Diversity is Our Strength
Each of our student-led organizations offers its own unique events, key leadership opportunities, and significant social benefits. Network with fellow future doctors through African Americans United in Science, perform in a parade with the Nigerian Student Association Dance Team, and gain brothers and sisters by pledging a historically Black sorority or fraternity. We may come from many places, but our passions unite us. Find your family here.
For a complete list of student organizations:
1. Go to
2. Click on the "Organizations" tab at the top.
3. Use the alphabetical directory to search by the first letter of the organization's name
Founded in the winter of 2005, the Abyssinian Student Union unites both Eritrean and Ethiopian students on campus and helps to provide, teach, and share the Habesha culture with UCR students and faculty. As an active club, they share their style of food, clothing and dance at many cultural events.
Website: ASU Facebook Group
African-Americans United in Science was founded in 1999, and was the first African American academic/professional organization on UCR's campus. AAUS strives to increase educational and professional opportunities available to African American science students at UCR through resources such as physician shadowing, mentoring, networking and prep course discounts.
AAUS provides a summer internship and testing grants for members interested in medicine via collaboration with The Vines Society, a society of Black physicians in the Inland Empire.
AAUS also reaches out to the Inland Empire community through their tutoring program SOAR and outreach event Roads to Success.
Website: AAUS Facebook Group
The Afrikan Student Alliance serves as a resource mechanism to foster the social, political, cultural and intellectual development of students of African descent at UCR. ASA exists to encourage a positive image of its scholars and to support its members in achieving their educational goals.
Facebook: ASA Facebook Page
Founded on the campus of Howard University in 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by and for African American college-trained women. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is to be of service to all mankind through cultivating and encouraging high scholastic and ethical standards and promoting unity and friendship among college women. The Kappa Theta Chapter was chartered at UCR in 1976.
In 1906, at Cornell University, seven distinguished men known as the "jewels" founded this fraternity on the basis of "manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind." Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. was the first national Black intercollegiate Greek-letter organization in the world. To this day, Alpha men continue to lift up our community and stress the importance of education and community service.
This group is designed for every Black male that attends an institute for higher learning in the state of California. It was founded on the principles of "The Talented Tenth," by W.E.B. Dubious. Its mission statement and overall goals are to develop male leaders, promote unity, and advance and impact the community with social and educational awareness programs such as discussion forums, campus programs, current events updates, student-community involvement, and outreach to Black males both on and off campus.
The Caribbean Student Union is an organization open to anyone interested in the cutlures of the countries and islands of the Caribbean/West Indies.
Founded in 1975, NSBE has grown to become the largest student-managed organization in the world, with over 20,000 members. NSBE's mission is 'to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.' With over 2000 elected leadership positions, 12 regional conferences and an unparalleled annual convention, NSBE provides multiple opportunities for success. NSBE is open to collegiate, alumni and technical professionals.
Website: NSBE Website
The Nigerian Student Associationis a nonprofit organization committed to gathering students of Nigerian descent and all students open to promoting awareness of the beautiful Nigerian culture to other communities. NSA holds bi-weekly general meetings throughout the year and participates in multiple events such as culture shows. The NSA uses its background to also promote education, public awareness and culture. The NSA also has its own dance team.
Website: NSA Facebook Group
PATH is a special interest community that places students in a family-like atmosphere; one in which they support each other, bond over similar experiences and learn about the experiences of other students. PATH provides students with educational support, cultural and social events and the opportunity to learn more about the African Diaspora.
Website: PATH Facebook Group
Sigma Gamma Rho strives to address educational, civic and economic concerns that impact society. The organization enhances the quality of life on the UCR campus and surrounding communities through public service, leadership development and youth education.