Eastman Student Organizations

Please see all of the student organizations listed below

The Office for Student Activities at Eastman manages all of the student organizations on the Eastman campus. All of the organizations listed below are governed by the Students’ Association and adhere to the protocols within its constitution. All students are encouraged to join an organization that interests them.

For students who cannot find an organization of interest, we encourage them to explore starting a new organization. Click here for more information about starting student organizations.

Beyond Consent engages in activism for sexual safety, health, sexual misconduct prevention, gender justice, and consent by (1) educating students about available resources, and (2) enacting institutional change in policies through collaboration with Eastman administration. To do so, we program events aimed at creating cultural change related to sexual assault, engage in activism to enact structural change related to sexual assault policy, organize an annual food or clothing drive for organizations that help survivors of sexual assault, act as administrative liaisons to amplify student voices surrounding topics of sexual misconduct, and educate students on how to have healthy professional and interpersonal relationships. 

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Kai Lecomte, President
Chloe Yofan,
Vice President
Emilie Tupper,
Vice President of Communications

We, the students of the Black Students Union at Eastman (BSUE) at the Eastman School of Music, with the intent to promote social and cultural awareness, to foster diversification, and develop community relations within the School do hereby express the purpose of this organization:

  1. To provide a vehicle and forum for the articulation and expression of views and interests of the black students at the Eastman School of Music
  2. To provide educational, cultural, and social programs relevant to the needs of black students at Eastman
  3. To enhance relations amongst the organization, and Eastman’s student body
  4. To establish channels of communication between the organization and that of the City of Rochester
  5. To foster the recognition of the educational and cultural needs of black students at Eastman
  6. To promote black cultural awareness in all areas, and to establish a platform which provides as such.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Kayla Sconiers, President
Wynter McCray,
Vice President
Alexander Diaz,
Vice President of Finance
Dykeem Cervantes,
Vice President of Communications
Alexis Prescott, Graduate Advisor
Crystal Sellers Battle, Faculty Advisor


Called together as members of the body of Christ, The Catholic Newman Community of Eastman seeks to encourage all to strive toward the highest ideals of Christian spiritual, moral, and intellectual development as lived and taught in the rich tradition of the Catholic Church.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Vacant, President
Vacant, Vice President
Father Brian Cool, Advisor
Michelle Andrews-Smith, Advisor
Breanna Dauphinee, Advisor

The purpose of Eastman’s Environmental Activism Club is to promote sustainability to four distinct groups: individuals, within the University, within Rochester, and globally. By doing so, we aim to decrease harmful impacts, and educate those around us on what’s going on in the world.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Carlton Huff, President
Christina Vieytez, Treasurer
Fiona Lessell, Social Media 

The mission of EQ Eastman Queer Alliance is to provide a safe space for Eastman students of all backgrounds to discuss gender and sexual identity. We want to maintain a positive, supportive, and enjoyable environment where students are comfortable to have fun, make friends, learn about issues of gender and sexual identity, and discuss personal experiences with gender and sexual identity. We want to maintain an environment of equality and freedom of expression for all.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Jacob Hunter, President
Lael Dratfield, Vice President
Jack O’Leary, Treasurer
Freddie Kartoz, Secretary
Clayton Trumbull, Secretary
Alison d’Amato, Faculty Advisor
Jean Pedersen, Faculty Advisor

HESED is a group of a multinational body of students who profess the historic Evangelical Christian faith. We are serve communities by performing, which is an opportunity for students to share their faith. Through collaborations with many Christian student organizations in Upstate NY, we have held performances annually for the past 13 years. We also hold a weekly prayer/bible study.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Hannah Kim, President
Min Jee Kim, Vice President
Joanna Kim, Alumni Advisor

Hillel at the University of Rochester (UR Hillel) is proud to be the catalyst for vibrant, pluralistic, inclusive Jewish life on campus. We embrace the core Jewish value of hachnasat orchim (welcoming all), with great spirit and energy. We connect students with one another, and with Jewish culture and traditions through religious life and celebrations, learning, civic engagement and social action, Israel, community and social connections, and leadership programs. Our goal is to foster an environment in which every Jewish student feels empowered to meaningfully engage with Judaism and Jewish living while on campus, and in an enduring way long after.

UR Hillel provides a welcoming, safe space for our students to explore Judaism and Jewish practice, whether they are looking to build on existing knowledge, or connect with their Jewish heritage for the first time. We are here to guide and support students on their Jewish journeys – in personal practice, and in crafting a meaningful home in both the Jewish and global communities.

Jewish life on campus reflects the great diversity of our students’ lives.  We have weekly Shabbat services, free home-cooked Shabbat meals, social and cultural programming, a variety of learning cohorts, holiday services and celebrations, and so much more!

Please note that most of this programming is run out of the Interfaith Chapel on the River Campus, with satellite offerings and outreach at Eastman.  We are always excited to partner with students to create programs and opportunities of interest, including expanded offerings here on the Eastman Campus.

Learn more at rochesterhillel.org.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Vacant, President
Vacant, Vice President
Joy Getnick, Advisor
Solomon Zisser, Advisor

In response to God’s love, grace, and truth: The Purpose of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is to establish and advance at colleges and universities witnessing communities of students and faculty who follow Jesus as Savior and Lord: growing in love for God, God’s Word, God’s people of every ethnicity and culture and God’s purposes in the world.

Our vision is to see students and faculty transformed, campuses renewed, and world-changers developed.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Karina Tseng, President
Becky O’Dell,
Vice President
Janae Gaddy, Vision Team Member
Luke Lee, Vision Team Member
Fletcher Leonard, Vision Team Member
Jileen Herman, Advisor

Eastman’s chapter of the National Association for Music Education strives to:

  • Make available to members opportunities for professional development
  • Acquaint students with the privileges and responsibilities of the music education profession
  • Provide all members with the opportunity to become acquainted with leaders in the music education profession through participation in programs, demonstrations, discussions, workshops, and performances planned by this chapter, the state music educators association, and NAfME.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Zoe Sun, President
Becky O’Dell, Vice President
Abby Wilson, Secretary
Anastasia Maritsas, Public Relations

The Mission of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity is to encourage, nurture and support the art of music. Our purpose is to form chapters of women college students and alumnae who have a sincere interest in music; to uphold the highest standards of music; to further the development of music in America and throughout the world; to give inspiration and encouragement to members; to organize the cultural life of Sigma Alpha Iota members as a contributing factor to their educational growth; to support the ideals and goals of the member’s Alma Mater; and to adhere to the highest standards of citizenship in school, community and fraternity life.

Executive Board Members (2022-2023):

Laura O’Neill, President
Darby Schmidt, Vice President of Membership
Lauren Case, Vice President of Ritual
Meg Brilleslyper, Secretary
Rose Cantrell, Treasurer & Editor
Liz Jackson, Sergeant at Arms
Katherine Ciesinski, Faculty Advisor