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List of Registered Student Organizations 2016 - 2017

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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 2016-2017 Academic Year. This list will be updated weekly. The last day to register a student organization is December 2nd, 2016. 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

Aspiring Physican Assistant Association Committed to educating pre-physician assistant students about their future profession by organizing activities and providing mentorship support.
Chemistry Club The purpose is to build a community of chemistry and biological sciences related undergraduates who are passionate about scientific inquiry.
Chicanxs and Latinxs Educandose (ChALE)

The purpose of ChALE is to help retain the Chicanx and Latinx community through academic, cultural, and social events and programming.

Community Unified Student Network (CUSN)

UCSC retention focused on the needs of Asian American/Pacific Islander students at the University.

Golden Key International Honor Society

Golden Key is the world’s premier collegiate honor society, recognizing outstanding academic achievement, connecting members locally, regionally, and globally with opportunity and success.

Hermanos Unidos de UCSC (HU) Hermanos Unidos is a Latino male-based familia that is here to retain, empower, and educate ourselves in an often unwelcoming space here in UCSC. 3 pillars: Academic excellence, community service, and social networking.
Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) The Kuya Ate Mentorship Program (KAMP) is the Filipino Student Association’s (FSA) student-initiated retention aspect targeting, but not exclusive to Pilipinx Students at UCSC. KAMP embraces academic, social, and cultural growth through family-based mentorship.
Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD) LEAD is a Pre-Law org dedicated to assisting underrepresented students and aiding them during their path to law school. Utlimately, the members of LEAD wish to see a more diverse legal profession.
Mock Trial at UCSC

To educate students on the trial count system and public speaking skill in a competitive courtroom setting.

Model United Nations, SLUGMUN

To build an MUN team to compete at conferences against other teams and facilitate student interests in global politics through constructive debate.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

To increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers and scientists who excel academically and succeed professionally.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS)

To provide leadership and service opportunities for our members. We offer professional development with a strong emphasis on integrity and networking. In addition to having scholarship opportunities available.

Philosophical Slug Society Our purpose 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 new math, provide guidance for interested students and solve interesting math problems.

Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)

To provide a community for all Asian scientist and engineers that focuses on professional development through workshops, networking opportunities, tours, socials, and more.

Umoja The purpose of Umoja is to retain the Afro/Black identified community through social, cultural, and academic support.

Cultural & Identity
A Step Forward (ASF) A Step Forward is an outreach program that helps bring admitted high school students from low income / underrepresented communities, especially the Filipin@ community, on a weekend trip in pursuing higher education.
African/Black Student Alliance (A/BSA)

A/BSA consists of UCSC students committed to the recruitment and retention of African American students here at UCSC, through betterment of the entire African-American community, including but not limited to those in our local Santa Cruz community.

African Student Union (ASU)

We strive to increase awareness about the multiple/cultures identities of Africa, eliminate stereotypical discernment of Africa + unite the African Community.


ALAY aims to create a safe, creative space for self-expression, to promote social causes/issues within Pilipinx-American and allied communities and host events that showcase student work.

Armenian Student Association (ASA)

To spread knowledge about the Armenian culture on campus and create a second family away from home.

Asian / Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA)

APISA is a student organization devoted to building a strong Asian Pacific Islander community by fostering critical consciousness of historical and ongoing struggles in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Black Men's Alliance (BMA)

The purpose of the organization is to build community for black identified males.

Black Sistahs United (BSU)

BSU was established to inspire change among the Black community and elsewhere through sisterhood, community service, and the education on Black women in history or current events.

Chabad Student Group To provide students with access to Jewish traditions and the study of Jewish cultures.
Chinese Student Association (CSA)

To promote and spread Chinese culture to the UCSC community.

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.

Centro Americanos Unidos (CAU) To educate the UCSC communtiy about Central American cultures, traditions, and issues through group discussion and events.
Empowering Latino Advancement Through Education and Development (ELATED) To promote the education and development among the Latino community.
Engaging Education (e^2) Engaging Education is a student-initiated outreach and retention center for student engagement and academic excellence.
Filipino Student Association (FSA) FSA works to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Filipino and Filipino American experience, through events and meetings that explore our identity, history, and culture.
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 We revive and promote the Han Chinese culture through clothing.
Hermanas Unidas (HaU)

Create a safe place for Latinas/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 to create a save, 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) Bring international community closer.
Japanese Student Association (JSA)

To promote and educate people interested in anything Japanese related culture or language.

Korean American Student Association (KASA)

KASA is a student run organization that promotes Korean culture with real talks, food, cultural education and more.

Korean International Student Organization (KISO) To share unique Korean cultural experiences with each other and to provide opportunities for friendship and networking.

To create a safe space for womxn of color in academia.

Mixed Ethnicities Student Headquarters (MESH)

MESH is a social/cultural safe space for students.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA)

Bring awareness to the Chican@/Latin@ community about issues concerning race, politics, and other forms of identity.

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.
Queer & Trans People of Color Coalition To foster a sense of educational space for those who identify as QTPOC.
Salsita Dance Group

To provide and cultivate an open space that enables student’s retention through the appreciation of Latin American cultural dances.

Santa Cruz Student Kink Association To educate UCSC students about sexual safety consent, and diversity regarding kink fetish, and BDSM activities.
Sikh Student Association 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 addreess issues affecting the Sikh community, and to  connect with other cultural, faith-based and activist organizations.
Student Alliance of North American Indians (SANAI)

To provide an inclusive, Brave space for indigenous students and allies to promote visibility and empowerment of our community.

Taiwanese Student Association

It is created for purposes of introducing students to Taiwanese culture and making bonds between members.

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

The purpose of this organization is to promote cultural awareness and diversity on the UCSC campus through numerous social events focusing in Vietnamese culture.

Environmental & Sustainability
Campus Sustainability Council Funding Body for sustainable projects and events for student organizations.
Community Aid and Resources Project 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 We are an ocean-minded organization dedicated to environmental stewardship.
Student Environmental Center The purpose of the Student Environmental Center is to initiate student involvement through research, education, and implementation of environmentally sustainable practices through focused campaigns guided by the Blueprint for a 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.

Brain, Mind, & Consciousness Society (BMC) The purpose of the BMC is to create a supportive student community in order to examine the world through an interdisciplinary lens.
Chinese Basketball Discussion Club A club for students who are interested in basketball.
Cosplay Club

A space for creativity and cultural exchange. We appreciate pop culture and carve out our own place.

Happy Cart Project To give back to the community and help de-stress the environment for kids in the hospital by building care packages.
Health & Nutrition Club (H&N) To create a healthy mindset, positive body image amongst UCSC's student body.
League of Slugs (LOS)

To bring the league of Legends community at UCSC together with awesome events, viewing parties, tournaments, and more!

Medieval Club of UCSC

Researching and recreating the arts and skills of pre-17th century Europe.

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.

Santa Cruz Fighting Game Community

Host social events for games interested in fighting games.

Slug Anime & Manga Association (SAMA)

The purpose of this club is to promote the understanding Japanese popular culture through the medium of its animation (anime).

Slug Gaming Bring students together to play and celebrate games, both casually and competitively.

Greek Letter Organization
Alpha Epsilon Pi

International Jewish fraternity seeking to provide opportunities for the college men seeking the best possible college experience.

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi

The largest international Asian-interest sorority founded upon the pillars of scholarship, leadership, service, Asian awareness & 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 womens organizations of the National Panhellenic conference and their commitment to personal growth.

Delta Sigma Pi

Delta Sigma Pi is a professional co-ed business fraternity

Gamma Phi Beta

To inspire the highest type of womanhood in all our members.

Inter Greek Council

Inter-Greek Council aims to provide support to each Greek organization on campus, as well as promote unity between every organization.

Kappa Alpha Theta

Established on January 27, 1870, Kappa Alpha Theta was the very first Greek-letter fraternity for women.

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 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 Zeta

Our purpose in to promote the wellness of our sisters emotionally, academically, and socially by encouraging involvement in the community.

Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.

The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha is to create a support group for women in higher education and unite the community on campus.

Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law

Fraternity promoting bonds of fraternalism to help guide students in pursuing a legal career.

Pi Alpha Phi

Pi Alpha Phi is an Asian-Interest Fraternity founded on our pillars of Academic Excellence, Brotherhood, Leadership, and Philanthropy.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon Pi

We are a Jewish-Interest sorority that seeks to promote unity, support, and a Jewish awareness.

Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc.

A multicultural Latino -based organization that follows its four principles of brotherhood, scholarship, leadership, and community service.

Sigma Lambda Gamma, National Sorority, Inc.

Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. promotes women empowerment and uphold our five founding principles of Academics, community service

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 & inspirational atmosphere, which matures and strengthens the character of each brother.

Sigma Omicron Pi

To promote Asian Awareness and ethnic diversity.

Sigma Phi Zeta

Gentlemen's Fraternity seeking to empower leaders through Academic Excellence, Brotherhood, Community Service and Multiculturalism.

Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority

The purpose of Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc. is to provide a safe space for ladies of different cultural backgrounds and enrich their campus involvement with events on and of campus.

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 Pi Sigma

Theta Pi Sigma is a non-binary Greek organization at UCSC. We strive to strengthen Greek life by providing positive leadership, change, and growth in the Queer, Trans., Intersex, Questioning, and ally community.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Academic encouragement as well as community engagement among  Black women.

Performing & Visual Arts
Acquire A Cappella Acquire is a co-ed a cappella group that meets twice a week to learn music, and perform on and off campus. We also have shows and will compete this year in the ICCA's.
African American Theater Arts Troupe

To present diverse shows of African American culture, promote diversity, provide scholarships, and retain students.

Ambience at UCSC

Create a community of like minded students interested in gloving as an art/form of expression.

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

Maintain a group of student singers that bring music to campus and greater Santa Cruz area.

Comedy Joust (CJ)

To perform and practice the art of improvisation.

Cultural Arts & Diversity (CAD) Cultural Arts and Diversty serves a diverse community of cultures at UCSC for cultural enrichment to enhance the educational expeirence through the African American Theater Arts Troupe (AATAT) and Rainbow Theater Troupe.
Game Design & Art Collaborations

To promote the collaborative work of artists, musicians, and game designers while increasing communication between Game Design and Art majors.

Haluan To provide a safe space for students to express themselves through hip hop dance.
The Hightones An all female a cappella group consisting of a close sisterhood of multi-talented singers, who promote their passion for singing, and the unifying power of music.
Interval Create interdepartmental engagement through critical play and experimentation of art practice 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

The Kadence Keys is a band that gives students the opportunity to create and perform music, allowing students full control over their art.

Kasama Ballroom Dance Troupe

Our purpose is to create a sense of community through dance and the celebration of Filipino culture.

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.

Marching Band at UCSC / Slug Band To play music to generate and support school and community spirit.
Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe (PDT)

Through teaching and performing Filipino Traditional Dance, PDT hopes to celebrate campus diversity and enrich cultural awareness in UCSC.

People Power Improv and Acting Troupe

The acting troupe of the Filipino Student Association that promotes diversity and fosters a community that is comfortable performing in front of small to large scale awareness.

Popreka To spread awareness of Korean popular music through dance.
Rainbow Theater

To promote diversity and retention of UCSC students using Theater Arts and performance.

Sabrosura Latin Dance Troupe

To spread the Latin American and Caribbean cultures/rituals through the art of dance.

Slugs in Fishnets

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.

Slugworks Animation

To provide a place for animators and celebrators of animation to meet and produce works.

Taza Tal

To perform Indian and American music on and off campus, enriching the community and providing an opportunity for students to perform and be part of a team.

Political & Advocacy
Banana Slugs for Animals

We advocate on behalf of farmed animals and do outreach to student and the public.

California Public Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) Standing up to powerful interests on behalf of students and the public.
College Democrats at UCSC

Get students involved in local/statewide/national politics and advocate for students.

College Republicans Providing UCSC students with a conservative outlet to discuss/debate issues concerning the Republican party locally and nationally. We aim to inform and encourage students interested in republican politics to advocate in a bipartisan manner.
Oportunidades Rumbo A La Educacion (ORALE) Considering that higher education institutions are not invested in enrolling and retaining the Chicanx/Latinx community, ORALE's purpose is to address the realities of these institutions by introducing high school admitted seniors to the Chicanx/Latinx community at UCSC, as well as provide an experience that prepares them for higher education as an underrepresented community.
Platypus Affiliated Society The Playtpus Affiliated Society hosts the conversation on the left.
Slugs for Israel Slugs for Israel is a pro-Israel, pro-peace student organization at UC Santa Cruz.
Students for a Democratic Society at UCSC

Left wing student organization dedicated to creating a more democratic and just world.

Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) Students for Justice in Palestine works in solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to self determination. Committed to ending Israel's occupation and colonization of all Arab lands.
Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UCSC (SSDP)

UCSC’s chapter of an international, student-led organization dedicated to drug policy reform, harm reduction, and peer-to-peer drug education.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

Provide networking and academic opportunities for Pre-Medical students

American Red Cross Association at UCSC

The goal of this club is to further the efforts of the American Red Cross by providing members with emergency and disaster preparedness classes, community service events, and opportunities to participate in health care service projects.

Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

To empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation in every sector of the global economy.

Emergency Medical Slugs (EMS) To teach skills such as BLS and CPR to interested UCSC students in case they may ever need to use them.
Gesher Group

Gesher Group is a student-run business organization devoted to giving slugs hands on experience in investing and consulting.

iSee Pre-Optometry Club Our mission is to unite all UCSC students potentially interested in pursuing the field of optometry and to provide the necessary support for these individuals.
Legal Education Association for Diversity (LEAD) LEAD is a pre-law org dedicated to assisting underrepresented students and aiding them during their path to law school. Ultimately, the members of LEAD wish to see a more diverse legal profession.
Morning Sign Out (MSO)

Morning Sign Out will serve 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.

Pre-Dental Society (PDS) We are focused on providing our members with the resources necessary to become competitive dental school applicants.
Pre-Law Society at UCSC

To help inform and educate students with an interest in a Legal career.

Pre-Pharmacy Student Association

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-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 experiemental environment for anyone interested in Finance and Stocks.
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.

Sports Medicine Club (SMC) Assemble UCSC students to educate ourselves on sports medicine and meet professionals in the field.
Stocks Club at UCSC Place for students to network and get to meet people with common interests.
Students for Professional Development (SPD)

SPD is an organization dedicated to providing resources in enhancing professional skills of future business leaders.

Tomorrow's Medical Community (TMC) Educate, guide, and prepare students for medical school through mentorship and community.
Translate Translate is a full-service consulting organization offering students experience in solving real world problems in areas such as business, strategy, assessments, and target market research.
University Economics Association (UEA) Help students develop professionalism and business skills.
Volunteers Around the World: Medical Outreach Program at UCSC 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 educating each other about different cultures and the urgency for medical resources in the 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.

Anchored Club United we will help one another build and continue a relationship with God.
Faith, Education, Action, Service Together (FEAST)

We provide a progressive campus ministry dedicated to open-minded ad affirmative living, social justice, and an emerging Christian faith.

Hindu Student Association (HSA) To promote and share Hindu culture and heritage in order to build multicultural community.
Klesis Christian Fellowship To study the Bible together and build community through activities, fun, and fellowship.
Muslim Student Association (MSA)

Spread truth and awareness about the peaceful message of Islam and to create a safe, supportive environment for Muslim students.

SGI: World Peace Buddhist To help students unlock their inner potential and achieve creative harmony with their enviroment through philosophy of Nichiren Buddhism in the SGI-USA, transform 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.
Young Life

Offer social connections to the UCSC student body, while exploring and strengthening faith, using the Bible as a resource.

The Balloon Art Brigade Spread pure joy to the community.
Colleges Against Cancer (CAC)

To represent the American Cancer Society by hosting the annual Relay For Life.

Circle K International

We are one of the world’s largest student led collegiate service organizations.

Global Citizens United (GCU) Provide platform for being part of the solution for human right violations around the globe.
Nourish International at UCSC

Nourish International at UCSC engages students and empowers communities in order to make a lasting impact on poverty.

Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County

Uniting the students of UCSC through service, fellowship, and networking.

Students for Haiti Solidarity at UCSC 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.
Volunteers for Intercultural & Definitive Adventures (VIDA) Give students the opportunity of traveling to a new country to experience a new culture while providing free healthcare to impoverished communities.

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