Een if it's about pugs

By Natalee Coloman Contributor

Hello! My name is Natalee and I will be your guide towwclubs and organizations on campus ranging from cultural, academic, religious, special interests, honor societies and greek organizations. However, if none of those appeal to you, you can start your own club by following a few simple steps. In this guide, we will create the “Pug Lovers” club, because who wouldn’t want to join that organization?


Step 1: Find out if the club you’d like to create is not already an established organization on campus. The easiest way to see what active clubs the school has to offer is to attend Week of Welcome, which just so happened to take place last Wednesday and Thursday. But have no fear! The CSULB website has the full list of organizations through the Student Life and Development tab. If your club is not listed, proceed to step 2. If it already exists, go join it!


Step 2: Once you’re in the clear and your organization is unique and ready to blossom, the next step is to contact Dr. Matt Cabrera through his email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., who will assist you in starting the New Student Organization In-Take process. If you would like to turn your Pug Lovers club into a sports-based club called Running while Carrying Pugs, then you’d want to talk to the Sports, Athletics and Recreation (SAR) Office, more specifically, talk to the Recreation Director, Rita Hayes through her email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

*Be wary of potential costs for yourself, members, and your pugs while creating your club.*


Step 3: CSULB is all about inclusion, so although your club caters specifically to pug lovers, please keep in mind that you must not discriminate and include other dog lovers, even cat lovers. Also, hazing is a big no-no, so please don’t try to initiate members by attacking them with pug licks, or anything of that matter. Setting up a specific time and place to meet is also extremely important. You need to make sure a large majority, if not all, members are available to attend weekly meetings -- but please, don’t interrupt your pug’s eating and sleeping schedule. 


Step 4: So, now that you’ve followed all the rules and regulations for starting a student organization under the university’s Student Life and Development office, it’s time to get you some club members. To be an eligible club, the SLD office needs information on the club’s potential leaders and at least 15 verified members wanting to join. But with all the clubs featured on campus, how are people going to know about yours? The best way to attract members is to get out there in person and recruit on campus. If you plan on bringing your pugs on campus, please obey the campus regulations and requirements, as listed on the student website.  There are plenty of spaces for students to set up a table and a few chairs (after filing a request to table through the SLD office) that can attract passing students to your club. Social Media is highly important when establishing a club. By creating a Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc., many students on campus can share your pug-induced posts. This can lead to more followers and eventually, more members. 


Step 5: Make sure to have the most fun possible in your club. The purpose of creating clubs and organizations on campus can range from meeting new people and making friends to getting more involved with your fellow students. With over 37,000 students on campus, getting together with people who share common interests can make your college experience even more fantastic. 

So there you have it, the all you need to know guide to creating a club or organization here at CSULB in five easy steps. We hope you are successful in this process, if you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to let us know! 


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