Student organizations

Student organizations provide important service, social and networking opportunities for SPEA students:

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society for criminal justice students. The society recognizes academic excellence among undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice. The honor society is open to those with a declared criminal justice or public safety major, minor or graduate concentration.

The purpose of Alpha Phi Sigma at IUPUI is to offer criminal justice students opportunities for personal and professional growth. Members actively volunteer within the Indianapolis community with events such as Beyond the Badge 5K Run and Walk, AUSA Capital Warrior Ten-Miler, Music Fest for MS, and the local Blue Light Ceremony.

In addition to volunteering at events, Alpha Phi Sigma members are given special access to unique networking opportunities. Since 1988, Alpha Phi Sigma has sponsored IUPUI’s annual Public Safety Career Day, bringing a variety of agencies and organizations to campus, including the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the F.B.I., the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and local probation departments and private security companies.

To be eligible for membership, undergraduate students must have declared a major or minor in a criminal justice or related field, maintain a 3.2 overall GPA and a 3.2 GPA in criminal justice courses and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice field. Students must also rank in the top 35 percent of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within IUPUI’s criminal justice curriculum. Graduate students must have completed four courses and are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in both criminal justice courses and overall courses.

Invitations are sent out to eligible candidates in January and in June, however a qualified candidate may join Alpha Phi Sigma at any time. The Annual Induction Ceremony for the new electees will take place in March. A candidate must be accepted as a member by the mid-February deadline in order to participate in the ceremony. SPEA will purchase an honor cord for each graduating Alpha Phi Sigma member as long as the membership application is submitted by April 1. Members may purchase additional regalia, however the order and payment must be submitted to the Assistant Advisor by April 1.

If you are interested in becoming a member or have questions about Alpha Phi Sigma, please email Debbie Koliba at

Advisor: James White (
Assistant Advisor: Debbie Koliba
National Website:


Passport, which stands for Patrons Addressing SPEA Students Participating in Overseas Research and Travel Programs, is a student organization dedicated to furthering interest in studying abroad. Participants who have studied abroad in past semesters educate classmates on the value of international travel and share their experiences. They host panel discussions, offer travel and study tips, and represent SPEA at campus events. 

Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is an international law fraternity and the only law fraternity with a pre-law division designed to help undergraduate students acclimate into law school. As a student organization, Phi Alpha Delta is very involved with the community, the university and the local law community.

Advisors: Sheila Kennedy ( and Bill Blomquist (
National website:

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration. The society recognizes outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in public administration, public policy and public affairs. Created in 2011, the chapter at IUPUI is very engaged in the community and is a sponsor of the Heat and Meat Drive for Homeless Vets.

Undergraduate students are eligible for Pi Alpha Alpha membership when they have earned a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least 15 credit hours of SPEA courses. Students must also be in their last semester of their junior year or in their senior year and must be in the top 10 percent of their graduating class. Graduate students are required to have a minimum 3.7/4.0 GPA overall. Graduate students must also have completed 50 percent of the required public administration, public policy or sub-degree coursework (i.e., 24-30 credit hours). Alumni may become members if they meet all the requirements of student membership, even if they graduated before induction by the Indiana chapter.

Advisor: Sheila Kennedy (
National website:

Public Affairs Student Association (PASA)

PASA is for all public affairs master's and certificate students, and every public affairs graduate student is automatically a member. Through social events, professional networking events and community service events, the group seeks to enhance the academic, professional and social lives of students. PASA events have included service events, socials and opportunities to network with alumni.

Advisor: Laura Littlepage (


publicINreview is a student-run, online journal published by SPEA at IUPUI. The journal focuses on regional issues in the broad area of public affairs, discusses realistic application of emerging theory, and shares best practices with local practitioners and professionals. publicINreview is a forum where students can connect with practitioners in the Midwest area. In addition to student-written articles, the journal periodically includes interviews with local public figures and job postings, and it serves as a resource for networking opportunities, local events, presentations, and trainings in SPEA’s areas of interest, including public affairs, criminal justice and public safety.

Advisor: Suzann Lupton (

SPEA Ambassadors

SPEA Ambassadors at IUPUI is a student-led group that strives to promote and encourage interest in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and its programs, organizations, students and faculty. We represent SPEA at campus and community events.

Advisor: James Eckerty (

SPEA Student Council

The SPEA Student Council serves as an umbrella organization for all SPEA student organizations. The council serves as a student voice and advocate for student needs with SPEA faculty and administrative staff.

Advisor: Patt Irish (

In addition to SPEA student groups, IUPUI has a number of campus organizations: Office of Student Involvement.