Enhance your Grizzly experience! Join a student organization, participate in diversity or leadership training. Just get involved.
Signature programs offer students an array of educational, cultural and social activities. These co-curricular activities foster meaningful relationships between students, faculty and staff, and strengthen our connection to the institution.
Common Reading Program
The Common Reading Program provides a positive reading experience and reinforces reading as an integral part of the college experience. Year-long programming and opportunities to engage with fellow students, faculty and staff foster a sense of community and connect classroom and out-of-classroom experiences in an enjoyable way.Learn more about the Common Reading Program.
Grizzly Days welcomes and supports first-year and transfer students transitioning into the academic community and celebrates our returning students during the official first week of each academic semester.Learn more about Grizzly Days.
Grizzlyfest – A GGC Homecoming
Fall brings Grizzlyfest – A GGC Homecoming where the campus celebrates current students, returning alumni, and connections with faculty, staff and community partners.Learn more about Grizzlyfest – A GGC Homecoming traditions and scheduled activities.
Grizzly Growl Speaker Series
The Grizzly Growl Speaker Series focuses on GGC's four pillars – leadership, scholarship, service and creativity – with events occurring during the spring and fall semesters. A committee of students, faculty and staff select speakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, disciplines and perspectives to invite world-class thinkers, writers, scholars and opinion-leaders who know that GGC is where ideas are freely expressed and learning is a continuous process of being challenged and inspired.
Here are a few past speakers:
- Ken Carter, author, activist, philanthropist and the inspiration for the film "Coach Carter"
- Myra Sky, professional singer, NBC's 11Alive personality and community influencer
- Kandi Burruss, Grammy award winning singer/songwriter, TV star, executive producer and entrepreneur
- Jason Carter, lawyer, former Georgia State Senator and grandson of former President Jimmy Carter
- Dr. Bettina Love, award-winning author and associate professor of educational theory and practice at the University of Georgia
- Mackey McCandlish, game designer
- Sheryl Lee Ralph, actress, singer and HIV/AIDS activist
March through the Arch
Calling all new Grizzlies (first-year and transfer students). Your transformative story begins at GGC's Arch of Knowledge. Join the tradition of March through the Arch that officially welcomes you to campus and embraces you into a community of learning.Learn more about the March through the Arch tradition.
Weekends at GGC
Enhance your student experience and make new friends by participating in weekend sporting, cultural and social events coordinated by Student Involvement. Popular activities include Topgolf, Six Flags Over Georgia, Zoo Atlanta and free movie tickets each month.Watch your Claw Mail and stay up-to-date about upcoming events on the Students page.
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Address human and community needs in a wide array of experiences that tackle systematic barriers to equality and inclusiveness, promote social and civic responsibility, and offer opportunities for dialogue and reflection.
Alternative Break Program
The Alternative Break Program offers community-based projects during GGC’s semester breaks. Participants spend a week learning and addressing a social issue affecting a specific community in a domestic or international location.
Students participate in daily reflection activities (i.e., journaling, video diaries, group discussions), cultivate problem-solving and critical-thinking skills, and become empowered as agents of positive change.Learn more about participating in the Alternative Break Program.
Grizzlies Serve volunteer opportunities enrich classroom learning by putting theory into practice. Students gain knowledge and experience, learn the importance of civic responsibilities, and contribute services and goods that strengthen area communities.Learn more about Grizzlies Serve volunteer opportunities.
Additional Engagement Opportunities
Additional engagement opportunities offer classroom training, dialogue about social issues and injustices, collaboration with faculty through service-learning projects, volunteer activities and voter registration drives.Stay up-to-date about upcoming events on the Students page.
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Cultural and diversity programs promote awareness, advocacy and cross-cultural communication, preparing students to thrive and lead in our global society. Participants gain an understanding of diverse and global perspectives through reflective, exploratory and experiential activities. These activities increase understanding of self-identity, biases and assumptions; enhance knowledge of other cultures and systems of inequality; and develop advocacy skills to eradicate inequalities at the micro, meso and macro levels.
The GGC community promotes month-long awareness opportunities to celebrate and observe histories, cultures and contributions of groups linked by common social identities.
- January: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration and MLK Day of Service
- February: Black History
- March: Women’s History
- May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
- September: Hispanic Heritage
- October: LGBT History (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender)
Diversity Education Week
Spring semester brings Diversity Education Week with events and activities that equip students with culturally competent skills, promote relationship building and provide opportunities for courageous conversations about issues affecting our local and global communities.Stay up-to-date about upcoming events on the Students page.
Safe Space Training
Safe Space Training educates the campus about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) + communities as well as increase the visible presence of LGBT+ allies to foster inclusion.Learn more about Safe Space Training.
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Emerging, intermediate and advanced leaders are encouraged to take advantage of Student Involvement leadership development programs. Cultivate your leadership skills to advance both personally and professionally.
Grizzly LEAD Conference
The Grizzly LEAD (Leadership, Education, Action, Development) Conference is a multi-day, off-campus experience designed to inspire and develop abilities and skills that empower students to become effective and respected leaders.
Events offer discussions and keynotes from thought-leaders and well-known speakers at locations like Calloway Gardens Lodge and Spa, in Pine Mountain, Ga.
Applications begin during the fall semester for conference attendance the next spring semester.
To learn more about the next conference and the fall semester application process, contact Rontai Walker, associate director of Student Involvement and the Student Center, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grizzly Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Certificate Program
The GOLD Certificate Program prepares students for college and community leadership roles and responsibilities by providing education and training through a series of personal development programs, institutes and volunteer activities.Learn more about Grizzly Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD) Certificate Program.
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Participation in registered student organizations (RSOs) compels students to apply classroom lessons to experience-driven learning environments marked by communication, critical thinking, collaboration, decision-making, project execution, leadership and assessment. And it’s fun.
100+ Registered Student Organizations (RSOs)
GGC offers more than 100+ registered student organizations with varying interests and goals. Don’t see anything that interests you, then start your own organization.
Types of RSOs
- Honor societies
- Political, social and multicultural organizations
- Spiritual and religious
- Community service
Benefits of RSOs
- Access to shared RSO office space with computer, printer and phone
- Official use of the Georgia Gwinnett College name
- Student activity fee funding
- Option of planning events and reserving space on campus
- Participation in official GGC events and activity fairs
- Access to exclusive leadership retreats and workshops
- Support from the Office of Student Involvement
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) advocates the interests of GGC students, and fosters the development of emerging leaders and civic-minded individuals.Learn more about the Student Government Association.
Greenlight Activities Board
The student-run Greenlight Activities Board plans, advertises and staffs campus events for students … events like comedic acts, movies, concerts, lectures and other special events.Learn more about the Greenlight Activities Board.
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