Student Organizations

The University of Illinois has over 100 different student organizations! Many HDFS majors are members and leaders of these exciting clubs.

Human Interest Professionals Club

Twice voted the Best Student Club in the College of ACES, the Human Interest Professions Club provides students with opportunities to volunteer in the community, enhance their leadership skills, and develop as professionals through mentorship. Originally organized for students majoring in Human Development and Family Studies, the HIP Club has grown to involve students from many different human services-related majors across the entire UIUC campus. The HIP Club's forte is volunteer work and organized events with people in the community. Members volunteer at local soup kitchens and nursing homes, support area charities, and participate in events to raise awareness of children's issues. Each year the club sponsors a Halloween party for children at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana. HIP Club members are also prominent in College of ACES’ activities, including Explore ACES and the College's leadership development programs. The club's faculty advisor is Dr. Linlin Yao.

Illinois Student Council on Family Relations (ISCFR)

The Illinois Student Council on Family Relations (ISCFR) is a professional organization for graduate and undergraduate students who are preparing for careers in human development, family policy, family counseling, academia, and other related areas. We're housed in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The purpose of ISCFR is to provide educational, service learning, and professional development activities for students, while promoting family education and awareness in our local community. Some of our activities include:

  • Discussion of topics related to families and family development and relationships
  • Community service
  • Learning research presentation skills
  • Annual conferences
  • Career exploration/preparation
  • Graduate school exploration/preparation

ISCFR is a student affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations (, an organization committed to the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family development and relationships. The current faculty advisor is Dr. Susan Silverberg Koerner. The 2019-2020 president is Samantha Iwinski.

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UIUC Child Life Association

The UIUC Child Life Association is an organization for students looking to go into the field of Child Life – working with children and their families in hospital settings. The club works to prepare students for their future careers by explaining and helping them prepare for practicums, internships, and exams. Additionally, the club provides students with the opportunity to travel to different Children's Hospitals for Child Life conferences in order to become more educated about the field. The club helps out in the community as well, by hosting a Halloween party on the Pediatrics Unit at Carle Hospital, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald house in Chicago, helping the Child Life Specialist at Carle Hospital promote Pediatrics Month, and more. We also provide students with the opportunity to volunteer at Crisis Nursery. The club is a great way to get involved and become educated with the Child Life field. Child Life Association members are also prominent in College of ACES activities, including Explore ACES and the College's leadership development programs. The club's faculty advisor is Emily Hurth. The 2019-2020 president is Sandra Yamin.

Human Development and Family Studies Ambassadors

The mission of the human development and family studies ambassadors (HDFSA) student organization is to improve (a) HDFS undergraduate experience by engaging in departmental and community service that supports leadership and professional development, (b) students’ abilities to market themselves as HDFS majors, and (c) mentor relationships among current students, prospective undergraduate students, and faculty. The ambassadors also write the HDFS Developments newsletter for the department, assist during admitted student receptions, contact admitted students to answer questions about the major and campus. The current faculty advisor is Barbara Anderson. The 2019-2020 president is Emma Collins.

For more information, please see the HDFS Ambassadors’ website.