Student Organizations

Middle Eastern Leadership Council (MELC)
Arab Student Organization (ASO)
Arabic Conversation Club
Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP)
Persian Cultural Society (PCS)
The Lebanese Club
Afghan Student Association (ASA)
Muslim Students Association (MSA)
Middle Eastern Mentoring Program (MEMP)

Middle Eastern Leadership Council (MELC)

Description: The Middle Eastern Leadership Council is a working group bringing together leaders of the different Middle Eastern student organizations on Grounds. Its goals are to facilitate communication and exchange of ideas among the various organizations; to coordinate scheduling of events and activities; and to collaborate where possible on worthy projects.

Highlighted event: Annual Photo Exhibit – Through Middle Eastern Eyes (spring semester)

How to find out more: to join the melc@virginia.edu mailing-list or to find out more, email MELC secretary Nilufar Mirshahi

The Arab Student Organization

Description: The Arab Student Organization is a social and cultural organization for all students to learn and be a part of the Arab culture at UVA. This includes cultural activities such as our annual show Layaleena, as well discussions and meetings that help spread awareness about the richness of Arab culture. Also, ASO provides an environment for Arab or Arab American students to feel that they can connect with other students like them and their heritage.

Highlighted events: Annual Layaleena (spring semester)

How to find out more: to join the arabnews@virginia.edu mailing-list or to find out more, email ASO secretary Mariyam Yakteen

Arabic Conversation Club

Arabic Conversation Club meets casually to converse in both Arabic and attend Middle Eastern cultural events. A typical meeting may include watching an Arabic movie, learning dialect from a native speaker, or meeting with the language mentors to participate in a facilitated conversation with native speakers. Students of all experience levels are welcome to attend! We accommodate both Modern Standard Arabic and dialect. Please contact Danielle Psimas at dep5tm@virginia.edu for more information.

Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine (SPJP)

Description: Students for Peace and Justice in Palestine is a group that advocates for the Palestinian cause and to raise awareness to the UVA community about the issue.

Highlighted event: Palestine week – a series of speakers and events that inform the community about the situation in this region. (fall semester)

How to find out more: to join the spjp@virginia.edu mailing-list or to find out more, email SPJP secretary Haya Yaish.

Persian Cultural Scoiety (PCS)

Description: Persian Cultural Society brings together people interested in Persian culture, history, and language. Among its objectives are the sponsoring of Persian social and cultural activities and events in order to promote an understanding of Persian culture, foster friendship among different cultural groups, and provide a source of union and support for the Persian community at the University of Virginia.  It is open to anyone who is interested in Persian culture and language, wants to meet new people, or find a niche within the community. This organization strongly encourages first and second years in hopes of continuing on with the club throughout the rest of their UVA years.

Highlighted event: Iran Day- April (spring semester)

How to find out more: to join the Persian-cs@virginia.edu mailing-list or to find out more, email PCS secretary Maryam Ghariban.

The Lebanese Club

Description: The Lebanese Club at U.Va. is a social organization made to bring people who are Lebanese or non-Lebanese together. It is part of a national organization called the Lebanese Collegiate Network which hosts an annual convention in a different state. Join the club if you embrace Lebanese Culture or are looking to have a good time!

To find out more: email Lebanese Club secretary Alejandra Garcia-Meza

Afghan Student Association (ASA)

Description: The Afghan Student Association is a cultural organization created to promote awareness about Afghan culture at the University, as well as to create a fun social environment for Afghan students at the University. It also serves to educate the UVA community about Afghan culture.

Highlighted event: Afghan Day (spring semester)

To find out more: email ASA secretary Marwa Hamidi

Muslim Students Association (MSA)

Description: The Muslim Student Association is dedicated to serving the three principles of its motto: “Faith, Service, and Unity”. The Muslim Student Association allows Muslims at UVA and within the Charlottesville community to get a better understanding of the religion, to encourage its members to engage in the broader community, and to raise awareness of Islam and the organization to non-Muslims.

The Muslim Students Association was established at the University of Virginia fifteen years ago to serve as a community for Muslim students at the University. This year’s MSA opens its doors to anyone who is interested, and it strongly encourages people of different faiths and religions to join or participate in events. This is a great opportunity to not only learn more about Islam, but also to meet new people and become part of the Muslim Community here at UVa. We have a variety of activities planned including Islamic discussions, workshops, bowling, outdoor sports, brunches, speakers, & community potlucks. We look forward to an exciting year!

Highlighted event: Islamic awareness month: Fast-a-thon and Mock hajj (spring semester)

How to find out more: join the uva-msa@virginia.edu mailing-list or e-mail msacouncil@gmail.com to find out more, or e-mail MSA secretary Zaahir Imam

Middle Eastern Mentoring Program (MEMP)

Description: MEMP makes UVA more personal, comfortable and welcoming!  Incoming students are paired with mentors who remain available to them throughout the year. Numerous programs bring the community together to encourage relationships and collaboration. For information and mentor profiles, please see the section of this website that describes the program.

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Highlighted event: Majors’ Mixer (spring semester)

How to find out more: Mentor selections occur in the Spring Semester and they are competitive. To participate in events or to learn more, please contact the Program Coordinator for Multicultural Student Services Julie Roa.