Family Involvement is a major component to our students’ success while studying at Drexel University. Drexel values family involvement and offers some resources to help keep families up to date on what’s going on in and around campus.
The Drexel Family Association
The Drexel Family Association is an organization that provides information and support to the families of current Drexel students. The association offers families a special connection with one another and encourages parents to participate in the Drexel University community.
Getting involved in the Drexel Family Association can begin by first completing a membership form, which can be found through navigating www.drexel.edu/studentlife/dfa/. Once the form has been received you will receive confirmation mailing that will detail any next steps. Involvement areas include:
- Attending committee meetings (held annually during Family Weekend)
- Volunteering for the Association’s sponsored events
- Participating in the Parents Fund
- Assisting with registration at Family Weekend or Open Houses
- Serving as a member of the Drexel Family Association Advisory Council
- Assisting the Office of Admissions with open houses and/or other recruitment efforts
If you are unable to attend the Drexel Family Association’s annual meetings — don’t worry, it is not required to be a member. Meeting minutes will be sent to all members who subscribe to the listserv. For more information, call 215.895.2506
Resources for Family Members supporting their Commuting or Transferring students
Resources for Students with Children
Discounted Resources for Drexel Families
Part of becoming a Drexel Dragon involves finding your place on campus, and finding out how you can contribute to improving our University! Below are listed some of the activities on campus to give you an idea of how you can start your journey. (Trust us—there are plenty more)
DREXEL COMMUTER ORGANIZATION
DCom, is a student organization for commuter students. The mission of the Drexel Commuter Organization (DCom) is "To increase the quality of life for Drexel Commuters through the use of social and academic programs as well as providing representation and useful facilities to commuter students."
DCom is a recognized student organization devoted to commuter students and their needs. DCom's purpose is to work with, and for, all commuter students to enhance their experiences at Drexel University through the initiation and coordination of social and educational programs. DCom meets on a regular basis throughout the school term. Some annual DCom events include:
- Good Morning Dragons
- Alternative Spring Break Trip
- Supporting the Commuter Car Show
DCom’s membership is open to all Drexel students with a specific focus being commuter students. Individuals may attend meetings, join the group, and even participate in the leadership.
Want to become a member? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and contact information. We look forward to seeing you at meetings and events this year!
USGA COMMUTER AND TRANSFER SENATORS
The Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) will fairly represent the students of the University and foster relations between the students and the University community. Join the USGA to represent your peers and give your say about what Drexel can do for YOU! http://www.drexelusga.org/
COMMUTER AND TRANSFER REPRESENTATIVES
The representative positions are a part of the Engagement and Operations Assembly is primarily responsible for guiding the procedural and structural evolution of USGA. EOA deals with business such as preparing internal policies, promoting events, and cooperating with other assemblies to ensure efficient operations of all officers. This assembly does its best to represent the student body and to communicate any ideas or concerns to USGA. http://www.drexelusga.org/index.php?id=59
CENTER FOR STUDENT INCLUSION AND CULTURE
CSIC coordinates comprehensive cultural month programming and develops and implements a wide range of multicultural and social justice education and training opportunities on topics including but not limited to: gender, race and ethnicity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic class by means of in-class presentations, intergroup dialogue circles, student organization workshops, etc., to increase student engagement and promote an inclusive and interdependent, socially just community.
- Development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of educational programs
- Increasing the intercultural competencies of our students through:
- Workshops for student organizations/classes
- Sexuality and Gender Equality (SAGE) training
- Coordination of comprehensive cultural month programming
- Intentional cultivation of multicultural competence for all members of the University community
- Advisement of student-initiated multicultural student organizations
- Recruit, hire and train peer leaders, Intercultural Advocates
- Collaboration with University to enhance and support the success of students from historically under-represented groups
- Promote increased awareness, understanding and appreciation of ethnic, racial, cultural and spiritual identity for all students
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND LEADERSHIP
Drexel encourages students to become involved on campus and join a student organization where you can further develop your leadership skills, develop new friendships, and challenge yourself to explore new ideas and activities. Below are a few recommendations for how you can become a member of a student organization at Drexel.
Fraternity and Sorority Life
Fraternities and sororities exist as a proven support network for students embarking on this new period in life. Close to one million undergraduate students across the country are fraternity or sorority members. There are currently over 900 men and women in the Drexel fraternity and sorority community, which consists of thirteen fraternities and eleven sororities.
The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student-run event programming organization at Drexel University. Its purpose is to plan and execute a variety of successful events, reflective of the diverse interests and needs of the student body. CAB offers a ton of discounted tickets to the Drexel community for events like concerts, comedy shows, theater events and more!
For a complete list of student organizations and interest groups, use your https://one.drexel.edu/cp/home/displaylogin. You can do this by; logging in, clicking the Drexel Tab, and clicking the CollegiateLink tab in the bottom left hand corner. This link brings you to a page that allows you to search by category rather than having to look through all 300 organizations individually.
Commuter Assistant or Transfer Assistant
Commuter Assistants (CA) and Transfer Assistants (TA) are essential to developing community for Drexel’s commuter and transfer student populations. CAs and TAs serve as peer mentors to freshmen commuter and first year transfer students. As mentors they help new students navigate the Drexel campus culture and connect them to important resources.
Drexel Orientation Leaders play a vital role in acclimating new students to the Drexel community. During the summer employment, Orientation Leaders gain leadership skills, are given the opportunity to meet a whole new group of people, and get a behind-the-scenes look at their University by becoming familiar with places and faces around campus. It is one of the most enriching experiences a Drexel Dragon can have!
The RA is critical to developing a community that fosters learning and development within the residence halls. They maintain contact with residents and serve as a contact-person for any students facing difficulty during their stay in any campus residence hall.
Lindy Center for Civic Engagement
The LCCE serves as a liaison between the Drexel community and the city of Philadelphia in order to promote the ideals of social responsibility and public service. They work to improve the public good on the local, national, and global levels while enriching the scholarship and character of Drexel through enhanced education.
Drexel Green at Drexel University was created in 2008 by students, faculty, and staff dedicated to transforming Drexel's campus into a sustainability leader. The initiative covers all aspects of operations, buildings, academic initiatives, and student life and is responsible for the strategic plan to further sustainable practices and policies.
The Office of Veteran Student Services is a campus-wide effort that unifies services and support, and provides mentorship for veterans. As part of this effort, we've developed this website to provide you with easy access to the information you may want to consult in the course of your time at Drexel.
Information and Services for veterans and their families:
– The Department of Veterans Affairs website for GI Bill Benefits.
- Student Veterans of America – A nonprofit coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States.
- Military OneSource – Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status), and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services.
ATHLETICS AND RECREATION
The Intramurals program at Drexel University is extremely popular. In fact, hundreds of student and staff teams sign-up to participate in the sports being offered during that term.
Drexel University's Club Sports are student organizations created by the students and may be competitive, recreational, and/or instructional in nature. These sport activities are aimed at developing the personal and athletic interests of students by providing a quality recreation, education and leadership experience.
Club Sports serve as an excellent way to learn technique, strategy, and safety with the goal of competing against other recognized undergraduate collegiate clubs in the region.
Drexel Varsity Teams
Drexel supports 8 men’s and 8 women’s varsity athletic teams from basketball to squash. To find out how you can support your fellow Drexel classmates as they compete across the nation in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) conference, go to:
Come and cheer on the Drexel Basketball Teams, in addition to Drexel’s 14 talented varsity teams, with the DAC PAC—a committed group of students that attend every game of the season, sitting on the side-lines, displaying their Drexel pride! Go to CollegiateLink to join the DAC PAC and show your Drexel pride!
The BRAND NEW Recreation Center at Drexel University is committed to providing a lasting and meaningful impact on the health and well-being of its members. Cognizant of the importance of wellness and an active lifestyle, this state-of-the-art health and recreational facility promotes and encourages personal fitness, and lifelong health!
EMPLOYMENT AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES
Steinbright Career Development Center
SCDC offers a search engine on their site and a link on your DrexelOne via the student tab that allows you to search for both Co-ops and Part-time student worker positions. http://www.drexel.edu/scdc/index.html
When searching for them you must either contact the department of which you are seeking a position or reach out to a faculty/staff member in that department either in person, by phone or through e-mail as there is no search engine available for this as of yet.
Popular Student-Worker Positions at Drexel
- Peer mentors, positions through various academic colleges.
- Residential Life offers Residential assistant positions.
- The Office of Commuter and Transfer Student Engagement offers Commuter and Transfer assistant positions.
- Lastly the Department of Student Life offers Orientation Leader positions
All of these positions’ information can be found via the departmental web pages
The Drexel Players a group of students that participate in all aspects of theatre performance and production including: acting, directing, design, costumes, lighting, sets, sound, publicity, and box office. Auditions occur in the spring and the beginning of each fall term for incoming students. Scholarships are available!
Drexel University Chorus and Chamber Singers
The University Chorus performs traditional concert choir literature, a cappella and with instrumental accompaniment. Singers come from every College on campus and new members are accepted every quarter. This auditioned, 65 voice group typically does one major on-campus program each term, with occasional service and off-campus concerts. Repertoire for the fall term will include a mixture of octavo works and sprituals, along with Ottorino Repighi's Laud to the Nativity.
The Chamber Singers is a select group of 18 singers, chosen by audition from the University Chorus.
Drexel University Gospel Choir
The Gospel Choir is an open group of 60-70 singers which performs contemporary gospel music with a back up band. No audition is required and all interested singers are encouraged to sing.
The Gospel Choir rehearses once a week, on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 in 2032 MacAlister. The group performs frequently in churches throughout the Delaware Valley and usually does a weekend tour once each year.
To find out more about the Drexel Gospel Choir or to join, please go to: http://dugc.org/.
Drexel University Dance Ensemble
The Drexel University Dance Ensemble A professional caliber performing company comprised of select students, the Dance Ensemble choreographs and performs two concerts each year at the Mandell Theater. Please visit the Dance Ensemble website for more information.
Drexel Concert Band
The Concert Band is an ensemble of over 60 players, performing classic and contemporary band literature of the highest quality. Students refine their technique, develop ensemble skills, and focus on performing at an expert level of insight and interpretation. Student leadership is actively encouraged, on every level from behind the scenes logistics to conducting in performance. The band program also provides opportunities for chamber music performance. Scholarship auditions are generally held during Accepted Student’s Weekends in March and April, but may be scheduled at any time.
Drexel Pep Band
The Pep Band is composed of members of the Concert Band. The Drexel Pep Band performs at the home games of Drexel Men's and Women's Basketball teams and also travels to post season tournament games. We are an integral part of the Spirit Team which includes the Drexel Cheerleaders and the Dance Team.
Audition requirements for both of the above ensembles:
The audition requirements of these ensembles consist of Sight reading, scales, and exemplifying a willingness to work well within the group and enjoy music. Scholarships are available for both Concert and Pep Band. Scholarship auditions are generally held during Accepted Student’s Weekends in March and April, but may be scheduled at any time by contacting Wesley Broadnax, email@example.com or call 215-895-2451.
Drexel University Cheer and Dance Teams
The Cheer and Dance Teams perform at all home games for the Drexel Basketball Teams. For more information on how to audition for the Cheer and Dance Teams, please go to their team website.