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Dwayne Scott Jr. ’14 earned his BS in accounting and was offered a job by Fortune 500 company Eaton Corp. before he graduated. “You’re more than a GPA,” he advises students. “Were you active on campus? Did you hold leadership positions? That helps distinguish you from the pack” There are more than 230 student organizations, with about 40 representing students’ proactive commitment to celebrating the diversity of the IUP community—so about a thousand ways to get involved, we figure.

African Dance Ensemble

Established in 1995, the African Dance Ensemble provides students the opportunity to experience, promote, and share African-oriented dance, music, creativity, and culture through various performances each academic year. Without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, disability, religion, gender, or sexual or affectional orientation, membership is open to all students who are interested in experiencing the African culture.

Black Emphasis Committee

BEC is a programming body composed of students who are interested in enriching the cultural awareness of African American students and in promoting intercultural awareness among all students. BEC works closely with the African American Cultural Center to provide the IUP community with films, concerts, dances, and other social and recreational events that further these goals. Membership is open to all university students in good academic standing.

Black Student League

The BSL is the legislative body for minority students on campus. Services offered include general meetings, program cosponsorships, and get-acquainted events to familiarize new minority students with upperclassmen. The goals are to help students experience a more comfortable transition to college life and act as a unifying body for African American students in particular. Participation is open to all students who sympathize with the objective of the organization and seek to strengthen their cultural, intellectual, and aesthetic views.

Ladies with Poise

The mission of P.O.I.Z. is to inspire students to express their talents through modeling. Every year, P.O.I.Z. stages a fashion show and hosts various other events for campus. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community.

Latino Student Organization

LaSo aims to provide programming on IUP’s campus that will create awareness about Latino culture, people, history, and current issues. The group is not strictly for those of Latino heritage. Anyone interested in learning more about Latinos and helping to promote educational and recreational programs about and with Latinos is welcome to join the organization. 

NAACP, IUP Chapter

The NAACP is a multicultural advocacy group, which seeks to address discrimination within the community and jurisdiction of the university. It pursues all necessary to secure the elimination of discriminatory activities. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People activities and services include voter-registration drives, anti-racism workshops, fundraisers, and general meetings. Membership is open to all IUP students without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, disability religion, gender, and sexual or affection orientation.

National Pan Hellenic Council

The IUP Council of NPHC is a governance organization that seeks to develop and maintain social Greek life and inter-Greek relations, especially among the historically black fraternities and sororities. The council is a liaison body that represents the interest of black students in the decision-making process. The council is composed of seven of the eight historically black Greek organizations of the National Pan Hellenic Council, and one newly founded black Greek sorority.

Pan African Student Association

The Pan African Student Association is an organization open to individuals irrespective of national origin who are willing to explore and learn about the culture and diversity amongst people of Africa. Membership is open to the entire IUP community.

Ritmo Latino Dance Crew

Ritmo Latino Dance Crew strives to introduce, promote, and uphold the Latino culture through the art of dance. It works in conjunction with other organizations that promote diversity in the IUP community, and it is open to all members of the IUP community. 

Voices of Joy Choir

The IUP Voices of Joy Gospel Choir performs gospel music and looks to foster musical expression within its membership. Activities include practices, which are held once a week, bake sales, skating and bowling parties, and performances on campus and throughout Pennsylvania.

Membership is open to all IUP students, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, disability, religion, gender, and sexual or affectional orientation. 

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