Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

For more information on PVCC Clubs click on the links below

Student Clubs

A.W.A.R.E. supports adults in returning to education by providing assistance and encouragement. They also focus on developing individual abilities and fostering the exchange of information among members. The organization cooperates with college faculty and administration, promoting a support system and raising awareness about the needs of re-entry adults.

The Anime Club cultivates discussion and analysis of Japanese animation, including its history, influences, and impact on international culture. The club provides a platform for members to explore and appreciate anime through thoughtful conversations. By fostering this engagement, the club aims to deepen understanding and appreciation for the art form within its community.


Tomi Johnston

The Business/IT Club aims to enhance students' understanding of contemporary business practices through active participation in professional activities. The club provides opportunities for students to engage in real-world business experiences, enabling them to apply their knowledge and skills in practical settings. By facilitating these activities, the club equips students with valuable insights and experiences relevant to the business and IT industries.


Robert McCanless & Kishore Dash ,

CAST (Creative Artists Society of Theater) offers a structured environment where members can refine and cultivate their skills as performing artists. The organization provides a platform for members to engage in various artistic activities, such as theater productions, workshops, and performances. Through this supportive setting, CAST empowers individuals to enhance their artistic abilities and pursue their passion for performing arts.

Andrea Robertson

Club ED offers students interested in educational career paths a range of opportunities to explore and gain support. The club provides a platform for students to engage in activities and experiences related to the field of education. By fostering a supportive environment, Club ED aims to help students discover and pursue their interests in educational careers.


Meggin Kirk & Ky Dale ,

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ClubZ Open Mic ClubZ Winners

Welcome to Club Z at PVCC … Everyone is Invited!

The Z Model and the Art and Science of Culture Change have been piloted at PVCC by Students, the Z Leadership Team and many other generous collaborators/community members.

At PVCC, Club Z has demonstrated several of the Z Model activities. One of the most exciting of these opportunities is the Z Achievement Awards - open to any student! To learn more about Club Z and the Z Achievement Award, check out our Club Z Award Informatic.

Want to learn more?  Read on … 

Club Zeitgeist Achievement Award Reflection

Z Achievement Reflection

Retro Video of Community Coming Together with Club Z (thank you to Matthew Granillo):

Student Video describing Z Achievement projects (thank you to Sam Fraulino)

A Z Achievement Project can be any “creative and action oriented” project you complete.  Finish a project of your choice and then complete the Club Z Achievement Award report/reflection.  By completing this executive summary, or reflection, of your experience you will earn a Club Z Achievement Award. Submit your reflection prior to February 15th of the academic year if you are applying for cash awards made in the spring through the Z Connect - One Thing Leads to Another Endowment.

Your Z Achievement Award is ideal for adding to your resume, scholarship applications and even to share when you seek venture capital for a future social entrepreneurship endeavor.  Think of how you can leverage your learning experience into the next step of your journey of student success, career success and life success.

You do not have to attend Club Z meetings to earn an award. But, everyone is invited to all Club Z meetings where you can join group projects and/or receive support for individual projects. 

If you are part of a class that is completing a project of any kind, you can incorporate your coursework into a Club Z project as well. Some classes also include the Club Z awards process as part of their course experience. You have many options!

Submit your completed reflection in the Club Z Canvas (you need your MEID and password to enroll):



Sample Reflection Questions:

Questions as you Consider a Bold Vision and the pursuit of Meaningful Results

The Initiatives

Club Z takes on specific initiatives to support the campus as a whole and our greater community. We are proud of our collaborations with others on campus (“4 or more!”) and these collaborations include: Career Services, Counseling/Lifelong Learning Series, The Arts Department, Creative Writing, Student Life, Sustainability Club, PSI Beta/Psychology Club, Club Ed, the AWARE club and more! All of us, together, are contributing to our dynamic PVCC learning culture. 

Examples of types of Club Z Achievement Projects include, but are not limited to: social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, sustainability, civic engagement, service learning, diversity and inclusion, creating a work of art, starting a new club, facilitating a supply drive, hosting a fundraising event, writing a play, designing a positive social change initiative for any community ... what do YOU want to achieve?

In addition to the Club Z Achievement Awards, we have also hosted:  the Club Z Summit, events of Free Speech Week, Women’s History Month, Share Z Love and Chats in the Grass (thank you Dr. Kelly Burton and Philosophy!).  We are also known for collaborative pitch contests, the Positive Social Change – Superheroes Connect event and … our famous lemonade slushies. 

The Movement / Z Network 

It started with entrepreneurial spirit in mind and continues to inspire new adventures … even if we don’t have all of the resources we need, we get started and work toward our Bold Visions together. We are committed to student success, career success and life success … individuals and teams define their visions and receive support as they step outside their comfort zones. Our collaborations continue to lead us to places we would not have been able to predict when we first began… that’s how we Z !  How do you Z?

We are especially excited about receiving the following awards for our implementation of Z at PVCC: Student Life Innovation of the Year (2 years), Diversity and Inclusion Award, and the President’s Award. And, we’ve been featured through the League for Innovation in the Community College and the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, too.  Thank you to everyone for your contributions and support!

Club Z Inspire All of Us

As you consider how you might engage with Club Z this year (students, employees, community members), perhaps the projects led by Peter Tometi and Jovana Vincic will inspire you to create and implement a project of your own or in partnership with others?  

Below are materials from Calm Talk, the project led by our Club Z President for 2020-2021, Peter Tometi. “Disheartened” by the state of the nation, Peter dedicated himself to the implementation of this project saying, “I have an innate love for people irrespective of their opinions, ideologies or political affiliation.” With these thoughts in mind, the project was designed to be shared into the future by anyone who would like to utilize it. In addition to thanking Peter for his service to our campus and the community, Club Z congratulates Peter for being selected as an All USA Scholar who will be attending Arizona State University in the Fall of 2021.

To be trained in the Calm Talk process so that you can lead Calm Talk conversations, contact a member of the Z Leadership Team.  

Peter Tometi  Peter Tometi, President of Club Z 2020-2021

Calm Talk Invitation Video

Calm Talk PDF

The New (2021) Peter Tometi Award 

Thank you to George Apostol (Inventor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist) who contributed to the Z Connect fund in honor of this new award being offered to students who bring people together as Peter Tometi has done through Calm Talk. This is an extraordinary example of collaboration demonstrating student engagement, employee engagement and community engagement.

In addition to becoming a Z Connect Donor, George offered, "I am pleased to take part in the launch of the inaugural Peter Tometi award, named in recognition of his leadership helping students in the community. As a first generation college student, I place a high value on education and those who support the growth of our youth. The work of Club Z and Mr. Tometi's leadership at PVCC are well-aligned with my personal interests, and I am happy to contribute to the success of students in the Maricopa Community Colleges through the Z Connect Fund."

Jovana Vincic Jovana Vincic, Z Achiever

Like Peter, Jovana is a leader on the PVCC Campus. She has participated in Club Z’s “10 things about you, 10 things about me” as well as leading her achievement project titled, “International Day of Human Rights.” Jovana facilitated a presentation and brought students together to discuss their hopes for improved human rights and positive social change. She demonstrated her innovative and entrepreneurial skills by creating an example of integrative, integrated, sustainable, scalable programming that will continue to be part of Psychology and Culture classes even after Jovana graduates from PVCC.  Based on the Lominger Skills, Jovana reported that through her project she was also able to demonstrate skills of compassion, creativity and managing diversity.

Still have questions about Club Z at PVCC and within the Maricopa Community Colleges?  More resources are below:

Retro Video with Club Z Students (thank you to Miguel Saucedo)

EntreEd Episode 32 podcast with Club Z students describing Club Z:

Matthew Granillo, Amanda McCloud, Ila Barnes on location at the NACCE conference in 2019 (Newport Beach, CA)

ToastEDU Episode 3 podcast with Sam Fraulino and Caron Sada describing the Design of the Z Model:

This podcast is the creation of Sam Fraulino and the PVCC Center for Teaching and Learning

For more information about “How We Z” at PVCC and within the Maricopa Colleges:

Contact one of our Z Leadership Team Members:

Follow us on Facebook - ClubZPVCC

Make a gift to support the Z Connect - One Thing Leads to Another program and scholarship fund.

For any student or employee of the Maricopa Colleges, self-enroll in the Club Z Canvas with your MEID:

The purpose of the Creative Writing Club is to generate and sustain interest among students, and the public, in all fields of writing, provide an educated forum for writers to improve their abilities, and provide information for writers concerning publishing, education, and career choices.

Advisor: Ryan Stone Email:

Advisor: Sonia Valle Email:

Democracy Matters is an organization dedicated to educating and raising awareness about current challenges to democracy, political equality, and government transparency. The organization seeks to inform both others and its members about these issues and explore potential alternatives that can contribute to reforming and revitalizing the political process. Through their efforts, Democracy Matters aims to promote a more inclusive and participatory democratic system.

Democracy Matters Advisor -> James Rubin 

Desperado is an LGBT Film Festival Club that aligns with the college's Vision and Mission by featuring films that foster understanding of complex issues and drive positive social change. The club aims to promote inclusion and emphasize the significance of cross-cultural communication through its film screenings. By showcasing these films, Desperado contributes to a more diverse and accepting campus community.


Dale Heuser

Advisor: John Douglass Email:

The E-sports Club offers students a platform to engage in the competitive world of professional team-based esports, fostering the development of leadership skills. By participating in this club, students have the opportunity to enhance their teamwork, communication, and strategic thinking abilities within the realm of esports. The club provides a supportive environment for students to explore and excel in the dynamic and rapidly growing field of competitive gaming.


Ryan Stone & Joshua Moss

The purpose of the Game club is to provide a space for students interested in playing games locally or online together and having social gatherings with others with shared interests.

The Association of Hispanic and Latin American Students is a student organization that offers educational and social support to students of all ethnicities. The association creates a space for cultural exchange, providing a forum where student issues can be addressed and discussed. AHLAS also aims to enhance learning and growth opportunities for all students, fostering a diverse and inclusive campus community

Cynthia Rojas Rangel

The Indigenous Club (NASA) supports and encourages Native Americans and other students in achieving their educational aspirations. The club actively promotes cultural awareness and understanding by fostering connections between the club, the campus, and the wider community. Through its initiatives, NASA aims to create a supportive environment that empowers students to pursue their educational goals while embracing and celebrating their Indigenous heritage.


Andrea E. Macias

The Outdoor Adventure Club offers students a platform to learn and improve outdoor skills while providing opportunities for recreation. The club fosters social fellowship among students, encouraging connections and camaraderie. Additionally, participation in external events and activities helps promote the college and gain recognition in outdoor-related functions.


Michael Tyler

PSI-Beta, the Psychology Club, offers numerous benefits to both the campus and the community by fostering research skills, promoting a deeper understanding of psychology, and building strong interpersonal relationships. The club provides opportunities for members to engage in various aspects of campus life and encourages the expansion of knowledge in the field of psychology. Above all, PSI-Beta aims to create an environment that encourages members to embrace the opportunity for personal and academic growth within the subject of psychology.


Adam Berry

Phi Theta Kappa of Paradise Valley Community College exists to recognize and encourage scholarship among associate degree students, to provide an opportunity for the development of leadership and service, to provide a climate to exchange ideas and ideals, and to stimulate interest in continuing academic excellence. 

Advisor:  Jacqueline Fernandez Email:

Pride Club Co-Advisors:
Jay Franzen
Michelle Cunneen

The STEAM Club is dedicated to fostering leadership skills and inspiring students in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) programs. The club promotes learning and collaboration among its members, providing opportunities to develop a portfolio and gain valuable insights into the workforce. Through its activities and initiatives, the STEAM Club encourages students to explore and excel in STEAM disciplines while preparing them for future career opportunities.


Jim Sizemore &Frank Krevins ,

The Student Nurses' Association takes on the responsibility of enhancing nursing education to produce highly skilled graduates for the nursing profession. The association is dedicated to maintaining the highest quality standards in nursing education to prepare students for their future careers. By promoting excellence in nursing education, the Student Nurses' Association plays a vital role in shaping competent and compassionate nursing professionals.


Tina Barney

This club is intended to be a dual-purpose club. First, it will offer the community a chance to see theatre in the Northern Paradise Valley area. Second, it will be a major opportunity for the students of Paradise Valley Community College to get involved in the production of the live theatre. A club member can gain hands-on experience in his major (accounting, public relations, carpentry, fashion, and more). As a result, this club will provide a chance for the students to be more culturally well-rounded while gaining experience in their chosen fields.

Advisor: Ryan Wentzel Email:

The purpose of the Video Game Development club is to provide a space for students interested in art, programming, sound, creative writing, and more to come together, practice their craft, network with others, and build their portfolios by creating video games.

Women Rising

Advisor: Sheena Mata Email: