Student Involvement

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CDI Mission Statement

  • We seek to explore and encourage diversity to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for people from all backgrounds.
  • The Center for Diversity and Inclusion is a resource to all students, staff and faculty through a variety of programs, activities and services. We provide a concentrated focus on the progress, success and concerns of underrepresented populations on Radford University’s campus, including African-American, Asian-American, LatinX and Native American students. Additionally, we offer programming and resources for faith and religion interests and the LGBTQ+ community.
  • We envision Radford University as a multicultural institution that provides a forward-thinking and progressive approach to social justice and equality. Through our commitment to educating students, staff and faculty on issues of diversity, we hope to promote global citizenry that will encourage the fostering of inclusive communities both on campus and in the world.

Our goals

  • To foster an inclusive and welcoming campus environment.
  • To provide social and educational experiences for students, faculty, and staff that will enhance cultural experiences and encourage greater global citizenry.
  • To have an actively engaged campus community that is aware of and appreciates multiculturalism and the multifaceted aspects of our identity that each of us brings to the table.

CDI support programs

  • Diversity programming and events
  • Student group advocacy
  • Student group advising and training
  • Networking and professional development
  • Job and internship opportunities
  • Academic and matriculation support

We offer

  • A safe and welcoming environment
  • Cultural excursions
  • Social justice and diversity conversations
  • Engaging speakers and events
  • Student leadership opportunities
  • Office resources

CDI resources

  • Computer lab and free printing
  • Conference meeting room
  • Laptop loaner program
  • Meditation room
  • Student spaces (lounge and study areas)
  • Diversity resource library
  • Student leadership office
  • SafeZone training sessions
  • Social Justice Certificate
  • Diversity To Go sessions

CDI Student Group

  • Diversity Awareness Programming

A Home Away From Home: A Place where you matter and belong.

Special Interest Conversation Groups

  • Sister Circles
  • Brother2Brother
  • TAG – Transgender Advocacy Group
  • QPOC – Sexuality Dialogs for Queer People of Color

Signature events

  • Welcome Back Bash
  • Martin Luther King Jr. week of events
  • Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?Race relations dinner and discussion
  • Love Loud Festival – an LGBTQ+ Celebration
  • Cultural month dinners and celebrations
  • Holiday Cheer
  • That’s a Wrap! End of Year Celebration
  • Multicultural Congratulatory Ceremony

Student Organizations Affiliated with CDI

  • African Student Association
  • Latino Student Alliance
  • SPECTRUM: an LGBTQ+ Group
  • Ladies of Leadership
  • RUCMA: Radford University Campus Ministers Association
  • P.R.E.T.I.I. Women
  • Black Student Alliance
  • BROTHER4Brother
  • AreUHype Dance Team
  • Ladies of Value and Empowerment
  • B.L.A.C. – Black Leaders Attaining Careers
  • Xclusive Division Dance Group
  • Lady RUs Stomp & Shake Team

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I join CDI?

You do not have to join CDI. We are a student space on campus you can come by and visit in Heth Hall 157. If you are interested in getting involved, we would recommend our Diversity Awareness Programming Board or any of the other student groups affiliated with CDI.

Where can I learn more?

Visit our page on RU Involved, where we post all of our upcoming activities and events. You can also view past events, news stories and photos from some of our excursions and events.

What are your social media handles?

  • Instagram: CDIRadford
  • Twitter: CDIRadfordU
  • Facebook: /RU.CDI
  • You can also email us at


Fraternity and Sorority Life

Mission Statement

Fraternity and Sorority Life at Radford University will empower students to excel in their personal and collective pursuits as leaders, scholars, philanthropists, and socially responsible members of the campus community by supporting the four pillars of membership:

  • Scholarship (intellectual growth and academic excellence);
  • Brotherhood/Sisterhood (enduring bonds of friendship based upon shared fraternal values);
  • Leadership (effective and principled leadership of both their individual chapters and the broader Radford University community); and
  • Service/Philanthropy (selfless service to others through civic engagement, philanthropic activities, and individual and organizational accountability).


The Fraternity and Sorority (FSL) community of Radford University will build collaborative relationships with inter/national fraternities and sororities along with students, alumni, faculty and staff to provide and support a values-centered, co-curricular experience for all members. As part of this strategic plan fraternities and sororities will redefine the term “social organizations”, embracing updated values in career preparation, social networking, collaboration, and development of adaptability.  Participants in the FSL community will attain excellence in academics and in leadership roles. They will also demonstrate social responsibility and civic engagement through programs, activities, and opportunities sponsored by FSL that promote personal and the collective development of our member chapters.


  • All potential members must have a 2.5 Radford Cumulative GPA and be in good standing with the Student Standards and Conduct Office.
  • Members join through the Intake or Recruitment Processes. Intake and recruitment occur during each semester. The formal recruitment process is held at the beginning of the spring semester. You can learn more about each process on our website.
  • Be sure to meet our members during club fair this fall semester.


We will also be hosting several virtual open houses this summer. Check out our website for dates/times and login information.


Our Military Resource Center is one of the many ways that Radford strives to provide active military students, veterans, and dependents with the resources, support, and advocacy to succeed at Radford University and beyond graduation.

Our MRC is located in 406 Russell Hall.  We are close to the admissions office, registrar, and student support services. At the MRC, it is our mission to provide all current active military service members/reservists, all students who have served our country, and all military dependents with any assistance needed transitioning from base to campus. We offer that esprit de corps and sense of family/friendship/community to each of our students as well as other services including: 

  • Information, assistance, and coordination with the University registrar for certification for all Veteran Educational Benefits, if utilized.  For help in having your Joint Service Transcript reviewed and certifying your educational benefits (including Transfer of Education Benefits to dependents), please contact and visit with:
    • Gail Wright, Veterans Officer
      Ms. Wright’s office is located next door to Russell in Heth Hall, in the Office of the Registrar.
  • Opportunities for on-campus employment through the VA work study program. For more information on the VA work study program or to complete an application to become a work-study student, visit  
  • A convenient, centrally located spot on campus to relax and network with other veterans. You are welcome to visit our lounge area for free coffee and open dialogue with other student veterans and/or to stop in to find a quiet space for you to relax and study
  • A charging station for free charging of all of your electronic devices and phones
  • A copier to make free copies of materials needed for your classes
  • Military Service Member and ROTC Priority Registration assistance/early registration for classes each semester
  • Career services including career planning and coaching, resume development and converting your MOS to a civilian resume, job search assistance and mock interviewing
  • Coordination of on-site interviewing with military friendly employers looking to hire our graduates
  • Coordinated monthly visits to campus by representatives of both the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide student veterans with the opportunity to meet these representatives on-campus concerning any VA benefit or service questions.

The MRC provides services to all active service members and all students who have served.  You do NOT have to be utilizing GI education benefits to come to the MRC.  Once you have settled in to Radford, please stop by Russell 406 to say hello!

Deanna K. Mabe

Military Resource Center Director | Career Coach

e: | p: 540-831-5335 | Website:



In the Center for Career and Talent Development, our aim is to create an innovative community that fosters career and talent development.  Where you can collaborate with career coaches, employers, faculty and alumni to discover your career path, gain relevant experience, and thrive.   Visit us at this link.


1.  Complete your Handshake Profile

Handshake is the #1 way that college students find internships and jobs.  From exploring careers, finding a job on campus to landing that amazing internship, and registering for career fairs, the Handshake app is a great way for you to stay connected!  Start by building a great profile. Follow this link to Handshake.

2. Take the PathwayU Career Assessment

PathwayU is our online platform which provides you with the opportunity to analyze your unique talents and skills while receiving valuable guidance in discovering your purpose, choosing a major, and finding meaningful career success.  Here’s a quick video link to learn more. Use this link to set up your PathwayU account.

3. Make an appointment with your Career Coach

You are assigned to a career coach to support your career development journey.  Your Career Coach is available for one on one, group or virtual appointments.  Follow this link to find your career coach and make an appointment in Handshake.


Do you want to dig deeper?  Explore our website to learn more about our on-line resources and how you can stay connected.  Follow this link.

Families, do you want to know how to help your student?   Follow this link  

The staff in the Center for Career and Talent Development is here for you!  Let us know how we can assist.  540-831-5373;;


Student Involvement

Student Engagement and Programming
Our student-centered facilities, services, and programs provide diverse experiences to further intellectual, civic, and social development while promoting a sense of community, collaboration, and engagement. With more than 250 student clubs and organizations and tons of recreational opportunities, there is always something to do at Radford University!

  • 270 Clubs and Organizations
  • 7 Student Media Organizations
    • The Tartan (newspaper)
    • Beehive (yearbook)
    • Exit 109 (literary magazine)
    • Whim (online content)
    • ROC-TV
    • Radio Free Radford
    • Student Media Advertising
  • Radford Student Programming and campus Events (R-SPaCE)
  • Student Organization Assistance and Resources (SOAR)
  • Citizen Leader Graduation Distinction Program

Hurlburt Student Center “The Bonnie”

Radford University’s Hurlburt Student Center, commonly called “The Bonnie,” offers students a place to relax, eat, have fun and get involved. “The Bonnie” is home to the Department of Student Involvement professional staff and student organization offices.

  • Game Room (bowling, billiards, etc.)
  • Information and Ticket Office
  • Lost and Found
  • Dining
  • Computer Lounges/Stations
  • Commuter Lounge
  • Meditation/Prayer Space

For more information, please visit the Student Involvement webpage or contact us!

Student Involvement Main Office
Hurlburt Student Center, Room 226


Radford University


“It’s not about me”

An opportunity to become something larger than yourself

Frequently asked questions:

  • Are there scholarships available?
  • Do I need to commit the Army right away?
  • How do I sign up?
  • What is the training schedule like?
  • What type of medical issues will keep me out?

Opportunities for Students in ROTC:

  • To serve their country.
  • Develop skills in leadership, time management and planning.
  • A chance to challenge themselves mentally and physically and succeed.
  • Two, three and four year full-cost tuition and fees scholarships or room and board plus $1200 annually.
  • Book allowance and a monthly stipend of $300-$500 per month.

Contact information:

Radford University Army ROTC
Russell Hall 027
P.O. Box 6947
Radford, VA 24142
Fax: 540-831-6609


Radford University Sustainability

Sustainability at Radford means “Meeting the needs of the present generation, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. It is not just maintaining an existing state, but the pursuit of an ideal end state that balances ethical solutions that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and socially equitable. 

We are committed to integrating sustainable practices into all aspects of our operations and engaging students across the curriculum to learn, discover, and contribute to positive current and future environmental solutions. We strive to create a more resilient and sustainable campus environment and to provide an educational environment and the tools to address the social, economic, and environmental issues confronting our region, nation, and the world.  Read more about Sustainability at Radford University.

Radford University is a 2009 signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which means that the University is committed to doing our part to mitigate climate change by reducing our carbon emissions to net zero by 2040 and that we are committed providing students with the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the sustainability and climate challenges of the 21st Century.

RU earned a STARS Silver rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System) is an international measuring and benchmarking tool used by colleges and universities that are seriously pursuing sustainability goals on campus.

The campus community works collaboratively towards sustainability, through improving operations and infrastructure, enhancing curriculum, and integrating sustainability into our campus culture. On our historic campus, we are proud to have 11 LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified buildings, host a bi-annual Sustainability Across Curriculum Workshop, organize campus events, and engage students in experiential project-based learning programs like the Sustainability Leadership Team internship.

Interested in Sustainability? Then get involved!

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Citizen Leader is a program that supports you to become an effective leader. It is important for you to excel in your academics as you learn to focus your attention on group values, individual values, and society/community values. The ability to seek information, influence others, build relationships, communicate with civility, and make sound decisions, all help to promote change for the common good.  As you progress towards graduation, we, the Directors of the Citizen Leader Program, help you to develop your leadership skills by participating in Citizen Leader designated events on campus, service learning activities, an immersive experience, and enroll in two courses. Your pathway to success is tailored specifically for you, to your passion and to your career goals. When you successfully complete the program, you will receive a Citizen Leader stole at graduation, a certificate, and with the designation that you are a Citizen Leader on your official transcript. This special recognition sets you apart from other graduating students. 

Contact Information

Follow us on social media:

  • Website:
  • Facebook:
  • Instagram: citizenleader
  • Twitter: leadercitizen

Jean Mistele, Academic Affairs Co-Director  
(540) 831-5255

Jessica Twiest, Student Affairs Co-Director
(540) 831-5255


College students are busy, but our students make time for WVRU because they feel it helps with their major, is an important part of their college experience, but mostly because it’s FUN! 

Check out this video to hear what students and alumni have to say about working at WVRU.

Getting involved is easy, here’s how:

Interest Meeting:  Email or now, and in the fall we’ll get back to you with the details about our interest meeting.  If you like what you hear, these are the next steps.

WVRU Workshop:  Learn the ins and outs of the studio and what it takes to be a board operator.

Board Operator:  You’re ready to go live as a WVRU volunteer with one on-air shift a week.

Work Study:  Once you’ve learned the ropes, you can apply for one of our 10 paid work study positions and get an extra on-air shift where YOU choose the music!

Scholarships:  WVRU is very fortunate to be able to offer 2 scholarships for our deserving students.  The WVRU Operations Manager position comes with a $1000 scholarship and the David Mattingly Scholarship is a $500 award!

Does this look good to you?  Then don’t forget to send us an email!

Jon Benfield, WVRU Operations Manager -, 540-831-5894

Ashlee Claud, WVRU General Manager -, 540-831-5017

Check us out before you come - you can listen on 89.9 FM,, and on the RU Mobile App


Radford University Campus Minsters’ Association

To get more information and/or be contacted by about any of theses organizations, please fill out this form.


  • Non-denominational
  • John Spraker
  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook: Alive at RU

Campus Outreach

  • Interdenominational, Reformed
  • Cara Myrtle
  • Email
  • 540-810-3824
  • Website
  • Instagram: @coradford

Catholic Campus Ministry

  • Catholic
  • Tony Laux
  • Email
  • 504-715-1185
  • Website
  • Instagram: @rucatholic
  • Facebook: RU CCM

Chi Alpha Campus Ministry

  • Non-Denominational
  • Wes Childress
  • Email
  • 276-970-9188
  • Website
  • Facebook: @RadfordXA
  • Instagram: @ruchialpha

College Life in Christ

  • Non-denominational
  • Curt Seright
  • Email
  • Website
  • Facebook, Twitter: @clic4chirst
  • Instagram: @collegelifeinchrist


  • Non-denominational
  • Krysta Buchanan
  • Email
  • 703-608-2774
  • Website
  • Instagram: @radfordcru

Lifehouse Baptist Collegiate Ministry

  • Baptist
  • Chris Leeper
  • Email
  • 270-556-8250
  • Facebook: Lifehouse BCM at RU

#RedDoor Campus Ministries

  • Episcopal (Ecumenical)
  • Pastor Roger Cook
  • Email
  • 540-855-4276
  • Website
    Facebook & Instagram: Red Door Campus Ministries


  • Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Peter Hawisher-Faul
  • Email
  • 540-505-0422
  • Website

Wesley Foundation

  • United Methodist
  • Martee Buchanan
  • Email
  • 540-230-3194
  • Website
  • Social: @wesleyatradford

Young Life College

  • Non-denominational
  • Emily Brown
  • Email
  • 865-679-0351
  • Website
  • Instagram, Facebook, Twitter: @YtheLnotRU