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.
- 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.