Professional Affinity Associations

Why should a WWU student consider joining an affinity group?

Affinity groups can include professional networking groups, caucuses or councils and provide forums for groups of students or employees who share a common background of interest. Commonalities include racial, ethnic background, gender, religion, physical abilities, military service, age, and major/subjects of interest. Many organizations offer a student membership discount.

Suggested list of Associations and Organizations + annual membership dues:

AIGA (Professional Association for Design) $50 annual dues
American Business Womens’s Association $115 annual membership
American Indian Business Leaders $0 student annual membership/$99 professional annual membership
American Management Association $0 free 1-year e-membership
American Marketing Association $29 annual dues
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting $0 basic annual membership
Association of Women in Science $35 annual membership
Beta Alpha Psi WWU $87.85 annual dues
Financial Management Association $35 undergraduate/$40 graduate annual membership
Industrial Designers Society of America $50 annual dues
NAFSA- Association of International Educators $99 annual dues
National Association of Asian American Professionals (annual membership varies by chapter)
National Black MBA Assocation $30 annual membership
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Student memberships are $49
National Diversity Council Gold Membership - $149 (10% discount for events); Platinum Membership - $199 (15% discount for events).
National Management Association $48 annual dues + $20 joining fee
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals $10 annual membership
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM) Free, recommend $25.00 donation
Prospanica Annual Fee of $15 for undergraduates, $30 for Graduates, 50% membership discount for active or former members of the US Armed Forces.
Public Relations Society of America $65 dues for graduates or undergraduates if school does not have an active chapter (part of their Affiliate program), $60 annual dues for grad students with an active chapter.
Society for Human Resource Management $49 annual dues
Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) $10 annual fee
Toastmasters International $45 dues every six months and a new member fee of $20. (Some clubs may charge additional fees.)

Engineering Students

Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers - $32 annual membership
National Association of Black Engineers $15 annual membership
Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering - $20 annual membership
Society of Manufacturing Engineers - $20 annual membership
Society of Plastics Engineers – currently free due to COVID
Society of Women Engineers Details below:

  • 1 fiscal year standard collegiate membership. Annual membership for college students majoring in engineering or a STEM field.
    • Cost: $20/fiscal year
      • Get 50% off this membership with code FY2350OFF. Code expires March 30, 2023.
  • Collegiate to Career (C2C). One-time membership payment will last throughout a member’s college career and one additional year of professional membership after graduating. All students are required to have an expected graduation date on their account.
    • Cost: 1 time payment of $50

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