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Become a leader through student involvement

March 25, 2021 · 2 min read · By ASU Online
Connecting with other students and faculty is a pivotal part of your collegiate experience. With more than 30 online student-led clubs and virtual events, ASU Online allows students to connect through academic, professional, cultural, service and interest-based organizations.
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Joining organizations can help you build long-lasting relationships, demonstrate noteworthy skills and gain invaluable opportunities to engage with the diverse culture, community and leadership of the Sun Devil community. Alaya Walton and Aimée Vitaglian are two ASU Online students who made getting involved a priority and are using their experience to make a positive impact on Sun Devil life.

Uniting students around the country

Walton, a software engineering student, found her path to involvement by chance.

“I’m a part of the Sun Devils Connect group,” she said. “One day I saw a post about starting an organization for an online student body and I knew I wanted to be a part of it.”

A student body president in high school, Walton reignited her interest in uniting students by joining the Online Student Government Advocacy Group (OSG).

Soon after joining, she interviewed for a leadership role to take on more responsibility.

“I was so grateful to be recommended to be a director for the Diversity Programming department,” she said. “We want to provide a safe space for students to share any concerns they have.”

In her role, Walton has an opportunity to lead events and workshops while bridging the communication gap among students across the country. She is also a member of Delta Sigma, an exclusively virtual sorority connecting ASU womxn in sisterhood across borders.

Using professional experience to support students

Vitaglian is a nontraditional liberal studies and organizational leadership student who has years of experience in computer science, business, film and media studies. Though many recommended she join OSG, she felt she could make a greater impact by joining the Career and Professional Development Services Student Advisory Board (CPDS).

“I feel I bring a unique perspective to CPDS,” Vitaglian said. “I believe there are a lot of students like me and I want to ensure there is a voice to represent nontraditional students.”

One of her goals as a board member is to enhance students’ ability to enter the technology and media streaming space. Though she joined to help other students advance, she found that her involvement has benefited her personally.

“After joining the board, I feel more engaged as a student,” Vitaglian said. “I feel more connected to the Sun Devil Nation.”

Find your fit

Creating a memorable experience extends beyond the classroom. ASU Online offers a full suite of resources for students to gain experience in their areas of interest and be an active part of the greater ASU community.

Are you ready to get involved? Connect with your success coach or visit one of the resources below to get started.

  • Discover unique opportunities through Sun Devil Sync, including clubs and upcoming events.
  • Explore a variety of virtual events from across the ASU community.
  • Find groups, meetings and events by joining Sun Devils Connect, our private Facebook group of more than 7,000 ASU Online students.

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