senior RHIM students with a 3.25 GPA to join. The Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education (CHRIE), the leading international association devoted to hospitality and tourism education, administers this organization.
Advisor: Sheila Scott-Halsell, HS 601C, 834-5194
Hi-Tech Fashion Group
A professional organization for all majors related to the apparel industry including fashion design, merchandising, journalism, business, and marketing, which sponsor activities promoting the apparel/merchandising industry.
Advisor: Dr. Su Shin
International Interior Design Association
IIDA's student members are part of a professional organization that strives to lead the way for the next generation of Interior Design innovators. IIDA provides student members the opportunity to connect with Interior Design professionals, gain knowledge about the profession, and observe designs impact on the health, safety, wellbeing and virtual soul of the public, balancing passion for good design and strategy for best business practices.
Advisor: Michelle Pinson, HS 101C 742-3050
Personal Financial Planning Association (PFPA)
The PFPA serves as the student organization for students interested in a career in personal financial planning and the financial services profession. PFPA members also have the opportunity to become members of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA), the Society of Financial Services Professional (FSP), and other national professional organizations. Personal Financial Planning majors network with industry professional from across the country to learn about internships and opportunities in the field.
Red to Black Financial Planning (R2B)
Red to Black offers free and confidential financial planning and counseling to Tech students and delivers financial education programs on personal finance topics for classes and student organizations. Upper division students and graduate students in the Personal Financial Planning Program are trained to provide services as Outreach-based Peer Financial Planners and Client-based Peer Financial Planners. Red to Black also promotes a greater understanding of financial planning and counseling through continuing education training, including meetings with guest speakers and roundtable discussions.
Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutritional Sciences majors are eligible for membership in SAND which is affiliated with The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.
Advisor: Shelley Fillipp, HS 281C, 834-1317
Student Event Planners Association (SEPA)
SEPA is a professional outlet for future event planners to gain knowledge and experience, develop skills, and network. Its mission is to prepare students for success in the event planning and hospitality industry
Advisor: Dr. Charlie Adams, HS 172, 834-6304
Tech Retail Association
A professional organization for all students interested in retailing, which sponsors activities related to the retailing industry. This organization provides an opportunity for students to network with professionals, develop leadership skills and communication skills.
Advisor: Dr. Deborah Fowler, HS 283, 834-1779
Organizations Open to Specific COHS Graduate Students
Graduate Restaurant, Hotel, and Institutional Management Studies (GRHIMS)
A professional organization open to all RHIM graduate students that provide an opportunity for students to develop leadership skills and assist new students entering the RHIM program. The organization provides a forum for students, faculty, and hospitality managers to discuss topics of mutual interest.
Advisor: Dr. Janice Boyce, HS 602, 834-2844
HDFS Graduate Student Association
An organization for graduate students in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies that ensures student representation at faculty meetings and on departmental committees to advocate for student interests and concerns. The organization also provides an opportunity for students to interact with each other and to build professional relationships through community engagement and enrichment.
Advisor: Dr. Michael McCarty
Tech Graduate Council on Family Relations
A non-profit affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations dedicated to promoting healthy families. The council provides opportunities to meet others interested in family relations and network with career professionals. Membership is for graduate students.
Advisor: Dr. Miriam Mulsow