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.
- 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 email@example.com
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.