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Providing a collaborative environment for students to engage in meaningful activities, develop as leaders, and impact their communities.
Registered Student Organizations


Engage @ DU is your connection to Student Life. Check it out at

Registered Student Organizations are a great way to get involved at Davenport. 


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Social & Recreational
There are many fun and engaging clubs to choose from.

Get out and get involved! There are many social groups to choose from.

  • Campus Activities Board
  • DU Gamers
  • DU Legends
  • Global Student Organization
  • InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Net Impact
  • Panther Ping Pong
  • Ratio Christi
  • Recreational Disc Golf at DU
  • Student Veterans of America
  • Swing Dancing
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Service & Advocacy
Choose a club that makes a difference.

Looking for a way to give back? Check out these student RSOs.

  • Active Minds
  • Alternative Spring Break
  • Black Student Union
  • Diversify
  • Medical Assistants Club - Saginaw
  • Student Government of Davenport University
Davenport Business Professionals of America students accepting an award at the competition.
Academic & Professional
Have fun and learn valuable skills to help you in your chosen career.

There are many RSO groups that can help improve your skillset. See what Davenport has to offer.

  • Alpha Lambda Delta
  • American Marketing Association
  • Associate for Computing Machinery
  • Business Professionals of America - Lansing Chapter
  • Business Professionals of America - Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization
  • Cyber Defense Organization
  • DECA
  • DUbate
  • Health Professionals Organization - Livonia
  • Lansing Student Nursing Association
  • Legal Students at DU
  • Midland Student Nurses Association
  • National Society of Leadership and Success
  • Paralegals at Lansing
  • Society for Human Resource Management
  • Sport Management Student Organization
  • Student Accountants at Davenport University
  • Student Association of Project Management
  • Student Nurses Association - W.A. Lettinga Campus
  • Student Occupational Therapy Association
  • Technology Users Group
  • Upsilon Pi Epsilon
  • Women in Technology at Davenport University
Campus Traditions

Davenport University's Grand Rapids Lettinga campus is an active community, jammed with great programs, events and traditions. Some of our highlights are showcased below. For a full list of activities see the Campus Traditions webpage.

Panther Prowl

Panther Prowl is a 3-day transitional experience which creates a comfortable and exciting space for students to make new friends, explore campus, learn how to be successful in college, and kickstart their journey at DU! Click HERE to register online today. 


Pantherpalooza is the official kick off to the school year! This free event includes games, food, student organizations, university departments, local businesses, and much more. Reserve a table here. 

30 Thursdays

Join us each Thursday for events to keep you engaged and active in the community including movie nights, paintball, a zombie run, Oktoberfest, and trips to downtown Grand Rapids. 

National Society of Leadership & Success

The NSLS develops leaders who make a better world. Members have access to engaging guest speakers, participate in leadership training activities, networking teams, and gain practical tools for leadership and success


Celebrate Homecoming @ DU! Join us for a bonfire and s'mores, dessert wars, movie night, jersey decorating, and other throwback events on September 23-28, 2019.

Sibs & Kids Weekend

Sibs & Kids events have included Snowman Building Contests, Bowling trips, Athletic events, Movie nights, Karaoke, Bears to Build Workshop, Caricatures and more. Late January/early February annually. 

Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is a multi-media experience that will expose the Davenport community to various types of discrimination, power, privilege and oppression in a safe environment. This exhibit is intended to eye-opening, powerful and increase awareness. 

March Madness

Come out and enjoy some games on the big screens with the DU community. Enjoy food, rivalry, and fun at this annual event. Participate in Panther Rec's bracket challenge. 

Panther Resource Closet at Davenport
Panther Resource Closet

The Panther Resource Closet stocks unopened non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, and new or gently used professional clothing that is in style, clean, and in good condition. The closet is designed to provide these recourses free of charge to all enrolled students.

Volunteer Opportunities
Davenport Pounce mascot giving a high five to a child.
HEROES Mentoring
HEROES mentors are partnered with local middle school students. Mentors are positive role models, encourage optimistic attitudes about school, promote positive self-esteem, and improved relationships with adults and peers. HEROES mentors will also experience leadership, character and professional growth.
Davenport students coloring with several nuns at a community event.
Days of Service
DU Days of Service offers a number of short-term volunteer opportunities during the academic year including Panther Prowl Service Project (August/September), Make a Difference Day (October), MLK Day of Service (January), and Into the Streets (April). Make a difference in just one day!
Volunteer Time Off (VTO)
To support employee volunteer efforts, the University offers a VTO program which encourages employees to volunteer their time and efforts to help our local and global communities thrive. All regular employees (faculty, FT and PT) in good standing are eligible to volunteer at a community organization of their choice in support of the University’s vision and mission.
Davenport students sitting around a table during alternative spring break.
Alternative Spring Break
Here's a chance to change other people's lives - and your own! Address important social issues through community service and education! ASB promotes community service and develops leadership skills while addressing issues such as environmental protection, affordable housing, health awareness, hunger and education.
DU Cares Partnership
Local Nonprofit Partnerships Since 1978, Davenport University has selected a community partner to give back through human and monetary resources. In addition, this partnership serves as a great resource for volunteer opportunities and service-learning projects for the Davenport community. Our current DU Cares Partner is Feeding America West Michigan.
Community Service Honor Roll
Every April, DU students are invited to report their community service volunteer hours completed during the academic year to become a part of our university’s highly-esteemed Community Service Honor Roll. Beginning in 2011, this program recognizes students who have committed 25 or more volunteer hours in their community, with special recognition for students who have completed more than 50 and 100 volunteer hours over the academic year.
Student Life Team

Visit us in the Center for Campus Life at the W.A. Lettinga Campus. You can also email or reach us at 616.554.5095. 

Natalie Wagner

Director of Student Life
Justine Easter

Assistant Director of Student Life
Javontae Ford

Student Life Coordinator
Maddie Poindexter

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