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Resources for Undocumented Students
USF provides a variety of resources and services to foster and support diversity on campus. The resources listed below are available to students who want to get involved, seek support, or reach out to others.
Offices and Services
For more details about each affinity group, visit USF's Club Connect.
- AFRICA Awareness
Africa Awareness is a student organization on campus devoted to discussing and educating ourselves about the many issues related to, but not limited to, culture, politics, and economics within the African continent. The purpose of our club is to create a dialogue in which students can help and lead one another into better understanding the diverse complexities that exist on this vast continent, and create better ways to transmit this knowledge to the rest of the USF community.
- AIESEC SF
AIESEC, an international not-for-profit organization present in 107 countries and 1700 universities, aims to contribute to the development of our communities with an overriding commitment to international understanding and cooperation by developing global leaders. To facilitate this mission, AIESEC runs a Global Internship Exchange Program through which it partners with Fortune 500 companies, NGOs, universities, and governments to realize over 8,000 exchanges a year worldwide.
- Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Phi Omega is a National Service Co-Ed Service Fraternity whose primary mission is to assemble all students to develop leadership, promote friendship, and provide service to humanity. This National Service Fraternity is dichotomized into various regions and sections in an attempt to accomodate its wide membership throughout the United States and the world. Alpha Phi Omega is also represented in the Philippines, Australia, and Canada and is continuing its expansion in membership and existence.
- American Sign Language (ASL) Club
The purpose of the American Sign Language Club is to promote a space for members to practice and acquire ASL. Within this club, members are enabled to interact with other members of the ASL community. Our aims are to strengthen the communication and friendship amongst both the deaf and hearing communities, and educate and promote the USF community about ASL and deaf culture.
- Amnesty International
Amnesty International is a world wide organization that works to promote and defend human rights. The purpose of Amnesty is to protect people where justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Our group on campus is made up of students who meet regularly to raise awareness among the USF population of human rights abuses, as well as educating themselves and taking action against human rights violators. On campus we work on letter writing and community service, and also bring events and movie screenings to campus.
- Asian Pacific American Students Coalition
- ASUSF Senate Mission Committee
The IC advises the student government’s committee charged with addressing fulfillment of the USF mission, with an emphasis on our social justice work.
- Autism Speaks
This organization was formed to raise funds for autism research, advocate, and bring awareness of autism to our community. In forming this organization we hope to ultimately educate others, so that there may be a greater understanding and compassion for those affected by autism.
- Back to da Roots
Back to the Roots is an urban gardening club that focuses on environmental and social justice issues that surround food, which include but are not limited to: fair trade, permaculture, community gardens, edible playgrounds, and homesteads. We hope to foster healthy self-reliant lifestyles both at a local and regional level with USF students, faculty, and staff along with the greater San Francisco and Northern California region. Back to the Roots does many campus-oriented programs during the week, community service activities on weekends, and camping trips each semester for a year-round growth of the human being, community, and consciousness.
- Baile Folklorico de San Pancho (Folkloric Dance Group of Saint Francisco)
The organization is a Dance group emphasis on Latin style dances. We practice dances from Mexico, El Salvador, Peru, and other Latin Countries. We uphold Latin traditions and culture in order to help spread and promote Latin culture on campus and in the community.
- Best Buddies
Best Buddies is a non-profit organization that strives to enhance the lives of those with intellectual disabilities. At the University of San Francisco, we pair students in one-to-one friendships with clients of the Arc of San Francisco. Our role is to help facilitate these friendships, and create a fun supportive atmosphere where these friendships can thrive.
- Black Student Union (BSU)
The core mission is to examine and collaborate through constructive interaction to increase historical and cultural awareness of the African Diaspora. Recognizing that pluralism and diversity add value to the university experience and society as a whole, the BSU seeks to educate and involve the university community in the African American experience.
- Brother Connection
Brother Connection functions as a supportive network primarily for men of color. It is constructed to educate its members on political and social views, issues, and history related to the African American males, but is open to all.
- Chinese Student Scholar Association
The goals of our organization are: to promote Chinese culture and customs and provide opportunities for people who want to know more about China; to devote ourselves to the multi-cultural school life and get involved in the campus activities; to facilitate members' transition to their new lives in San Francisco and help them make more friends.
- Culturally Focused Clubs Council
Culturally-Focused Clubs Council (CFCC) is a council of culturally-focused club representatives designed for intergroup communication and collaboration. Representatives meet bi-monthly to participate in leadership development, cultural competency, and ally-building training.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Tau Tau Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Thrust of: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, Political Awareness and Involvement.
- Esther-Madriz Activists Scholars
The purpose of EMAS shall be to bring awareness of social inequalities to the USF student body by revealing how choices cause injustices to both our social and natural environment, while creating opportunity for students to engage in their own empowerment.
- Hindi Film Dance Team
The purpose of Hindi Film Dance Team is to vitalize and diversify the culture of the USF campus by actively involving students in the growing Bollywood film industry. Any one is welcome to join the dance team and participate in cultural shows on and off campus; thus involving all of the USF student community to enjoy and experience the nature of Bollywood.
- Hui ‘O Hawaii
Hui 'O Hawai'i is a cultural organization that promotes the Aloha Spirit. Hui 'O Hawai'i encourages the USF community to embrace and share the Hawaiian way of life. Throughout the year, Hui 'O Hawai'i expresses the Aloha Spirit and its rich diversity through cultural, social, and educational events.
- Indian Student Organization
Indian Student Organization (ISO) is where USF students can learn about South Asian Culture. ISO strives to represent the South Asian culture on the USF campus by planning events such as Diwali, Garba-Raas, and Holi. It is an organization where South Asian students gain a bond with other ISO members.
- International Student Association
ISA serves as the voice of international students by promoting cultural education, and goals advocating for the USF international student body, providing a social community, creating social interaction, and developing educational opportunities for cultural enrichment.
- Japanese Student Association
JSA seeks to build a cultural connection between Japanese and American societies. JSA's mission is to interact with USF students and other colleges through holding Japanese cultural events and social activities. Moreover, we support recruitment through collecting information from Alumnae and companies for those who are interested in working in Japan or for Japanese owned companies in the U.S.
- Korean Student Association
The Korean Student Association at the University of San Francisco (USFKSA) has a vision to unite students, both Korean and non-Korean, to become active members within the Korean community. As our organization matures we plan to promote Korean culture through political, social, and cultural events by hosting activities and targeting issues that affect our community. Most importantly the KSA would like form life-long friendships through interest in the Korean culture.
- Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. was founded on March 11, 1986. We are a Latina based organization founded on the principles of sisterhood, scholastic achievement, community service and pride in one's own culture. Although we are a Latina sorority, we have sisters from all ethnic backgrounds and are not confined to any one ethnic group. Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. fosters professional and social development that prepares its members for a flourishing future beyond graduation. The Alpha Zeta Chapter at the University of San Francisco was established on June 21st, 2007 and has since been awarded Chapter of the Year and recognized for Academic Achievement by its National Board.
- Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc.
Lambda Theta Phi provides the Latino college student the opportunity to be part of a family with a mission. What is this mission? To cultivate a spirit of brotherhood, to value an education, to promote unity among all Latinos, to be proud of and cherish our heritage, to assert roles of leadership, to develop character, to practice chivalry, and to serve mankind. In short, to raise the social and cultural conscience of the Latin male college student.
- Latin American Student Organization
The Latin American Student Organization is a Culturally focused club on campus. Our goals are to promote Latino Culture on the University of San Francisco Campus by hosting a serious of events. These events deal with several aspects of Latino Culture including Social and Religious aspect.
- Latinas Unidas
Latinas Unidas creates a sense of community amongst the Latino population, specifically amongst the Latina women of the University of San Francisco. We provide support and encouragement for academic endeavors, social pursuits, and professional planning within the realm of a positive sisterhood.
- Living-Learning Communities
Living-Learning Communities with an emphasis on social justice and advocacy work are offered for first-year and upperclass students. Active programs of particular connection with the Intercultural Center’s mission include:
- Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars
- Global Residential Community
- Martin Baro
- Muslim Student Association
We, the Muslim students of University of San Francisco, out of our faith and dedication to the service of Islam, do hereby proclaim the establishment of the Muslims Student Association, so that collectively we can share in a common set of moral commitments rooted in the message of Islam; engage in religious, social and community activities; support educational and intellectual pursuits; and continue to promote the goals of Muslim students of the University of San Francisco, and thus serve our faith as best we can.
PANAH is a student-based organization that unites Indonesian students at the University of San Francisco while at the same time strives to promote networking between Indonesian students, exhibiting the cultural richness of Indonesia and develop a lively community of Indonesian students on campus.
- Queer Alliance
Queer Alliance is a social and support network for all queer people and allies that brings awareness of queer issues to members and the student body of USF. We hold weekly meetings to create a strong foundation of confident, inclusive, knowledgeable, leaders who create an approachable atmosphere for all new members. The events planned contribute to the relationships of Queer Alliance and its current/prospective members while also bringing a needed relationship between the students and the queer community off campus.
- Sister Connection
Sister Connection is a club that strives to create a sense of community for women of color at USF and address contemporary issues that are particular to this group. Our purpose is to provide a network of support for social, community, & academic endeavors. Through meetings, social events and community service, Sister Connection reaches their goal of making sure each member feels inspired, empowered, and connected.
- Students Taking Action Against Sexual Violence
Our mission is to provide open dialogue, support, advocacy, education, and accessible resources to all USF students. Our central goal is the elimination of sexual violence, for which we strive to raise awareness We work to break down societal gender structures and foster unity and empowerment in a safe space.
- Union Salvadorena de Estudiantes Universitarios
To fill the existing void for a space for Salvadoran students in higher education, students at California State University, Los Angeles formed U.S.E.U. in 2007. Since then the organization has expanded to various campuses in California that collectively operate as a Statewide coalition to build and connect Salvadoran student communities in the U.S. and El Salvador.
- USF Hawaii Ensemble
USF Hawaiian Ensemble primarily focuses on the art and cultural tradition of Hawaii and Polynesia. Its members are dedicated to preserving hula, chant, and language through year-long instruction, exhibition, education, and service. An art of grace and story, hula allows students of different cultural backgrounds to experience hands-on perpetuation of the Hawaiian culture, while providing them a forum to share their own heritages.
- USF Kasamahan
The general purpose of USF Kasamahan is to promote the unity and solidarity of the Filipino-American community by creating a campus-wide environment that assertively affirms the richness and uniqueness of the many cultural experiences of members and by actively involving educational and pre-professional programs that aid the group in the assessment, development, and actualization of each member’s human potential and personal talents. USF Kasamahan also strives to share, encourage participation in, and educate others of the Filipino culture.
- USF Koinonia
USF Koinonia (Greek for fellowship) is a Christian organization comprised of undergraduate students that seeks to present the basic tenets of Christianity through Bible studies, small group discussion and special talks as well as aims to live out the truth claims of Scripture in everyday living. Organized activities and outings also foster relationship-building and the exercise of Christ-like love.
- Viva Brasil
The purpose of this club is to have a free space to speak Portuguese and experience Brazilian culture. We want to build a community to promote Brazilian culture here at USF and in the city. Anyone can come to learn about Brazilian culture. We want to create an exchange community to learn from one another to strengthen ties and create new friendships. We want to bring awareness of the contributions Brazil has made to the global economy and culture, and promote USF values by organizing community work within different Brazilian communities around the area.