Afghan Student Union (ASU)
The mission of Afghan Student Union (ASU) is to provide a safe space and a sense of community within the Afghan student population at the University of Utah, educate the campus and the community at large about Afghans and their culture, and to actively aid Afghans in need in the states and in Afghanistan through humanitarian efforts. If you would like more information about meetings and how to become involved please contact the 2016-2017 ASU Co-Presidents – Hamza Yaqoobi or Hamid Amiri.
Co-Presidents: Hamza Yaqoobi, Hamid Amiri
Advisors: Paul Fisk & Tricia Sugiyama
ASU meets the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month at 1:00 pm in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – Union 235
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. AISES employs a “full circle of support” model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement.
Vice President: Jamie McBryde Advisor: Otakuye Conroy-Ben
American Indian Women and Allies Association (AIWAA)
AIWAA’s mission is to provide a venue and safe location for American Indian women and their allies to gather and share interests and concerns, Meetings include a monthly pot luck and talking circle. Officers pending.
Advisor: Franci Taylor
American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)
AMWA helps support women premedical students, women medical students, and women physicians through their medical school career and beyond.
The 2014-15 AMWA co-presidents: Jordan Barrie Koncinsky, Sarah Elizabeth Schoenhals, Francesca Renee Nichols
Asian American Student Association (AASA)
AASA at the University of Utah is located in the Union Building, Room 235. AASA is a part of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA). AASA began in 1992 with the goal of uniting those interested in Asian American issues on campus and in the community. The mission of the Asian American Student Association (AASA) at the University of Utah is to unite students with an interest in Asian American issues through social, educational, cultural and political events.
AASA meets Fridays at 2:00 pm in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – Union 235
Association of Future Female Physicians
The mission of the Association of Future Female Physicians is to Empower, Educate, and Support women to advance within medicine and the medical field.
President/Chair/Director: Elizabeth Nielson
Adviser: Mayumi Kasai
Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Chapter at The University of Utah (Business)
ALPFA is the premier business organization for expanding opportunities for Latino Leadership in the global market–that is dedicated to promoting academic excellence and leadership among the Hispanic student community that seeks to pursue and/or learn about careers in Business, Finance, Accounting, and related fields.
President/Chair/Director: Luis Eduardo Torres
Vice President: Irene Kelly
Secretary: Maria Ayala
Black Student Union (BSU)
The Mission of BSU is to foster a sense of community among all students of the African Diaspora at the University of Utah. Our goal is to simulate the intellectual, political, cultural, and social growth of all Utah students. We seek to educate ourselves and the larger Utah community, in hopes that awareness will spark action and ignite change in our communities. In addition, the Black Student Union shall serve as a resource to all other groups on campus, no matter sex, creed, age, and sexual identity.
BSU meets Mondays at 1:00 pm in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – Union 235
Advisor: Portia Anderson
Crimson Transfer Honor Society
Crimson Transfer Honor Society strives to recognize the academic excellence attained by transfer students during their first semester at the University of Utah. Eligibility is determined by both your first semester GPA and attendance of Transfer Tuesdays events during your first semester. It is a transfer student honor society that is not a fraternity or sorority.
Advisors: Paul Fisk & Nomani Satuala
Future Women Dentists
Encourage interest in dentistry as a career among women. Provide a support network. Provide members with female dentists in the area as role models. It will also provide shadowing opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and help with current and future school issues.
President/Chair/Director: Arial Cagle
Health Science Multicultural Student Association (HSMSA)
The purpose of HSMSA is to form a cohesive network between students who study within the Health Sciences at the University of Utah and support each-others programs and initiatives to recruit, support, and ultimately retain those of primarily minority backgrounds to pursue education in the Health Sciences. We aim to help interested students prepare for a career in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry and medical research. Our primary objective is outreach and health education on campus and into the greater Salt Lake City area. HSMSA will provide educational opportunities for students, staff and faculty at the University of Utah, both on main campus as well as within the Health Sciences. We plan to provide tutoring services, health screenings, panel discussions, and medical school interview assistance all in an effort to strengthen and create a supporting network within the Health Sciences at the University of Utah.
Presidents: Cristian Gonzalez
Vice Presidents: Doug Chan and Jennifer Nhan
Faculty Advisor: Evelyn Gopez, M.D.
Staff Advisor: Jennifer Indo, M.Ed.
Inter Tribal Student Association (ITSA)
“We Native American students at the University of Utah, in order to promote greater unity and understanding among ourselves, and the community; to further our own academic achievements; and to strengthen our unique cultural roots, do hereby organize ourselves as the Inter-Tribal Student Association” ITSA is the primary American Indian Student Group. Along with weekly meeting they sponsor the American Indian High School Conference and the Annual Honoring Our Traditions Pow Wow. If you would like more information about meetings and how to become involved please contact the ITSA Co-Presidents – Rachel Holiday and Byron Clah – using the email link above.
ITSA meets Fridays at 12:00 pm at the American Indian Resource Center(AIRC)
Latinas Telling Testimonios (LTT)
Latino Medical Student Association
Our mission is to improve the overall well-being of the underserved. We focus on the Latino community but extend our mission to any group in need, regardless of their ethnic, socioeconomic, or other demographic characteristics. We also aim to mentor students who share this interest in helping the underserved, achieve their dream of working in the health field.
Co-Chairs: Ashley Dennis, Farid Isaac , Kristin Sandoval
Staff Advisers: Jennifer Indo, M.Ed. and Melanie Hooten
Faculty Adviser: Evelyn Gopez, M.D.
Minority Law Caucus
The Minority Law Caucus (MLC), formed in 1986, welcomes all law students with an interest in issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities. The MLC is involved in student recruitment and counseling, development of training and employment opportunities, community service projects and social activities. The MLC sponsors a variety of speakers and programs each year, awards scholarships, and sponsors a scholarship dinner and auction at the end of the school year.
Group Admin: Jasmine Fierro
Adviser: Robert Flores
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (M.E.CH.A.)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan is a national organization formed in 1969 on the heels of the civil rights movement, the University of Utah chapter formed in 1993. M.E.Ch.A. is committed to social justice through education, community action, and political organizing. Annual events include celebrating The Day of Dead, Annual Youth Leadership High School Conference, and Chicanx Latinx Awareness Week. MEChA is a training ground for leadership. Through participating and coordinating MEChA events, one can gain invaluable leadership skills. MEChistAs also have the privilege of helping fellow students and their community in addition to finding a sense of identity and self-empowerment. It is a learning and fulfilling experience that helps develop a political consciousness and provides a sense of familia.
For information on joining M.E.Ch.A. call 801-585-1538
M.E.Ch.A meets Fridays at 1:00 pm in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – Union 235
Muxerista Single Parents is a student group who looks to find a social and academic space for single parents of color on the University of Utah campus. We feel this space is necessary to ensure a support system for students with children who do not feel they fit into other university spaces as parents, and also as primary caregivers. In addition to this, we seek to create a space on campus that progressively and actively engages with issues faced as single parents in higher education. Through the Muxerista lens, which Anita Tijerina, PhD defines as “a person whose identity is rooted in a Chicana/Latina feminist vision for social change committed to ending all forms of oppression, including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and citizenism, we seek to address these issues as they relate to our parenting strategies, as we continually navigate the academy.
Contacts: Flor Olivo and Nereida Oliva
Advisors: Dr. Dolores Delgado Bernal, Dr. Sonya Maria Aleman, Dr. Susie Shannon Porter
Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA)
The Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) is an organization created for Pacific Islander and underrepresented students to aid in the enhancement of their academic, mental, personal, and social progression. PISA seeks to provide a space for its members to articulate their experiences and share their individual cultures with each other and the larger university and community populations. Which in turn, will serve as an avenue to promote and establish cultural solidarity, diversity, tolerance, and respect. PISA believes that advocating and focusing on the empowerment of students will become the catalyst for building future leaders in our respective communities.
PISA meets Fridays at 9:00 am in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – Union 235
Physician Assistant Students Supporting Equity & Diversity
We are a group a Physician Assistant students dedicated to promoting cultural and community awareness, civic involvement, social justice, equity, scholarship and the reduction of disparities in healthcare; all while developing a growing knowledge and practice of medicine, professionalism, cultural competency.
President/Chair/Director: Bimal Mann and Brandon Haverfield
Adviser: Darin Ryujin
Queer Students of Color (QSOC)
Member: Jem Locquiao
Queer & Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)
The purpose of the Queer & Trans Students of Color student group is to provide a space for voices of intersecting identities of gender, sexuality and ethnicity. We promote a fluid development of our many intersecting identities through social justice, community building, critical thinking, creative expression and social justice.”
QTSOC meets every 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month at 5:30 pm in the SED Student Lounge – Union 293
Member: Adriana Parker
Society for Native American Graduate Students
Based upon the following principles: support, validation, network, and community, this organization is dedicated to improving the status of students of Native American descent in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns. The Society of Native American Graduate Student’s objectives are to provide academic and professional resources that will enhance the academic and career success of current graduate and professional students; to recognize the accomplishments of our members and their academic achievement; to support and organize activities to foster the development of a network, service, and academic excellence for the Native American graduate student community; to assist in the retention and recruitment of Native American students and to develop aspiring academicians and practitioners.
President/Chair/Direcotr: Crystal Tulley-Cordova
Group Admin: Samantha Eldridge
Adviser: Dr.Elise Boxer
Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans In Science (SACNAS)
The SACNAS Mission is to promote professional development, scientific understanding and higher education within underrepresented minorities in the sciences at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels.
President/Chair/Director: Peter Ramirez Advisor: Claudio Villanueva
Students for Queer Art Resistance and Education (SQuARE)
SOMOS Dreamers is an organization who focuses on empowering and advocating for undocumented students through scholarships, workshops & community engagement.
SOMOS Dreamers es una organización que se enfoca en empedrar y abogar por los estudiantes indocumentados por el medio de becas, tallares, y participación en la comunidad.
SOMOS meets Fridays at 2:30-3:30 pm in the Office of Engagement (Annex Building 1116).
Vietnamese American Student Association (VASA)
The Vietnamese American Student Association is a group of students at the University of Utah that aims to promote cultural diversity by preserving the Vietnamese language, heritage, and culture. VASA strives to unite the Vietnamese youth community and to foster a strong network of ambitious individuals through built friendships. We hope to bridge the gap between the generation of Vietnamese immigrants and Vietnamese Americans, as well as to be involved in community service with not only the University of Utah, but the community as a whole.
VASA meets Fridays at 3:00 pm in the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) – Union 235
Women in Physics and Astronomy (WomPA)
WomPA events provide opportunities for informal mentoring and sharing of resources, and also serve as forums for exchange of information and advice. We increase the visibility of women by highlighting important scientific contributions of local scientists and by participating in community outreach events targeted at encouraging young women in STEM fields. Formally, WomPA’s mission is to foster a sense of community among women in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, encourage networking and mentoring across disciplines and career stages, educate ourselves and others about issues important to the advancement of women in STEM fields, and increase the visibility of women in physics and astronomy.
Coordinators: Payel Kar, Lauren Richey, Anne-Marie Schaeffer, Jessica Galbraith-Frew
Faculty Advisor: Pearl Sandick
Women’s Law Caucus
The purpose of the Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) is to be a source of support, opportunity and information for women and men in our community. The WLC promotes interest in issues of particular concern to women, provides a forum for students on issues affecting the legal community, and provides activities that promote involvement in legal and women’s issues.
President: Blake Van Zile
Treasurer: Lauren Howells
Xicana/o Graduate Council
The Mission of the Xicana/o Graduate Council (XGC) is to create a community based on social justice, engaged in critical thinking, and raising conciencia to promote a safe space were action and dialog can be explored.
Officers: Juan Jose Garcia, Diego Luna, Silvia Patricia Solis
Adviser: Brenda Valles