SoHE Student Organizations

The following student organizations are affiliated with the School of Human Ecology (SoHE). SoHE student orgs. are required to register with both the Center for Leadership and Involvement and SoHE Student Academic Affairs & Career Development Office each year. In order to register with SoHE, student organizations must have:

  • A mission closely aligned with human ecology and one (or more) of our six majors
  • Membership comprised of 75% or more enrolled SoHE students; and
  • A faculty or staff advisor employed by SoHE

To learn more about a SoHE student org., visit the organization’s web site via the direct links below:

Interior Design Organization (IDO)/American Society of Interior Design (ASID) – Student Chapter

The Interior Design Organization (IDO), or UW-Madison student chapter of the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) promotes the value of interior design while providing knowledge and experiences that build relationships and careers in the field. Members gain knowledge outside of the classroom, meet practitioners, participate in service projects, and learn the ins and outs of the professional field.

Apparel and Textile Association (ATA)

ATA functions as a guide to help students become more involved in the major, provides relevant and applicable information about the field of design and helps students develop the necessary skills for a career in the industry. ATA offers experience, leadership, networking, and social and career opportunities.

Financial Occupations Club for University Students (FOCUS)

FOCUS provides career development for its members, improves financial literacy on campus, offers counseling and intervention to fellow students and the surrounding community, and promotes the financial planning process. Their mission is to connect students with industry professionals and peers to build skills for successful careers in the personal financial planning, insurance and wealth management industry.

Student Retail Association (SRA)

Student Retail Association is a professional organization which provides students with an in-depth view of exciting careers in the retail industry. Retail professionals are invited to campus to share their insights and expertise via informal presentations and special topic seminars. An important network of professional contacts is available through both members and speakers. SRA also sponsors site visits to local and regional retail companies and attends professional conferences. Visit here for more details.

Student Association for Human Development and Family Studies (SAHDFS)

The Student Association for HDFS serves as a resource for undergraduate students to network with other students in the major, graduate students, alumni, professors and other faculty in the School of Human Ecology. Additionally, SAHDFS provides opportunities for students to become involved with the Madison community through service and social events.

Phi Upsilon Omicron (Phi U)

Phi U is a national honorary professional organization that recognizes and encourages academic excellence, promotes the development of leadership and scholarship, and provides opportunities for service to the community. Human Ecology students who meet the membership requirements are invited to apply.

Association of Fundraising Professionals – UW Madison Chapter (AFP)

AFP introduces students to all aspects of nonprofit organizations while encouraging them to explore nonprofit careers, volunteerism and philanthropy. As a forming AFP Collegiate Chapter of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the purpose shall also be to promote the profession of fundraising and to further the purposes of the Chapter through nonprofit activities including, but not limited to, education, training, meetings, workshops, publications and other relevant activities.

Student Organization Registration

For more information about registering as a SoHE student organization, read our SoHE Student Organization Registration Policy here: SoHE Student Organization Registration Policy