Iowa State's Rare Disease Awareness Club (RDAC) works to spread awareness about rare conditions and the issues faced by the 1 in 10 Americans affected by them. What is a rare disease? In the United States a rare disease is defined as any disease, disorder, illness, or condition affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the country at any given time.


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Constitution / Tier

File RDACConstitution_20181.docx
Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 110
ISU Members 2
Non-ISU Members 1
Allowed Members Anyone interested in learning about rare conditions
Allowed Officers Must have no more than 2 unexcused absences, be an active member in good standing, must pay dues, must attend all executive meetings, and must be at least half time at ISU with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
Membership Qualifications None
Membership Restrictions None
Elections/Selection Yearly at the end of the school year. Elected officers hold their position for the following school year.
Meetings General meetings about monthly spotlight conditions and additional activities outside of club meetings

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

The club will hold monthly general meetings which will include presentations from students and community members affected by rare conditions. The club will have monthly "spotlight conditions" and will spread awareness about them through informational emails, poster campaigns, tabling, and more! If you are interested in spreading awareness about rare conditions, please contact our club's President for more information about how to get involved!

Description of Special Events

In addition to monthly tabling, newsletters, and poster campaigns, the club will hold additional activities for members outside of general meetings. The club will also host Iowa State's annual Rare Disease Day event on the last day of February each year. Notification of special events will be distributed to the club's email list.