Jul 22, 2024  
2022-23 Catalog 
2022-23 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life and Activities

Department of Student Life

The mission of the Department of Student Life is to promote activities which embrace the diversity of each student’s unique interests by providing co-curricular experiences that enrich and enhance their academic experience.

Successful students are involved in their education both in and out of the classroom. Research has shown that involved students have a better chance of reaching their academic goals. We offer a variety of ways students can get involved while at GHC:

Student Government

The Associated Students of Grays Harbor College (ASGHC) consists of all students who enroll in one or more college credit hours. The Executive Board represents the ASGHC and students’ interests to the college administration and faculty. They participate in setting college policy, allocating funds for campus organizations, serving on college committees, and are continuously evaluating services to meet the changing needs of today’s diverse student body. Weekly meetings are open, and all students are welcome to attend. More information about the Executive Board may be obtained in the Department of Student Life located in the Hillier Union Building (HUB).

Additionally, ASGHC provides social, cultural, recreational and educational opportunities for the campus community through student-initiated campus activities, programs and events. These events promote a marketplace of ideas and an opportunity for students to be engaged outside the classroom.

Student Handbook

The Department of Student Life ensures that all students have access to the Student Handbook which is found under the courses tab on Canvas. This publication includes all pertinent dates, policies, information, campus codes, student rights and responsibilities, and reference guides.

Student Organizations

Clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved in different topic or identity groups that match your interests and experiences. Membership in organizations are open to all GHC students, except Honor Societies, which have minimum member requirement.

Want to start a new club? Come by the Department of Student Life for more information.


Launched in Summer 2020, the GHC Esports program is organized, competitive, online video gaming. Esports allows students and educators to redefine athletic culture, promote physical and mental health, diversify opportunities for student participation, increase career and collegiate scholarship opportunities, and honor the importance of play.

In addition to these five main tenets of a responsible esports program, esports expands the soft skills sought by future employers and increase the likelihood of student matriculation due to engagement in extracurricular activities.

Grays Harbor College Esports is committed to competition. We’re also firmly on the side of accessible, non-toxic, good sporting behavior. Our esports athletes participate in and help us build a culture of professionalism, teamwork, and integrity.

For more information, stop by the Department of Student Life or go to ghc.edu/esports.

 Diversity and Equity Center (DEC)

The mission of the Diversity & Equity Center of Grays Harbor College is to educate and advocate for awareness, understanding, and acceptance of fair treatment for all people, ideas, and cultures. Located in the HUB, the center offers programming, advocacy, and training for the campus community. Make sure to check out one of our Diversity Lecture Series speakers! For more information, stop by the DEC or the Department of Student Life.

Honor Society

Phi Theta Kappa is the official International Honor Society for two-year colleges. The Beta Iota Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) was chartered in 1932 and is the oldest chapter in the state of Washington. The hallmarks of PTK are scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship.

Only full-time students who have met the following requirements are eligible for invitation to the Beta Iota Chapter: attainment of a quarterly grade-point average of 3.5 in at least 10 credits listed as meeting requirements for earned degrees, accumulation of at least five credits listed as meeting requirements for the Associate in Arts degree, and maintenance of a cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.0 in required degree courses.

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is designed to orient students with the various resources and services offered at Grays Harbor College. This program is offered quarterly through live presentations and online through canvas and is designed to help you uncover the answers to your questions, navigate campus and provide you timely information about campus resources and support services. To find out more about the College’s quarterly new student experience, please visit http://www.ghc.edu/admissions/new-student-orientation.

Harbor Landing Food Pantry

The Harbor Landing Food Pantry was established as a partnership between the Department of Student Life and Coastal Harvest. The mission is to reach students and community members who may be struggling to find their next meal by providing them with nutritious food to bring to their homes. We aim to lessen the food insecure population both on campus and in the Aberdeen community, so that students may be able to focus more on their studies and less on hunger.


The Grays Harbor College Bookstore is open 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 am-1:00 pm on Fridays. For more information about extended hours at the beginning of fall, winter, and spring quarters, please call (360) 538-4105. Textbook buyback and rental returns are held during exam week every quarter.

Campus Childcare

Year-round licensed childcare is available on campus through Wunderland Childcare.

Operating hours are 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The center enrolls children ages one month through 12 years. Call (360) 538-7211 or (800) 562-4830, extension 4190 for information and registration.

On Campus Jobs

The Job Placement Center office, located in the Human Resources Office, assists students with referrals to federal, state, and campus work study positions, and provides job placement assistance to students and alumni. Notices of employment opportunities are posted on the bulletin boards in Building 2000, Room 2307, and online.

Food Service

Food Service at GHC has been suspended for the duration of the COVID Pandemic and increased online class modality. This will be evaluated periodically as people return to campus.


Grays Harbor College does not provide housing for students. Information regarding housing in the community may be available on the bulletin board in the Hillier Union Building (HUB).