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Special Interest Clubs

Art Club - The purpose for Art club is to provide a means for students to create, share, discuss, and appreciate art. Art Club is dedicated to the promotion of art at University of Portland and the surrounding area. The intent is for the club members to work together, to support fellow art students, to facilitate student/faculty relationships, to promote a strong art community in the greater Portland area, and to bring visiting artists to University of Portland.

Basic Stitches - In this knitting club we hope to teach our members some of the basic stitches that come with knitting and how to knit simple projects while developing more intermediate skills as members reach this stage.  We provide a place and time that participants can all come together and share projects.  

Board Game Club (Spielfriek Society) - Connects people with an interest in board games (broadly defined as those games played face to face) and provide an environment in which they can be enjoyed.

Campus Lion's Club - This club is chartered by and under the jurisdiction of the International Association of Lions Clubs and the total emphasis is on service to the community. The Campus Lions Club strives to create and foster a spirit of understanding among the peoples of the world, to promote the principles of good government and good citizenship, to take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community. To unite the members in the bonds of friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding. To provide a forum for the open discussion of all matters of public interest; provided, however, that partisan politics and sectarian religion shall not be debated by club members. To encourage service-minded people to serve their community without personal financial reward, and to encourage efficiency and promote high ethical standards in commerce, industry, professions, public works and private endeavors. email:

Circle K International Club - Circle K International at the University of Portland strives to foster student leadership, while providing ample volunteer opportunities. Circle K International helps connect student leaders from all over the world, and serve to make our communities better and gives students an opportunity to make a purposeful impact on other countries.

Club American Sign Language - The purpose of this club is to learn American Sign Language as a group and to provide opportunities to practice and apply our learning together while raising awareness of the importance of ASL in our communities. This club aims to teach and inform its members on the impact that learning sign language has in our own lives and the lives of others. 

College Ecology Club - Builds awareness on the environmental issues of our campus; works with the UP community by planning activities that benefit the environment; and promotes individual responsibility with recycling, reducing and reusing.   

Fashion Club - To showcase the possibilities a career with an emphasis on fashion could present. The club offers an environment in which all students are invited to come together and discuss current fashion trends and events. The club uses social media as a marketing tool and a tool to network with local fashion companies. The club also has a goal of giving back to the community throughout the year. 

Geology Club - The purpose of this club shall be to explore the geology and natural history of the Pacific Northwest.

Global Engineering Initiative - cross disciplinary club that promotes socially aware engineering through regional and international service projects.

Her Campus PortlandHer Campus Portland is a publication that strives to provide the women of University of Portland with interesting articles that are both personal and relevant to their lives. It is also a publication through which aspiring journalists (both male and female) can get their start, grow as writers, and gain great journalistic experience as a staff member of a national online magazine. Additionally, students interested in business, marketing and public relations can, through their involvement with Her Campus Portland, gain experience with advertising, publicity, and brand promotion.

Investment Association - UPIA assists in the professional, educational and social development of students interested in the fields of finance, banking and investments. 

Model United Nations - The University Model United Nations Society aims for bettering critical thinking, public speaking skills, delegation, and understanding of world issues through modeling the current United Nations procedures and modules. The society aims to engage in conferences with other universities around the world to further understanding of world issues and diplomacy. Being an international activity, we aim to increase awareness of international issues around the world in a diplomatic environment at University of Portland.

Nutrition and Healthy Eating Club - The purpose of the UP Nutrition and Healthy Eating club is to raise student awareness of the importance of nutrition in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We hope to educate students through discussion, events, and utilizing resources to build student community and wellness surrounding food.

PlanUP - This club provides members with the opportunity to organize their paper planner. It gives members a time to be social and bond over their admiration of planning.

Portland Film and Production Club - The purpose of the club is to enhance, develop, and promote the process of creating and analyzing film. Members of The Portland Film Production will create and distribute films of their own making that are varied in duration, provided that the films created by the members are not inappropriate for the University of Portland. Members will additionally learn new skills in the creative process of making films and have an understanding of the distribution methods of the works created within the club.

Society for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) - The purposes of SEDS UP is to educate students and the general public about the benefits of space exploration and development to provide a forum for the discussion and exchange of ideas in space related areas of interest, and to organize students in hands on technical projects related to space exploration.

Student Alumni Association - fosters tradition and school spirit, builds pride and loyalty, creates future alumni leaders, and encourages interaction between current students and alumni.

Student Led Unity Garden (SLUG) - maintains the growth and continual development of the University of Portland community garden. The garden serves to unite the local North Portland community with the University of Portland for a common purpose: to learn about and practice sustainable organic gardening.

Swing Dance Club - The purpose of SDC is to be a fun and social experience that fuses a bit of the 1930s into today’s culture at the University of Portland (UP) through East Coast and West Coast Swing Dancing, costumes, and music such as Big Band Swing. SDC will also act as a stress relieving homework break through weekly dance lessons, trips to nearby Swing dances, and performances at UP where students will feel included and respected.

Tengoku no Anime Club - aims to broaden an understanding of cultures through the experience of animation.

*If a club does not have an email address, please email for information.