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Race & Ethnicity

Affinity Groups


The undergraduate Affinity Groups are governed by the Joint Council which consist of representatives from various campus student organizations involved in and dedicated to promoting diversity, Inclusive Excellence, and/or social justice. The Cultural Center provides the structure and facilitation for the Council, with the goal of increased communication, outreach, and accountability among member organizations. The USG Diversity Committee oversees funding for the member organizations.

The Council meets monthly each quarter and provides a platform for collaborating on events and issues, avoiding programmatic competition, addressing campus climate concerns, and providing organizational development opportunities. Representatives are student leaders selected by their affiliated organizations.

The annual Joint Council Leadership Development Retreat brings together member organization leaders to facilitate leadership development at an individual level, an organization level, and as a larger community. Sessions focus on improving participants' understanding of leadership within the context of their organization, including areas such as meeting management, self-care, public speaking, and action planning. The program aims to promote collaboration among the leaders and thereby, member organizations.  

Student organizations interested in contributing to as well as benefiting from active membership should contact the Joint Council advisor via tccinfo@du.edu, with an explanation of how their mission and activities relate.

Graduate affinity groups are currently being developed. Please check back soon for more information.

African Students United

african students united logoBio coming soon! The mission of ASU-African Students United is to create a space to celebrate educate, and participate in the understanding of the many rich, diverse cultures of Africa. Through African cultural events, we will introduce multiple features of African food, dance, music, etc. The organization's purpose is to serve African students and allies at the University of Denver to create an inclusive institution. We plan to make an impact on the outside African community through service projects, community outreach, etc. We also encourage college seeking African students to seriously consider making DU their new home. This would help Du create a space where cultural diversity is truly present on campus. African Student United (ASU) ultimately aims to make this a celebrated and appreciated identity on campus.

Asian Student Alliance

asian student alliance logoThe University of Denver Asian Student Alliance focuses on the academic, political and social aspects pertaining to the Asian American population on the DU campus through community events aimed at promoting political awareness and education, volunteering in the local community and networking on campus.

Biracial and Multiracial Alliance (not active - 2020)

BAMSA provides a space for students of mixed heritage and those interested in issues of mixed heritage to express their concerns and interests to each other and the University of Denver community at large.

Black Student Alliance

black student alliance logoThe University of Denver's Black Student Alliance is an organization dedicated to promoting cultural awareness and solidarity on campus. One of our organization's main focuses is to foster the personal development of our membership, and to encourage them to become active community contributors.

 

 

 

Feminist Student Alliance (not active - 2020)

We, the Feminist Student Alliance, strive to empower undergraduate students at the University of Denver to be their authentic selves through action, discussion and awareness. We're committed to maintaining a sustainable student voice as the FSA works to create support for gender and women's issues.

Hillel

hillel logoHillel is the center of Jewish life on campus. We're an integral part of campus social, cultural, educational, political, and religious life. Hillel at DU provides opportunities for Jewish students and those interested in Judaism to build Jewish community on campus.

 

 

 

International Student Organization

intl student org logoThe DU International Student Organization is dedicated to supporting and enhancing an inclusive global campus. We bring different cultures together and encourage friendships amongst international and domestic students. By providing a safe and fun environment, ISO facilitates cultural awareness and tolerance throughout DU and the local community.

 

 

 

LatinE Student Alliance

latinx student alliance logoThe purpose of the Latine Student Alliance is to create and provide a strong and positive support group for Latin@ populations on campus through the promotion of cultural awareness and inclusion.

 

 

 

 

Muslim Student Association

muslim student association logoThe Muslim Student Association (MSA) at DU is a non-exclusive student organization comprised of students at the University of Denver who are interested in building bridges between the Muslim minority on campus and the greater DU community.

 

 

Pacific Islander ALLIANCE

piaThe mission of the Pacific Islander Alliance (PIA) is to provide a space for students (undergraduate & graduate), faculty, and staff of the University of Denver (DU) who are of Pacific Islander (PI) descent to empower DU's PI community and educate the larger DU community on PI cultures and issues. Due to the small size of the PI population in the United States relative to other racial minorities, PIs are often lumped together with Asian Americans. However, many unique cultural and demographic attributes categorically differentiate PIs from Asian Americans. Students of the Pacific Islands are one of the most underrepresented demographics here at the University of Denver; thus, our goal is to bring knowledge to engender awareness of and appreciation for the PI community

 

 

Native Student Alliance

nsaThe Native Student Alliance is a student organization at the University of Denver mainly consisting of (but certainly not limited to) students and faculty of Indigenous descent. Our focus is to increase awareness and educate the DU, and greater Denver community about Native sociopolitical issues, all to push for social justice and a more inclusive, diverse community.

 

 

Queer Student Alliance

queer student alliance logoThe purpose of QSA is to educate members within the DU community about issues that are being faced by the LGBTQIA community. We seek to teach about our history and to celebrate our struggles, victories, and diversity.

The Mission:We strive to create a system that: encourages cooperation, coordination, cohesion, and communication among all students; enhances student development through educational and social programming; promotes the welfare of the university community as a whole through advocacy; and establishes an effective and representative body for LGBTQIA+ related issues.

South Asian Student Alliance

south asian student alliance logoSASA is an affinity organization that seeks to "create a space for people to learn about and celebrate South Asian culture, regardless of where they are from, and to share that culture with the University of Denver and its students."

 

 

 

Vietnamese Student Association

vietnamese student assoociation logoThe Vietnamese Student Association is an organization dedicated to shaping and enabling the leaders of tomorrow by increasing awareness of world cultures, diversity, and personal heritage in the context of modern society and issues and to creating a supportive and cooperative community to bring forth the talents and strengths of our constituent members.

 

 

 

Graduate Affinity Groups

Black Graduate Student Association

The Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) at the University of Denver aims to provide and facilitate advocacy, community, resource-sharing, and professional development. For more information please contact the 2021-2022 President, Cory Jackson, or Advisor, Dr. Andriette Jordan-Fields.

Find us on Facebook. DU BGSA & DU BGSA Local (For in-person meet ups)