Members of Active Minds work to raise awareness on the Sacred Heart community about issues of mental health, symptoms of mental illness and relevant resources available to students. Major focus is paid to depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Active Minds works to act as a liaison between Sacred Heart University and the mental health community.
ARE YOU AUTISM AWARE?
Members of AYAA work hard to raise awareness for autism on campus, as well as in the Bridgeport and Fairfield communities. Additionally, the club promotes anti-bullying and open-mindedness as two of the major themes of their mission.
Best Buddies works to enhance the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. Through the club's efforts, they offer events on campus for our SHU students, create relationships, work to offer social engagements, play games, and provide an environment where all who are involved can interact with and learn from each other. They hosted the first annual Midnight Madness Treasure Hunt for Best Buddies International on the SHU campus in 2009. This event provided an entire day and night of fun for our SHU students and Best Buddies members.
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
The purpose of the Sacred Heart University Chapter of Habitat for Humanity is to assist with the local Bridgeport affiliate in constructing homes, raising funds, and increasing awareness of housing issues in the community. This group provides SHU students the opportunity to rebuild the lives of those in the community and host events on the SHU campus, such as Sleep Outs, building sheds, gingerbread house creations during the holidays, etc.
HEARTS UNITED (UNITED BY LOVE, DIVIDED BY DUTY)
Hearts United is a student club that exists for the purpose of helping veterans and active duty military personnel. The club's members engage in many activities and programs designed to assist veterans with personal needs and to provide service members stationed abroad with various amenities. The club's motto is "United by love, divided by duty." A constitution governs the activity of the club.
Rotaract club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self." Sponsored by a local Rotary Club SHU Rotaractors are partners in service and key members of the family of Rotary. In addition to various volunteering opportunities, SHU Rotaractors also have the option to participate in leadership seminars and professional development activities.
THE GREEN SHU's
The Green Sacred Heart University Students or "Green SHUs" work to raise awareness and work to improve various environmental issues, including pollution, conservation and recycling efforts. The Green SHUs educate, advocate for change, collaborate with like-minded organizations, volunteer and fundraise all to promote their environmental efforts.