Student Organizations

Students cheer on the Redhawks during a sporting event at Miami University.

All student organization information can be accessed through the HUB

Best Buddies

Faculty advisor:
The mission of Best Buddies, a non-profit international organization founded in 1989 by Anthony Kennedy Shriver, is to enhance the lives of people with intellectual disabilities by providing opportunities for one-to-one friendships and integrated employment. Miami’s chapter has about 75 members and received an “exceptional chapter” award in 2008.

Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

Faculty advisors: Dr. Sarah Watt (
The SCEC is part of the Council for Exceptional Children's student division. SCEC provides professional development and leadership opportunities for pre-service special educators and provides services to individuals with exceptional learning needs in the community. Monthly meetings provide opportunities for interaction with fellow students and leaders in special education from the faculty and surrounding communities. Service projects will help involve students with individuals and groups in the surrounding area.

Autism Speaks U
Autism Speaks U is a program designed for college students who host awareness, advocacy and fundraising events. It is an exciting and collaborative way for students to raise funds and awareness for Autism Speaks, while supporting their local communities.

4 Paws for Ability at Miami
Faculty Advisor: Molly Kelly
Miami student group 4 Paws for Ability assists in training service dogs for children with disabilities, and veterans who have lost limbs or hearing. They began training dogs on campus in the Spring of 2012 and continue to have new dogs on campus for training each semester. The group was started by special education major Kristin McNamara (class of 2013).
Local Channel 12 featured the story of a boy with autism who now benefits from the help of “Dazzler,” a dog trained by the group and the organization has been featured in numerous local articles and stories.