Student involvement at Oakton provides unique opportunities to become engaged with the campus community through student-led clubs and organizations. Studies indicate that students who participate actively in campus life devote considerable energy to their academic programs, spend more time on campus and interact frequently with other students. (Astin, 1996, Kuh, Douglas, Lund, Ramin-Gyurmek, 1994)

Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion (OSLCI)

The Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion is the center of student engagement. It offers programs and services that provide critical learning opportunities to enhance the co-curricular experience and cultivate students' personal and professional growth. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion at 847.635.1699.

Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity (CCID)

The Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity (CCID) exists to provide support, educational experiences, and interactive learning opportunities. The CCID represents the needs and concerns of historically under-served student identities and helps them access opportunities through programs, services and resources related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. The CCID is located in Room 1433, Des Plaines.

For more information, call the Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion at 847.635.1699 or the Office of Access, Equity, and Diversity at 847.635.1837.

Student Organizations

The Student Government Association (SGA) serves as a liaison to the college administration, and voices student issues and concerns. The SGA recognizes and supports student clubs, distributes student fees annually, and provides leadership on behalf of the student body. Participation on committees is open to all students, but the organization is governed by 15 to 20 voting members, elected each spring. Vacancies are filled by appointment.

One committee, the Student Judicial Board (SJB), hears appeals on traffic and parking tickets. Students interested in joining the SGA should contact the organization's office at 847.635.1696 (Des Plaines) or 847.635.1491 (Skokie), or send an email to SGA@oakton.edu.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) is a student organization that coordinates programs and services to enhance each student's Oakton experience through activities that cultivate social, personal, educational, and professional growth while making a positive impact within the college community. We welcome students to become active members and invite those considering taking that extra step to apply for an Executive council member position. Contact Princess Escudero, Skokie advisor, Room A130, 847.635.1443, princess@oakton.edu.

The OCCurrence is the student newspaper. The staff participate in all aspects of newspaper production, including writing, editing, photography, cartooning, layout (using Adobe InDesign), advertising sales, and business management. For more information contact the paper at occurrence@oakton.edu.

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is an international Honor Society for two-year colleges with membership requirements. Active on more than 1,250 campuses around the world, it offers exclusive programs and benefits for members that contribute to a dynamic college experience. Oakton PTK members are campus leaders who can take advantage of many resources that provide academic enrichment, personal development, and service opportunities. Eligible students will be contacted by email and/or mail. Students can stop by the Student Life and Campus Inclusion office at either campus, call 847.635.1699, email ptk@oakton.edu.

Campus Clubs

Student life at Oakton includes a variety of academic, social, professional, cultural, religious, and special-interest groups. Students are encouraged to start clubs within established guidelines. Limited funding is available to support club activities.

Clubs include: Black Student Union, Card and Board Game Club, Ceramics Club, Early Childhood Education Club, First Generation Club, French Club, Habitat for Humanity, Hillel, Hispanic Club, Honor Student Organization, Japanese Culture Club, Law Enforcement Club, Math Club, Mission Bible Club, Muslim Student Association, Oakton Helping Others, Oakton Pride, Oakton Visual Organization, OCCurrence, Physical Therapist Assistant Club, Pilipino American Youth Organization, Reaching Out to Others, Society of Biomedical Engineers, Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Student Nurses Association, Students for Global Health and Sustainability (SGHS), Students for Social Justice (S4SJ), Sustainability, Undocumented DACA Allies Student Club, UNICEF.

Athletics

Intercollegiate Athletics

As a member of the NJCAA and the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference, Oakton Community College participates in 15 intercollegiate sports: men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s baseball and women’s softball. Student athletes are recruited to teams by our head coaches. To express interest please visit the athletic website. To participate, a student meet all NJCAA eligibility requirements. This program is under the direct administration of the Senior Manager of Athletics.

Intramural Athletics

Intramural activity is an integral part of student life at Oakton Community College. A program of competitive and recreational sports has been scheduled so that every student can participate. All students are invited to take part in one or more intramural activities each semester. Interested participants should contact the Athletics Office, 847.635.1753.

Graduation Ceremony

The graduation ceremony for the awarding of degrees and certificates is held once a year at the end of the spring semester. Students will be contacted with information related to eligibility, fees and regalia usually by the end of January. Students are not required to participate in the graduation ceremony to receive a degree or certificate. Students wishing to participate must be measured for caps and gowns through the Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion. Call 847.635.1699 or email commencement@oakton.edu for information.