Student Engagement

The Office of Student Engagement is home to several important groups and departments on campus, including Clubs and Organizations, Commuter Life, the Associated Students of Grand Canyon University (ASGCU), Army ROTC, Thunderground, the Canyon Activities Board (CAB) and the GCU Engage team. Our goal is to help you make the most of your time on campus and immerse yourself in the full college experience.

Student Engagement’s teams work diligently to develop programs and events that create opportunities for student involvement. By producing these experiences, we aim to create a nurturing and inclusive environment for students in all walks of life. We are here to help you get involved, make new friends and become part of the GCU community.

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Student Engagement is to help GCU students engage in their community, build authentic relationships and develop as student leaders who invest in the lives of others.

Contact Student Engagement

[email protected]

Please note that our teams have individualized contact information below. If you wish to learn more about one of our teams, scroll down to find out more!

Our Vision

  • We will foster leadership identity in students.
  • We will promote self-efficacy among students.
  • We will support professional, academic and social organizations.
  • We will advance relationships through activities and clubs.
  • We will further advocacy for the residential and commuter student populations.
  • We will encourage open and free communication in a mutually respectful manner.
  • We will promote an inclusive environment for all students.

Clubs and Organizations

During the 2023-24 school year, GCU offered over 100 student clubs and organizations that can provide you with the opportunity to connect with like-minded Lopes who share common academic goals and special interests. Balance your schoolwork with lively club activities, from hip-hop to Rubik’s Cubes to forensic science. Whatever your interests, we strive to make every moment of your college experience memorable.

View GCU Clubs and Organizations to learn more. Have questions? Email [email protected] or follow us on Instagram for updates and exciting events with the clubs.

GCU Engage

GCU Engage is a student-run team filled with dedicated problem solvers who enjoy analyzing campus culture through accessible platforms and helping students make personal connections.

The GCU Engage team exists to serve the student body through the GCU Engage App. Our app provides a platform for students to participate and get involved throughout every facet of the university. We aid in connecting students to other clubs, events and organizations on campus.

Download the GCU Engage app to secure tickets for events, view the resources tab for campus information and check our club meeting times to see if they work for your schedule!

For additional questions about GCU Engage, email [email protected].


The Associated Students of Grand Canyon University (ASGCU) exists to serve and advocate for the students of GCU. ASGCU’s goal is to build a voice for students and create a welcoming community where fellowship and faith coincide. Our team continues to evolve to provide you with the best possible experience on campus, allowing every student an outlet for representation. ASGCU continues to grow and currently hosts various groups, including:

  • Student Senate
  • Public Relations
  • Freshman Class Council

Within ASGCU, there are multiple teams that support and lead the GCU student community. Leadership is broken down into the executive board and the president’s cabinet. The senate collectively represents the traditional student voice on campus. Other teams include the public relations team, the communications team, clubs and organizations team and the Freshman Class Council. If you are a freshman here at GCU, we encourage you to get involved by joining the Freshman Class Council, representing your fellow students and letting your voice be heard.

ASGCU has developed a variety of programs, events, services and outreach opportunities that give you the ability to connect with the growing community on campus. Attend these events to learn about our One Lope campaign, recycling program, additional initiatives our Student Senate is working on, and even attend a silent disco!

To learn more about our team, check out the ASGCU website. You can also contact us at [email protected], follow us on Instagram or look through our events on the GCU Engage app.

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Get in on the fun! Thunderground is the perfect place to hang out in between classes or unwind on campus during the weekends. We offer plenty of entertainment, including bowling and pool tables, plus lounge areas where you can catch up with classmates.

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for updates on events, concerts and free prizes!

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of our Thunderground events and hours of operations are subject to change. Please contact us for any questions you may have.

Daily: noon - midnight

Main Number

Daniel Sabillon
Thunderground Manager 
Office: 602-639-6377
[email protected]

Danny Williamson III
Bowling Center Supervisor
Office: 480-310-0933
[email protected]

Commuter Life

As a commuter, you can still enjoy many of the features and benefits of our campus, including access to all amenities provided by the Commuter Lounge, bowling in Thunder Alley, exercising in one of our fitness centers and attending weekly chapel services. There are also various events throughout the year that cater specifically to commuter students.

Learn more about commuter life on GCU’s campus. You can also email us at [email protected] or follow us on Instagram.

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Canyon Activities Board (CAB)

The Canyon Activities Board (CAB) is a student-led organization that provides quality and inclusive social programming for our diverse student body. From lip-sync battles to movies on the lawn, CAB plans and implements events that build community, foster connection and create memories.

Follow us on Instagram to see all the events we have to offer! For additional questions, please reach out to our Canyon Activities Board team at [email protected].

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The Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) program offers students the tremendous opportunity to learn principles of leadership and serve in the U.S. Army. GCU's Army ROTC program helps students become strong leaders who are prepared for a future without limits and a lifelong career of greatness. This program will complement your education and provide unmatched skill development in military science and strategy, leadership, goal setting and problem-solving.

You can take the first step as an incoming freshman or sophomore without a required commitment. Upon graduation, students will have the opportunity to receive an officer commission as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. ROTC programs offer an Army ROTC scholarship opportunity for students who plan to enroll in a four-year college program. If you are interested, visit the GoArmy website to learn about the requirements, your commitment and how to apply.

To learn more about GCU’s program, visit the GCU ROTC page, email [email protected] or call 602-639-6618.

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Multicultural Office

GCU is dedicated to inclusivity, connection and treating every individual with respect and compassion. Our goal as a university is to promote a safe campus community that allows everyone to feel respected and heard.

The Multicultural Office at GCU encompasses these values with a dedication to the pursuit of understanding through education, collaboration and discussion of differing viewpoints and ideas from a variety of backgrounds. To learn more about the department and its mission, visit the Multicultural Office page.

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