USD Clubs

The following USD student organizations offer ways of experiencing CST in action.

Amnesty International

USD Amnesty International is part of a worldwide movement in the defense of human rights. It is a diverse community of faculty, students, and administrators at the University of San Diego who advocate for standing up for humanity and human rights. Our purpose is to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. We investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world.

Art Feeds Club

Art Feeds is a nonprofit organization based out of Joplin, Missouri that is dedicated to empowering children through creativity. In collaboration with schools and after school programs, Art Feeds Club uses music, art, writing, and performing arts for the development and creative expression of children. As the USD branch of Art Feeds, the goal is to spread the word about Art Feeds and try to involve as many people as we can to create an Art Feeds community in our area.


ASTRA is a volunteer organization sponsored by San Diego's Altrusa Club as part of their program for community service. ASTRA is an intimate club open to anyone who has a passion for service and wants feel great about helping out by attending fun events. ASTRA club was founded 4 years ago to bring a world-wide organization to USD campus. This is the first year without the founding members, and ASTRA has a new face and new goals. We are dedicated to finding significant, rewarding projects while making sure they are fun with a lot of variety.

Campus Connections

Campus Connections is a student organization dedicated to promoting responsible, healthy choices through educational programming and social activities. By raising awareness and providing important information, we strive to reduce the negative impact of high risk drinking and other drug abuse and to foster a healthy and safe USD student community. For more information, please contact the Center for Health and Wellness Promotion (UC 161) at

Colleges Against Cancer

The Colleges Against Cancer (CAC) club will come together primarily for the Relay for Life event that will happen in Spring 2011. Along with this, the CAC club will establish advocacy programs on campus, promote cancer awareness, and collaborate with other student organizations on cancer education programs.

Finding Refuge

This student organization is a branch of the national nonprofit called Finding Refuge. The objective of this group is to raise awareness and hold fundraisers to support the City of Refuge in Ghana. The City of Refuge rescues child slaves from the fishermen at Lake Volta in Ghana and helps educate and house them afterward. Our mission is to contribute to efforts to provide basic necessities to these rescued children and to eventually end child slavery.

Founders Club

Established in 1979 by a religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Founders Club is dedicated to preserving the spirit of the Founders of the University of San Diego through compassionate service to our school and community.

International Buddy Program

The International Buddy Program originated in the International Center as a student mentorprogram designed to help international students who are attending the University of San Diego ease into student life and to keep USD students connected with their international experience. This program is committed to pairing up international students with an experienced and committed USD student who can help them adjust to living in a new city, and to meet, mix with, and learn from other USD students. The goal of the International Buddy Program is to enrich the international student’s experience abroad and to create a truly global community.

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

Intervarsity acts as a forum to bring together Christians and non-Christians alike through Bible studies, outreach and social events.

Invisible Children

Invisible Children is a nonprofit organization that was created to give compassionate individuals an effective way to respond to the situation in Northern Uganda. Our main priority at this moment is rescuing the child soldiers of northern Uganda. Join us as we call on President Obama to lead an international effort to arrest Joseph Kony and rescue the child soldiers!

Link Peer Mentoring Program

The mission of the Link Peer Mentoring Program is to assists first-year and transfer students from underrepresented and underserved populations with their college transition by pairing them with a peer mentor who provides guidance, support and resources. To learn more about this program, visit the United Front Multicultural Center's Link Peer Mentoring Program website.

Net Impact Undergrad

We are the University of San Diego's undergraduate chapter of Net Impact, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching and discussing the power of business in improving the world. Here on campus, we hope to inspire and educate students on ways we can creatively and effectively create a positive impact on the world. We strive to organize fun and educational events that enrich our understanding of Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability, while simultaneously focusing on networking

Rotaract Club

Rotaract is a Rotary-sponsored service club for young women and men, ages 18 to 30. Rotaract Clubs are either community- or university-based, and all are sponsored by a local Rotary Club. This makes them true "partners in service" and key members of the family of Rotary. As one of Rotary’s most significant and fastest-growing service programs, with more than 8,200 clubs in approximately 170 countries and geographical areas, Rotaract has become a worldwide phenomenon.

Student Homeless Alliance

This group will aim to address the problem of homelessness in San Diego by considering alternative methods of raising awareness, lobbying public officials, and seeking new ways to allow homeless individuals to attain a level of agency and dignity that has been denied them.

Students for Life

Students for Life is a University Ministry sponsored student organization dedicated to preserving the dignity of human life at all stages. They promote this foundational principle of Catholic Social Thought by creating awareness through education, community outreach, and service. 

Student Outreach and Recruitment

Student Outreach and Recruitment is a student organization that is committed to engaging in diversity recruitment efforts, diversity retention efforts, and promoting diversity and inclusion at the University of San Diego.

Liberty in North Korea (LiNK)

LiNK’s mission is to redefine the North Korea crisis through creative storytelling, while providing emergency relief to North Korean refugees and pursuing an end to the human rights crisis.

UFMC Student Organizations

The United Front Multicultural Center serves as a home to USD’s multicultural student organizations. In addition to providing leadership development and support, the UFMC shares space with these multicultural student organizations. Our organizations also use our lounge space for meetings and events in the evenings and on the weekends. To learn more about the Center and the the specific student organizations housed within it, visit the UFMC's "Student Organizations" website.

USD Medical Brigades

The University of San Diego Medical Brigades is a student volunteer organization. Our mission is to provide free medical care to underserved areas. This Brigade is part of the internationally-recognized Global Brigades, the world’s largest student-led nonprofit health organization. There are 110 chapters of the Medical Brigades at universities throughout the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Ireland. The Medical Brigades chapter at USD is a group of 30 students who are pursuing degrees in health care and would like to make a difference in the lives of people who desperately need medical attention.

USD Microfinance Club

Microfinance is a vehicle in which the poor are provided with financial services. Microfinance Institutions (MFIs) provide loans to people in developing countries as well as disadvantaged people in developed countries. As a club we are focused on promoting and educating the campus and community about microfinance.

Women's Center Leadership Council

The Women’s Center Leadership Council was developed in an effort to give student-centered voice to the implementation of the Women’s Center’s strategic plan, specifically as it relates to six core strategies (community, education leadership, safety, social justice, and wellness/health/counseling), as well as to provide students with concrete leadership opportunities relating to gender issues at USD. The Leadership Council meets twice a month and serves as an advisory body that helps guide the programming and events of the Center.

For a full list of all USD student organizations, please visit

Contact Information

Catholic Social Thought
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4600