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The Wisconsin Union Directorate: A Place to Make an Impact

From making pasta to creating beautiful magazines, the Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) and Wisconsin Hoofers have something for everyone. And you can be a part of it! All 10 student-led committees and six incredible student-led clubs are looking for talented, driven students who are passionate about creating programming and making a difference. In this article, we give you a look into three of these clubs and committees.

WUD Publications Committee

Do you love to write, edit or do graphic design work? Is music, food, fashion or research your passion? If any of this has you nodding your head, you’re going to love the WUD Publications Committee. The Committee produces seven magazines and journals on everything from fashion to science and technology research.

“The WUD Publications Committee is the hub of all things publishing,” Publications Committee Director Fernanda Martinez said. “Our student-led magazines and journals create award-winning, industry-quality publications once a semester, complemented by podcasts and online blogs. All our content is created by students for students.”

You can find the Committee’s publications across campus, including at Peet’s Coffee in Memorial Union and at the Coffeehouse Lounge in Union South.

Click here to learn more about the Committee, including how to get involved.

Wisconsin Hoofers

Hoofer Outing Club members enjoy kayaking down a river during an event called Hooferpalooza.

Six clubs make up the renowned Wisconsin Hoofers, including the Hoofer Sailing, Scuba, Riding, Ski and Snowboard, Mountaineering and Outing Clubs. Access to adventures in the outdoors and finding others who want to join you in the outdoors is what each of these clubs are all about.

“Hoofers caters to a wide variety of outdoor activities for all [skill] levels. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or have never gone camping, at Hoofers you will find a welcoming community where you make friends, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Hoofer Council President David O’Keeffe. “We offer local day trips, weekend trips around Wisconsin, and weeklong excursions across the country. What makes Hoofers unique is that we are open to the public. We have a great mix of students, alumni and community members who are all proud to call themselves Hoofers.”

Hoofers also offers more than 150 student leader opportunities with positions ranging from marketing to safety and health administration.

Learn more joining or leading in the Wisconsin Hoofers here.

WUD Society and Politics Committee

Six clubs make up the renowned Wisconsin Hoofers, including the Hoofer Sailing, Scuba, Riding, Ski and Snowboard, Mountaineering and Outing Clubs. Access to adventures in the outdoors and finding others who want to join you in the outdoors is what each of these clubs are all about.

“Hoofers caters to a wide variety of outdoor activities for all [skill] levels. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or have never gone camping, at Hoofers you will find a welcoming community where you make friends, have fun, and enjoy the great outdoors,” said Hoofer Council President David O’Keeffe. “We offer local day trips, weekend trips around Wisconsin, and weeklong excursions across the country. What makes Hoofers unique is that we are open to the public. We have a great mix of students, alumni and community members who are all proud to call themselves Hoofers.”

Hoofers also offers more than 150 student leader opportunities with positions ranging from marketing to safety and health administration.

Click here to learn more about SoPo.

A Place for You

The Wisconsin Union is a place to do many things, from studying in comfortable lounges to attending live music performances. We invite you to come and enjoy the experiences our student leaders create. We’re also a place where you can make an impact. You can help decide what films come to our movie theater, what performers come to the Shannon Hall stage, what art comes to our galleries and so much more.

Here’s a full list of the clubs and committees you can join:

  • WUD Art Committee
  • WUD Alternative Breaks Committee
  • WUD Distinguished Lecture Series
  • WUD Film Committee
  • WUD Global Connections Committee
  • WUD Music Committee
  • WUD Performing Arts Committee
  • WUD Publications Committee
  • WUD Society and Politics Committee
  • Hoofer Riding Club
  • Hoofer Sailing Club
  • Hoofer Outing Club
  • Hoofer Scuba Club
  • Hoofer Mountaineering Club
  • Hoofer Ski and Snowboard Club

To learn more about coming to an event, joining or a committee or club, or being a Directorate leader, visit union.wisc.edu/get-involved/wud.

Author: Brooke Hollingsworth

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