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Saint Martin's supports educating students to serve the common good. Whether you choose to organize a club or participate in a workshop, pursue student employment or engage in student government, or perhaps all of the above, you'll find opportunities here that will enrich your academic experience and prepare you to become a leader who will make decisions with integrity and motivate others to serve the common good.

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What's ASSMU?

As the officially elected student government, the Associated Students of Saint Martin's University (ASSMU) represents the needs of the student population to the University administration. ASSMU encourages students to seek opportunities for leadership, organizational training and service through active participation in student government.

Leadership opportunities

Benedictine Leadership Program

Develop practical leadership skills, enhance your theoretical understanding of leadership, and explore how personal values and Benedictine themes influence individual leadership philosophy.

Learn more about the Benedictine Leadership Program


Norcia Leadership Community

The Norcia Leadership Community in Spangler Hall is a partnership between Housing and Residence Life, the Benedictine Leaders Program and the Benedictine Institute. In this residential program, Saint Martin’s emerging student leaders are paired with first-year students committed to following in their footsteps. Students who apply to be a part of the community, as first-years or as mentors, share an enthusiasm for community and a desire to leave a mark at Saint Martin's. For more information, visit the Norcia page.

Leadership initiatives

At Saint Martin’s, you'll be surrounded my peers working for a fairer, more equitable world through several campus initiatives. The value we place on living in community highlights the importance of social justice. And working towards the common good includes supporting initiatives around sustainability and taking care of our common home, earth. 

Social justice

Social justice involves learning firsthand the challenges faced by different communities. Consider becoming involved in the following:

  • Clothing Bank
  • Community Kitchen
  • Green Dot program, a bystander empowerment initiative
  • Sacred Heart Emergency Outreach
  • SAVE, Saints Against Violence Everywhere
  • Service immersion trips to Portland, Yakima and Tanzania
  • Take Back the Night, an annual event with the mission to end all sexual violence


Sustainability is tied to the Benedictine value of stewardship: to appreciate and to care lovingly for all the goods of this place. Consider taking part in the following:


Campus leadership opportunities

Working on campus helps develop a sense of community and belonging. As a student employee, you will establish a work record and learn fundamental skills of employment such as punctuality, time management, communication and cooperation. At Saint Martin's, you will also have opportunities to make a direct impact on your community. Depending on your interest, you can be involved with University admissions, advising, fundraising and campus life programming.

Student employment

When you take a job on campus, you'll gain preparation for the world of work through the processes of interviewing, hiring, training, supervision, relating to coworkers and the public, meeting expectations, and goal achievement. You'll also have opportunities to gain work experience directly related to your field of study.

Learn more about student employment opportunities

Student government, committees and organizations

By participating in student government, board committees and student organizations, you will have an opportunity to shape our community and support your peers.

Consider the following important student roles:

  • Admissions tour guide
  • ASSMU executive officer or senator
  • ASSMU committee member
  • The Belltower (our student newspaper) staff
  • Board of trustees committee member
  • Club officer or member
  • First-year seminar peer mentor
  • National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH)
  • Orientation leader
  • Campus Ministry student leaders
  • Campus Activities Board (CAB)
  • Social media content creator (Marketing & Communications)

Note: Many of the above student leadership positions require that you complete the Benedictine Leaders Program (BLP) Phase I prior to applying.