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IU Student Organizations

There are a number of groups that students can join to become active in SPEA life!

Education Policy Student Association (EDPOSA)
Energy Leaders Students Association (ELSA)
Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association (EMSDA)
Graduate Student Association (GSA)
International Public Affairs Association (IPAA)
IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO)
Local Government Management Association (LGMA)
Nonprofit Management Association (NMA)
Public Finance Association (PFA)
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Group (RPCV)
Student Economic Development Association (SEDA)
Student Life Activities Committee (SLAC)
Students Taking Active Roles Today (START)


Education Policy Student Association (EDPOSA)

EDPOSA is a cross-campus organization for all students that facilitates discussion about topics and research surrounding education policy; provides opportunities for interaction between IU students and experts in the field; and serves as an education policy information and resource hub for the IU Bloomington community.  A few of EDPOSA’s main functions include:

  • Inviting diverse speakers with varied perspectives about current issues in education
  • Providing opportunities for student engagement in panel discussions
  • Conducting film screenings of education documentaries and facilitating discourse about the film content and context
  • Organizing internship and career panels to increase student knowledge about the education landscape, and network with professionals in various roles in the education field

Additionally, current news articles and information about employment opportunities are distributed through the EDPOSA mailing list.  You can also connect to EDPOSA on Facebook and Twitter. Learn more about EDPOSA on our website. For more information, contact
EDPOSA@indiana.edu.

Energy Leaders Student Association (ELSA)

The Energy Leaders Student Association (ELSA) is for all students that seek a career in the diverse and expanding energy industry. We help to provide professional and academic advancement through professional panels, site visits, and facilitated discussions with industry experts. You can also find us on facebook

Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association (EMSDA)

The Environmental Management and Sustainable Development Association (EMSDA) is a professional student organization. It has been established to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, enhance students career preparation through interaction with professionals and establish a network for potential positions and/or internships related to environmental management or sustainable development, promote environmental and sustainability education, and support awareness of issues and ideas that affect people and the environment.

If you would like to get involved with EMSDA, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @IUEMSDA or email us at iuemsda@indiana.edu!

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

SPEA's Graduate Student Association (GSA) serves as the student government for the SPEA graduate student population, advocating on behalf of the students to improve their SPEA experience. In addition, GSA facilitates philanthropic and networking events throughout the academic year and coordinates volunteer opportunities through the Students Taking Active Roles Today (START) organization.

If you would like to learn more about SPEA GSA, follow the "IU SPEA Graduate Student Association" on Facebook@SPEAGSA on Twitter, or sign up for our email listserv (instructions are provided in the Master's Student Handbook) for weekly updates on what GSA is doing for you.

International Public Affairs Association (IPAA)

The International Public Affairs Association (IPAA) provides a forum for students to engage in international public affairs and policy issues and support students seeking careers in the field. For more information on our events and organization, please check out our International Public Affairs Association Facebook page or contact us at ipaa@indiana.edu.

IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization (GPSO)

GPSO is the formal government of graduate and professional students at Indiana University and advocates for student interests and concerns with the administration, student body, and Bloomington community.

For more information, please contact gpso@indiana.edu

Local Government Management Association (LGMA)

The Local Government Management Association fosters the understanding, education, and involvement in the local government profession through the coordination of exploration trips, informational panels, and educational discussions.

Contact Ronald Arruejo at rarruejo@indiana.edu or Keri Schreiner at kmschrei@indiana.edu.

Nonprofit Management Association (NMA)

As a professional membership association, NMA fosters a network of SPEA graduate students, faculty and professionals interested in the nonprofit sector by providing professional development opportunities. We highlight nonprofit issues and the challenges that students will face as future nonprofit managers. NMA advocates on bahalf of its members to supplement and to enhance the quality of education for all nonprofit students.

Contact us at speanma@indiana.edu.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Group (RPCV)

RPCV is a campus-wide organization that brings together all students who previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Volunteers share their experiences from countries around the world and guide those interested in serving in the Peace Corps in the future. You can also find us on Facebook RPCV's at Indiana University.

For more information, please contact iurpcvgroup@gmail.com.

Public Finance Association

PFA assists in the professional, educational, and social development of students interested in all aspects of municipal finance, both public and private sector. PFA provides a structure for interaction between students and the municipal finance community, business executives, and governement finance officials. 

For more information, please contact pfa@indiana.edu

Student Economic Development Association (SEDA)

The Student Economic Development Association is a group where students interested in economic development can congregate to deepen their knowledge and understanding of opportunities within the field. SEDA strives to provide its members with opportunities to develop their professional networks. Lastly, the association aims to further the field by creating a forum for members to exchange ideas and best practices in economic development.

If you would like to learn more about our organization, please join our Facebook page.

Student Life Activities Committee (SLAC)

SLAC is a committee comprised of representatives from each of SPEA's student organizations. The goal of the committee is to bring together student peers to select and determine the funding for various organization events/initiatives in collaboration with the Master's Program Office. The committee is chaired by two student delegates who facilitate the funding process and communications among the organizations.

For more information, please contact speaslac@indiana.edu.

Students Taking Active Roles Today (START)

START facilitates student, faculty, and staff involvement in the community through volunteer activities. Volunteers have worked with a variety of organizations like Middle Way House shelter for battered women, the United Way, and Sycamore Land Trust.