Faith-Based Student Clubs


Students for Life

Students for Life is a UM-sponsored student organization dedicated to preserving the dignity of human life at all stages through educational, community outreach, and service programming. Each spring Students for Life hosts L.I.F.E. Week, a week of interactive activities and educational programs designed to call attention to major life issues such as human trafficking, HIV/AIDS, genocide, abortion, immigration, and poverty. Learn more on their website at

InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

InterVarsity offers a range of engaging bible studies, retreats, and social events led by a team of Student Leaders. This community helps Christian students grow in faith-based leadership, and helps students exploring spirituality to consider and experience what life could be like if God was a part of it. For more information, visit or contact InterVarsity Staff Director Kimberlyn Kettles at

Muslim Student Association

The purpose of the MSA is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for both Muslim and non-Muslim students 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 vehicle by which people on campus can learn about Islam and its beauty as well as a voice for the Muslim students on campus and for Muslims worldwide.

USD Jewish Student Union / Hillel San Diego

Hillel is active on our campus, supporting students who identify as Jewish and helping educate the entire campus community about the richness and beauty of the Jewish tradition. Each fall, Hillel sponsors a Sukkah, an outdoor “hut” or temporary dwelling that commemorates the feast of the Tabernacles. These tent-like structures represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping slavery in Egypt.

Hillel San Diego also sponsors an interfaith, social justice Passover Seder meal each spring. This meal is an opportunity not only for Jewish students to celebrate but also a key educational opportunity for all students to learn about the shared history of Judaism and Christianity as well as grow in appreciation for the implications and meaning of Passover for today. Likewise, Hillel San Diego offers regular opportunities for Jewish and non-Jewish students to enjoy fellowship as well as attend local synagogues. Finally, Hillel sponsors Birthright trips to Israel for students who identify as Jewish.  For more information about Hillel at USD, please contact Glenda Jaffe at

Ignite Catholic Community

Ignite is a student-led Catholic community that creates an open environment for USD students to encounter Jesus Christ through scripture, prayer, praise and worship and fellowship. Being enriched by the sacraments and using the resources of the Catholic Church, we invite all to walk with us on our faith journey to grow closer to Christ and each other. To learn more, visit @ignitecatholiccommunity on Instagram, or email