Student Organizations Directory
The student organizations listed here are involved in service through local, national and international community service activities, fundraising and activism. Students self-select the Public Service category through the student organization registration processes and staff assign this category to administrative organizations.
- 4S: Students Supporting Soldier pSychology
Our aim as 4S is to provide a fun, community-oriented environment for students wishing to support the mental health of military personnel. Working towards a more healthy nation, our goal is to raise awareness and funding for national organizations (such as the the American Psychology Association and The Soldiers Project) that support soldier mental health and the prevention of veteran suicides, which are a serious issue and the leading cause of military deaths in recent years.
- Action for a Better Living Environment
ABLE matches students from the Charlottesville community with law school mentors and tutors.
- Active Minds at UVa
Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses. By developing and supporting chapters of a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy group on campuses, the organization works to increase students’ awareness of mental health issues, provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness, encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed, and serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.
Through campus-wide events and national programs, Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses throughout North America.
The Active Minds Vision
To destigmatize mental health disorders by promoting open, enlightened discussion of mental health; and to create a better life for all who suffer. To capitalize on the energy and dedication of young adults in the fight against the stigma that surrounds mental health disorders, and to educate, enlighten, and empower all young adults to ensure their own mental health before it ever reaches a tragic stage.
- Advocates for Life at Virginia Law
Advocates for Life at Virginia Law (AFL) brings together law students eager to protect the fundamental right to life of innocent human beings, and fosters balanced and open discussion about the fundamental right to life in the legal community. Its purpose is to educate and train law students about the jurisprudence of a pro-life ethic, the attacks on the right to life, and the best strategies to protect women, children, the elderly, and other vulnerable members of our society from abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, and new biotechnologies that threaten to undermine human dignity. By building a culture of courage and support among pro-life law students and lawyers, AFL will promote a legal environment that values and upholds the dignity of innocent human life.
AFL seeks to promote the principles that all human beings have an unalienable right to life from the moment of conception; that an essential end of government is the protection of human life; and that every law and policy decision must uphold, affirm, and safeguard this fundamental right. Members of AFL will work to promote the above principles and to further their application through education, advocacy, and scholarship. Members of AFL will be a part of a national network of pro-life law students and lawyers, educated to defend the human rights of all human beings, and to engage an often hostile or uninformed legal environment, both within law school and society at large.
Advocates for Life at Virginia Law is a chapter of Advocates for Life, the national, non-partisan association of pro-life law students. Advocates for Life is an initiative of Americans United for Life, a pro-life public interest law firm and the oldest national pro-life organization.
- AHMADIYYA MUSLIM STUDENT ORGANIZATION
To further the message of the International Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, through
activities and events, based on the motto, “Love for all, hatred for none”.
- Alpha Chi Omega (Zeta Lambda Chapter)
Alpha Chi Omega is a national women's organization that enriches the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, and service. The Zeta Lambda chapter is located right on Mad Bowl. Our annual philanthropy is Par-tee, a golf tournament which benefits Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE). Some of the chapter's favorite social functions include our Tacky Christmas date function, Parent's Formal and football tailgates.
CHOOSE ALPHA CHI!
- Alpha Delta Pi (Zeta Xi Chapter)
- Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Society
Alpha Epsilon Delta is the only national premedical honor society. It was founded in 1926 at the University of Alabama and is currently one of the 57 members of the Association of College Honor Societies. Alpha Epsilon Delta supports collegiate chapters in identifying premedical students of excellence and imposing an obligation of continuing achievement upon such students. Alpha Epsilon Delta is not only an honor society, it is also a service organization. AED members are active in their efforts to promote premedical education in the University community through many diverse programs such as the speaker series, premedical newsletters and handbooks, MCAT reviews, tutoring and peer-advising, mentoring, interviewing, and social events. For many students, AED is a principal extracurricular activity. The varied functions of AED provided activities for intellectual development and stimulation of the individual members and a program of service to the Grounds that will include activities of benefit to non-members as well as members.
- Alpha Epsilon Pi (Mu Chapter)
"No one could tell me where my soul might be. I searched for God but he eluded me. I sought out my brother and found all three." -Crosby. Alpha Epsilon Pi gives UVa Men a chance to experince the true bonds of brotherhood. Mu chapter here at UVa continually sets standards of excellence in Academics, Athletics, Community Service, and Brotherhood for the IFC and AEPi nationally. In it's 80th year of existence, AEPi has created men of strong moral fiber who are now leaders in their respective fields.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (Theta Kappa Chapter)
The Theta Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the grounds of the University of Virginia by eighteen women on February 9, 1974: Eighteen women who sought to bring AKA's great legacy of sisterhood, service, intelligence and elegance to Jefferson's historic academy. Since then, over 350 women have joined the ranks of the Theta Kappa Chapter at the University of Virginia. All of these women are of high merit and distinction, as proven by their participationand leadership in numerous organizations, in addition to participating the sisterly activities of Alpha Kappa Alpha.
- alpha Kappa Delta Phi (Sigma Chapter)
alpha Kappa Delta Phi, with 43 chapters across the nation, is the largest Asian-American interest sorority and the fastest growing. Established in 1989 at UC Berkeley, aKDPhi has blossomed towards strength and unity. We were founded at UVA in the fall of 1999, the first Asian-American interest sorority in all of Virginia. We are individuals within our sorority, yet powerful as a group. We are not united by a single ethnicity, but rather strengthened in our diversity. We share a strong bond of love, friendship, and sisterhood. With a supportive network of sisters, each woman can strive to fulfill her personal, academic, and career goals.
- Alpha Phi (Zeta Iota Deuteron Chapter)
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Iota Beta Chapter)
Founded on Tuesday, December 4, 1906 at Cornell University, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is a non-profit service organization dedicated to manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind through providing service and advocacy to our communities. The Iota Beta chapter was chartered on the Grounds of the University of Virginia on March 10, 1974, and the chapter continues to uphold the objectives and ideal of this dear fraternity.
- Alpha Phi Omega-Theta Chapter
Alpha Phi Omega was founded in 1925 by Frank Reed Horton at Lafayette College upon the three cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service, derived from the principles of boy scouting. Horton believed that APO was
“destined to be one of the greatest college fraternities in the world because…the motivating idea behind it is to look for good and to try to do good to everyone regardless of who or what belief.”
Theta Chapter at UVa is the eighth of 366 chapters to which Horton’s vision has spread.
Unlike all-male social fraternities, APO is a co-ed community service fraternity. The membership of Theta Chapter together performs over 2000 hours of service a semester within the University, the Charlottesville community, and beyond. Members of Theta are serious about service, and our chapter boasts one of the most intense and well-reputed service programs of all chapters nationwide. Service opportunities exist for Theta brothers every day of the week. Please visit the Service Page to learn more.
After their pledge semester, all Theta members are called brothers, regardless of gender. Theta brothers select new pledges through a selective rush, and each pledge must complete a probationary semester to gain membership. The pledging process of Theta includes plenty of fun and service, with absolutely no hazing. Each pledge is assigned two or three Big Brothers who guide them as their pledge class finds, fundraises for, and finally leads a large-scale service project. Please visit our Rush Page and Pledging Page to learn more about these processes.
- Alpha Tau Omega (Delta Chapter)
"...to teach not politics, but morals; to foster not partisanship, but the recognition of true merit wherever found; to have no narrower limits within which to work together for the elevation of man than the outlines of the world..." Alpha Tau Omega was the first fraternity founded after civil war in hopes to bind men of the north and south together and heal the wounds of war. The Delta chapter at UVA has recruited thousands of men and installed in them the values that are so close to our heart: honor, humility, and integrity. The brotherhood prides themselves in academic excellence, philanthropy events, athletic involvement, and social engagement.
- Alternative Spring Break
The mission of Alternative Spring Break (ASB) is to bring together members of the University community, who might not otherwise interact in their usual social spheres, in the common goals of service to and education about the global community, in order to promote and train future service leaders of Virginia. ASB runs student-lead service trips, both international and domestic, during the Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. Please visit our website to learn about upcoming events and application deadlines! www.altbreak.org
- American Institute of Architecture Students
The purpose of the University Virginia's chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students is as follows:
To promote excellence in architecture education, training, and practice,
To foster and appreciation of architecture and related disciplines,
To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration,
To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.
Freedom by Design, a community service design+build program is currently working on a wheelchair ramp for a Charlottesville family in need. Check out the blog for weekly updates! www.fbduva.blogspot.com
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
AIChE at UVA is an academic organization that promotes the professional development of the Chemical Engineering students at UVA. AIChE helps organize several events such as Plant Tours to nearby manufacturing facilities, speaker panels with Alumni, career-focused events such as internship panels and an annual Networking Night.
One major purpose of AICHE at UVA includes providing opportunities for its students to interact with other members of the AICHE nationally, including students from other chapters, alumni of the university, and professional Chemical Engineers. We take students twice a year to go to the National and Regional AICHE conferences hosted by different AICHE chapters around the country each year, to give them an opportunity to help them gain career advice and learn about the industry and the profession.
AICHE also has two subsidiaries: Wahoo Wizards is a service-based organization that visits local elementary schools and shows kids science experiements to educate them about science in an interesting and engaging manner. ChemE Car is a group of students that build a car all year long that is powered by a chemical reaction, designed by the students. This team then competes at the Regional Conference in the spring semester against other teams of students from other chapters of AIChE.
- American Red Cross Club at the University of Virginia
A club to promote the Red Cross and its goals throughout the University community. Fundraisers, Blood Drives, Health and Safety Education....we do it all.
- American Society of Civil Engineers
- Asha For Education
- Astronomical Society at the University of Virginia
- Autism Speaks U at UVA
Autism Speaks at UVA furthers the mission of Autism Speaks by engaging the University community and the local Charlottesville community through awareness and education. ASU also organizes local fundraising events in support of Autism Speaks to positively affect the lives of those struggling with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We strive to actively engage the UVa community in our efforts as well as to educate more about what autism is.
- Battleground Faith
We are Battleground Faith/Princess Club. We are an organization that aims to uplift members of the Charlottesville community, specifically the young girls of the West Haven community. We base our means of reaching out to the community on Christian principles.
- Be the Match
Every year, thousands of people of all ages are diagnosed with blood cancers like leukemia or lymphoma, sickle cell anemia or other life-threatening diseases. Many of them will die unless they get a bone marrow or cord blood transplant from a matching donor. Seventy percent of people do not have a donor in their family and depend on our Be The Match Registry to find a match to save their life.
The National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), a nonprofit organization, is the global leader in providing bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants to patients in need. As Be The Match at the University of Virginia, we operate to contribute to Be The Match Registry, the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units and raise funds to help provide transplants to all patients through the Be The Match Foundation. BTM at U.Va. will contribute to the registry by working to advocate the registration of potential marrow transplant donors. Be the Match will not only add people the National Marrow Donor Registry, but will also educate the community about the importance of marrow transplants.
- Beta Theta Pi
- Black Girls RUN!
The mission of Black Girls RUN! is to encourage African-American women to make fitness and healthy living a priority. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80% of African-American women are overweight. BGR! wants to create a movement to lower that percentage and subsequently, lower the number of women with chronic diseases associated with an unhealthy diet and sedentary lifestyle.
- Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group
The Blue Ridge Mountain Rescue Group (BRMRG) is a volunteer Search and Rescue organization comprised of UVA students and members of the community. It is one of nine member groups of the Appalachian Search and Rescue Conference (ASRC). Our members respond to search and rescue emergencies throughout the mid-Atlantic region, from Pennsylvania through northern North Carolina, providing life saving services to lost persons and downed aircraft. No previous training or experience is required, we will provide opportunities for all necessary training, generally at no cost to the member. For more information, visit our official website at www.brmrg.org. Please direct all questions to email@example.com.
- Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge & Success
Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success acquired its name on Friday, May 9th, 1997. What began as a group of friends celebrating the end of the 1996-1997 academic year at the University of Virginia has matured into an organized cadre of black males and females concerned about the well being of the Black community in today's Society. The seven founding members, Mr. Marc K. Carroll, Mr. Ryan F. Coleman-Ferebee, Mr. John T. Green, III, Mr. Aaron A. Lockhart, Mr. Cameron D. Wadley, Mr. Ryan J. Wallace, and Mr. Les H. Williams, Jr. spent many a late night during the 1997-1998 academic year in order to fortify the goals of the organization. The ultimate goal of these meetings was to establish a constitution which would be submitted to the University in hopes of obtaining CIO status (and get a real name, not just an acronym). On Wednesday April 29, 1998 the endless nights of work paid off. At 3:08pm, Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success became a CIO at the University of Virginia. Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success strives to not only involve students at the University of Virginia, but also members of the local Charlottesville Community. B.U.C.K.S. has reached out to the residents of Charlottesville through such projects as 'My Brother's Keeper', a mentoring program where University students forge a bond with high school students and inspire them to look towards higher education. Organization members mentor local middle school children and help them prepare for SOL testing through the 'Young B.U.C.K.S.' after school program at Jouett Middle School. B.U.C.K.S. also oversees B.U.C.K.S. Labs where organization members supervise computer labs and activities in low-income areas of Charlottesville. B.U.C.K.S. has the desire to educate its members and the community by giving them a sense of pride and motivation through teaching them about the many contributions which African-Americans have made throughout the history of this country. Today B.U.C.K.S. boast a strong membership of both black males and females who act as leaders of the UVA community and as role models for young African-Americans in Charlottesville. Brothers United Celebrating Knowledge and Success--A proud history and a lasting legacy at the University of Virginia and Beyond.
- Building Goodness in April
The BGiA project is led by students from UVA’s Darden Business School and has been serving the community since 1991. Students work in partnership with the Building Goodness Foundation, raise funds and lead the collaboration with over 20 local Charlottesville organizations to execute Build Day. Build Day is the culmination of this effort and encompasses over 300 volunteers, skilled journeymen and general contractors coming together on one Saturday in April to rebuild 10 to 15 houses in the Charlottesville community.
- Building Tomorrow
Building Tomorrow is a non-profit initiative aimed at giving University of Virginia students the opportunity to raise funds and awareness for infrastructure projects benefiting vulnerable children impacted by poverty and HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
- Camp Kesem at the University of Virginia
Camp Kesem is a free weeklong summer camp for kids whose parents have or have had cancer. Throughout the year, student volunteers fundraise, attend camper reunions, participate in PR events, and more. Camp Kesem self-sustaining through the work of dedicated volunteers! The goal of Camp Kesem is to bring magic to families in Virginia that are affected by cancer and to provide a week of support and nurturement for the children of those families.
- Campus Girl Scouts
Campus Girl Scouts is an organization comprised of University students who want to stay involved with Girl Scouting, but don't necessarily have the time to devote to leading a troop. Our primary activities are planning events for local Girl Scouts and volunteering in our community. Past events have included Father Daughter Dance, Mother Daughter Tea and Badge Workshops.
- Cards for Kids
We play poker. All proceeds are donated in support of our local and international community.
- Cavs & Panthers Mentorship and Enrichment Program
Cavs & Panthers is a program that pairs university students with students at Red Hill Elementary in need of academic help for weekly tutoring and mentoring. The program also incorporates enrichment activities at Red Hill Elementary and field trips around the Charlottesville area to further develop realtionships between Red Hill students and UVa mentors.
- CAVS and the Market
In a conversation with the city market manager, Ms. Anderegg-Maloy, she voiced the concern that the city market fails to attract the amount of students it should. The market serves as a center where the Charlottesville community gathers every week and supports local commerce, and we feel that students at the University (especially first years) have developed a sort of bubble, the horizons of which end after the fraternities and the corner.
We'd like to pop that bubble- by serving as a liason between the City Market officials and the University community, we would organize events to get different student groups down to the city market, as well as bring elements of the city market to grounds.
This collaboration would not only facilitate interaction between the University and the Charlottesville community, but also integrate UVA students into the already existent healthy, locally conscience community in Charlottesville, which would be a mutually beneficial relationship.
- Challah for Hunger
Challah for Hunger is a national organization that raises money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread by students on college campuses. We are creating a chapter at UVa through the Brody Jewish Center. Next year, a group of students will bake the challah at the BJC every Wednesday night and ask for donations for the challah the following day from students and community members. Half of the profits will go to the American Jewish World Service's Sudan Relief and Advocacy Fund and the other half will go towards different local organizations we will choose each month.
- Chemistry LEAD Program
- Chi Omega (Lambda Gamma Chapter)
Chi Omega Fraternity
- Chi Phi (Alpha Chapter)
Since 1859, the men of the Alpha Chapter of the Chi Phi Fraternity have stood for truth, honor, and personal integrity at the University of Virginia. The brotherhood demonstrates its dedication to the University community through academic excellence, volunteer efforts, athletic involvement, and social engagements. From the time of recruitment to the Graduation processional walk down the Lawn, the men of the Alpha Chapter develop a strong character and sound values through their involvement in the fraternity.
- Child Advocacy Research & Education
CARE is a service group that takes a legal approach to issues affecting children, including education, juvenile justice, foster care and immigration. Through partnerships with local and national children’s law and advocacy organizations and CARE-generated projects, we assist in the direct representation of children and strive for broader systemic change through policy research and advocacy.
- Co-Presidents: Najla Long, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Christina Guidry, email@example.com
- Vice President: Ese Okuma, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pro Bono Coordinator: Gillian Barkins, email@example.com
- Speaker Coordinator: Amorya Orr, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Public Relations Manager: Shannon Parker, email@example.com
- Circle K International
Circle K is an international collegiate service organization that offers leadership, fellowship and service opportunities to young adults. Circle K currently has over 12,000 members on 507 campuses in more than 13 countries. The mission of Circle K International is to develop college and university students into responsible citizens and leaders with a lifelong commitment to serving the children of the world.
- Co-Operative Housing at UVA
CHUVA is for people interested in making co-operative housing happen in Charlottesville! We are a fledgling student housing co-op, renting three houses in our third year; ultimately we hope to buy a house, which will be jointly owned by co-op members. Most of our members are graduate students, but we welcome undergrads and non-students as well. Like all co-operatives, we value community, democracy, and responsibility. Resident and non-resident members alike meet frequently for meetings and fun events such as field trips, speakers, and our yearly yard sale.
- College Republicans
The College Republicans chapter at the University of Virginia is a political organization dedicated to promoting Republican principles, electing Republican officials, and providing fun and entertaining speakers, debates, parties, and more.
- Collegiate 100 Society of Virginia
Receiving its charter on Nov. 4th, 2011, the Collegiate 100 Society is a student service organization at the University of Virginia.
Our motto is: "what they see, is what they'll be." We serve as mentors to K-12 African American males in central Virginia public schools, motivating them to achieve.
We each seek to serve as leaders and role models in our community, using the diverse talents of our membership to empower others and create positive change.
And above all, we serve the University and Charlottesville communities, seeking to improve the quality of life and enhance educational opportunities.
- Community Consultants of Darden
CCoD is an incorporated non-for-profit corporation founded in 1956 at the Darden Graduate School of Business.
CCoD provides marketing, operational, and strategic evaluation and planning services to visionary non-profit organizations and small businesses in the Charlottesville community.
CCoD adds value to our clients’ businesses and provide practical learning opportunities to our members.
CCoD values professionalism and respect for all individuals regardless of business expertise and open communication among our members and clients.
- Conference on Public Service and the Law
The Conference on Public Service and the Law is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of public interest law through the administration of an annual public interest law conference at the University of Virginia School of Law. The Conference brings together students, faculty, attorneys, and policy makers for an exploration of public interest issues facing the legal community. The Conference aims to spark scholarly debate on subjects related to public interest law, to illustrate for students the wide variety of ways that lawyers can and do become involved in public service, and to increase student and alumni involvement in the public sector.
- Crafting for Conservation
Members of "Crafting for Conservation" will create aesthetically pleasing art and crafts out of recyclable materials during weekly meetings, thus supporting the recycling cause and promoting friendship and creativity. These crafts will most likely be sold in a C.F.C. craft show, in which the proceeds collected will go towards a green cause or group and/or towards C.F.C’s finances. Through its products, mission, and activities, “Crafting for Conservation” will serve to raise awareness about the environmental benefits of recycling and living green, and will hopefully inspire others to act in more eco-friendly ways.
- Dance Marathon at UVA
Each year UVa students take on the challenge to stay on their feet for 15 consecutive hours for Dance Marathon – an event that raises money to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital. Since its inception, our event has raised over $500,000 for the Hospital. In addition to dancing the night away with the line dance, the rave and the greek dance off - students participate in a variety of fun activities, enjoy a wide range of entertainment group, great food, and special events. The student participants experience physical and mental challenges during the event, serving as a reminder of the obstacles children treated at the UVA Children’s Hospital. The highlight of the event is when the Miracle Families visit, play and share their stories during Family hours. Their stories of success are what keep the dancers motivated and remind everyone that they are making a difference in a child’s life.
- Delta Delta Delta (Beta Sigma Chapter)
- Delta Gamma (Epsilon Gamma Chapter)
- Delta Kappa Epsilon (Eta Chapter)
- Delta Sigma Phi (Alpha Mu Chapter)
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
The Kappa Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated has served the Grounds of the University of Virginia since 1973, staying true to its goals of scholarship, sisterhood, and service.
- Delta Upsilon (Virginia Chapter)
Delta Upsilon is located at 180 Rugby Road next to Beta Bridge. DU brothers are focused on friendship, philanthropy, and having a great time.
- Delta Zeta (Lambda Delta Chapter)
- Diabetes Club atUVA
To raise funds that will be donated to JDRF
-fund raising will done by members of the Entrepreneurial Branch. Members will giventhe freedom to develop their own methods of fundraising and will inform members ofthe General Body of oppurtunities to provide ground support
To create support groups and advocate for diabetics on and off Grounds
-events will be organized by members of the Public Relations Board
To create awareness of diabetes to the general public
-events will be organized by the Public Relations Board
*Each members accomplishments will be recorded. Recorded information will be total money raised, number of events held (with a subcategory for description of event), and number of new members signed.
- Domestic Violence Project
The Domestic Violence Project strives to address the problem of domestic violence both directly (through pro bono service) and indirectly (through educational efforts to raise awareness and understanding of the issue). DVP educates the law school community about issues of domestic violence through speakers, discussion panels, films, and other events. DVP volunteers also monitor domestic violence-related criminal justice proceedings in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and several other surrounding jurisdictions through the Shelter for Help in Emergency's Court Monitoring Program.
- Down's Syndrome Alliance at UVa
Down syndrome Alliance at U.Va. is a recreation club for those UVa Students interested in advocating knowledge about Down syndrome and furthering the cause in the community by creating friendships with and enriching the lives of children and young adults who have Down syndrome, as well as with their families. In addition, we will host fundraising events throughout the year in order to plan trips and gatherings with the people we meet in the Charlottesville community.
- Dream Corps International
Dream Corps at U.Va. is part of Dream Corps International. Our mission is to promote education equity in China through quality resources and sustained participation. We work to improve the learning and developing environment for underprivileged children in China and to foster their dreams, so that their lives are not held hostage to existing economic, educational, and technological divides. We envision that one day, as many children in China as possible will be able to realize their dreams for a meaningful future. At the same time, privileged youths will develop a greater sense of social responsibility by engaging in constructive activities that bring them closer to their peers in rural China. Dream Corps employs the passion of Chinese students going to universities in the U.S. and international students of Chinese descent to their home country, to organize volunteer corps to establish libraries in rural schools or communities in China.
- Engineering Students without Borders
Engineering Students Without Borders is an organization that promotes the application of engineering to community development by providing resources to its membership. The members of ESWB share a common interest in finding feasible and sustainable ways to implement development strategies and engineering design methodologies to meet basic human needs. The organization is dedicated to helping engineering students realize their goals and promote their causes by hosting lectures and workshops, encouraging dialogue, advocating for support from the University, providing project presentations, and helping members attain funding and guidance for their project ideas.
On a secondary level, the organization also hosts international projects and local projects through executive positions. It is the organization’s desire to partner with individuals, institutions, organizations, universities, and communities to undertake development projects within the framework of fostering long-term, sustainable, and reciprocal relationships.
- Ethiopian Student Union
The Ethiopian Student Union will strive to achieve but will not be limited to the following objectives:
1. To increase the number of Ethiopian students at UVA by actively recruiting and serving as a resource during the application process.
2. To bring together Ethiopian students and alumni at UVA and work towards specific goals set by the members.
3. To foster a sense of service toward pressing issues regarding the Ethiopian community both locally and globally.
4. To promote Ethiopian culture within the university community and contribute to its diversity.
- European Society
The purpose of the European Society is to develop, foster and maintain communication between students from Europe and bond them with the members of the university community whom are affiliated, interested or involved in matters related to Europe. Our activities revolve around promoting European culture, history and politics as well as highlighting the countries from Europe that are represented by students at the University campus. Our organization brings an innovative and unique perspective by presenting the viewpoints and experiences of international students and connecting them to members of the university community.
- FACE AIDS
FACE AIDS is a student campaign to fight AIDS in Africa. We organize fundraising and awareness campaigns on Grounds and throughout the Charlottesville community centered on the distribution of beaded AIDS awareness pins. We are working together to change the way our generation thinks about AIDS in Africa. Every student wearing his or her pin is part of a youth movement dedicated to fighting this generation's defining pandemic. We are organized for both educational and fundraising goals. The objective of this organization is to fundraise and raise awareness about AIDS in Africa, both its direct and indirect effects on those suffering from the disease, their families, and the overall community. FACE AIDS is established, furthermore, for the expressed purpose of developing leadership skills as well as an awareness of social responsibilities to encourage students to participate in public affairs.
- Fashion For A Cause
The purpose of the organization is to present to the University of Virginia and the Greater Charlottesville Community an organization that works to connect artistic interests with community service. Through various events hosted at the University of Virginia, Fashion For a Cause will donate the majority of the proceeds to service the needs of the Charlottesville community through: UVA Children’s Hospital, Charlottesville Homeless Shelter, the Salvation Army, and other charitable outlooks. FFC shall also work to promote students from Charlottesville pursuing higher education by supporting one student a year with a scholarship. While providing spaces for artistic expression and community outreach, Fashion For a Cause will allow room for minority groups to show case their traditions and exchange customs with one another, as well as the University and Charlottesville community at large. Furthermore, the organization will be called to produce an annual fashion show.
- Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children
Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children FIMRC is dedicated to fundraising for est. and developing pediatric hospitals and clinic that are in need of financial assistance. Our projects serve to donate financial resources for purchasing med. equipment and for the construction of facilities where medical care can be delivered.
- Freedom of Expression Watch
The organization’s purpose is to create public awareness regarding the current suppression of freedom of expression and journalist prosecution in any form or manner around the world. The organization aims to expose ill treatment, abuse, threat or bribery directed to the manipulation and control of venues of expression of speech.
- Future Civic Leaders
FCL is a nationwide organization, and this year will be the initiation of the college chapter here at UVA. This organization focuses on engaging youth in civic and political leadership. The chapter at UVA will be assisting high school chapters in the area with being involved in their community, and help them build leadership skills.
- Gamma Phi Beta (Zeta Beta Chapter)
- Gamma Sigma Tau
Founded in 2009, Delphic of Gamma Sigma Tau Fraternity Inc. is the first and only multicultural fraternity at University of Virginia. We thrive to promote brotherhood, academics, community service, and most importantly, multiculturalism.
- Get $mart: Financial Education
The purpose of the aforementioned organization is to empower residents to achieve economic self-sufficiency and create a more financially viable future for their families. By taking an education-based approach, we will develop and implement a financial education class, held at the Hope Community Center (located on 11th Street, Charlottesville, VA), for the nearby low-income residents. The classes will be held in conjunction with financial advisors, who are trained and able to give sound financial advice to others.
- Girls Excited About Math and Science
GEMS is a service organization whose main goal is to close the gender gap in math and science subjects. We encourage these subjects to middle school girls in the Charlottesville Area by conducting math and science experiments with them.
- Global Architecture Brigades
GAB at UVA is affiliated with Global Architecture Brigades, which is part of Global Brigades, Inc. GAB is a network of volunteers that applies architectural design and construction skills to bring about socially responsible change to developing communities around the world. Our students collaborate with local planners, architects and community leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to areas lacking adequate infrastructure.
We are involved in a month-long intensive design competition held by the national chapter of Global Architecture Brigades. After a final design has been chosen by GAB, each chapter is asked to go on a week-long brigade where students will get hands-on construction work experience and see the final design come to realization.
- Global Brigades
Global Brigades is the world’s largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. Comprised of secular, international service programs, we mobilize student volunteers and professionals to empower communities in developing countries with programs that improve quality of life while respecting local culture.
- Global Business Brigades
UVA Global Business Brigades is a chapter of Global Brigades which is the world's largest student-led sustainable development organization. We plan trips to Torti Abajo, Panama where we provide business as well as personal finance consulting to families within the community. During the school year, we hold regular meetings to educate our members on the Panamanian community, business and development, and preparations for our trip. We also hold fundraising and social events to reimburse expenses on Panama trips as well as foster relationships among members.
Our next brigade is scheduled for August 15-22, 2012. If you have interest in going or getting otherwise involved, please contact our club president, Xinyi (Audrey) Cao at firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the work we do, visit http://www.globalbrigades.org/?page_id=741
- Global Development Organization
The Global Development Organization exists at UVa to foster a community of students interested in and able to reduce global poverty and inequality and to make globalization work for the poor.
How do we do this? Through an event series (of speakers, discussions and debates, career panels, presentations, etc.), research support, the major in global development studies, and public service events that pertain to global development.
Please join us.
- Global Environmental Brigades
Environmental Brigades at University of Virginia is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The UVA chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually. Environmental Brigades are 8-day experiences abroad that include hands-on work alongside community members to promote environmentally sustainable development. Environmental Brigades operate in areas of agriculture, waste management, and environmental education. The UVA Environmental Brigade works in Panama with a specific emphasis on reforestation, sustainable agriculture, waste management, and environmental education.
- Global Medical Dental Brigades
Our mission is to provide a holistic model for sustainable health care in underserved villages with limited access to medicine by conducting a preliminary needs assessment, treating patients to the highest ethical standards, sponsoring referrals to those with needs beyond our capability, recording data for the production of quantitative reports, and working to improve the water, sanitation, and economic infrastructures.
- Global Medical Training
Global Medical Training is an international humanitarian organization, providing free medical services to underprivileged communities in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. Global Medical Training club at The University of Virginia will co-ordinate trips, fundraise, teach about tropical diseases and prepare students and members of the UVA community for the travel and work at GMT sites.
"Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization's contracts, acts, or omissions."
- Global Public Health Brigades
Our mission is to provide volunteers with the opportunity to make a tangible impact on communities while gaining real life experience in the field of public health and international development. Volunteers receive an introduction to Honduras’ public health challenges and its political, economic, and geographical context. On trips, students will spend a week working alongside community members to implement the four public health construction projects within the homes of families. Complementing project construction, volunteers educational workshops to adults and children of the community. The workshops promote basic sanitation and hygiene practices, offering nutritional advice, and instruct on principles of disease prevention.
- Global Student Council
The Global Student Council (GSC) at The University of Virginia (UVA) aims to forge relationships and create a common platform for all the current international students, in order to identify and resolve the main issues that impact the international community and strengthen their relationship with the University, as well as to facilitate current international student relationships and support the University in building a strong international alumni network.
Our operation is split into two bureaus: Internal Affairs and External Affairs.
Internal Affairs delivers the University’s resources to current international students. We provide a forum for these students to bring forth their issues and collectively resolve these through implementation of targeted programs. The overall mission is forge better relationships between international student groups and the University.
External Affairs collaborates with the University’s Alumni Association, Office of Engagement, and other administrative offices to formalize and strengthen our existing international alumni network. In other words, we want to promote the University on a global level.
- Globemed at the University of Virginia
One billion people across the world lack access to health care systems. Each day, more than 36,000 people die preventable deaths. Without addressing poverty and poor health, we cannot break this cycle of suffering.
University students have the passion and energy to help tackle this challenge. GlobeMed aims to meet this challenge by engaging and training students to work with grassroots organizations across the world to improve the health of the impoverished. By partnering students and communities to combat poverty and poor health, we improve the lives of thousands of impoverished people across the world today and shape tomorrow’s leaders across all professions who will share a deep commitment to health equity and social justice.
Globemed at UVA is partnered with Build your future today in Cambodia in an effort to help children and orphans outside Siem Reap. The chapter and partner collaborate on projects and fundraising, a global health curriculum on campus, and onsite work trips by students.
Visit globemed.org for more details.
- Greek Recycling Program
The Greek Recycling Program's mission is to divert waste from local landfills through the reduction, reuse and recycling of reclaimable material from all fraternities and sororities at UVA under the jurisdiction of IFC/ISC. The program, by virtue of this mission, seeks not to serve as an extension of the Greek Governing Councils-- which would presuppose membership limited to Greek affiliation-- but rather to independently capitalize on an obvious opportunity to significantly reduce wastefulness within the University community. Accordingly, we encourage as broad and diverse a membership base as possible, threaded by a common and passionate desire to increase environmental responsibility at UVa. Further, by proactively partnering with each house, we hope to significantly heighten environmental conservation within an institution that is perhaps the most notorious source of wastefulness at UVa-- the Greek System.
- Green Grounds Group
The Green Grounds Group is dedicated to educating and advocating for sustainable planning, design, implementation and operations on the grounds of the University of Virginia.
Formed in 2004 by planning and architecture students to address green design at the University, the group sponsors projects that encompass a range of sustainable design ideas – from green roofs to energy use to transportation. Through each project, Green Grounds works with a diverse set of university stakeholders including administrators, staff, faculty, students and community members.
Holding a strong conviction that the University of Virginia can and should employ sustainable practices as part of their growth strategy, the Green Grounds Group promotes a broad range of projects from minimization of energy consumption to selection of low environmental impact materials to site and building water management to improved indoor air quality.
- Habitat for Humanity
More than 3,000 homes around Charlottesville qualify as "substandard," according to the Albemarle County Housing Advisory Committee. More than half of these homes are owned or occupied by low-income families that are unable to afford repairs. Habitat for Humanity @ UVA is part of a worldwide nonprofit organization that helps solve the problem of substandard housing, one family at a time. Habitat volunteers work side-by-side with Habitat homeowners, known as partner families. The partner families invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- "sweat equity" -- into building their own houses and the homes of fellow partner families. Since there are no labor costs, no profits for the builders and no interest, most partner families pay less per month for their Habitat home than they paid in rent for a substandard dwelling. We are working to build homes for Hurricane Katrina victims through Operation Home Delivery this Fall with help from the faculty, parents, and the community. We plan to raise money to sponsor an entire house by the end of the Spring semester here in Charlottesville and will send a group of students on a Spring Break trip to build homes this Spring.
- Helping Advocate Rights Through Stories
Our nation is in a state of utter confusion and disparity. Our politicians and officials are submitt faulty policy that becomes approved. While us, the generation of this time, the millennials, are forced to reap the consequences of these newly implemented laws. We are the citizens that range from the ages of 15-24; we comprise the nation’s high schools, universities, and we stand as the future, ingenuitive force within the world. Yet our concerns, issues, our rights, are not those which are being addressed by our representatives. Harts, a group consisting of millennials, urges our generation to raise awareness regarding those issues that most affect our lives. As citizens of this nation we have the right to be heard, acknowledged, and ultimately granted effective representation. Harts works to ensure comprehensive family life education for all young people regardless of discriminating factors. We work to defund abstinence-only education programs as well as target HIV and AIDS issues. We strive to provide each individual with contraceptive and abortion access while promoting GLBTQ rights and awareness. Harts strives to create an open space geared to increase cultural competence and self-right through dialogue, connecting on urgent issues within our community. Your experiences/concerns and my experiences/concerns become our stories, millennials stories'. We have an open hart for a unified community.
- Hispanic American Network at Darden
The Hispanic American Network at Darden is a student run organization that benefits its membership by providing volunteer, networking, social, and academic services and events.
- Hoos for a Cure
Hoos for a Cure is a Club at the University of Virginia. Hoos for a Cure raises money for donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night® Walk, to raise awareness about blood cancers and the Society’s goals, and to coordinate efforts at the University of Virginia aimed at contributing to the Light the Night Walk.
Our funds support the Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma (blood cancers), and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The Society funds research and provide patient services, professional education, and advocacy.
The Light the Night Walk is The Society’s annual 2-3 mile walk. Participants carry illuminated balloons in celebration and commemoration of lives touched by cancer: survivors carry white balloons while other walkers carry red balloons. Walkers can participate as individuals or in teams and raise funds before the walk.
- Hoos for Memory
Hoos for Memory is a group of students passionate about raising funds and awareness for Alzheimer's research. We intend to work closely with groups both on and off Grounds with a similar interests for fundraising and advocacy purposes. Namely, we will work with the Alzheimer's Association of Central and Western Virginia. Additionally, we hope to develop a close relationship with area nursing homes, particularly those with an Alzheimer's ward, and serve these communities through volunteer service. We will hold various fundraising efforts throughout the year and donate all proceeds to Alzheimer's research.
- Hoos for Obama
Hoos for Obama is a student-run group dedicated to helping Barack Obama secure victory in the 2012 elections. Through canvassing, voter registration, and grassroots campaigning Hoos for Obama will work toward keeping Barack Obama in the White House.
- Hoos for Open Access
'Hoos for Open Access is an organization dedicated to increasing socioeconomic diversity at UVa and in higher education in general. In order to aid the University in its quest for true diversity, we have created two main goals. First, we seek to educate prospective students about the possibility of higher eduction and programs like AccessUVa. Our second goal is to enhance the college experience for those students with financial need at the University. Through our efforts, we hope to create a rewarding and enriching atmosphere for all students at the University of Virginia.
- Hoos Open to Preventing Eating Disorders
HOPE is an organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of eating disorders and disordered eating on grounds and throughout the Charlottesville community in order to better prepare students to intervene in the lives of their friends, roommates, or loved ones. We also strive to promote body positivity and a healthy body image on grounds.
HOPE is not a counseling service, but will provide resources to those who ask for it.
- Human Rights Film Festival
HRFF is a student-run organization at the University of Virginia that organizes and coordinates an annual film festival centering on the issue of human rights. The HRFF aims to foster awareness about human rights issues on grounds and to encourage students to think critically about and take action on these issues. HRFF endeavors to accomplish this by increasing consciousness about these issues through publicity efforts and by stimulating discussion among film-viewers following film screenings. HRFF’s priority is to work collaboratively with marginalized human rights, social justice and action-based groups to publicize their issues and to debunk the myth that human rights is only an international issue.
- Inter-American Health Alliance
Inter-American Health Alliance at U.Va. is dedicated to providing support for Primeros Pasos, a non-profit, independent organization that provides health care and health education to underserved communities in the Palajunoj valley of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. We work to improve access to health care, as well as health education, through fundraising, donations, and other methods.
- Inter-Fraternity Council
The Inter-Fraternity Council at the University of Virginia, Inc. (the IFC) is the student organization charged with governing the 29 IFC fraternities and approximately 1,500 fraternity men at the University of Virginia. The IFC is comprised of the following three bodies: Executive Committee ' includes the President and the four Vice Presidents Governing Board ' includes the Executive Committee and the 11 Committee Chairmen Presidents' Council ' includes the Governing Board and the 29 IFC Presidents All of these bodies meet on a weekly basis to support the three functional branches of the IFC: the patrolling branch; the judicial branch; and the policy-making branch. The Patrolling Branch The Inter-Fraternity Council Party Patrol is one component of the patrolling branch of the IFC. Led by the IFC Vice President for Risk Management, patrollers walk in pairs to each of the fraternity houses every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night to ensure that the IFC Standards for Parties and Social Event policies are being followed. These rules include noise limits, proper door procedure, and not allowing underage persons to drink alcoholic beverages. If there are violations, patrollers collect the pertinent details and forward the information on to the Inter-Fraternity Council Judiciary Committee. Representatives from every IFC chapter serve as patrollers. The other component of the patrolling branch deals with trash cleanup, which is headed by the IFC Chairman for Sustainability. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning, this officer visits all the fraternity houses to ensure that trash has been removed from around the premises. When violations occur, the fraternities at fault are fined. The Judicial Branch The Inter-Fraternity Council Judiciary Committee is the judicial branch of the IFC. Led by the IFC Vice President for Judiciary, this committee is made up of investigators, counselors, and judges who investigate alleged cases of fraternity misconduct, represent the parties involved, and hear the cases in trial. Under the Vice President for Judiciary are IFCJC Executive Committee members who act as trial chairmen and lead the support officer pools, among other administrative tasks. Anyone can file a complaint with the IFCJC, and each semester, approximately 20-25 cases are heard. The Policy-Making Branch Led by the IFC Vice President for Membership and the IFC Vice President for Administration, the IFC Committee Chairmen are involved with all other daily activities of the IFC, and collectively make up much of the policy-making branch. These areas of concern include Sustainability, Alumni and Faculty Relations, Diversity Outreach, Membership Education and Scholarship, Community Service, Inter-Greek Relations and Diversity Outreach, and Public Relations. On a weekly basis, the Committee Chairmen work to further the interests of fraternities and the community in these areas, and they make and enforce policies to achieve this end.
- International Clinical Excursions
International Clinical Excursions (ICE) aims to provide volunteer support to health clinics around the world while enabling premedical and biomedical students to gain international hands-on clinical experiences.
- Invisible Children Schools for Schools Club
Invisible Children uses film, creativity and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony's rebel war and restore LRA-affected communities in central Africa to peace and prosperity.
Invisible Children at UVa is dedicated to raising awareness of and money for the children affected by the violence between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and Ugandan government in Northern Uganda. The money we raise goes to the Invisible Children SchoolsforSchools program, a branch of the overall organization which is dedicated to raising money for the re-building of 11 secondary schools in Northern Uganda. The quality of these schools is CRUCIAL, because education is one of the only means the children of Northern Uganda have to move forward from the violence they have experienced for most, if not all, of their lives. The school Invisible Children Schools for Schools sponsors is Lacor Secondary School. Invisible Children itself is a non-profit organization, and one of its primary goals is to provide quality education to the children of Northern Uganda through the re-building of secondary schools in that region. Another important aim is to raise awareness and support for the need for a PEACEFUL end to the 24-year long civil war in Northern Uganda between the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan government, where thousands of children have been abducted to fight for the LRA as captive child soldiers. Invisible Children also aims to provide mentorship to the children affected by the violence (including, but not limited to, former child soldiers), aid in the resettlement from Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, and provide financial stability to the region.
Recently, the violence at the hands of Joseph Kony and the LRA has moved out of Northern Uganda and into the surrounding regions of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Southern Sudan, and the Central African Republic (CAR). In conjunction with Kony's continued atrocities, the LRA Disarmament and Northern Uganda Recovery Act has been proposed. However, the Act is still in the process of gaining support by legislators. Recently, the Senate passed the Act unanimously. Now it's up to the House of Representatives to keep the momentum going. To learn more about the Act, go to www.resolveuganda.org. It pledges financial and political aid to the regions affected by LRA violence, with a focus on the re-building of Northern Uganda, and emphasizes the need for an end to Kony's reign of terror with pledged U.S. support.
For more information, please contact Katie Salvaggio (email@example.com).
MEETINGS FOR THE SPRING 2012 SEMESTER: EVERY OTHER WEDNESDAY, 7 PM
- Jewish Social Justice Council
The Jewish Social Justice Council is committed to the concept of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and strives to help build unity among the Jewish community through service projects within the greater Charlottesville community. Additionally, the JSJC is the founding sponsor of the Sleepout for the Homeless, an annual, weeklong fundraiser during which UVa students of all religions and backgrounds camp out on-grounds and raise money to support local homelessness organizations. JSJC is affiliated with Hillel at UVa and is a member organization of the Hillel Jewish Leadership Council.
- Kappa Alpha (Lambda Chapter)
- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. (Eta Sigma Chapter)
Our objectives as a fraternity are to unite college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of Fraternity; to encourage honorable achievement in every field of human endeavor; to promote the spiritual, social, intellectual and moral welfare of members; to assist the aims and purposes of colleges and universities; and to inspire service in the public interest.
- Kappa Alpha Theta (Delta Chi Chapter)
- Kappa Delta (Beta Alpha Chapter)
Beta Alpha Chapter at 136 Chancellor St, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
- Kappa Kappa Gamma (Epsilon Sigma Chapter)
Kappa Kappa Gamma is an organization of women which seeks for every member bonds of friendship, mutual support, opportunities for self-growth, respect for intellectual development, and an allegiance to positive ethical principles. The Epsilon Sigma chapter at UVa is one of 135 collegiate chapters in the US and Canada, and has been a part of the Greek community here since 1974.
"Kappa" at UVa has 149 active members from all over the United States (and two from England!). Our annual philanthropy is "Kappa Kick-Off," which we co-host with Kappa Sigma fraternity, to benefit our national philanthropy, Reading Is Fundamental. Some of our favorite activities include our Parent's Weekend Formal, Kite and Key date function (with Kappa Alpha Theta), and Friday brunches at the house!
- Kappa Kappa Psi -Beta Chi Chapter
Kappa Kappa Psi is an National Service fraternity which recognizes student leadership and service in the University Band Program. The primary aim is to assist the Director of Bands in fostering the leadership of the Band and promoting enthusiasm for the program in general. The basic premise of the organization rests on the fact that "it is an honor to serve" this band, the department of music and promoting social and service activities both for its members and for all musicians in the band. The Beta Chi Chapter was re-installed after a 43 year hiatus on April 23rd, 2005. The Chapter will promote events with Band Alumni and past members of the organization as well as assisting to enrich the Band experience at the University.
- Kappa Sigma (Zeta Chapter)
- Kids Acting Out
KAO is a service organization dedicated to directing local children in theater productions. We put on a play each semester with second, third and fourth grade students at Clark Elementary School. We practice with them for one hour per week. It is a lot of fun and the kids are so talented and adorable! We do everything with the kids from playwriting, directing, making costumes, sets, and anything else you'd want to bring to the table!
- KiVa Microfinancial Action
The purpose of KiVA is to generate interest in and funding for underfunded entrepreneurs in Third World countries. Unlike other micro-financial interest-groups around Grounds, KiVA will actually grant loans to those in need of funding. By utilizing the innovative web site, kiva.org, we will target driven business people based on their community goals and business plans. KiVA will use the university community and its students' passion in order to generate funds to be allocated democratically to these worthy entrepreneurs in order to start and/or expand their businesses. The uniqueness of kiva.org as a medium allows funds to be returned to KiVA at a reasonable pace, without interest. This means that our funds and ability to change others' lives will only grow as the organization thrives.
- Lambda Phi Epsilon (Associate Chapter)
Lambda Phi Epsilon continues to establish and perpetuate Brotherhood and fellowship among its members. Part of that brotherhood is expressed in our motto "To Be Leaders Among Men." We not only seek to bring together a diverse group of men who share interest, concern, backgrounds and culture, but who believe that the strength of many are forged into the power of being one. Grounded on the principles of wisdom, honor, and courage; our Active Division continues to teach young men principles of leadership and strong moral character. Our Alumni Division then provides a forum in which brothers may apply these beliefs and become true leaders of society. It is that unique life long commitment to lead in every life that makes "the Lambdas" the most respected organization of its kind.
- Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc. (Gamma Alpha Chapter)
Mission: The purpose of Lambda Theta Alpha shall be to provide a sisterhood based on Unity, Love, & Respect. To develop strong Leaders who will then provide and practice political, social and cultural activities. To promote minority Unity through charitable and educational programs. To maintain a high standard of learning and serve as a voice for the universal women. We take pride in the diversity of our organization...."Latin by Tradition, Not by Definition" Founded in 1974 at Kean University in NJ, Lambda Theta Alpha became the First Latina Sorority and today is the largest one in the nation. Goals: Scholarly excellence, empowerment of the universal woman, cultural and political awareness, and community activism. Principles: Unity, Love and Respect Colors: Burgundy and Grey.
- Latino Student Network at McIntire
The mission of the Latino Student Network at McIntire (LSN) is to form a network of Latino students, in which we can represent the voice of the Latino community at the Comm School. Through this organization we hope to provide our members with opportunities and solutions to different issues. We hope to strengthen and empower the Latino community at the Comm School so that they can be a support system to each other and help each other reach their maximum potential. The purpose of this organization is to serve as guidance to those who are interested in business but are not yet in McIntire, as well as those who are. With the growing importance of Latin America, our club serves as a gateway for students to learn more about the region. We also aim to provide our members with the tools and resources necessary to succeed in their future. We want to provide information about important events or professional opportunities related to Latin America. Furthermore, we want to help them develop their connections for the future, since we know how important networking is.
- Legal Assistance Society
The Legal Assistance Society is dedicated to helping underprivileged people in Charlottesville and the surrounding area. LAS is an umbrella organization that provides funding and administrative support to UVA Law School volunteer groups. Through its six projects, the Domestic Violence Project, the Legal Education Project, the Migrant Farmworkers Project, the Native American Law Project, the Rappahannock Legal Services Clinic, and the Volunteer Income Tax Association, LAS provides varied opportunities for its members to gain practical legal experience. Many of the projects are in conjunction with a legal organization in the area. The individuals who seek help from LAS projects do not generally have easy access to legal assistance.
- Let's Lick Cancer
Let's Lick Cancer is a group committed to raising money for the Emily Couric Cancer. The bi-annual event will consist of local ice cream shops donating ice cream then having an entry fee for unlimited ice cream.
- Livestrong Army
The LIVESTRONG Army is a community based "branch" of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) and we are committed to helping get to those goals. The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) is committed to supporting the cancer fight and offering concrete ways for survivors to help make cancer a national priority. Join us and other cancer groups to end the suffering caused by cancer.
- Lose the Shoes
Lose the Shoes is an annual, student-run 3 vs. 3 co-ed barefoot soccer tournament on the grounds of UVA. All proceeds from the event benefit Grassroot Soccer (GRS), an international 501(c)(3) non-profit that uses a unique activities-based curriculum in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Founded in 2002, GRS provides African children with the knowledge, skills and support to live HIV/AIDS free and has graduated over 100,000 youths from its sports-based prevention programs in sixteen sub-Saharan African countries.
- Madison House
Madison House is a non-profit organization, which provides approximately 3,000 students with regular volunteer opportunities at over 90 sites in the Charlottesville/Albemarle area. Madison House serves as an umbrella organization for 19 programs. Run by over 200 student program directors, each of these programs is unique in its mission and in its role in the community.
- Male Educators on Disordered Eating
- ManiCURE for Muscular Dystrophy
Aside from buying supplies, 100% of the money MMD raises goes directly to MMDC. This objective of MMDC is to raise money for children with Muscular Dystrophy. Every year, the Muscular Dystrophy Association has a free one-week-long camp in Wakefield Richmond to give the kids an opportunity to blend in with others who have a similar disabilities. It is a great opportunity for them to learn skills and stay positive in life. The camp always needs contributions from various organizations, we, along with other organizations try our best to make each year's camp an improvement from the last.
- March of Dimes at The University of Virginia
Our Collegiate Council's mission is to fulfill the local duties of the March of Dimes as a leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. These duties include improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. By working closely with the March of Dimes national office and regional director, we plan to advocate, raise awareness, and fundraise for a great cause.
- MEDLIFE at U.Va.
- Model Congress at University of Virginia
The primary purpose of Model Congress at UVA is to hold an annual simulation conference of the workings of the US government for middle and high school students to promote awareness and engagement with governmental institutions and politics. We aim specifically to focus on the workings of Congress by simulating the lawmaking process at the committee and full house levels, having students deal with current issues such as illegal immigration, the national debt, and security issues such as Iran. The club will spend its activities every year preparing for this conference by planning programs, arranging logistical things, and recruiting schools across the commonwealth and country.
- Monroe Society
The Monroe Society is a student-run organization serving to arrange overnight stays for prospective high school students interested in visiting the University of Virginia.
- Moot Court at the University of Virginia
Moot court is a public speaking competition involving hypothetical legal arguments at the appellate level. What that means is that the actual trial in the hypothetical case has concluded already, and the side that lost is now appealing to an appellate court, or to the Supreme Court, asking for the decision below to be overturned/reversed. The factual record has already been developed, so the only issues in dispute are issues of law, not fact. In a moot court “round,” two schools, each representing a different party in the case, argue against each other.
- Multicultural Greek Council
The Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) focuses on unifying and creating opportunities for all of its member organizations. The MGC and its members work together in an on-going effort to serve as the governing body of the organizations approved for membership within the Multicultural Greek Council at the University of Virginia. The MGC educates and supports the current and emerging expressions of Greek-lettered organizations. The MGC unifies the goals and ideals of member organizations in relation to the educational mission of the University of Virginia. The MGC promotes the fraternity and sorority ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, culture, and brotherhood or sisterhood. The MGC cooperates with the members of the Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC), the Inter-Sorority Council (ISC), and the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and educates them on the purpose of the Multicultural Greek Council.
The Multicultural Greek Council promotes community service events, professionalism, and scholarship. Many of the organizations sponsor or co-sponsor educational programs regarding hazing, discrimination, and personal safety. All member organizations stress their commitment to the University and Charlottesville communities. Informational sessions about the fraternities and sororities are held throughout the year.
Currently, the MGC consists of Latin, Asian, multicultural and local fraternities and sororities. The sororities and fraternities of the Multicultural Greek Council are:
alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc
Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.
Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc.
Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
Sigma Lambda Upsilon Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc
Delphics of Gamma Sigma Tau Fraternity, Inc.
Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity, Inc.
La Unidad Latina Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc.
If you would like to be put in contact with any of these organizations, please contact the President of the Multicultural Greek Council Jessica Hines, firstname.lastname@example.org and she will forward you to the right person.
- Multicultural Greek Council Chapters
- Musicians On Call
Members of Musicians On Call have the opportunity to use their musical talents for the benefit of the Charlottesville community. In coordination with a program that has already been established at the University hospital, participants of Musicians on Call volunteer their performance skills to create a soothing atmosphere in the hospital setting. In addition, our organization is expanding its services to local retirement homes within the local community. Our membership consists of students from a wide range of musical backgrounds and all years and schools of the University.
- National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at UVa
"Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization. From the ballot box to the classroom, the thousands of dedicated workers, organizers, leaders and members who make up the NAACP continue to fight for social justice for all Americans." --NAACP National Website
The mission of the NAACP Youth & College Division at UVa shall be to inform youth of the problems affecting African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities; to advance the economic, education, social and political status of African Americans and other racial and ethnic minorities and their harmonious cooperation with other peoples; to stimulate an appreciation of the African Diaspora and other people of color's contribution to civilization; and to develop an intelligent, militant effective youth leadership.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council
We, the representatives of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., and Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., recognizing the need for unity and coordination of activities of inter-collegiate historically Black Greek-Lettered fraternities and sororities, and recognizing that there are certain areas of action and programming that can best be carried out by the joint efforts of all such organizations, and believing that these needs can best be realized by formal organization, do hereby establish such an organization and bind ourselves to abide by the provisions of the following constitution and by laws.
- National Pan-Hellenic Council Chapters
- National Society of Black Engineers
Our mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community." We strive to fulfill our mission through professional development, community service, pre-college initiatives, academic excellence programs, and conferences.
- Nicaraguan Orphan Fund
The Nicaraguan Orphan Fund is a CIO that cares for specific Nicaraguan communities of children who are emotionally and financially impoverished. Each year, we make a trip down to Managua, Nicaragua over spring break, where University students interact with and love children from orphanages, refugee camps, and dump communities. This trip exposes students to severe poverty, and gives them the opportunity to radically love these children by building relationships and through fundraising organized State-side to raise money and awareness for the restoration of these children's lives.
- Omega Psi Phi (Lambda Zeta Chapter)
- ONE Campaign Chapter at the University of Virginia
- The ONE Campaign at the University of Virginia, we are a grassroots campaign formed with the advocacy mission of eradicating hunger, poverty and preventable disease in Africa. ONE is strictly an unaffiliated, nonpartisan advocacy and our chapter will run under those guidelines.
- Cofounded by Bono, the ONE campaign is backed by over 2 million members.
- As the campus chapter of ONE at UVA, we participate in the ONE Campus Challenge and encourage any and all UVa students, faculty and staff to join the campaign.
- One in Four
One in Four is an all-male sexual assault peer education group at U.Va. We present a one-hour program, "How to Help a Sexual Assault Survivor: What Men Can Do," to any group of men who will listen -- sports teams, residence hall students, student organizations, fraternities, off campus groups -- anyone. We also perform for coed audiences from time to time under special circumstances.
- Operation Smile
Operation Smile is a non-profit organization that sends groups of doctors to developing countries to perform free surgeries on children who have cleft palettes and cleft lips. Here at UVA we raise money and awareness for the organization, primarily through our fall fundraiser called S'mores for Smiles where we give out free S'mores to children during Trick or Treat on the Lawn and collect donations and have an online donation campaign.
- Operation Warm at U.Va.
Operation Warm at U.Va. seeks to provide winter coats to underprivileged children in the Charlottesville area through cooperation with the national non-profit Operation Warm, Inc.
- Organization of African Students
The Organization of African Students welcomes EVERYONE who has an interest in or love for Africa. We strive to bring together those who share similar experiences and those who are looking for new experiences, creating a welcoming and comfortable environment for Africans at the university, while also embracing non-Africans who are interested in learning about the continent or being a part of her community of great people.
In addition, we hope to discredit the myths about Africa and promote its various cultures as we strive to break down cultural, ethnic and racial barriers.
- Pancakes for Parkinson's
Pancakes for Parkinson's is an annual pancake breakfast hosted by UVA students.Our main goal is to serve those suffering from Parkinson's and their families by fundraising for the Michael J. Fox Foundation. We hope to provide an event where UVA students and the Charlottesville community can come together to eat pancakes in the spirit of service!
- Pause 4 Paws
This organization will spread awareness with regards to animal welfare. This includes human dependency on and exploitation of animals for food, clothing, entertainment, scientific research, and as pets.
- Peanuts and Crackerjacks
The mission of Peanuts and Crackerjacks is to provide underprivileged Charlottesville children with strong positive relationships through the American past-time of baseball. Mentors attend UVA baseball games with the children, and develop a strong bond over the course of the season, providing an uplifting experience that will motivate the children to strive for their dreams regardless of current economic situations. We are currently expanding, so please contact us if you are interested in joining at email@example.com
- Phi Alpha Delta
The purpose of this Fraternity shall be to form a strong bond uniting students and teachers of the law with members of the Bench and Bar in a fraternal fellowship designed to advance the ideals of liberty and equal justice under law; to stimulate excellence in scholarship; to inspire the virtues of compassion and courage; to foster integrity and professional competence; to promote the welfare of its members; and to encourage their moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement; so that each member may enjoy a lifetime of honorable professional and public service.
- Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Zeta Eta Chapter)
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. is a historically black Greek letter organization that was founded on January 9, 1914 at Howard University in Washington, D.C. Phi Beta Sigma is an organization focused on personal growth for the betterment of all of man kind through the ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service. The Zeta Eta chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded here at the University of Virginia in 1974. Some of our national programs include Project S.W.W.A.C. (Sigmas Waging War Against Cancer) and Book-A-Bration (an effort to collect donated books from University students to be used by schools in West Africa).
- Phi Delta Theta (Virginia Beta Chapter)
The Virginia Beta chapter of Phi Delta Theta is an organization which is seeking ambitious individuals whom wish to involve themselves in a society of men who endeavor to obtain a high standard of mental cultivation, high standards of moral character, and above all else, establish lifelong friendships with our members and alumni.
- Phi Gamma Delta (Fiji, Omicron Chapter)
Phi Gamma Delta exists to promote lifelong friendships, to reaffirm high ethical standards and values, and to foster personal development in the pursuit of excellence. Phi Gamma Delta is committed to provide opportunities for each brother to develop responsibility, leadership, scholarship and social skills in order to become a fully contributing member of society.
- Phi Kappa Psi (Virginia Alpha Chapter)
- Phi Sigma Kappa (Psi Chapter)
- Phi Society
- Physicians for Peace Student Chapter
The Physicians for Peace campus alliance is an organization designed to bring together undergraduate, medical, and other graduate students interested in long-term, sustainable, replicable medical education and training, as well as those interested in global health initiatives and changing lives in the developing world.
- Pi Beta Phi (Virginia Epsilon Chapter)
Pi Beta Phi is a sorority at the University of Virginia that promotes friendship, develops intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential, and enriches lives through comminity service.
- Pi Kappa Alpha (Alpha Chapter)
- Pi Kappa Phi (Beta Upsilon Chapter)
- Pi Lambda Phi (Virginia Omega Alpha Chapter)
- Project M
Project M aims to provide practical, hands on marketing opportunities for students at the University of Virginia. Students will work in small project teams to create a marketing campaign for clients through the use of market research and market planning. Clients will include small businesses in the city of Charlottesville as well as members of the University of Virginia community (students running for StudCo, other CIO's, event hosts etc.). These projects will give members experience in the field of marketing, and subsequently foster their marketing skills as well as further their marketing knowledge. At the end of each project, teams will produce a deliverable to give to clients. It is up to the client's discretion as to whether they wish to implement the recommendations or not. Throughout the semester, the executive board will host workshops to provide the necessary skillsets to members.
- Queer and Allied Activism
Queer and Allied Activism strives to increase visibility, foster dialogue, and promote awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ community members and concerns through both political and non-partisan activities. Although our primary focus is to work within the larger University of Virginia community, we are also work at the state, federal, and international level on issues that are important to the queer community. At our core, we are an activist group dedicated to empowering both queer and allied people of all identities towards the goal of eQUAAlity for all.
- Quest Scholars at the University of Virginia
We will achieve our mission through the following:
1) Reaching out to high school students in the outlying community and our hometowns by means of the PACT Ambassadors Program.
2) Supporting past, present and future Quest Scholars at the University of Virginia in all aspects of University life.
3) Serving Charlottesville and beyond!
4)Networking within the chapter and other Quest Scholars Network schools through means of social activities.
- Relay For Life (Fight Cancer at UVa)
Relay For Life is an overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and to raise money for research and support programs of the American Cancer Society. Anyone can participate in this wonderful event. Team captains form teams of 10-15 people, made up of a group of friends or organization members, etc. Each participant is asked to raise at least $100 for ACS. The event is filled with fun activities, food, prizes, and great entertainment throughout the night. We are the largest student-run philanthropy at UVa! Our event offers everyone in the University community a chance to participate in the fight against cancer. Relay For Life represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that one day, cancer will be eliminated.
- Rex E. Lee Law Society
The Rex E. Lee Law Society is UVa's chapter of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. At 48 members (as of 2012), it is the largest JRCLS chapter in the T14. Our group is dedicated to supporting the needs of incoming 1Ls through formal and informal mentoring and training. We are able to draw on the collective wisdom and diverse experience of all of our chapter members to help one another navigate this exciting yet challenging three years. We also strive to enrich the lives of our members and their families through regular activities including socials, play groups, softball games, renting a home in the Outer Banks for fall break, a Ragnar team, Tough Mudders, and much more. Find our group on Facebook (Rex E Lee Law Society) or visit our website at http://www.rellsuva.org/
- Seeds of Hope Brazil
Seeds of Hope Brazil is a student run organization dedicated to combatting the social and economic injustices faced everyday by the children of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Through Spring Break and summer service trips, teaching internships throughout the summers, and different fundraisers, Seeds of Hope Brazil aims to establish an international community between the children of Sao Paulo and students at UVA. During spring break, students work to aid a local orphanage of the area, help with the construction of a trade-school for abandoned children in urban environments, and to love those who need it the most. Upon completion, this first trade-school will provide children with food, housing, education, technical skills, and job placement. Summer internships in micro-financing and teaching will be made available for students who are interested in sharing their different skills and starting different business projects for the students there. Above all, Seeds of Hope Brazil wishes to create global understanding, community, and long-lasting relationship of love to children who do not receive nearly the same opportunities that we, as students at the University, do every day.
- SERP (Sigma Phi)
As the youngest chapter of the Sigma Phi Society, the Alpha of Virginia has long been dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes academic, social and spiritual enrichment here at the University of Virginia. The chapter has always taken pride in having a close-knit brotherhood, and continues to maintain solid lifelong bonds with the alumni, as evidenced by their strong and consistent attendance at football game cocktail parties and formal events.
- Sexual Assault Facts and Education
Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE) is a peer education group designed to provide sexual assault and dating violence education for the University community. The members of SAFE are University of Virginia students, both male and female, trained in sexual and dating violence education who seek to start a positive dialogue on these important issues. SAFE offers multimedia, interactive presentations and can tailor presentations to the needs of any organization. SAFE participates in different activities and events around Grounds that are related to issues of sexual and dating violence.
- Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy
Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy is a sexual assault education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the University community. We present a one-hour program that focuses on ways friends can help and support survivors.
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon (Virginia Omicron Chapter)
- Sigma Alpha Lambda
Sigma Alpha Lambda is a National Leadership and Honors Organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment. Membership is open to undergraduate students who have achieved academically and have the desire to become leaders in their communities. Sustaining memberships are available for those beyond their years as an undergraduate student who continue to believe in and support the mission of Sigma Alpha Lambda.
- Sigma Chi (Psi Chapter)
- Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Theta Lambda Chapter)
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.
- Sigma Kappa (Theta Zeta Chapter)
Sigma Kappa (ΣΚ) is a sorority founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine.The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities.
Our annual philanthropies are the Violet Gala and Hoos in Sync, both of which benefit Alzheimer's Research. Our social functions include Bonfire, My Tie, Semi-Formal, and Formal. We also regularly have sisterhood events such as football tailgates, Fro-Yo Fridays at Arch's, trivia at Mellow Mushroom, and Starbucks study time.
For more information, please visit our website!
- Sigma Nu (Beta Chapter)
- Sigma Pi (Beta Pi Chapter)
- Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. (Lambda Chapter)
Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. is a multicultural, Asian-interest Greek organization. We are a cultural, social, educational and community service-oriented sorority. Sigma Psi Zeta was founded in Albany, New York on March 23, 1994 and brought to the University of Virginia as the Lambda Chapter on December 1, 2001. Our philanthropy is to raise awareness of and combat violence against women.
- Sigma Sigma Sigma (Delta Chi Chapter)
UVA's chapter of Tri Sigma, Delta Chi, began in January 1981. Hoping to associate with Sigma Sigma Sigma, Christine Radcliffe, Kelly Saunders and eight other friends formed the Sigma Sigma Club. With the Alpha Chapter in close vicinity to UVA, the founding members soon fell in love with the sorority's colors, purple and white, jewel, the pearl, and flower, the violet. The ten women held their first meeting in Cambridge Square Apartments. Discussing what they wanted out of their sorority, the members decided Tri Sigma was not to be solely a social club, but a place where one could develop personally and maintain her identity. Even though each woman was a strong individual, they worked together for a single purpose: to become a Tri Sigma chapter. In the following year, due to the persistence and hard work of these ten women, the Sigma Sigma Club became the Delta Chi Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma. From its humble beginnings, Christine and the others felt a strong pride watching the new chapter become a fully established sisterhood. Today, Delta Chi has over 100 members. Although our chapter is much larger now, we still maintain the original goal of the sorority. Working and socializing together, we each exhibit individuality, making Delta Chi a diverse and exciting sorority.
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): Our mission is to promote engineering in the Hispanic/Latino community through recruitment and retention, support diversity in the community, and encourage academic, personal and professional growth among our members. We also sponsor career development programs, workshops, and social events. Our members regularly attend a yearly nationwide conference.
- Soles for Souls
This CIO organization will reach out particularly to UVa students and people of the Charlottesville community to receive donations of unwanted used/new shoes. These donations will then be sent abroad with students here at UVa during study abroad programs, Global Brigades, and Alternative spring break trips to give to those in need in these foreign countries. Through marketing and informing the public, Soles for Souls strives to educate the university community of the impact a simple pair of unwanted shoes can make on a life where poverty is rampant.
- St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi, Upsilon Chapter)
The Hall signifies the essence of the fraternal bond; brothers study together, compete together, and socialize together. The house is composed of a diverse group of individuals who have excelled individually on a number of levels, but more importantly have excelled as a group. Brothers share a strong work ethic, easy going attitude, and genuine enjoyment of one another's company.
- St. Elmo Hall (Delta Phi, Rho Chapter)
Raises funds and awareness for children's cancer research by having participants shave their head
- Stand Up for the Community
Stand Up for the Community runs one event per year. The event will consist of a live standup comedy show composed of UVA students. All proceeds generated from the event will go to Madison House, an organization which “serves as the student volunteer organization at the University of Virginia” and directs volunteers to programs benefitting the local community.
- Starting At Home
Mission Statement: Starting at Home aims to increase property values and public morale within disadvantaged Charlottesville neighborhoods. We believe that economic and social growth within the inner city community begins with the personal commitment of local homeowners and tenants to display pride in their homestead through the regular upkeep and maintenance of their individual properties. By using education and old fashion hard work to create a more inviting environment, these communities can stimulate new local business and create an entirely new community culture for themselves.
Objective: Starting At Home works with local professionals to provide home maintenance educational services such as hands-on workshops, community outreach seminars, newsletters, and equity-building plans. Members of Starting At Home are active coordinators and participators in community work days, as well as fundraising initiatives for community improvement projects.
- Street Law
The Street Law Program at UVA allows law students, working under the supervision of teachers at Charlottesville High School, to serve as student instructors and to teach courses on substantive legal issues to high school students. The purpose of the program is to promote legal literacy among high school students, especially with respect to how the system can work in their favor, and to spark students' interest in the law as a profession. Volunteers teach courses on topics such as individual/student rights, tax, terrorism/homeland defense, the federal judiciary, and constitutional law.
- Student Affairs Community Engagement
Student Affairs Community Engagement
- Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development
Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) aims to help small and start-up NGOs worldwide by offering free consulting services in the areas of microfinance, operational efficiency, and marketing strategy. By incorporating best practices, we aim to help foster economic development in local communities. SEED also strives to encourage social entrepreneurship within the University of Virginia community by hosting educational conferences and workshops and serving as a resource for networking between students and active practitioners.
- Students for Stop Hunger Now
To aide Stop Hunger Now in ending hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to globalize the necessary resources.
- Students Helping Honduras
Students Helping Honduras is a network, a movement, and a team of college students who believe they can make a difference. The mission of SHH is to provide fundamental human needs to orphaned and impoverished children in Honduras, and to spread awareness of these needs through the student body. These fundamental needs include, but are not limited to, educational opportunities, nourishment, access to adequate shelter, clean water, general livelihood, and recreational activities. SHH also works to educate college students about volunteerism, global responsibility, and sustainable development. By utilizing the full range of today's technology SHH cultivates compassion and raises awareness in order to mobilize students across the country. Aside from the continual fundraising efforts of SHH, members contribute to the mission by sharing the experiences of the children in Honduras through an annual service trip to occur each summer. The trip will be organized in conjunction with other collegiate chapters of SHH in Virginia in order for each chapter to have adequate representation for observation, assessment, and planning for future projects in Honduras.
- Students in Free Enterprise at University of Virginia
SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.Our SIFE team at U.Va. strives to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need with the help of business concepts.
- Tabs on Cancer
Tabs on Cancer collects can pull tabs to raise money for the Pull Tabs for Charity Foundation and the National Cancer Institute. All you have to do is save your can pull tabs. We collect them and recycle them and the recycling center gives us money for the aluminum, which we in turn give to Pull Tabs for Charity and the National Cancer Institute.
- Tau Beta Sigma
Tau Beta Sigma is a National Honorary Band Sorority that provides service to collegiate bands, encourages the advancement of women in the band profession, and promotes and enriches an appreciation of band music through recognition, leadership development, and education of its members.
- Teach For America
The purpose of Teach For America at the University of Virginia is to raise awareness and create understanding in the University community about educational inequity in our country. Our organization will encourage students to take an active role in closing the achievement gap by raising their awareness about the national organization Teach For America as one way for recent college graduates to address the vast educational disparities in the United States. By programming panels and screenings, bringing campus visitors, and conducting information sessions we can communicate the urgency of our message to the University and provide students with the resources they need to take action to address educational inequity.
- Team HBV
- The Autistic Self-Advocacy Network
ASAN is a non-profit organization run by and for autistic people. ASAN’s supporters include autistic adults and youth, those with other distinct neurological types, and neurotypical family members, professionals, educators, and friends. ASAN provides support and services to individuals on the autism spectrum. ASAN also works to change public perception and to combat misinformation by educating communities about persons on the autism spectrum. Our activities include public policy advocacy, community engagement to encourage inclusion and respect for neurodiversity, quality of life oriented research, and the development of autistic cultural activities and other opportunities for autistic people.
- The Fondu CIO
The Fondu CIO’s sole purpose is to promote www.thefondu.com to the UVa community. This website acts as a venue that allows UVa students to learn about one another and if they choose to, arrange stays with one another over breaks throughout the school year. Through providing the homestay matching service the Fondu helps make the transition to college easier for international students and out-of-state students. The homestays will facilitate relationships between UVa students with common interests. We also realize that international students have consciously chosen to go to school in America for an American experience. The homestays therefore contribute to this experience by giving them the opportunity to travel and visit with American UVa students.
- There's Hope in North Korea
THiNK is a chapter of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing North Korean refugees in China.
- Theta Chi (Xi Chapter)
- Theta Delta Chi (Nu Chapter)
The U.Va chapter of Theta Delta Chi, the third fraternity founded on grounds, has been in existence since 1857. Over the years, Theta Delt has flourished academically by attracting Scholars and Lawnees, socially with such parties explosive parties as the annual Founder's Day/Halloween party, and philanthropically with the ever growing High Stakes charity event.
- Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc. (Pi Chapter)
Our mission is to promote leadership, multiculturalism, and self improvement through academic excellence, involvement in and service to the campus and community, as well as being living examples of sisterhood across different races, cultures, religions, backgrounds, and lifestyles.
- Theta Tau
the purpose of Theta Tau is to develop and maintain a high standard of professional interest among its members, and to unite them in a strong bond of fraternal fellowship. Theta Tau is the oldest and largest professional engineering fraternity in the United States, with a diverse membership of men and women studying engineering at more than 40 campuses.
Although this organization has members who are University of Virginia students and may have University employees associated or engaged in its activities and affairs, the organization is not a part of or an agency of the University. It is a separate and independent organization which is responsible for and manages its own activities and affairs. The University does not direct, supervise or control the organization and is not responsible for the organization’s contracts, acts or omissions.
- To Write Love On Her Arms UChapter at UVa
TWLOHA Chapter at UVa is part of the international nonprofit organization To Write Love On Her Arms, dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. We exist to inspire, encourage, and invest directly into treatment both locally and around the world. By building community, The TWLOHA Chapter at UVa hopes to organize gatherings, cultivate awareness, and create a network that actively raises funds and reaches people with a message of hope and help for those who are hurting.
- Trigon Engineering Society
Trigon Engineering Society is a service and social society founded at the University of Virginia in 1924. Admission is open to all engineers.
- Undergraduate Babysitters
Undergraduate Babysitters is a student-run volunteer organization that matches undergraduate students with full-time UVA students with children (undergraduate or graduate). Volunteers provide a few free hours of babysitting a week (usually between 2 and 5) to the student-parents, to provide them time to run errands, study, etc.
- Unite for Sight
Unite For Sight, Inc., a member of the National Healthy Vision 2010 Consortium, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works nationally and internationally to develop sustainable solutions to reduce health disparities. Unite for Sight also collects used eyeglasses to donate to eye clinics in developing countries.
- United Nations Children's Fund at UVA
The United Nations Children's Fund at the University of Virginia is an organization for those interested in the welfare and rights of children and their betterment under affiliate status of the United States Fund for UNICEF. The mission of UNICEF at UVA is to raise funds for international and local child survival projects funded by the US Fund, to educate and address the rights of children in the United States and abroad.
- United Nations Women at UVA
The United Nations Women USNC at the University of Virginia aims to increase awareness of UN Women’s community service programs in the United States that benefit underprivileged, oppressed women worldwide. It works to give more authority to women by helping improve women's economic security and social rights, abate violence against women, reduce HIV/AIDS amongst women, and give them a stronger voice in the workplace, and government.
UN Women USNC at UVA works toward a world where women live free from violence, poverty, and inequality.
- United Sisters
United Sisters (US) is a group of African American women committed to uplifting each other and young black females to prepare them to take on leadership roles in the African-American community. On-grounds US will have weekly discussions and activities on various issues facing black women at UVa and elsewhere. The women of US will also serve as mentors to young black women at Charlottesville High School.
- University Democrats
The University Democrats at the University of Virginia serve as the arm
of the Democratic Party here at UVa. Through campaigning and
educational programs, we seek to inform students and the community about
the values of the Decratic Party. Furthermore, UDems is committed to
service and holds annual events aimed at aiding the Charlottesville
community. Finally, no club would be complete without a vivacious
social scene, which UDems is happy to provide for its members.
- University Scouting Association at the University of Virginia
To learn more please visit our University Scouts website.
We are the University Scouts, founded on the principles of Scouting, as a Venture Crew committed to active service. We strive to help others in providing opportunities for local scouting units as well as providing volunteers for local community service groups. We are University affiliated Students, Faculty, and Staff who have had previous experience or interest in scouting. We are registered Scouters ready to assist in providing beneficial experiences for younger scouts and ready to share our talents and time.
Our crew members have experience ranging from weekend backpackers and sailing expeditions to Merit Badge Universities and teaching basic botany and fire-building skills at troop meetings. Whether we may act as the necessary extra adult leadership for a high adventure activity, a camp-out, or a day hike, we appreciate the opportunity to share our skills and enthusiasm, and to have new experiences and broaden our outdoor knowledge with you.
Our model is simple. If there is an event your troop, crew, pack, organization, or service club could use some help with, just fill out our volunteer request form, and we will get back to you with the possibility of sending some of our cheerfully serving volunteers to assist you. No event is too big or too small to ask for help. We have experience with everything from troop meetings to Jamborees and we are prepared to “pass it on.”
The University of Virginia Crew 1819 is prepared to do our good turn. We have all ranges of experience from Eagle Scouts to Venturing Silver and Ranger Awardies to students interested in Scouting for the first time and all the opportunities it has to offer.
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- University Student Docent Program
The University of Virginia Student Docent Program is an independent student run organization which provides guided tours of the University of Virginia Art Museum to the University and Charlottesville communities. The student docent program is dedicated to furthering the educational and cultural development of both its members and the University community, as well as increasing the visibility and recognition of the University of Virginia Art Museum.
- Up Til Dawn
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital treats children with catastrophic illnesses at no cost to their families. Up 'Til Dawn is a nationwide organization that raises money to support St. Jude. Over 150 campuses participate in Up ‘Til Dawn and have raised more than $10 million to help St. Jude combat childhood cancer.
Join the Up 'Til Dawn cause to raise money through a letter writing campaign and a day of fun-filled activities with your fellow ‘Hoos!
Our main event is an afternoon of letter writing held annually in which participants provide addresses of friends and family to mail out pre-made, pre-stamped donation requests. All costs are on us—all you have to do is show up with 35 addresses and come enjoy free food, prizes, and entertainment! You can register in person or online for our final event—either individually or as a part of a team of up to 5 people. St. Jude needs $1.4 million a day to keep running, so start a team to see how much you can raise to help fight childhood cancer!
- Virginia Biotechnology Association – Chapter at UVA
The Virginia Biotechnology Association Chapter at UVA works to create a mentorship program between university students and local high schoolers to increase an interest in science.
- Virginia Health and Safety Club
- Virginia Innocence Project Student Group
VIPS recruits law student volunteers to investigate claims of individuals imprisoned in Virginia who claim to be innocent. Those who seek help from VIPS have in almost all cases exhausted the remedies that they have under the legal system and are desperate for assistance. VIPS volunteers will have the opportunity to work for justice for these people. VIPS operates under the guidance of the UVA Innocence Project Clinic and the Washington, D.C.,-based Innocence Project of the National Capital Region (IPNCR), which includes student groups from five other D.C.-area law schools, including Georgetown University, the University of Maryland and American University. Since 1989, the Innocence Project groups established across the country have been responsible for 151 exonerations of innocent individuals, including at least eight in Virginia.
- VITA at UVA Law
Since 2007, VITA at Virginia Law, in cooperation with CASH at Madison House, has assisted lower-income taxpayers in the greater Charlottesville community with preparing their federal and state income tax returns. Volunteers also ensure that taxpayers receive all tax credits to which they are entitled. Services are provided for free and are provided in conjunction with the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Students receive training on how to provide tax assistance and are encouraged to come as often as their schedules allow. Training hours and on-site volunteer hours qualify as pro bono hours toward the Pro Bono Challenge.
While most area VITA programs are run and staffed by professional non-profits or community credit unions, this one is entirely student-run. Furthermore, the student volunteers have been responsible for administration and staffing of the VITA program, without dedicated law school staff or financial support. Law student volunteers, in partnership with undergraduate volunteers, provide a valuable service to the community by helping clients who might otherwise be forced to pay a tax preparer or struggle to navigate the tax system on their own. Law student volunteers gain an appreciation for public service by seeing the impact their work has on the community. Volunteers at this VITA clinic saved taxpayers more than $95,000 in tax preparation fees that they might have otherwise had to pay for assistance.
- Volunteer Organizations
- Warm Up America
Warm Up America is a national organization that knits and crochets afghans and distributes them to those in need. Students and volunteer groups knit or crochet 7"X9" patches that are assembled into blankets and given out through Red Cross chapters, and to other smaller community organizations.
This chapter donates the blankets to the local women's shelter.
- White Ribbon Campaign at UVa
This group is a campaign to end intimate partner and gender based violence. We are working on on implementing mandatory bystander education as well as raising money for the UVA Women's Center. We strive to create a solidarity in the community against this violence. Take the pledge today to stop the violence and demand your rights.
- Women for Women International at UVa
Women all over the world are subject to injustice and violence unknown and unimaginable to many of us. Eighty percent of all those injured or killed in war are civilians. Of those, seventy-five percent are women and children. Women are targeted for rape and violence as a tool of war. They are often forced from their homes, lose husbands and children and become the sole providers for their families.
Women for Women International provides these women with the tools they need to move from victims, to survivors, to active citizens. We have served over 250,000 women in eight countries around the world, providing financial assistance, job skills training, and rights awareness education. Eighty-seven percent of our graduates report having more income to support their families, send their children to school, and invest in the future.
Women are the future of many conflict and post-conflict countries all over the world. Women have the chance to make lasting change on their communities. This change won’t happen until women are given the same opportunities as men to succeed. When women receive equal treatment they improve not only their family’s economic situation, but also the economy of their communities. Women reinvest ninety percent of their income in their families and communities, compared with men who reinvest thirty to forty percent. Women are making a difference in their communities and are breaking the cycle of poverty, but they need your help.
- Women in Mathematics and Sciences
Our goals are to provide support and guidance for female mathematicians and scientists at the University of Virginia; to create awareness of issues affecting career development and success; to centralize resources available for career and personal development; and to promote service outside of the University community for young scientists.
- Women's Health Virginia
Women's Health Virginia will allow members to participate in providing grassroots input to WHV's main office about issues affecting college women's wellness in order to shape WHV's education and research programs. In additon, WHV will allow students to be involved in discussion groups or presentations involving other students and faculty. They could also plan events to raise awareness of women and girls' wellness concerns, including Women and Girls' Wellness Month programs in April.
- Zeta Beta Tau (Phi Epsilon Chapter)
Our official website is located at www.zbtvirginia.com
Find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/zbtvirginia
- Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Tau Theta Chapter)
The Sorority sisters of the Tau Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., promotes the cause of education by encouraging the highest standards of scholarship. The Sorority promotes charitable projects with the community and fosters a spirit of sisterhood and promotes the ideal of Finer Womanhood through a myriad of forums and seminars for the student community.
- Zeta Psi (Beta Chapter)
- Zeta Tau Alpha (Gamma Nu Chapter)