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List of Registered Student Organizations 2017 - 2018

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Written by SOAR on July 19, 2016


The following chapters are not recognized by the University and are not subject to oversight by University Staff. These chapters have violated campus policies applicable to Registered Campus Organizations. Students are counseled against joining these organizations.

Delta Omega Chi ΔΩΧ
Psi Chi Omega ΨΧΩ
Ski and Snowboard Club

Student Organizations Register every Fall. The list below are the organizations that have completed the process of registration for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. This list will be updated weekly. The last day to register a student organization is December 8th, 2017. If you have any questions or would like contact information please call or email the SOAR office.
An updated list of Registered Student Organizations will be provided as organizations re-register.

Academic | Cultural & Identity | Environmental & Sustainability | General Interest | Greek Letter Organization | Performing & Visual Arts | Political & Advocacy | Professional | Religious & Spiritual | Service


American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Provide resources for aspiring medical students and give them a gist to decide if medicine is for them or not.
Aspiring Physician Assistant Association (APAA) Committed to educating pre-physician assistant students about their future profession by organizing activities and providing mentorship support.
Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) - Women ACM - W supports, celebrates and advocates for the full engagement of women in all aspects of the computing field.
ChALE (Chicanxs and Latinxs Educandose) ChALE provides workshops and events to address the low recruitment, retention, and graduation that the Chicanx/Latinx student community faces within the higher education.
Chemistry Club The purpose of this club is to unite chemistry and related majors through academic support, volunteering and research.
Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA) To build a community where we guide and support anyone who is interested in cognitive science.
Community Unified Student Network (CUSN) UCSC retention focused on the needs of the Asian American/Pacific Islander students at the University.
Crypto Currency Club Learn about Crypto Currency by actively engaging in projects help by board members.
Empowering Latino Advancement Through Education and Development (E.L.A.T.E.D.) ELATED strives to improve leadership and development skills through coordination of educational, cultural, and awareness events and activities.
Game Design & Art Collaborations (GDA) A student-run mock game studio giving students interested in game design an opportunity in the game making process.
Golden Key International Honor Society Enable members to realize potential; connecting individuals of high achievement with service and leadership opportunities.
Hermanos Unidos de UCSC (HU) Hermanos Unidos is a Latino male-based familia designed to retain, empower, and educate ourselves.
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) KAMP is a student initiated and student led retention program that targets, but not exclusive to, the Pilipinx community.
Model United Nations, SLUG MUN To build a MUN team to compete at conferences against other teams and facilitate student interests in global politics through constructive debate.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) We are an honors society dedicated to scholarship, leadership and service.
Philosophical Slug Society Our puprose is to build a stronger community within the philosophy department as well as provide an inclusive forum for philosophical discourse.
Slugs United by Mathematics (SUM) To expose a new math, provide guidance for interested students and solve interesting math problems.
Umoja The purpose of Umoja is to retain the Afro/Black identified community through social, cultural and academic support.

Cultural & Identity

African American Theater Arts Troupe at UCSC (AATAT) AATAT is a student-based organization that serves as a vehicle to create unity, higher visibility and understanding of the African American culture here at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
African Student Union (ASU) We strive to increase awareness about the multiple African cultures/identities, eliminate stereotypical discernment of Africa & unite the African Community.
Armenian Student Association (ASA) To spread knowledge about the Armenian culture on campus and create a second family away from home.
Asian American + Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA) APISA is a student initiated outreach devoted to building a strong Asian American + Pacific Islander Community.
(formerly known as the Filipino Student Association)
Bayanihan works to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Pilipinx/Pilipinx-American experience, through events and meetings that explore our identity, history, and culture.
Black Men's Alliance (BMA) To give a safe space for African American men to meet on campus.

Black Student Union
(formerly known as the African/Black Student Alliance)

The purpose of BSU is to mobilize Black students on campus to provide our community with safe, educational, healing and overall space dedicated to black bodies and well-being.
Black Women's Alliance (formely known as Black Sistah's United) Promote sisterhood and unity among Black women on campus to discuss the issues the affect us on this campus.
Centro Americanos Unidos (CAU) To educate ourselves and our community about the uniqueness and diversity found within Central American and Latinx cultures. #noborders.
Chabad Student Group To provide students with access to Jewish traditions and the study of Jewish cultures.
Chinese Student Association (CSA) Bring awareness of the Chinese culture to the UCSC community and beyond.
Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) CSSA is dedicated to fostering friendships in the Chinese community, promoting the interests and awareness of Chinese culture in the UCSC community while helping new students settle down quickly.
College Diabetes Network at UCSC (CDN) To provide a space where students living with diabetes can connect and support one another while also reaching out and educating others to make the campus more accessible and manageable.
Cultural Arts & Diversity (CAD) Cultural Arts and Diversity serves a diverse community of cultures at UCSC for cultural enrichment to enhance the educational experience through the African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) and Rainbow Theater Troupe. Both of these troupes provide a variety of theater productions that address contemporary and historical socio-political issues that strive to retain a diverse student population through opportunities of cultural experiences, performances, leadership and activism. Our goal is to empower people by enhancing cross-cultural understanding and solidarity in representation through nurturing cultural awareness.
Engaging Education (e^2) Engaging Education is a Student-Initiated Outreach and Retention Center for student engagement and academic excellence.
Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas The purpose of this organization shall be to present Mexican culture to the UCSC community and beyond through education and dance.
Han Chinese Clothing Association United we revive and promote the Han Chinese culture to clothing as the carriers.
Hermanas Unidas de UCSC (HaU) Create a safe place for Latina students to achieve in areas of academia, social networking, and being involved in the community. Providing a place to grow and connect with each other.
Hmong Student Association (HSA) To provide cultural awareness, to promote higher education through our outreach program, and to create a safe and welcoming environment.
Indian Student Association (ISA) To intertwine Indian culture with today's modern Indian Americans and non-Indian Americans.
International Student Organization (ISO) Provide a platform to unify UCSC's international student community.
Iranian Student Association To bring the Iranian community and other people who want to understand the traditions and culture better together.
Japanese Student Association (JSA) JSA is a student led organization of UCSC that supports and promote Japanese culture through cultural events, activities, and socials.
Kahaani We are UCSC's only competitive, collegiate Bollywood dance team. Looking to spread Indian culture through the Bollywood dance form to all UCSC students and faculty.
Korean American Student Association (KASA) Promote Korean culture within the UCSC community.
Oceania Navigators Empowerment (ONE) ONE's mission is to empower Oceanic students in order to navigate education through cultural preservation, equitable access, and retention by cultivating an AIGA (family)-based environment.
People of the Islands (POI) People of the Islands' purpose is to educate our audiences through our dance and costumes about different Pacific Islander culture.
Prism: Student Coalition for Gender, Sex, & Sexuality To politically represent LGBTQ+ students and provide a safe space for resources and events to the LGBTQ+ community.
Project RISHI To bring about sustainable change that will positively impact the lives of impoverished Indian villages. To provide undergraduates with community service and international outreach opportunities.
The Russian Club We aim to generate a network of Russian-Ukranian students (or anyone else interested) to positively influence the community by encouraging our members in activities such as Russian classes, volunteer work, current evenet debates, and organizing fundraisers to donate to Child Aid Charity.
Salsita Dance Group To provide and cultivate an open space that enables student's retention through the appreciation of Latin American cultural dances.
Sikh Student Association (SSA) The mission of the Sikh Student Association at UC Santa Cruz is to provide a space for students to come together and feel connected with the Sikh faith, learn more and spread awareness about Sikh, talk more and address issues affecting the Sikh community, and to connect with other cultural, faith-based and activist organizations.
Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI) To increase the awareness of both the University and community environments regarding issues affecting indigenous people throughout the Americas and to provide support for native students at UCSC through community.
Sudamerica Unida at UCSC Sudamerica Unida is a student-led organization which aimes to create a safe space of South American heritage to gather, share, and discuss cultural values, news, and relations.
Taiwanese Student Association (TSA) Promote Taiwanese Culture, and create a platform for students to bond.
Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) VSA focuses on sharing Vietnamese culture and socializing events.

Environmental & Sustainability

Community Aid and Resources Project (CARe) To connect students with volunteer opportunities in the Santa Cruz community.
Education for Sustainable Living Program (ESLP) ESLP is a collaborative interdisciplinary effort to reshape the way we learn by supporting student-led sections and guest speakers during our spring class.
Sea Slugs at UCSC To foster greater oceanic and environmental consciousness within the UCSC student body.
Slugs for Solar (S4S) Raise awareness for using solar power.
Student Environmental Center (SEC) To empower and give the resource to students to create a more sustainable campus.

General Interest

Active Minds Spread awareness of mental illnesses.
Anthropology Society The Anthro Society is a student-run organization that connects those interested or study anthropology at UCSC.
Balloon Art Brigade Service with a twist!
Brain, Mind & Consciousness Society (BMC) An interdisciplinary academic and social collective dedicated to connecting perspectives across campus.
Cosplay Club To provide a community for Cosplays on campus.
The Great Chess Club (GCC) To train the analytical mindset by engaging students in chess games and strategy studies.
Medieval Club of UCSC Researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe.
Santa Cruz Fighting Game Community To bring fans of fighting games together and compete.
Search for Common Ground To use the common ground approach to re-imagine conflict and build sustainable peace within our community.
Sisterhood in STEM (SIS) We are a social organization dedicated to the social and academic development of women in STEM majors.
Slug Anime & Manga Association (S.A.M.A.) The purpose of this club is to promote the understanding of Japanese popular culture through the medium of its animation (anime).
Slug Gaming Slug Gaming is UCSC's premier E-Sports and Trading Card game club.
The Ten Colleges Debate Union, Debate Team To instruct in the art of debate, and maintain a competetive debate team.

Greek Letter Organization

Alpha Epsilon Pi International Jewish fraternity seeking to provide opportunities for the college men seeking a fulfilling college experience.
Alpha Kappa Delta Phi The largest international Asian-interest sorority founded upon the pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, Asian awareness and sisterhood.
Alpha Phi Omega Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity that brings together boys and girls through leadership, friendship and service.
Alpha Psi Sorority Local organization dedicated to establishing and maintaining a sisterhood of women encouraging personal and social development while striving for academic excellence.
College Panhellenic To advance women's organization of the National Panhellenic conference and their commitment to personal growth.
Delta Sigma Pi Delta Sigma Pi is a professional organization organized to foster the study of business in universities.
Delta Sigma Theta Sisterhood, scholarship, and community service organization.
Gamma Phi Beta To inspire the highest type of womanhood in all our members.
Inter Greek Council (IGC) Inter-Greek Council aims to provide support to each Greek-letter organization on campus, as well as promote unity between every organization.
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha is to provide a sisterhood based on unity, love and respect in an effort to create strong leaders who are involved in political, social and cultural.
Kappa Alpha Theta Established on January 27, 8179, Kappa Alpha Theta was the very first Greek-letter fraternity for women.
Kappa Gamma Delta To assist female college students in the pre-medical process. To encourage development of leadership, communication skills and maturing. To provide support academically, socially and emotionally.
Kappa Kappa Gamma Kappa Kappa Gamma is an organization to support women socially, academically, and to encourage philanthropy. To strengthen the bonds of sisterhood.
Kappa Zeta Our purpose is to promote the wellness of our sisters emotionally, academically, and socially by encouraging involvement in the community.
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Form a strong bond uniting students to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law. To guide students in pursuing a legal career.
Pi Alpha Phi Brotherhood, Leadership, Academic Excellence, Asian Awareness, Philanthropy.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish Interest Sorority that values unity, trust, strength, sincere sisterhood and exemplifying Jewish values.
Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. To nurture and further a dynamic, valued environment which utilizes our historically multicultural Latino based fraternity as a catalyst to better serve the needs and wants of all people.
Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc. shall be primarily one of promoting standards of excellence in morality, ethics and education.
Sigma Mu Delta The purpose of Sigma Mu Delta at the University of California at Santa Cruz is to unify pre-medical undergraduates in brotherhood dedicated to academic excellence, as well as providing a motivational and inspirational atmosphere, which matures and strengthens the character of each brother.
Sigma Omicron Pi The first national Asian-American Interest Sorority with the objective to further the awareness of women in Asian culture and to promote unity, lifelong leadership and community service.
Sigma Phi Zeta Fraternity The multicultural Greek organization that emphasizes on cultural endeavors, academic excellence, brotherhood and philanthropic.
Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc. The purpose of Sigma Pi Alpha, Inc. is to provide a safe space and support system for womyn of different cultural backgrounds to help them succeed academically and enrich their campus involvement.
Sigma Pi Fraternity International United in Brotherhood to advance truth & justice, promote scholarship, encourage chivalry and diffuse culture.
Tau Kappa Epsilon To provide a space for the moral, social, academic and professional development of better men for a better world.
Theta Chi To enhance the collegiate experience of any willing member at UCSC.
Theta Pi Sigma To provide a space for Queer Greek participation and education.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. An organization dedicated to scholarship, service, sisterhood, and finer womanhood.

Performing & Visual Arts

Acquire A Cappella Acquire is a diverse family of talented individuals who come together to create, rehearse, and perform a cappella music for the community.
Banana Slug Records (BSR) To create a community of musicians and to nurture the musical culture of UCSC through live shows, recordings, promotion, and connections.
Cloud 9 A Cappella To spread the joy of music across our campus and across the greater Santa Cruz area.
Comedy Joust (CJ) To perform and practice the art of improvisation.
Fighting Slugs Marching Band (FSMB) To play music to generate and support school and community spirit.
Haluan The purpose of Haluan is to foster a space where anyone can find family through a shared passion for dance.
The Hightones The Hightones are UCSC's only all-female a cappella group and aim to unite and heal the community through music.
INTERVAL INTERVAL is a space for interdisciplinary engagement, critical play, and experimentation in art and scholarship.
Isang Himig Multi Cultural A Cappella This a cappella group is composed of passionate and talented individuals whose goals are to spread awareness of Filipino culture by way of music, voice, and song!
Kadence Keys Musical performance group dedicated to cultivating creativity through collaborating with our fellow musicians to create a unique groovy sound.
Kasama Ballroom Dance Troupe To promote community bonding and Pilipinx culture through ballroom dances.
Kinetic Poetics Project (KPP) To cultivate a safe space for creative expression and send a student slam team to represent UCSC at a national level.
Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe PDT is an inclusve aspect housed under Bayanihan (formerly known as the Filipino Student Association) that teaches about Pilipinx history and culture through traditional dance.
People Power Providing a space for Pilipinx-identifying students to express themselves through acting and improv via the annual Pilipino Cultural Celebration.
Popreka Our aim is to spread our love of K-Pop and dance within the university. We want to have an environment where people are not afraid to express themselves and their love for K-Pop.
Queery Queery aims to provide a welcoming environment to students who wish to explore various styles of dance and engage with the queer community.
Rainbow Theater Rainbow Theater casts a collection of diverse actors for multifaceted 3 week long production of plays dealing with issues pertaining to identity and society primarily through performing arts.
Sabrosura Latin Dance Troupe To spread the Latin American and Caribbean cultures/rituals through the art of dance.
Sequoia Singers Contribute to the music scene at UC Santa Cruz with a focus on having fun in a creative environment.
Slug Stand-Up (SS) To produce comedy shows and provide a space for students to learn and practice the art of stand-up.
Slugs in Fishnets (SIF) To perform and entertain the university and the city of Santa Cruz with a popular cultural show that is only brought on by the Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Slugz II Men All-male a cappella group.
Taza Tal To enliven the community through South Asian and American A Cappella, to provide our members a chance to grow as performers and team collaborators and to compete and perform around the country.
Traditional East Asian Music & Rockband (TEA & R) To promote East Asian traditional music as well as to experiment new ways to combine music from Western and Eastern music to give people an extraordinary cultural experience.

Political & Advocacy

314 Action at UCSC 314 Action is dedicated to aggressively advocating for a pro-science agenda in Washington, DC and in local and state legislatures.
Anak Bayan Santa Cruz (ABSC) Raise the consciousness of the Pilipinx community through political education and direct action around issues pertinent to the community.
The Artistic Rehabilitative Therapeutic Initiative (ART Initiative) To use art as a medium for creative communication between students on campus and a highly stigmatized group in their community inmates within the local jail.
Banana Slugs for Animals To educate campus community about animal rights and increase plant-based options on campus.
California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) Standing up to powerful interests on behalf of students and the public.
College Democrats at UCSC We provide students who are interested in politics and opportunities to learn more about the American political system, register voters, and participate in community service projects.
College Republicans The best party on campus.
Indivisible at UCSC To organize students into political action groups to create concise effective plans for grassroots political activism and change.
Mock Trial at UCSC To teach students basic skills and principles of law and compete against other schools in a trial setting.
Movimiento Estudiantil ChicanX de Aztlan (MEChA) MEChA de UCSC is a ChicanX/LatinX political organization focused in organizing for social justice for the C/L Community and building solidarity with other underrepresented communities.
Platypus Affiliated Society (PAS) The Platypus Affiliated Society hosts the conversations on the left.
Slugs for Israel Slugs for Israel is a pro-Israel, pro-peace student organization at UC Santa Cruz.
Student Union Housing Workgroup (SUHWG) SUHWG is a centralized place for students to organize around housing issues that affect students.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCSC (SSDP) To educate the UCSC community on harm reduction and the implications of drug policy and culture to promote sensible drug policy at home and abroad.
Young Americans for Liberty at UCSC Our mission is to identify, educate, and train youth to spread the fundamental principles of liberty, casting the leaders of tomorrow, and reclaim our government.


Accounting Association It is a co-curricular student organization devoted to providing its members the opportunity to discover and experience the real world implications of an undergraduate accounting education.
Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) To empower and teach Latinos about their careers with developing professional skills.
Gesher Group Gesher Group is a student-run business organization devoted to giving slugs hands on experience in investing and consulting.
Health Guardians America To tackle one of the most pressing health issues in America through the development of sustainable, scalable, and measurable health solutions.
Morning Sign Out (MSO) Morning Sign Out will servev as the bridge between biomedicine, and public health to the general public. Our chapter strives to work closely with each member to learn a new language of simplifying medicine and science to develop a strong, positive, and influential presence on campus.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) To increase professional development among student engineers.
Pre-Dental Society We are focused on providing our members with the resource necessary to become competitive dental school applicants.
Pre-Law Society To provide legal resources to students interested in a legal career.
Pre-Pharmacy Student Association (PPSA) The PPSA at UCSC's mission is to provide students with information on how to prepare for pharmacy school, information about today's health care system, opportunities to learn more about specific pharmacy schools, volunteer opportunities, and leadership opportunities.
Pre-SOMA (Students of Osteopathic Medical Association) To promote osteopathic medicine, increase the number of applicants to osteopathic medical schools, supports aspiring osteopathic physicians at all levels of education, and continue the proud legacy of osteopathic medicine.
Pre-Veterinary Club at UCSC Provide support for pre-veterinary students with resources, community, volunteer opportunities and leadership positions.
Slugs Fund Investment Group (SFIG) We hope to provide an educational and experimental environment for anyone interested in Finance and Stocks.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientsits and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential. Focus on professional development by providing that outside of the classroom experience including networking with professionals and empowering every single individual.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Changes lives by empowering the STEM community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.
Students for Professional Development (SPD) SPD is an organization dedicated to providing resources in enhancing professional skills for future business leaders.
Tomorrow's Medical Community (TMC) Educate, guide and prepare students for medical school through mentorship and community.
University Economics Association (UEA) Help students develop professionalism and business skills.
Volunteers Around the World: Medical Outreach Program at UCSC (VAW) To provide opportunity to students to work in mobile clinics in poverty-stricken communities around the world through means of medical outreach while at the same time educate each other about different cultures and the urgency for medical resources in these countries.

Religious & Spiritual

Acts 2 Christian Fellowship (A2CF) We are a student group that seeks to share and experience God's love on campus. We study the Bible together, eat together, and learn about life together.
Christians on Campus at UCSC Preach the gospel to other students around campus and to study the bible.
Hindu Student Association To promote and share Hindu culture and heritage in order to build multicultural community.
Klesis Christian Fellowship (Klesis) To build a community of believers based on the Acts 2 church. To host bible studies and answer questions people may have about God!
Muslim Student Association (MSA) To bring together Muslims of different backgrounds into one unified, organized, and proactive community.
Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) To connect and engage Orthodox college students through religious fellowship and service to the community around us.
SGI: World Peace Buddhist To help students unlock their inner potential and achieve creative harmony with their environment through the philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in the SGI-USA, transform the challenges of daily life into sources of growth and fulfillment and become a positive influence in their environment, and actively contribute to the development of peace, education and society.
Slugs and Bahais This organization explores the application of the Bahai writings to social action, discourses, and student life.
Young Life College (YL) Christian group on campus.


American Red Cross Association (ARCA) To further the efforts of the Red Cross.
Best Buddies Empowering people with disabilities through one-to-one friendship, integrated employment, and leadership development.
Circle K International (CKI) To serve our community and foster over three tenets of service, leadership, and fellowship.
Colleges Against Cancer To gather dedicated members to help eliminate cancer by working to implement the programs and mission of the American Cancer Society.
Emergency Medical Slugs (EMS) Dedicated to fostering a collegiate community, providing mentorship, and acting as as support network for both certified and non-certified first responders; as well as interested in emergency medicine.
Happy Cart Project The Happy Cart Project is a program where college students collaborate to bring joy to children in hosptials with their creative action of arts and crafts.
International Volunteers Headquarters (IVHQ) To bring like-minded students together who want to make a difference, and promote volunteering abroad.
Medicine, Education, Development for low income families everywhere at UCSC (MEDLIFE at UCSC) In order to improve the overall health and welfare of families and communities in need, a comprehensive approach is needed. MEDLIFE seeks to deliver aid through 3 broad avenues: Medicine, Education, and Development.
OXFAM Club at UC Santa Cruz The OXFAM Club at UC Santa Cruz aims to construct and carryout projects and initiatives focused on alleviating poverty, hunger, and social injustice on both the international and local levels.
Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County A community service based club dedicated to helping our Santa Cruz community.
Students for Haiti Solidarity at UCSC (SHS) The purpose of this organization is to empower Haitian students through the provision of college scholarships and to encourage students to utilize their role as global citizens.
Type 1 Diabetes Association (T1DA) To raise awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and raise funds for organizations affiliated with the disease.

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