Since its founding in the fall of 2014, the ACDIS Security Studies Group’s presence on the University of Illinois campus has grown exponentially semester after semester. The original idea came about because student interest in security-related topics was evident. Yet, it was difficult for students to connect with organizations that hire in the field. To combat this obstacle, a handful of students founded the group with the vision that it would offer interested students the networking and pre-professional training necessary to break into the security world and be successful.


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Now, the ACDIS Security Studies Group engages in a variety of efforts designed to help students: regular newsletters, career prep, guest speakers, simulations, restricted networking events, and social events to name a few. The group and its events have proved useful and popular across a variety of majors, whether the students are interested in intelligence, diplomacy, academia, or policy.



Board member, officer and committee positions are offered for each full academic year beginning in fall. Positions include:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Academic Affairs
  • Events
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Officer and committee positions vary by semester

Fall 2023 – Spring 2024 Leaders

Joseph Carr

President 2023-2024

Andrew Reagan

Vice President 2023-2024

Nick Rozmus

Treasurer 2023-2024

Ava Marginean

Secretary 2023-2024

Jack Crawford

Membership Coordinator 2023-2024


The ACDIS Security Studies Group is an independent, student-run organization affiliated with ACDIS through its constitutions. ACDIS staff coordinate and collaborate with these two groups to ensure success in their endeavors.