2016-2017 Multicultural and Changemaker Undergraduate Student Organizations

African Student Union

The African Student Union serves to create a safe space for the African community at the University of San Diego, to get together and embrace the different cultures of the continent of Africa. We also want our club to be an opportunity for people from other cultures to learn more about African countries, their histories, and traditions.

For more information, please send e-mail to africanstudentunionusd@gmail.com.  

Alpha Pi Sigma Latina Sorority

Founded at USD: 2013

The University of San Diego Alpha Pi Sigma's Official Interest Group: H.O.P.E., which stands for Hermanas Organizadas Para la Educacion (Sisters Organized for Education) was created in September of 2013. Alpha Pi Sigma is a Latina Sorority that emphasizes education and giving back to the community, in addition to academic excellence. As a new interest group our mission is to promote education within the Latino community in USD and San Diego, while focusing on cultural awareness, unity, and sisterhood.

For more information, please contact Sam Ayala-Lucio at ayalalucios@sandiego.edu

American Indian & Indigeous Student Organization (Formerly NASO)

The purpose of the American Indian & indigenous Student Organization is to facilitate awareness on American Indian and Native issues, concerns, and education. AIISO's objective is to make sure that American Indian and Native students’ voices are heard, and to outreach to the Native community in San Diego. To be part of this group it is not required to be American Indian or Native American. All people from different backgrounds, who are passionate about the Native culture, are welcome to join.

For more information, please contact Jayda Gonzales at jaydag@sandiego.edu or send email to aiisousd@gmail.com

Asian Student Association (ASA) 

Founded at USD: 1989

Asian Students Association is a space for students with Asian descent to come together and share their common culture. Asian Students Association will serve as an umbrella for all students from the Asian ethnicity and students who would like to learn more about the Asian ethnicity. We hope to form a space for community, representation, comfort, identity, and family. We hope that through the celebration of cultural diversity, awareness, and pride, ASA will join together in long lasting friendship and bonds. Asian Students Association also promotes each member to thrive successfully in their education, passions, and self-discovery at the University of San Diego. ASA represents the voice of Asians on the campus of USD.

General body meetings are held every other Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in Serra Hall 204. Meeting dates are February 7th and 21st, March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th, and May 9th.

For more information, please contact Sean Fernandez at sfernandez@sandiego.edu.


Association of Chicana Activists (AChA) 

Founded at USD: 1997

Association of Chicana Activists seeks to recruit and retain Chicana/Latina students in higher education. A.Ch.A. is an organization which seeks to transform women; it charges individuals with the desire for freedom, self-determination, and self-sufficiency. It is a training ground that polishes women's leadership skills in the areas of education, cultural awareness, politics, social issues, and in the emotional and spiritual realms. The aim is to empower Chicana/Latina women to move with and within positions of power. The end result shall be the personal growth, leadership development, and confidence in its individuals. In its orientation and activities, this organization shall be primarily: Service, Social, and Academic.


Black Student Union (BSU) 

Founded at USD: 1970

Black Student Union: Brothers & Sisters United actively pursue recruitment and retention of under-represented students to, and at, the University of San Diego. The Black Student Union shall act as an umbrella for other Black organizations in the University of San Diego community. The Black Student Union shall promote awareness and education on the contributions of Blacks in a historical, political, social, economic context. The Black Student Union shall foster an environment of unity and cooperation among its members and other San Diego community organizations/groups.

General meeting is every Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Black Student Resource Center (Hahn University Center 113).

For more information, please contact Chelsea McLin or Robriana Johnson at blackstudentunionusd@gmail.com.  


Chaldean American Student Association

Founded at USD: 2010

Chaldean American Student Association creates an environment of social unity and service. Intended to educate the campus community of our Christian Iraqi heritage and faith, and serve as a space for encouraged cultural diversity. Together we promote the academic, professional, and social success of our peers through intellectual discussions and direct social justice experiences. Our primary focus for the Fall semester is to establish humanitarian relief for the displaced and persecuted families seeking safety and basic necessities throughout the relocation process.

General meeting are every other Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. outside of Aromas Café. 

For more information, please contact Shantell Mansour at casa.usd@gmail.com


Ethnic Studies Student Organization (ESSO)

Founded at USD: 2005

Ethnic Studies Student Organization shall be the organization geared towards the awareness and celebration of the Ethnic Studies program at the University of San Diego. It will act as a compliment to the issues addressed in the Ethnic Studies curriculum. It will provide a space for students and faculty to discuss additional issues regarding race and ethnicity, as well as their intersection with issues of gender, class, religion, and sexual orientation.

For more information, please contact the Department of Ethnic Studies at ethnicstudies@sandiego.edu.


Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization (FUSO)

Founded at USD: 1993

The Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization was founded in 1993 based on the idea of a mother's love for her children. We consider cultural identity, self-esteem, academic performance, and the holistic development of the Filipino/Filipino-American student. We believe that awareness and an appreciation of one's culture are important to one's identity. We strive to provide our members with opportunities to learn more about themselves and the beauty of the Filipino culture. We are also an organization focused on assisting students of Filipino descent academically, socially, and educationally. FUSO is here to support not only the Filipino/Filipino-American students on campus, but all students who have interest in learning about the Filipino culture and discovering interconnections between the Filipino culture with other cultures.

General meeting is every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in Serra Hall 211.

For more information, please contact Vineza Reduta at fusopresident@gmail.com.


Folklorico And Mariachi Association (FAMA)

Founded at USD: 2012

The purpose of the Folklorico and Mariachi Association will be to educate others on the diversity of the Mexican culture through dance and music. The primary goal of FAMA will be to spread more cultural awareness and establish a more welcoming environment for students on campus. Members will gain experience in the arts through studies in Ballet Folklorico and Mariachi music, participate in social services, and motivate low-income students in pursuing higher education. Each participant will have the opportunity to gain leadership skills, to contribute to the artistic development of the group(s), and to inspire others to take on the responsibility for cultural awareness.

Mariachi meets on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m in Camino Hall 125. 

Ballet Folklorico meets on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m.-9 p.m. in Serra Hall 215.

For more information, please contact Leah Fargo at usdfama@gmail.com.


International Student Organization (ISO)

Founded at USD: 1961 as the International Club

The International Student Organization acts as a support group and representative of international students of USD, cater to the needs of the international student body, make them feel welcome upon their arrival, help them adjust to life in the US and to USD, get well acquainted and involved with the USD community as well as the USD community, help them deal with the feeling of homesickness, aid students in dealing with culture shock, organize programs of interest to them, facilitate their participation and interaction with the ISO and OISS, serve the USD campus community, and promote multicultural awareness on campus.

Coffee Hours (general body meetings) are every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Student Life Pavilion 422.

For more information, please contact Lucero Chavez at lchavez@sandiego.edu


Jewish Student Union (JSU)

The purpose of the Jewish Student Union shall be to create a Jewish community on campus. The organization is not limited to Jewish students and all are welcome. We would like to create involvement in Israel, understanding of Jewish culture, and values. Our goal is to create a community of awareness.

For more information, please contact Austin Jacobs at abjacobs@sandiego.edu or Dr. Aaron Gross aarongross@sandiego.edu.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA)

Founded at USD: 1970 as MEChA-Maya

The purpose of Movimiento Estudantil Chicanx de Aztlán is to encourage Chicanx and Latinx students to further their education, cooperate with local community organizations, stay informed of the events affecting la Raza, and to develop ties with the barrios. MEChA encourages all members to promote their cultural heritage, strive for social, economic, and political power for "La Raza", develop an awareness and solidarity with Third World struggles, with emphasis on Latin America, and follow the concepts stated in El Plan de Santa Barbara.

General meeting is every other Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Student Life Pavilion 418. Meeting dates are February 6th and 20th, March 13th and 27th, April 10th and 24th, and May 8th.

For more information, please send contact Elena Gonzalez at elenagonzalez@sandiego.edu, Keily Becerra at keilybecerra@sandiego.edu, or send email to usdmecha@gmail.com


Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Founded at USD: 2010

The purpose of the Muslim Student Association is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for both Muslim and non-Muslims through education, community, and worship. It is a social group for students on campus; consisting of people from different origins, nationalities, and cultures. MSA is a tool by which people on campus can learn about Islam and its beauty; a voice for the Muslim on this campus and of all Muslims worldwide. 

People of the Islands (POI)

Founded at USD: 1979 as the Hawaiian Club

People of the Islands (POI) is designed to perpetuate the culture of the Polynesian Islands. This is primarily done through its Annual Lu'au, which is fully produced by students. The club strives to provide a "family away from home" for students who are looking to build relationships as well as learn about the Polynesian culture. Anyone and everyone is welcomed to join this one big ohana.

General body meetings are on the following Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in Student Life Pavilion 418. Meeting dates are February 9th and 23rd, March 23rd, April 6th and 20th, and May 4th.

For more information, please contact Nicole Yamada at nyamada@sandiego.edu



Founded at USD: 1991 as the Student Alliance Embracing Sexual Orientation

PRIDE is an alliance of undergraduate persons at USD who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, or any other label one chooses to be identified as, and those who are supportive of this community. As a cultural and Changemaker organization, the primary purpose of PRIDE is to foster an environment of acceptance, inclusion, and social justice through education, support, and social activities.

PRIDE general meeting is every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Changemaker Hub (Student Life Pavilion 320).

LGBTQ+ Womxn of USD meeting is every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the International Student Lounge (Student Life Pavilion 422).

For more information on PRIDE, please contact Chris Harrop at charrop@sandiego.edu.

For more information on LGBTQ+ Womxn of USD, please contact Alessandra Cole at alessandracole@sandiego.edu


Rotaract Club of the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego Rotaract Club was reborn after a previous hiatus in Spring 2009. Innovational in its founding, USD Rotaract is unique in that it is sponsoring by three different Rotary Clubs in the San Diego area: Rotary Clubs of Coronado, Del Mar, and La Jolla Golden Triangle. USD Rotaract Club is a group of young professionals dedicated to community service, international awareness, and professional development. As members, we are a dynamic group of individuals working together to make a positive impact on a local and international level.

General meeting is every other Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 225. 


South Asian Student Association (SASA)

Founded at USD: 2010 as the Indian Student Association

The South Asian Student Association is an organization whose main goal is to spread knowledge and awareness about the South Asian cultures.

General meeting is on the second and fourth Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in UC 103.

For more information, please contact Chris Lomeli at christopherlomeli@sandiego.edu or Nikki Pai at npai@sandiego.edu


Student Outreach And Recruitment (SOAR) 

Founded at USD: 2010

The Student Outreach and Recruitment Club (SOAR) is a student organization that specifically focuses on and is committed to engaging in diversity recruitment, outreach, and retention efforts at the University of San Diego. Members of SOAR participate, coordinate, and assist with multicultural recruitment events and other various activities geared towards making the University of San Diego a more diverse and inclusive campus community.

General meeting is every other Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Serra Hall 204. 

For more information, please send email to soarusd@gmail.com.


Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority

Founded at USD: 2010

The Sigma Theta Psi, Inc. was formed on November 13, 1991 in San Jose, California by eighteen visionaries. These women sought to solidify an immortalize the values and responsibilities that embodied their persons. They worked to create a space within their Greek community that celebrated people from all walks of life. Our founding mothers strove to share their message of cultural diversity, respect, and compassion for other women. Through unity and sisterhood, our members continue to embrace diverse cultures and excel in their life ambitions. Our founding mothers set forth six values, or pillars, that every sister strives to embody. Our values are: honesty, loyalty, respect, open-mindedness, leadership, and academic excellence. By upholding these values, we carry forth the vision of our founding mothers. 

General meeting is every Monday at 8:00 p.m. in Hahn University Center 104. 

For more information, please contact Gianna Metz at usdstppresident@gmail.com.


Students Making Initiatives to Love Everyone (SMILE)

S.M.I.L.E. Club, or Students Making Initiatives to Love Everyone, is an organization dedicated to promoting acceptance and happiness through various USD events and random acts of kindness. Members of S.M.I.L.E. Club will have the opportunity to participate in exciting events, such as the Finals Care Package Event in front of Copley Library, or our Cuties for a Cutie event on Valentine’s Day. Spreading joy and laughter is what we are all about! Keep Calm and SMILE On! :-)

General body meetings are every Friday at 2:30 p.m. in Maher Hall 224.

Taiwan Student Association (TSA)

The aim of the Taiwan Student Association is to help new students and foster Taiwanese cultural exchange.

Torero Ambassadors Club

The Torero Ambassadors Club is comprised of student leaders who have a passion for sharing our Torero community, culture, and spirit with prospective and admitted students. As an organization under the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, members are the face of undergraduate recruitment efforts. We are dedicated to interacting, engaging, and providing a personal touch for those students who are wanting to learn more about the college process, access to higher education, and/or considering the University of San Diego as home post high school graduation.

General body meetings are on the first Tuesday of every month at 12:15 p.m. (day and location subject to change).

For more information, please contact Daniel Halloran at usdambassadorsclub@gmail.com.


USD Border Angels

Founded at USD: 2017

The purposes of USD Border Angels as a chapter is to support the local organization, Border Angels, in their mission to advocate for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US- Mexican border. Border Angels work to reduce fatalities that occur along the Californian border through the placement of life saving water stations in the desert.

General Body Meetings are every other Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Student Life Pavilion 418. Meeting dates are February 14th and 28th, March 14th and 28th, April 11th and 25th, and May 9th.

For more information please contact Kim Riveros at kriveros@sandiego.edu or e-mail usdborderangels@gmail.com.