2017-2018 Multicultural Undergraduate Student Organizations

African Student Union (ASU)

The African Student Union is a safe space for all people to get together and learn more about Africa and the beautiful cultures that are within it. Most of the people in this club are from Africa and are willing to learn more about their continent. Come by and discover more.

General body meetings are held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Life Pavilion 418. For more information, please email usdasu@gmail.com or contact Mayamiko Matabwa at mmatabwa@sandiego.edu.

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Alpha Pi Sigma (APS)

Founded at USD: 2014

Alpha Pi Sigma was established on March 10, 1990. It is a culturally based Latina Sorority but open to all women. It is the first Interest Group of a Latina sorority at the University of San Diego.

General body meeting is every Sunday at 7:15 p.m. in the Student Life Pavilion 412. For more information, please contact Adahli Trejo at rho_rep@alphapisigma.org.

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American Indian Student Organization (AISO)

Formerly known as the "Native American Student Organization,” the American Indian Student Organization plans to create an environment committed to the needs of Native college students. We aim to increase membership and foster a culturally aware campus.

General body meetings are held every Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in Maher Hall 253. For more information, please contact PJ Murphy at pjmurphy@sandiego.edu.

Asian Students Association (ASA)

Founded at USD: 1989

Asian Students Association invites the USD community to celebrate, participate, and learn about all of the different ethnicities within Asian cultures.

General body meetings are held every other Tuesday at 12:45 p.m. in Serra Hall 209. For more information, please email asa.usd@gmail.com or contact Sean Fernandez at sfernandez@sandiego.edu.

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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.

This student organization is currently not active. If you would like to restart the organization, please email Annie Guanciale, UFMC Program Coordinator, at annieg@sandiego.edu.

Black Student Union (BSU)

Founded at USD: 1970

The Black Student Union is a space for discussion, compassion, celebration, and empowerment, and we welcome everyone. We love to highlight the contributions Black people have made around the world and our own contributions to the USD community.

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 Kyra Anderson or Maryan Abdi at blackstudentunionusd@gmail.com.

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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.

This student organization is currently not active. If you would like to restart the organization, please email Annie Guanciale, UFMC Program Coordinator, at annieg@sandiego.edu.

Chinese Cultural and Language Association (CCLA)

The Chinese Cultural and Language Association invites all the USD community to share in the joy of learning the Chinese culture and language in a variety of activities. With the cross-cultural communication, CCLA creates opportunities for students to interact and to form a more diverse atmosphere.

General body meetings are held every second Thursday of the month at 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. For more information, please email ccla.usd17@gmail.com.

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Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is the association held by Chinese students that invites all USD community to participate, experience and learn about Chinese culture. CSSA is an entertaining and practical platform for introducing Chinese elements to all USD community.

For more information, please email usdcssa@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.

This student organization is currently not active. If you would like to restart the organization, 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. In the Filipino language, "ugnayan" translates to "link" or to "unite." We believe that awareness and an appreciation of one's culture are important to one's identity.

General meeting is every Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in Serra Hall 211. For more information, please email mailfuso@gmail.com or contact Maureen Cobile at fusopresident@gmail.com.

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Folklorico And Mariachi Association (FAMA)

Founded at USD: 2012

The Folklorico and Mariachi Association will educate others on the diversity of the Mexican culture through dance and music. Members will participate in social services, spread cultural awareness, and establish a more welcoming environment for students.

Ballet Folklorico meets every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Missions Fitness Gym and every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Serra Hall 215. For more information, please email usdfama@gmail.com.

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International Buddy Program (IBP)

The International Buddy program is a student mentor program designed to help international students ease into university life while keeping USD study abroad returnees connected to their international experience.

For more information, please email usdbuddyprogram@gmail.com.
 

International Student Organization (ISO)

Founded at USD: 1961 as the International Club

The International Student Organization's goal is to act as a support group and represent international students at USD, cater to their needs throughout their time at USD, and to help them adjust to life in the US and to USD. We are also here to help students get well acquainted.

Coffee Hours (general body meetings) are every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the ISO Lounge (Student Life Pavilion 422). For more information, please contact Bruno Kern at bkern@sandiego.edu.

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Italian Culture and Language Organization (ICLO)

The Italian Culture and Language Organization is an academic, cultural and social organization for USD students interested in practicing Italian, and getting to know the Italian culture. Our organization promotes social gatherings, activities and events in San Diego related to Italian culture.

For more information, please contact Brittany Asaro at brittanyasaro@sandiego.edu or Stephanie Rubin at srubinstein@sandiego.edu.

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Japan Club

The Japan Club works to promote a better understanding of Japanese language and culture at USD and in the surrounding communities. Through special events and community service, strong and lasting friendships will be nurtured between all who are involved.

For more information, please contact Seth Nakanishi at snakanishi@sandiego.edu.

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Jewish Student Union (JSU)/Hillel USD

The Jewish Student Union's goal is to unite Jewish students and give them an opportunity to explore their faith, as well as to allow non-Jewish students to learn more about the religion and culture.

For more information, please email USDJewishStudentUnion@gmail.com or contact Dr. Aaron Gross at aarongross@sandiego.edu.

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Korean Student Association (KSA)

Founded at USD: 2017

The Korean Student Association is an organization that promotes Korean culture through social, political, and community events. Through this association, our goal is to introduce our culture and extend our goodwill to other fellow students.

General meeting is every other Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in Olin Hall 330. For more information, please contact Rachel Lee at KSApresident.usd@gmail.com or rachellee@sandiego.edu.

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Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA)

Founded at USD: 1970 as MEChA-Maya

The primary goal of M.E.Ch.A. is to create a consciousness, one in which to incorporate the political, the cultural, and the educational aspects of our communities to those of the University of San Diego. La Union hace la Fuerza! Viva la Raza!

General meeting is every other Monday at 7:00 p.m. in Student Life Pavilion 418. For more information, please contact Danny Rodriguez at derodriguez@sandiego.edu or email usdmecha@gmail.com.

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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.

This student organization is currently not active. If you would like to restart the organization, please email Annie Guanciale, UFMC Program Coordinator, at annieg@sandiego.edu.

People of the Islands (POI)

Founded at USD: 1979 as the Hawaiian Club

POI perpetuates the culture of the Polynesian Islands through an Annual Lu'au. Additionally, we strive to provide a "family away from home" for students who are looking to build relationships as well as learn about the Polynesian culture.

General body meetings are every other Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in Student Life Pavilion 418. For more information, please email usdpoiclub@gmail.com or contact Megan Lee at meganlee@sandiego.edu.

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Polyglot Club (PC)

Globalization is becoming more and more of a reality, which is why polyglotism should be the main focus of generations to come. Polyglotism isn't a hobby-it's a lifestyle. The time is now to learn a new language. Are you up for the challenge?

For more information, please contact Jonathan Cardenas at jonathancardenas@sandiego.edu.

PRIDE

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

PRIDE offers support and solidarity to undergraduate individuals who identity as LGBTQ+ and Allies of these communities through education, advocacy, and social activities.

PRIDE meets every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in The Commons, SLP 418. For more information on PRIDE, please contact Imari Clement at iclement@sandiego.edu.

LGBTQ+ Womxn of USD meets every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons, SLP 424. For more information on LGBTQ+ Womxn of USD, please contact Megan Bailey at meganbailey@sandiego.edu or Ale at aesquer@sandiego.edu.

LGBTQ+ & Ally Discussion Group meets every other Tuesday (starting September 18) at 6:00 p.m. in the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons, SLP 424. For more information on LGBTQ+ & Ally Discussion Group, please contact Evelyn Kirkley at ekirkley@sandiego.edu or Melissa Halter at melissahalter@sandiego.edu.

Gender Friends, USD’s community of folx identifying as Trans, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Gender Non-Conforming, and Non-Binary, meets every other Monday (starting September 24) at 8:30 p.m. in the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons, SLP 424. For more information on Gender Friends, please contact Paige at pferguson@sandiego.edu.

QTPOC, USD's community of LGBTQ+-identified people of color, meets every other Monday (starting September 17) at 8:00 pm in the LGBTQ+ & Allies Commons, SLP 424. For more information, please contact Simon at struong@sandiego.edu.

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Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority (STP)

Founded at USD: 2010

Sigma Theta Psi is a multicultural sorority founded in 1991 by 18 women seeking to create a sisterhood that would embrace, celebrate, and cultivate diversity within the sisterhood, and larger communities.

General meeting is every Monday at 8:00 p.m. in Hahn University Center 107. For more information, please contact Gianna Metz at usdstppresident@gmail.com.

South Asian Student Alliance (SASA)

Founded at USD: 2010 as the Indian Student Association

The South Asian Student Alliance is a multicultural organization whose main goal is to spread knowledge and awareness about the many and diverse South Asian cultures, as well as to become allies for other multicultural organizations on campus.

General meeting info TBD. For more information, please email usd.sasa@gmail.com, or contact Jasmeen Bains at jasmeenbains@sandiego.edu or Anika Ahuja at aahuja@sandiego.edu.

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Spanish Club

The Spanish Club is focused on broadening the opportunities on campus to become engaged with the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures. Meetings consist of participating in cultural activities and discussing events. ¡Bienvenidos!

For more information, please email usdspanishclub@gmail.com.

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Student Outreach And Recruitment (SOAR)

Founded at USD: 2010

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.

General meetings are once a month at 12:30 p.m. on the following days (Tuesday, February 13th, Thursday, March 8th, Tuesday, April 10th, and Tuesday, May 1st). For more information, please email soarusd@gmail.com.

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Taiwan Student Association (TSA)

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

This student organization is currently not active. If you would like to restart the organization, please email Annie Guanciale, UFMC Program Coordinator, at annieg@sandiego.edu.

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.

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USD Border Angels

Founded at USD: 2017

The purposes of USD Border Angels are to advocate for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to the US-Mexican border.

General Body Meetings are every other Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Life Pavilion 320. For more information, please contact Wendy Martinez at wmartinez@sandiego.edu or email usdborderangels@gmail.com.

USD Pataka

USD Pataka is an all inclusive Bollywood Dance team that showcases on USD's campus and participates in competitions across the West Coast.

General meetings are held on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. in Sports Center, Room 109. For more information, please email usdpataka@gmail.com or contact Riya Pandit at rpandit@sandiego.edu.

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