Clubs, Activities, and Student Leadership

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Tafties are more than just students, they are activists, athletes, actors, and authors. They celebrate culture, catch fish, and create art. They are leaders, readers, and eaters. Whatever your passion, there is a way to indulge it at Taft, through our wide range of clubs, networks, publications, and organizations.

Taft hosts an activities fair near the start of each academic year, where students can learn about the roster of clubs and organizations currently active on campus. Tafties are always encouraged to bring new ideas to the community, or to bring back clubs that were once part of Taft’s history. With a solid game plan and a commitment from an advisor, the sky is the limit.

Clubs and Activities

Our broad and ever-changing list of clubs and programs includes, naming only a few:

Arts

  • Hydrox and Oriocos a capella groups
  • Masque and Dagger
  • Filmmakers Club
  • Bollywood Dance Club
  • Gospel Choir
  • Latin Dance Club
  • Photography Club
  • Ballroom Dancing Club
  • Drum Circle
  • Step Team

STEM

  • Girls Who Code
  • Robotics
  • Science Journal
  • Physics Club
  • Pre-Med Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Marine Environmental Science Club
  • Beekeeping Club
  • Citizen Scientists Club
  • Green Thumb Club

Publications & Media

  • The Annual
  • Taft Papyrus
  • Red Inc.
  • Global Journal

Service and Philanthropy

  • Volunteer Council
  • Red Rhino Fund
  • Wounded Warriors Foundation
  • Random Acts of Kindness Club
  • Key Club
  • Outreach360 Club
  • Homework Helpers
  • Service Through Sports
  • Serving the Deaf

Spiritual Life

  • FOCUS, Christian Fellowship
  • Jewish Student Organization
  • The Religion and Spiritual Life Council

Health, Wellness, Sports, Recreation

  • Running Club
  • Meditation Club
  • Zumba
  • Fishing Club
  • Lifting Club
  • Pond Hockey Club
  • Badminton Club
  • Croquet Club
  • Disc Golf Club
  • NBA Club

Politics & Current Events

  • Model Congress
  • Taft Republicans
  • Taft Democrats
  • Taft International Relations and Public Policy Chamber
  • Debate Club
  • Model United Nations

Social Consciousness

  • Amnesty International
  • Taft Environmental Awareness Movement (TEAM)
  • Gun Violence Prevention Club
  • Advocating for Gender Equality
  • Women Speak Out Loud
  • United Cultures of Taft (UTC)

Special Interests

  • Taft Entrepreneurial Club
  • Taft Investments and Economics Club
  • Game of Thrones Club
  • Global Awareness Club
  • Taft Baking Club
  • SHOUT (Students Homosexual and Otherwise United at Taft)
  • Columbia Business School Venture
  • French Club
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Black Student Union

Student Leadership

Leadership opportunities abound at Taft. From positions in student government to team captainships, editorial posts, club and organization officers, or dorm monitors, there are many ways, both formal and informal, for students to build and share leadership skills while effecting positive change in our school community. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

Taft on Leadership

Leadership is choosing to act with empathy, integrity and courage to help one’s group achieve its goals.

Expectations for Taft’s Student Leaders:
  • I will be principled in my actions, ambitious in my goals, energetic in my duties, open-minded in my interactions with others and respectful in my communications with everyone.
  • I understand that the role of class committee member/school monitor/dormitory monitor is constantly changing and that circumstances may require difficult decisions and different tasks than have been required in the past.
  • I will invest myself in the process of learning good leadership.
  • I will work with faculty and my fellow committee members/monitors to construct an identity for my group that encompasses a diversity of viewpoints and serves the larger Taft community.
  • In order to act with moral authority, I will conduct myself in accordance with the Honor Code, the rules of the community and with the highest personal integrity.