Graduate Student Organizations

Asian Students In Alliance (ASIA)

The purpose for A.S.I.A. is to serve as a support network for Asian graduate students and allies through personal and professional development and as a promoter of diversity, justice, and collaboration within the University of San Diego community and local constituents.

For more information, please contact Donna Soukantouy - or

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

BGSA serves as a support network for graduate students of African descent and provides resources that will enhance academic and career success of current graduate and professional students. BGSA will also serve in developing a network of emerging scholars of African descent who are dedicated and sensitive to the needs and concerns of an increasingly diverse academic community. BGSA is dedicated to uniting student, faculty, and alumni of African descent to create a sense of pride, community, and support at the University of San Diego. We encourage scholarship opportunities, promote social connections, community service, and self-determination.

For more information, please contact Co-presidents Amanda Gunn and Brittany Woodard - and 

Business Analytics Association (BAA)

The purpose of this organization is to foster future leaders who are both well-versed in data analytics and possess business acumen. Business Analytics Association will discuss topics in business analytics, participate in academic competitions, and provide networking opportunities for our members.

For more information, please contact Ashkan Wadpey -

Chi Sigma Alpha (CSA)

The purposes of the Society shall be to promote and recognize excellence in academics, research, and service to the profession of Student Affairs at the University of San Diego.

For more information, please contact Hugo Werstler, President - 

Counselors Advocating and Pursuing Equity (CAPE)

The purposes of CAPE is to de-stigmatization of the process of discussing differences in order to allow for the addressing of misperceptions, biases, and micro-aggressive behaviors through the cultivation of personal empowerment, courage, and humility.

For more information, please contact Zaiah Lewis, President - 

Chi Sigma Iota; Sigma Delta Chapter - International Counseling Society (CSI)

CSI seeks to build a community of aware, competent counselors by empowering members and maximizing community assets to develop professionally and personally.

For more information, please contact Isaac Conlon-Kvale at or Jessie Du Pre at 

Cyber Security Society (CSS)

The purpose of this organization is to cultivate a community that supports students in their cyber security endeavors through extracurricular activities (conferences and workshops), training, mentoring, networking, and assisting them in remaining at the forefront of cyber security trends.

For more information, please contact Chris Webb -

Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA)

GBSA is an organization for students and led by students who promote career and professional development, facilitate camaraderie and enhance student life. We host events including club open houses, community service activities, and other culture enhancing events.

For more information, please contact Neal Minton - 

Graduate Marketing Association (GMA)

The purpose of the Graduate Marketing Association is to leverage USD’s resources to empower professional development, connectivity/networking, and opportunities for both student and working marketers in collaboration with the San Diego Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

For more information, please contact Ian Western -

Graduate Nursing Student Association (GNSA)

The purpose of GNSA is to promote interaction among graduate nursing students, faculty, alumni, other graduate students at the University of San Diego, and the nursing community.

For more information, please contact Sandra Pope, RN; GNSA President -

Graduate Student Council (GSC)

In support of the University of San Diego's mission and values, the GSC serves the University of San Diego graduate student communities. The GSC promotes opportunities for connection, addresses graduate student issues, and enriches a diverse, inclusive, and engaged community.

For more information, please contact - or visit The Graduate Student Council's Website

Graduate Women Professionals & Allies

The purpose of the Graduate Women Professionals & Allies shall be to support the business, professional, and leadership goals of students and alumni from the University of San Diego. This club is dedicated to empowering female business professionals, assisting women into leadership positions in business, and enhancing the diversity of the workforce worldwide.

For more information, please contact Presidents Amber Khoury and Barbara Rudd - and 

Healthcare Informatics Student Association (HISA)

HISA (Healthcare Informatics Student Association) was formed in response to the growing need to create a community that supports and serves Active Duty graduate students and allies (refers to any active student in the Healthcare Informatics Program) at the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. The ultimate goal of HISA is to enhance the education, networking, and career development opportunities for all students.

For more information, please contact Mereya Bangaroo -

Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA)

The Latinx Graduate Student Association (LGSA) is an organization dedicated to creating a support and social network for Chicanx/Latinx graduate students at the University of San Diego (USD). We encourage and facilitate communication between graduate students and faculty/staff who identify at Chicanx, Latinx, Afro-Latinx, Mexican/Mexican-American, Filipnx/Filipnx-American and other underrepresented communities at USD through coalition-building and allyship.

For more information, please contact Belgica Crespo - or 

LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Association 

The LGBTQIA+ Graduate Student Association: a community who identifies as and supports LGBTQ+ individuals and allies. We create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space that embraces and connects people of all sexualities, gender identities, and gender expressions. We acknowledge, advocate, and celebrate intersectionalities and recognize that individuals are composed of multiple identities. We strive to encourage and promote graduate students building coalitions with faculty/staff and other students on campus in order to explore how sexualities and gender identities/expressions shape the student experience. 

For more information, please contact Mannie Brown -

Management Consulting Association

The purpose of this organization is to create an information sharing platform focused on management consulting, to connect with real projects from real companies, to build connections with outside organizations, and to support business acumen development.

For more information, please contact Zac Dobbin, President -

Master of Arts in International Relations Graduate Student Association (MAIR GSA)

The MAIR GSA connects the graduate students of the MAIR program to the wider University of San Diego (USD) Graduate Student Life program, alumni, and local and international communities and organizations. Through communication and engagement, the MAIR GSA and its Officers represent and advocate on matters of student life and affairs. The desired end goal for MAIR GSA plans and actions is to enhance the education, networking, and career development opportunities for students.

For more information, please contact Rita Kuckertz -


Net Impact San Diego (NISD)

The purpose of NISD is to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change on campus, in their workplaces, and the world.

For more information, please contact Amanda Young, President -

Peace and Justice Student Association (PJSA)

To enhance and empower students while adding value to their overall academic experience while at the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies. Actively contribute to the growth and improvement of the Peace and Justice Studies program. Facilitate student participation in the Kroc School. Provide a space for expressing concerns, finding necessary resources, and providing support to all members of the Association. To help bring higher visibility to the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, not only within the USD community but also on a local, national, and international level.

For more information, please contact Janet Nguyen - 

San Diego Venture Club (SDVC)

The purpose of the San Diego Venture Club is professional career development of graduate students pursuing careers in high finance.

For more information, please contact Rakesh Nankani, President - 

SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA)

The SOLES Graduate Student Association (SGSA) is a student-governed association supporting our graduate and doctoral students in their scholastic, co-curricular and social experiences. The goal of the SGSA is to support the development of a professional, scholastic and social community in the School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

For more information, please contact Christian Perez, President - or

Student Bar Association (SBA)

The SBA is the student government of the School of Law. SBA members act as the official student representatives and advocate or student interests on many different issues. The SBA is responsible for appointing student representatives to the various law school and university committees. The main goal of the SBA is to represent and serve the student body. To that end, it must determine what university events and issues affect law students, ensure that law students are represented on those issues, and advocate their interests. 

For more information, please contact Madison Lathem, President -

Sunlight for Survivors

Sunlight for Survivors shine with an accelerated healing experience for survivors of rape through safe and healthy sessions where we come together to learn, grow and heal in a serene environment through guided sessions facilitated by trauma care specialists based on scientific research.

For more information, please visit

Co-presidents Brittany Kirk and Claudia Nevarez - and 

USD MBA Golf Club 

The aim of the USD MBA Golf Club is to educate and inform current grad students on how to play golf, as well as proper golf etiquette. Golf is a highly valuable business skill. It has proven to be great for networking and conducting business in an informal setting. The golf season never ends in San Diego, making it an excellent place to learn and appreciate the art of the game.

For more information, please contact Max Dworkin -

USD Progressive Students

The purpose of USD Progressive Students is to unite politically active progressive students at the University of San Diego.

For more information, please contact Kendahl 

USD SOLES Higher Education Leaders & Scholars (SHELS)

The mission of SHELS is to support a network of professional development and social community for current graduate students and alumni interested in higher education professions. We are especially interested in supporting aspiring professionals from underrepresented populations, such as students of color, students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community, and first-generation students.

For more information, please contact Meredith Mendez, Executive Director