Multicultural Student Organizations

  • 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.

    Andale IUP Spanish Club 

    The purpose of Andale is to provide students with an opportunity to learn more about the Spanish language and culture, and to relate to other students of the Spanish-speaking world. Membership is open to all members of the IUP community.

    Anime Club 

    The mission of this organization is to promote the understanding and enjoyment of Japanese animation and to foster an understanding of this genre. Membership in this organization is open to all IUP students. 

    Ascension and Meditation Yoga Association 

    The mission of the Ascension Meditation and Yoga Association (AMYA) is to promote meditation, yoga, and discussion for spiritual growth and stress management. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community, IUP retirees, and the Indiana community. 

    Asian Studies Club 

    We are an organization open to Asian Studies majors AND non-majors! We welcome all in the study of the culture of Asia. Membership is open to all IUP students. 

    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.

    Chinese Student Association

    The primary objective of the Chinese Student Association is to create a stage for IUP’s Chinese students to communicate and socialize, and to foster a community that supports the needs of the Chinese students.

    Diversity Student Council

    Diversity Student Council promotes awareness, advocacy, and acceptance of all individuals on and off campus. The DSC hosts annual meetings in which topics about multiculturalism and diversity are discussed and debated upon along with hosting programs to benefit IUP students. Membership in this organization is open to all IUP students.

    Education Abroad

    Housed within the Office of International Education (OIE), the Study Abroad Office is a resource for IUP students to learn all about the study abroad programs available to them as an IUP student. The OIE is the primary catalyst for Indiana University of Pennsylvania’s international initiatives. The office proactively facilitates, promotes, and organizes the international programs, events, support, and initiatives to more fully diversify IUP and local Western Pennsylvania communities. OIE offers services and programs that help international students, scholars, visitors, and faculty adjust to life in the United States and initiates, fosters, and maintains a variety of international exchange and education abroad programs for all students, sponsors and organizes a variety of activities and programs to internationalize the campus and broader community, and facilitates deeper internationalization efforts across campus.

    Egyptian Student Association

    The mission of this organization is to provide students whom are interested in the Egyptian culture the opportunity to explore and gain more knowledge. ESA aims to build a bridge between IUP community and Egyptian culture. The Egyptian Student Association provides awareness activities about Egyptian history and ancient Egyptian civilization.

    French Club

    IUP French Club aims to spread awareness about French language and culture throughout the IUP community as well as provide resources to students studying French. All members of the IUP community are welcome to attend our meetings and events.

    Havoc Step Team

    The mission of the Havoc Step Team is for women and men to be able to express their creative self through a cultivating form of step. The mission is also to provide a meaningful bond with a diverse group of people. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community. 

    India Students Association

    The mission of the India Student Association is to promote awareness of socio-cultural values and traditions of India, and to provide a forum for interaction and exchange of views. Membership in this organization is open to all IUP students. 

    Japanese Student Association

    The mission of the Japanese Student Association is to assist in academics and other activities of Japanese Students of IUP, and to encourage students in IUP to engage in communication with students from other countries. Membership in this organization is open to all members of the IUP community. People interested in participating in this association are required to submit an application form that the committee will then approve. 

    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.

    Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Incorporated

    The Quiriguá Chapter was founded on April 6, 2014, at IUP. The purpose of the brothers of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. is to serve the IUP campus and surrounding communities, to enable the interaction of college men on an academic and social basis, to provide a supplementary educational, social, and cultural experience for the mutual cultivation of its members, to advocate programs and institutions to help fulfill the needs and concerns of the students, and to promote an awareness of diversity within many cultures. 

    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. 

    Muslim Student Association

    To help Muslim students and IUP community to develop a relationship of respect and mutual understanding between Muslim students and non-Muslim students as well as faculty and staff. The aims and objectives of the Muslim Student Association are: to exist primarily as a religious organization and to serve the best interests of the IUP community by fostering understanding between Muslim students and the rest of the community; to organize social and cultural activities such as lectures, festivals, and seminars for the exchange of religious ideas among Muslim students at IUP; to promote the welfare of Muslim students at IUP; and to create awareness of Islam among the IUP community.

    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 (Divine 9). 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 nine historically black Greek organizations of the National Pan Hellenic Council.

    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. 

    Saudi Student Association

    The mission of this organization is to promote friendship and understanding within the Saudi community first, and to strengthen the bonds with other national and international affiliates within IUP. Membership in this organization is open to all students. 

    Student Organization for Caribbean Awareness

    SOCA brings Caribbean awareness to the campus of IUP. Through music, food, and events we bring an “island twist” to Indiana. We do not focus primarily on certain islands, but all of them.   SOCA welcomes all cultures, including those that are not from the islands, and membership in this organization is open to all students. 

    Taiwanese Student Association

    TSA introduces diverse aspects of Taiwan to IUP and the community, and further enhances knowledge about Taiwan in the surrounding regions. TSA’s missions include a home for Taiwanese students at IUP, building a collaborative community to provide supports for members’ personal and academic life at IUP. Membership in this organization is open to all students. 

    Tlacuilo Honor Society

    The purpose of the Tlacuilo Honor Society is to recognize and promote the achievement of academic excellence and to encourage the leadership of undergraduate Latino students and students who demonstrate an interest in the Latino culture and community. Membership to the Society will be by invitation only to students with a grade point average of 3.25 or higher. Letters of invitation will be sent out to eligible students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years during the fall semester of each academic year. Freshmen will be invited during the spring semester. Transfer students will be considered for eligibility according to the above requirements and submission of their previous school transcript. At the time of induction, eligible members must have attained a minimum grade point average of 3.25, paid the membership fee in full, and completed the membership application.

    Voices of Joy 

    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.