Emory Public Interest Opportunities


As part of the larger Emory University community, law students have access to a range of other organizations outside of the law school.

University-Wide Public Interest Organizations

In addition to the organizations at the law school, other public interest organizations exist throughout the Emory University community.

The Carter Center
The Carter Center, in partnership with Emory University, is guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights, wages peace by bringing warring parties to the negotiating table, monitoring elections, safeguarding human rights and building strong democracies through economic development. It sows the seeds of peace in other waysóby fighting disease, increasing crop production, and promoting preventive healthcare in the United States and abroad. The goal is to help create a world where every man, woman and child has the opportunity to enjoy good health and live in peace.

Office of University Community Partnerships
Through academic courses, research programs and service projects, the Office of University Community Partnerships (OUCP) will facilitate the connection of community groups, organizations and agencies to Emory faculty, staff and students who can best assist them in addressing a specific issue or need. In addition to direct service through student volunteer activities and academic-based service learning through courses of instruction, OUCP will promote institutional service by mobilizing and focusing Emory's intellectual capital on issues of critical importance to the Greater Atlanta region.

Undergraduate Public Interest Organizations

For information about any of the undergraduate student organizations, either see the individual organization's website or contact the student government office at 404.727.6179 for more information.

Alpha Phi Omega
A national co-ed service fraternity that fosters leadership, friendship and service through diverse service projects and numerous social events.

Alternative Spring Break
Alternative Spring Break organizes break programs for students that involve community service, group building and interactive learning on social issues.

Amnesty International
A worldwide organization dedicated to protecting fundamental human rights. Members of Emory's chapter write to international government officials on behalf of "prisoners of conscience" who have neither used nor advocated violence, as well as participate in national and international activities such as rallies and peaceful demonstrations.

Best Buddies
An international organization that matches college students with mentally handicapped individuals from the Emory community. A friendship is formed that provides insight, fun and heart-opening experiences for both buddies.

Common Cause
Common Cause promotes a responsible and active citizenship within the Emory community to ensure that our governments are open, honest, honorable, accountable, effective, accessible and responsible to the people.

Disability Services Student Group
Disability Services Student Group helps Emory students with various accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and other pertinent federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws. The group hopes to provide students who use these services with a forum to discuss ideas and concerns regarding disability services at Emory, as well as to provide support and knowledge to its members. The DSC Student Group also hopes to raise public awareness regarding various medical, physical and learning disabilities.

Emory Bigs
Emory Bigs provides professional mentor support and monthly events for "bigs" and their "littles." A full year commitment and own transportation is required.

Emory Circle K
A division of Kiwanis International, Circle K offers service, leadership and fellowship and provides the opportunity to participate in a variety of community service activities such as working with children, preparing meals for AIDS patients, fundraising and walking for the March of Dimes and AIDS Walks.

Emory READ
Emory READ pairs Emory students, acting as reading coaches, with children who are in need of reading assistance. The ultimate goal is to increase the linguistic aptitude of the elementary school student. Emphasizing both literacy and volunteer growth, Emory READ has quickly developed into the largest student-run volunteer organization on campus.

Emory Student Environmental Action Coalition
Emory Student Environmental Action Coalition (ECOSEAC) works for education and activism on issues concerning the environment. The group sponsored Earth Week and has been involved in other public awareness efforts relating to the environment.

Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity seeks to eliminate poverty housing from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Emory Habitat involves students, faculty and staff from the Emory community in building, fundraising and education.

Peer Counseling
Composed of Helpline, an anonymous and confidential service that accepts calls seven days a week, and Peer Counselors, who have hours in 336 Woodruff Residential Center from 5-7 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.

Volunteer Emory
Volunteer Emory offers opportunities to serve the wider Atlanta community and to acquire useful experience through volunteer services.

Medical School Public Interest Organizations

For more information on the Medical School student organizations, contact the Medical School's Office of Student Affairs at 404.712.9979.

Health Outreach Program at Emory
Health Outreach Program at Emory (HOPE) provides volunteer opportunities to medical school students who wish to become involved in the community through homeless shelters and medical clinics.

Physicians for Social Responsibility
A national organization with international affiliates whose goal is to develop social consciousness.

Theology School Public Interest Organizations

For more information about student organizations at the School of Theology, call 404.727.6322.

Amnesty International - Candler Chapter
A strong community of seminarians who seek to live out their religious faith by working for the liberation of all people. In part through letter-writing campaigns, the group works toward the following goals: the release of prisoners of conscience who have neither used nor advocated violence, fair and prompt trials for all prisoners of conscience who are detained without charge or trial and, on behalf of all prisoners, the end of torture, execution and other inhumane or degrading forms of treatment.

School of Public Health Public Interest Organizations

For more information about student organizations at the School of Public Health, call 404.727.6429.

Emory Global Health Organization
Emory Global Health Organization (EGHO) is a student-run organization based in the Rollins School of Public Health. Membership is open to any student or alumni of Emory University who has genuine interest in international and global health. EGHO also serves as a contact point for alumni once they leave. EGHO has worked to set up a network of information exchange that includes students and alumni, as well as public health professionals at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CARE, the Carter Center, and other national and international organizations. EGHO also provides internship and scholarship information to its members.

HuRA (Human Rights Action)
HuRA (Human Rights Action) is an association of student organizations interested in health and human rights dedicated to promoting involvement in local, national and international health and human rights issues. In conjunction with faculty, staff and related organizations and institutions, the association seeks to act on issues of social justice and to create awareness through education and praxis.