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Student Activities & Organizations


Students can take part in one large all-school Student Party tradition each semester. In the fall students take part in the annual Halloween Party, and in the spring we have the MIAD Talent Show. There are several smaller activities that take place throughout the year including: taking part in the AIDS Walk Wisconsin, assisting with Voter Registration, and the annual Blood Drives, and various other initiatives and events often determined and led by Student Party.


MIAD students create and run their own organizations, and any group of students, upon request, can create a new organization that meets its interests. Current organizations include:

AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts)

Student Group of an International Professional Organization for CD and IL Majors.  The goal of the MIAD AIGA Student Group is to get students involved in the local design community, create a community of our own and help students build leadership skills that will be valuable as they move into the professional world of communication design.
Student Leader:Teresa Androschko (
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Phil Belair

Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD)

The purpose is to encourage superior academic achievement among students in their first year in institutions of higher education, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their role in society. Alpha Lambda Delta is a Greek honorary society, not a fraternity or sorority. The focus is on encouraging others academically, serving others through philanthropic efforts, and becoming strong citizens in our society.
Student Leader: Gabrielle Dyke (
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Duane Seidensticker (

Anime Club

A laid-back club meant to bring those that enjoy Japanese animation and comics together. We host monthly anime screenings and help with preparation for the local anime convention Anime Milwaukee held in February.  
Student Leaders: Autumn Willard ( and Liz Bellin (

ASID (American Society of Interior Designers)

We are a group of IA+D students who are passionate about connecting with professionals and preparing and learning about what is expected of us in our future careers. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, we strive to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. We host chapter meetings every month, participate in state-wide events and raise money so we can take our members to events at no cost. This past summer we took our members to Neocon – the biggest and most recognized trade show in the industry. Here is where we witnessed the forefront of changing commercial design and business trends.  Whether you are a student pursuing interior design or architecture, this is a huge opportunity to learn more about the industry you’ll be working in and a way to extend your network early on.
Student Leader: Jordan Hayne (

Billiards Club

We are a group of students who have found the game of billiards to be a great pastime in between our busy schedules. We will have organized tournaments and a pool league that anyone can join. We will also teach the proper way to play to beginners. We wish to create a friendly environment around the pool table that we have grown to love.
Student Leaders: Miguel Angel Delgadillo ( and Carli Jordan (


We strive to foster a cultural campus environment that lends itself to cultural awareness, while creating an understanding of diverse identities, and urban issues on and off campus.  Gradients strives to broaden our understanding and appreciation of multiculturalism and diversity, while simultaneously providing an opportunity for all students regardless of race, color, sex, disability, religion, ethnic or national origin, or sexual orientation.  Gradients will be a safe place for a diversity of students as well.  We will be a safe place for the diversity of the entire student body.
Student Leaders: Sara Carter ( and Rose Brandenburg (
Faculty/Staff Advisor:  Kim Miller ( & Jamal Currie (

IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America)

 The ID professional group is the Student Chapter of the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America). Active since the mid-80’s this chapter organizes professional events such guest lectures and workshops with invited designers, members attend events of the Wisconsin Chapter of IDSA. Members are also encouraged to attend the regional and national conference of the IDSA.  Recently the Chapter has started a website.
President of Chapter: Nora Sandstrom (
Faculty/Staff Advisor: John Caruso, IDSA ( & Pascal Malassigne, FIDSA (

ISO (Photography Club)

ISO is a student run photography club at MIAD dedicated to providing learning resources and professional practices through artist talks, studio visits, and workshops allowing deeper interest in the medium of photography. ISO also aims to build a strong photography community not only within the walls of MIAD but within the greater Milwaukee community.
Student Leader: Daniel McCullough (
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Jon Horvath (

MAGIC: The Gathering

We aim to create a time and a place for MIAD students that play or are interested in learning how to play Magic the Gathering. We meet once a week, at the 4th floor Junior Illustration Studios on Sunday nights at 7:00 pm. Players of all formats are welcome to join us as we enjoy some casual games of magic.
Student Leader: Jaylen Vasallo (

Print Collective

Student Leader: Sommer Ferguson (

Sewing Club

Open to all students currently enrolled at MIAD that possess an interest in learning to sew, or have a desire to learn about the textile industry, and any related form fiber based art/design. It is also a place where those with experience/knowledge in the related field are encouraged to come teach and share with other members. Throughout the year we plan to have several events teaching the basics of sewing to encourage people who are interested to join our club, and learn sewing skills. Outside of events the club will be similar to a knitting circle, where people come together to work, and trouble-shoot on their own sewing projects.
Student Leader:

Student Party

Have a lot of great ideas for events and initiatives we can do on campus?  Do you like planning and like being involved?  Student Party is the place for you.   Help with the MIAD Student Party Traditions – AIDS Walk WI, the MIAD Halloween Party, Health Heelers, etc.

Swim Team (Curating Organization)

A student-run curatorial program at MIAD. Acting as an experimental laboratory, Swim Team’s aim is to support both MIAD students and emerging artists through curatorial visibility and an exposure to a supportive arts community.  Check our Swim Team facebook page for meeting updates: 
Student Leader: Jocelyn Escobar ( & Jannet Habibovic (
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Chelsea Holton (

Third Word Writers

Third Word is a group of MIAD students who share a love for creative writing of all forms. We will be focusing mainly in poetry, but we welcome all. There will be weekly meetings where we can workshop poems or other pieces, along with some writing prompts. There will be Tea, Coffee, Treats, Good Books and wonderful creative people to bounce ideas off of. We will be doing performances and readings at MIAD and around the Milwaukee area. In addition we will be releasing Zines that everyone gets to be a part of! Come all to the gathering of MIAD creative writers.
Student Leader: Brooke Ogierman (


Through community integration and engagement Unidos is an organization that supports the Latin students of MIAD. Any member of the MIAD community who wishes to support its Latin students and the wide variety of Latin culture is welcome to join.
Faculty/Staff Advisor: Tony Nowak

If you are interested in starting an organization that doesn’t currently exist please contact Student Party (
Please submit the following in reference to the organization you’d like to create:

  1. Proposed name of the organization.
  2. Names of the organizing students, including a primary contact person.
  3. Name(s) of the proposed faculty/staff advisor(s) – if applicable.
  4. A statement that the organization is open to all and exclusively comprised of currently enrolled MIAD students.
  5. Statement of compliance with and support for all MIAD policies and procedures.
  6. Purpose and objective of the group.
  7. Is a meeting space needed?