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2013-2014 Undergraduate Student Organizations

AChA Facebook

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.

For more information, contact Daniela Conde danielaconde@sandiego.edu or Denise Ambriz ambrizd@sandiego.edu.

ASA Facebook

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 meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 1:00 p.m. in Serra Hall 216.

For more information, contact Bonnie Cheung bonnieyc@sandiego.edu.

BSU Facebook

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.

For more information, contact Ce'Sjonnae Taylor cmtaylor@sandiego.edu.

Chaldean American Student Association Facebook

Chaldean American Student Association provides support and recognition of scholarship and academic achievement, community involvement, and the development of a bond of friendship among its members; its Aim is the advancement of educational success in the Chaldean community through the promotion and support of educational excellence, Chaldean tradition, Chaldean heritage, and Chaldean history.  This will be achieved by encouraging and emphasizing educational support, educational collaboration, educational discipline, exposure of educational resources, promotion of educational success, community support, and community service.

For more information, contact Amanda Daoud amandadaoud@sandiego.edu.

ESSO Facebook

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.

General meeting is every other Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Maher Hall 210.

For more information, contact Korinna Li korinnali@sandiego.edu or Jessica Cortez jcortez@sandiego.edu.

FAMA Facebook

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 153.

Ballet Folklorico meets on Wednesdays from 7:00 p.m.-9:00p.m. and on Thursdays from 7:00 p.m.-9 p.m. in Camino Hall 125.

For more information, contact Kimberly Ramirez at usdfama@gmail.com

FUSO Facebook

Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization considers cultural identity, self-esteem, academic performance, and the holistic development of the Filipino/Filipino-American student.  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 what it means to be Filipino/Filipino-American.

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

For more information, contact Ansley Dela Rojo at fusopresident@gmail.com.

ISO Facebook

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.

For more information, contact Paulina Canizales at pcanizales@sandiego.edu.

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, contact Dr. Aaron Gross aarongross@sandiego.edu or Dr. Alejandro Meter ameter@sandiego.edu.

MEChA Facebook

The purpose of Movimiento Estudantil Chicano de Aztlan is to encourage Chicano/a and Latino/a 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.

For more information, contact Maria Ruvalcaba and Kevin Pelaez at usdmechacochairs@gmail.com.

MSA

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 whih people on campus can learn about Islam and its beauty; a voice for the Muslim on this campus and of all Muslims worldwide.

For more information, contact Huda Kohin at whoduh423@aol.com.

NASO

The purpose of the Native American Student Organization is to facilitate awareness on Native issues, concerns, and education. NASO's objective is to make sure that 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 Native American. All people from different backgrounds, who are passionate about the Native culture, are welcome to join.

For more information, contact Sloane Smith sloanesmith@sandiego.edu.

POI Facebook

People of the Islands (POI) seek to promote and perpetuate the Pacific Islander culture and spirit on campus as well as the San Diego community. In its orientation and activities, this organization shall be primarily service to USD students.

For more information, contact Geraldine Agag geraldineanneca@sandiego.edu.

PRIDE Facebook

PRIDE is an alliance of undergraduate men and women 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 organization, the primary purpose of PRIDE is to foster environment of acceptance and inclusion through education, support, and social activities.

General meeting is every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the Commuter Commons (UC 119).

For more information, contact Brent Allman at usdpridepresident@gmail.com.

SASA Facebook

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, contact Simrun Arora at simrunarora@sandiego.edu.

SOAR

The Student Outreach and Recruitment Club (SOAR) is a studnet 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, coordinator, 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.

For more information, contact Violette Simon at vsimon@sandiego.edu.

TSA

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