Founded in 2000, ALLIES is an organization for those of all sexual orientations and gender identities who support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, asexual/aromantic, and many other existing identities in our community. We discuss issues, raise awareness, and embrace individuality. Join us in being active, being social, and being ourselves.
Our organization provides social and professional opportunities for graduate LGBTQ+ students at Carnegie Mellon.
Alpha Epsilon Pi was founded to provide opportunities for the Jewish college man seeking the best possible college and fraternity experience. We have maintained the integrity of our purpose by strengthening our ties to the Jewish community and serving as a link between high school and career. Throughout our history, the fraternity setting has served as a "learning laboratory", a testing ground for young men who later become leaders in business, education, government, religion, and science. A goal of our fraternity is to help each student to develop character, to learn responsibility, and to develop a proper set of values through living together in brotherhood. Alpha Epsilon Pi prepares young men for their role in life as responsible citizens.
In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded with the purpose of being supreme in service to all mankind. Women in inducted into this sorority pride themselves upon characteristics of humility, grace, and empowerment. Through community service, public outreach, and public events Alpha Sigma Chapter, chartered in 1959, has continued this legacy. As Alpha Kappa Alpha women, we strive for growth in the community, on our campus and in ourselves. The global organization is based upon the purpose of creating a sisterhood, promoting scholarship, and begin a service to all mankind, and to this day, we have continued this legacy.
♥ About ♥
alpha Kappa Delta Phi is an international Asian-interest sorority with 52 chapters located at numerous universities across the United States and in Canada. Our mission is to provide sisterhood among women, scholarship, leadership and Asian awareness in the University and community. Further, to provide a support group for those in their times of need and to encourage the making of successful women.
♥ History ♥
alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established at the University of California at Berkeley in the Fall of 1989 and was recognized by the College Panhellenic Association on February 7, 1990. The founding sisters - Susan Kim, Fannie Pon, Jill Yoshimura, and Reina Yuan - dedicated themselves to establishing a strong and lasting organization which would provide Asian American women the opportunity to participate in the Greek system. Soon after being recognized by the College Panhellenic Association the founding sisters brought together a diverse group of women who shared with them the goals of sisterhood, scholarship, and leadership. These ideals were to later set the foundation for alpha Kappa Delta Phi's purpose.
The love and generosity that each member had for the organization was instrumental to the growth of alpha Kappa Delta Phi's reputation as a sorority, as well as to the forging of unbreakable friendships. The sisterhood has since then spread to prominent university campuses across the country. To meet the needs of the growing sisterhood, the National Board of alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established in May of 1993 at the National Convention in Santa Barbara, California.
It is the sincere wish of the founding sisters and the charter class that alpha Kappa Delta Phi continue to promote Asian Awareness in the community and leadership opportunities for women by providing each women with the resources, unique sisterly support and understanding to achieve her goals in life.
To find out more, please visit our national website at www.akdphi.org.
♥ Purpose ♥
The purpose of this Asian-American interest sorority is to promote sisterhood, scholarship, leadership, and Asian American awareness in the University and in the community, while encouraging the expression of the individual. The sorority is composed of highly motivated women with diverse backgrounds, interests, and fields of study. Each woman, however, shares 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.
♥ Mission ♥
Our mission is to provide sisterhood among women, scholarship, leadership and Asian awareness in the University and community. Further, to provide a support group for those in their times of need and to encourage the making of successful women.
♥ National Philantropy ♥
The Avon Breast Cancer Crusaide raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research and to advance access to care, with a focus on the medically underserved. From its launch in 1992, Avon's Global Breast Cancer Crusade has expanded to more than 55 countries and by the end of 2009 had raised and awarded more than $640 million.
Progress has been made but there is still a new diagnosis of breast cancer in the U.S. every 3 minutes. The Avon Foundation for Women supports research to accelerate knowledge about the causes, diagnosis, treatments, and ways to prevent breast cancer. It works to facilitate research collaborations and to identify and fund new research directions. The Foundation also supports efforts to ensure the best quality of care for all, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay.
The mission of alpha Kappa Delta Phi's Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign is to raise funds on a national level to contribute to a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer, to dedicate at least one Service Event per chapter/colony to Breast Cancer Awareness in October and to develop a comprehensive page on our national website that provides links to breast cancer resources
In 1998, alpha Kappa Delta Phi launched its first-ever National Service project. Through our 22 chapter effort, we dedicated the year of 1998-99 to Breast Cancer Awareness by educating ourselves, our college campuses, and our communities. Through the efforts of our active sisters and alumnae, we have raised over $250,000 throughout the years for breast cancer research. In addition to raising funds, awareness is spread on all our campus communities through service projects, workshops, informational booths, or forums.
alpha Kappa Delta Phi is a proud exclusive partner of Avon Breast Cancer Crusade.
♥ A Taste of What We Do ♥
The women of alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority at Carnegie Mellon University strive to promote Asian Awareness, create lasting bonds of sisterhood and friendship, as well as contribute to the fight against breast cancer. We continue to work with the campus and Pittsburgh community every year to promote our cultural and service causes while growing into stronger women, individuals and leaders.
Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country.
Re-founded in March of 2007, the Arab Student Organization (ASO) is a non-political student organization whose objective is to create an awareness of the different Arab cultures through the sponsoring of Arab social and cultural activities. Our mission is to spread knowledge and generate an understanding of these cultures, and promote the Arabic language and the exchange of cultural ideas. The Organization respects the religious and ethnic identities of all its members and aims to create a close environment of cultural support to Arab students in our community.
Carnegie Mellon University Asian Student Association, better known as CMU ASA, is the largest cultural student organization on campus. Comprised of students who are interested in exploring the Asian culture and participating in different events throughout the school year, we are a fun way to get involved and meet new people. Although we are an Asian-interest organization, we welcome everybody who is interested in being a part of our family so come out and get to know us!
ACF is a tight-knit, small-group based fellowship that spans Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. Whether you're Asian, Christian, neither, or both, we invite you to come seek God and to reflect on your life. Large group meetings are every Friday at 7pm.
Asian Christian Fellowship seeks to carry out the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ to make disciples of all nations by proclaiming the gospel, providing fellowship for edification, nurturing Christians in spiritual growth, and building up Christian leaders.
ARCC stands for Awareness of Roots in Chinese Culture Organization. Our goal is to increase awareness of Chinese culture on the CMU campus by sponsoring open events such as the Mid Autumn Festival, Night Market, and Chinese New Year.
In the past years, ARCC has contributed to the CMU campus in many ways. Since its recognition in 1998, it has held an event almost every month to expose the CMU campus to the many facets that Chinese culture has to offer. We structure the events to appeal to those who already know about their culture as well as for those who find the Chinese culture fascinating. Both non-members and members have benefited from ARCC. For example, in our highly successful Night Market Event, we had over 11 Asian student associations participate, while hundreds of other students and faculty attended. Many of the events we hold are in public areas with admission free of charge. We hope that you will join us at our events and learn more about Chinese culture. If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of our officers.
Bhangra in the Burgh brings together the top bhangra teams from across the nation to compete on one stage in a night of music, dance, and South Asian culture. Since the competition started in 2007, it has only continued to grow in popularity and acclaim. The competition, now deemed the largest student run event in Pittsburgh, has attracted a sold out crowd of 2,500 people for the past six years so it is no doubt that the art of bhangra is truly a sight to see. The Bhangra in the Burgh organization uses the competition as a vehicle to raise money every year for a local charity, this year to the Pittsburgh Promise. We have raised over $75,000 over a period of six years and we hope to go to unprecedented heights this year. This year we will be partnering with Variety The Children's Charity. Be a part of the excitement and join us for Bhangra in the Burgh 9!
Big Straw Magazine is a student-run Asian interest magazine that provides students with an outlet for artistic expression, cultural identity, and thought. Big Straw started in Spring 2006 as part of an Interpretation and Argument class on Asian American Literature. The professor at the time, Dr. John Eperjesi, was finishing his doctorate at CMU and was moving to Korea soon. He assigned the students a final project: to create an Asian interest magazine that could be published and distributed to the school community, even after he left. The students worked on the magazine after class and met with the professor over bubble tea, and the first issue was released at the end of the semester. Big Straw was founded with the mission to cultivate and spread culture, creativity, and ideas. We strive not to define or reshape the Asian American culture, but to break down barriers and enable students to discover more about themselves and each other.
The Black Graduate Student Organization (BGSO) nurtures graduate students of color, builds relationships between students across CMU and Pittsburgh and enriches the community through service opportunities.
Founded in 2000, the Malaysian Student Organization (Budaya) promotes Malaysian culture and heritage to the general community of Carnegie Mellon University.
CATS Dance embraces a wide array of traditional, folk, and social dances - including contra dance and French social dance. We host monthly contra dances, and frequent lessons and workshops for other kinds of dance, with guest musicians and callers. Everybody is welcome, from curious beginners to hard-core folkies - come out and dance!
Founded in 1988, Chabad of CMU is your connection to the Jewish pulse of Carnegie Mellon University.
Chabad of CMU is... A Jewish student organization that provides an exciting variety of social, educational, and cultural programming for students. A home where all Jews are welcome, regardless of background or affiliation. A place to socialize in a comfortable, home-like setting with great friends, great food, and great discussion. A source of caring support from professional and sensitive rabbinical mentors. A partnership between students and staff, providing valuable leadership opportunities for students to create fun, vibrant programs. Chabad of Carnegie Mellon University, "Your Jewish connection on Campus" was established by Directors Rabbi Shlomo and Chani Silverman. Chabad of CMU offers a wide variety of regular programs: from holiday celebrations to concerts, Shabbat meals to hands-on workshops, social action to learning programs.
The Chinese Students Association is dedicated to provide a second home, a family like environment for undergraduate students from Mainland China and help new students in transition through culture shock and settling into Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh area. The activities of this organization include (but not limited to): provide information about university life before Chinese students coming to Carnegie Mellon University; hold events to celebrate traditional Chinese festivals; provide social opportunities for members of this organization, the campus and local community. At the same time, this organization promotes and preserves the true Chinese heritage, and would like to provide input towards the Chinese activities on campus, alongside with other cultural organizations, to help the campus community in understanding our unique culture.
The Chinese Student and Scholar Association in Carnegie Mellon University (CMU-CSSA) is a student organization of more than 1,500 members, most of whom are with Chinese heritage. As one of the largest organizations in CMU, CSSA seeks to help Chinese students start their lives in Pittsburgh, build a better community for Chinese students and scholars and contribute as a multicultural student organization at Carnegie Mellon. CMU-CSSA is operated by a CSSA board on behalf of all members.
We are the young adult branch of Chinmaya Mission that studies Vedantic philosophy, the foundation of Hindu religion and culture. We hold weekly discussions as well as campus-wide events through which we learn about Vedanta – the Hindu philosophy of Oneness – and discuss its practical applications to our lives.
Founded in 2006, the purpose of CMU Bhangra is to provide opportunity and instruction for aspiring dancers. We seek to encourage, advance, and promote the art of Bhangra dancing (Punjabi folk dance) through various performances and competitions, on and off campus, and through instructive workshops.
5221 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Contact EmailE: [email protected]
Phone NumberP: (408) 507-0023
The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival aims to showcase the artistry of international filmmakers and bring them to the CMU campus to interact and enrich the CMU community.
Jiya is an all-girls Bollywood fusion competitive dance troupe that encompasses various styles, such as classical, hip hop and contemporary. Our goal is to perform entertaining and exciting pieces, while spreading knowledge about Indian culture.
CMU Raasta is a dance team committed to promoting Indian culture across campus. Through the West Indian folk dance garba-raas, we aim to spread awareness of our traditions. Based on formations and high energy, Raas involves twirling sticks called dandiyas. By performing on and off campus at dance competitions throughout the nation, we wish to exhibit the talent and diversity of Carnegie Mellon students.
The objective of CMU Sahara is to bring together and provide an opportunity for dancers across Carnegie Mellon University to showcase their talent and discover a sense of community through collaborative team effort via the collective passion for Bollywood dance. This co-ed team aims to develop, teach and promote the culture of Bollywood dancing through on and off campus competitions and performances.
5145 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Contact EmailE: [email protected]
Phone NumberP: (630) 991-8114
The Carnegie Mellon Sport Taekwondo Club strives to provide a safe and fun environment for those that are interested in martial arts. We are open to any and all that are interested in our campus community, and welcome those with absolutely no experience along with people who are at a higher level. Come check out our practices, and feel free to email any one of the admins for more information.
Colombia en Pittsburgh was founded in the fall of 2002 by graduate students at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and Duquesne University, and by some local residents as a university-community-based organization.
Founded in 2015, [email protected] aims to increase conversation about racial issues that members of the Carnegie Mellon University community can combat and to create a safe environment in which people of different backgrounds can all come together and understand one another.
The Cultural Italian Association of CMU (CIAO) provides a fun environment for learning/engaging in the Italian culture, not the language! Join us for socials, dinner nights, bocce ball, soccer tournaments and many other great events.
Deewane A Cappella is Carnegie Mellon University's Premiere All-Male South Asian A Cappella team. Founded in 2007, our mission is to perform the most hype bangers and fuse together Indian and Western singing for your listening pleasure! In the Desi A Cappella circuit, we are known for winning first and second place at both Gathe Raho and Yaadein in previous years. With our new EP Lamhe, our album Kal, and 10 years of experience, we are more ready than ever to perform our hearts out. Find us on campus at CMU or at other events while on tour.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately Black college educated women, the Sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, England, Japan (Tokyo and Okinawa), Germany, the Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Bahamas and the Republic of Korea.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 by twenty-two distinguished collegiate women at Howard University. These indelible young women desired to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; to provide support to the underserved; to educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.
The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five Point Programmatic Thrust:
International Awareness and Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement.
The Theta Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a Pittsburgh based chapter encompassing the campuses of Carnegie Mellon and Chatham University.
Our twelve daring and dynamic charter members were originally members of the mixed Alpha Epsilon Chapter that re-organized on January 30, 1971. They possessed, as we do, a commitment to academic excellence and a desire to continue public service while pursuing their undergraduate degrees.
The Tenacious and Brilliant ladies of Theta Beta are thrilled about carrying on Delta’s legacy while building upon the resilient foundation established by our twenty-two illustrious founders. This year, we will implement an array of public service initiatives and can’t wait to showcase what our chapter is all about. Don’t be a stranger! We hope you will join us for our innovative programs and activities as we strive to further the advancement of our campuses and communities.
The mission of Feminists Engaged in Multicultural Matters and Education (FEMME) is to empower women in both the CMU and Pittsburgh community and to bring greater awareness to feminism and women's issues in a modern context.
Hillel JSA is a CMU student organization that serves the Jewish community of Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh region by providing for the advancement of Jewish life on campus.
The Hong Kong Student Association at Carnegie Mellon University is an organization for all those who are interested in Hong Kong and its traditions. HKSA is devoted to fostering a stronger Asian community and bring Hong Kong awareness to campus. As a recognized group in CMU, HKSA strives to bring you fun and meaningful cultural and social events throughout the year.
The purpose of the Indian Graduate Students' Association as stated in the By-Laws is to:
1. Act as a forum for Indian students to meet and present their views.
2. Unite Indians and people of other races by celebrating and learning from diversity.
3. Act as a conduit for Indian students to experience the rich culture of America and encourage cultural exchange.
4. Co-ordinate with other organizations on campus and in Pittsburgh to organize events of mutual interest.
5. Organize get-togethers and fun events for graduate student holidays; arrange information sessions regarding academics/jobs; and welcome and guide the new graduate students.
This group serves as gateway for all Indonesian students at CMU to communicate and collaborate. Furthermore, we also endorse any kind of activities that promote Indonesian Culture.
The purpose of iFS is to allow students of the Carnegie Mellon University community to share their interest and knowledge of dance, particularly dances pertaining to, but not limited to, those within the international hip-hop culture.
The Iranian Student Association (ISA), founded in 2000, is a non-political student organization which shall respect the ideological views and social status of all its members and whose objective shall be to sponsor Iranian social and cultural events, to unite the Iranian community, to promote the understanding of the Iranian culture, and to help foster friendship among different cultural groups at Carnegie Mellon University.
This club welcomes all students! You do not have to be Japanese to join. Most of our members are not Japanese.
We are a cultural club at Carnegie Mellon University dedicated to cooking and enjoying Japanese cuisine. Events are usually held Saturday afternoons every week, during which board members teach how to cook a particular Japanese dish or cooking principle. The club provides the cooking utensils while the cost of ingredients is covered by a small, per-event fee; we conclude each event by eating the food we've just prepared! We've made everything from sushi and takoyaki to ichigo daifuku and Pocky, but we're always looking for new possibilities!
Contact Email: [email protected]
We are the Japanese Student Association at Carnegie Mellon University (CMUJSA). CMUJSA is a student organization dedicated to spreading awareness of Japanese culture throughout the student body, as well as the greater Pittsburgh community. To fulfill our objective, we host numerous events related to Japanese culture, the largest of which is Matsuri.
Continuing from the success of Matsuri in previous years, JSA once again plans to host the Japanese culture, food, music, games, tradition extravaganza - MATSURI - in the spring of 2018. This event attracts hundreds of people from both the immediate Carnegie Mellon community, alumni and from Pittsburgh in general. We look forward to seeing you there!
JSA is a diverse organization represented by student from many nationalities, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. We are open to anyone who wishes to join.
Founded in 2000
The purpose of the Jewish Graduate Students Association (JGSA) is to foster a strong Jewish graduate community to serve the Jewish graduate students and those interested in Jewish culture and/or religion. It serves this purpose by hosting events that are of interest to Jewish graduate students, such as social gatherings, celebrations of Jewish holidays, and networking events.
The Korean American Students' Association was founded on December 8, 2015 to address the sociocultural need for a Korean-American presence on campus byway of a social organization. We are committed to providing a social community for Korean-American students and others who are interested in or enjoy Korean culture. Our KASA family meets weekly and holds students from all backgrounds and ethnicities, enriching our college experience. We have official events and food sales as an organization monthly, and often individually host social events on the weekends where our members get to know each other better and share memorable times together.
The Korean Graduate Student Association promotes academic collaboration and social interactions among the Korean graduate students at CMU.
To educate the CMU community on Korean & Korean-American culture and provide a medium for social interaction in the Korean community.
The Korean Pop Dance Club (KPDC) of CMU K-Pop Dance Club was founded in 2015 by a bunch of freshmen who loved K-Pop and wanted to share it on campus. Our mission is to provide opportunities for K-Pop fans and aspiring dancers alike to grow as performers in an enthusiastic environment. We currently support open classes, subunit, and projects. KPDC is open to everyone; experience in dance is not required.
ΛΦΕ was founded in 1981 on the campus of University of California at Los Angeles by Mr. Craig Ishigo, the principal founding father, and eighteen other men. The goal of the fraternity was to transcend the limitations to which traditional Asian American organizations were subject. While traditional Asian campus organizations were often split along lines of national origins, the founders sought an organization that drew its membership equally from the different segments of the Asian American community. Their vision was that the members would eventually bridge the gaps fragmenting the Asian American community through their affiliation with a common organization.
The greatest hurdle in reaching this goal, however, was the membership discontinuity of traditional Asian campus organizations. Student associations provided at best a circle of friends spanning the four years of most undergraduates’ college experience and at worst a group of familiar strangers encountered during periodic social functions. The yearly turnover of most organizations’ officers made it nearly impossible to pursue any extended project as each new officer core set its own agenda. The founders’ solution to this dilemma was the adoption of a fraternal structure. By forming ΛΦΕ as an Asian-American Interest fraternity, the founders formed a strong bond of brotherhood with each other during their undergraduate experience, and made a commitment to the organization as alumnus even after graduation.
In order to facilitate the process of rapid expansion and to seek standardization throughout the nation, the existing six chapters came together on Memorial Day, 1990, to form what is known as ΛΦΕ National Fraternity. At this conference, a national governing body was established to better coordinate each individual chapters efforts, a national philanthropy was adopted, national expansion policies implemented and Memorial Day weekend was designated as the official date for the annual convention of ΛΦΕ National. That fall, with the admittance into the National Interfraternity Council, ΛΦΕ became the first and only nationally recognized Asian-American Interest Fraternity.
In 1995 to better serve the fraternity as a whole, ΛΦΕ became a California non-profit corporation. It further divided into two divisions, Alumni and Active, each with its own officer CORPS, policies and procedures.
In the Active division, numerous programs were developed to address the needs of the collegiate brotherhood throughout the nation and abroad. The National Service Program adopted several national philanthropies. The most notable is the Asian American Bone Marrow Donor Program. To date, no other organization in the United States has enlisted more registrants to the Asian bone marrow donor library than ΛΦΕ. The National Academic Committee developed guidelines and scholarship programs to encourage academic excellence in our collegiate chapters. The National Expansion Committee developed formal procedures and a fair application process for all interest groups. The creation of the National Brotherhood Program sent national staff members to collegiate chapters to demonstrate different methods of building brotherhood and character. The National Brotherhood Program also established an Annual Brotherhood Showcase, where brothers from around the nation exemplify their understanding of brotherhood through artistic expression.
The alumni Division has also become a large part of ΛΦΕ National activities. Like the Active Division, the Alumni Division has its own officer CORPS and regions, including an international region in Japan. Regional Alumni Associations hold events, such as professional and community events, as well as, events which allow interaction between the active and alumni members.
Today, there are thousands of brothers in the United States and throughout the world. ΛΦΕ National Fraternity continues to strive to achieve its motto, “To Be Leaders Among Men,” by providing services to assist brothers in achieving their fullest potential. 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 their communities. Ultimately, it is the principles of ΛΦΕ that will inspire all brothers to lead their communities to a better, brighter way of life.
The fraternal structure has allowed ΛΦΕ to perennially maintain the leadership and quality of membership so that we may be able to meet our status quo as well as continually better ourselves as students and members of our society. With many social and service events planned throughout the year, we invite everyone to check out what ΛΦΕ has to offer. As you may already know, college is not only about improving your mind but also about personal growth and establishing oneself as an individual. Let ΛΦΕ help you in providing those resources.
ΛΦΕ at Carnegie Mellon University was established on March 24, 2002 by seventeen ambitious young men.
Frustrated with the fragmented Asian community in Carnegie Mellon University, the Tsung brothers in the summer of 2001 contacted several close friends in hopes of unifying the community by bringing ΛΦΕ to Carnegie Mellon University. Inspired by Simon/Beeker’s (Alpha Alpha) presentation, BAM (Brotherhood of Asian-American Men) was created to do what the many student associations couldn’t do: satisfy the student body’s short-term interests while achieving the long-term goals of a community. Initially led by a group of close friends, BAM sought to accomplish this task by bringing ΛΦΕ – a nation-wide Asian interest fraternity – to Carnegie Mellon University. Organized by the original members and a few recent additions BAM quickly gained momentum with their first party HeatWave. The concept of a fraternity based on the ideals of brotherhood was more than compelling; soon fourteen other students joined BAM. The trips to Buffalo’s annual Halloween Party and Penn State’s Spin help fuel their determination. The group of nineteen men each believed that, despite the many setbacks, ΛΦΕ encompassed many of their own ideals: strength in friendship and more importantly, strength and love in brotherhood.
Working together, their tireless efforts were rewarded when the reverent Penn State University ΛΦΕ (Tau Chapter) agreed to take on the nineteen pledges, led by Pledge Master Michael “Covergirl” Wong. The grueling nine-week affair took its toll, and not before long the pledge class was unfortunately reduced to 17 members. Nevertheless, their ambition was only surpassed by their sense of dedication. The idea of being a charter member was the proverbial light at the end of the long and arduous tunnel that is pledging. In fact, the Carnegie Mellon ΛΦΕ can now boast the largest charter class in the recent history of ΛΦΕ. It was 2:04 in the afternoon of March 24th, when the seventeen men crossed into Eternal Brotherhood. Witnessed by the brothers of Tau Chapter, their bond was molded and forged by the very foundations of a brotherhood: trust and sacrifice. The journey was long and hard, but they finally succeeded. The seventeen remaining were no longer a class of pledges or a group of friends who shared a common goal. They were now the seventeen founding fathers of the Carnegie Mellon chapter of ΛΦΕ, leaders among men. The goal they so fervently labored for – the title and respect that comes only with crossing was finally achieved. So what had held the seventeen individuals together for nine hellish weeks will now hold them forever together.
As stated best by a CMU alumnus “It’s not a clique. It’s not a crew. It’s not your boys back home. It’s not a social crutch, a result of some complex or an answer to your insecurities. It’s not a best friend, because you don’t even have to be friends. It’s not someone to eat lunch with, because they don’t even have to be there all the time. It’s “I got your back, no matter what.” It’s family. It’s respect. It’s love. It’s Eternal Brotherhood.”
Headed by ex-president Darren ‘El Baggo Crappo’ Chan since 2002, CMU ΛΦΕ is driven by their dedication and love for the CMU community. Throughout the years, the brothers take part in many cultural and service events on campus, ranging from the annual Culture Night and Asian Heritage Week to Greek Week and Carnival Weekend. Their talents are almost as varied as their personalities; CMU ΛΦΕ has a unique mix of men of distinctive abilities. Now with a solid foundation after crossing fifteen classes and over 100 brothers, ΛΦΕ at CMU has a bright future.
Founded in 2010, the Latino/a Graduate Student Association (LGSA) works to facilitate communication among the Latino community at CMU in order to foster academic, cultural, professional and social collaboration.
The Lunar Gala Fashion Show is an entirely student-run event held every February to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Student designers, models, and dancers are carefully chosen at the beginning of the school year. Then, as a collaboration of more than 100 students, we work to create an impressive show that displays our collective creativity, talents, and passions for fashion, design, and dance. Students from all majors and interests are welcome, as we believe each one can contribute a unique creative vision for the show. As part of the Carnegie Mellon community for over 20 years, Lunar Gala draws in over 1000 viewers each year, and is one of the biggest student-led events on campus.
The Minority Association of Pre-health Students (MAPS) was founded to enable interested students to pursue activities and service projects that support minority students who are pursuing degrees in medicine, dentistry and other pre-health professions.
Mayur - The South Asian Student Association, Carnegie Mellon's largest South Asian organization, is a highly-active, non-profit organization that sponsors and organizes various social and cultural activities for students. Mayur SASA reaches out not only to the South Asian community, but also strives to promote unity, diversity, and interest in the South Asian culture by reaching out to students of other nations and cultures. Our events which are social, cultural, and educational in nature, cater to a variety of interests and motivations and thus attempt to attract all of the student body.
Each year students across all academic disciplines come together for MOSAIC, a community-wide gender conference held on Carnegie Mellon's campus. The objective of MOSAIC is to offer provocative sessions aimed at exploring gender construction, commonalities between and among genders, and fostering intentional dialogue around unconventional gender-based topics. Sessions are led by faculty, staff, and students of CMU as well as invited community members.
The Multicultural Greek Council exists to develop and maintain fraternity life and interfraternal relations between the culturally based fraternities and sororities on campus and the greater Carnegie Mellon Greek community.
Presidents of multicultural student organizations meet monthly to expand dialogue between multicultural organizations, organize collaborative initiatives, learn about resources, and discuss needs and interests.
The Muslim Student Association works to address the religious, cultural and social needs of Muslim students of Carnegie Mellon University, and to build awareness and familiarity with Islam, Islamic cultures and Muslims through positive interactions with the CMU community.
The National Organization of Minority Architects Students (NOMAS) is focused on fostering communication, architectural professional development, and fellowship among students while celebrating the benefits of a diverse profession. The NOMAS student body includes those who identify as minority based on race, nationality, sex, sexual orientation, or wealth, or who share the chapter’s goals.
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals.
OM is an organization for the education and promotion of Indian spirituality and culture. Students, faculty, and all other members of the Carnegie Mellon community are welcome to join. OM provides a spiritual avenue to Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and persons of other religious faiths.
Throughout the year, we hold several large events such as Diwali Garba, Lohri, and Holi. We also celebrate Gandhi Jayanti, conduct several trips to the SV and Hindu-Jain Temples, and hold Aartis for Diwali, Holi, and at the end of each semester. We also host renown speakers at Carnegie Mellon, and facilitate discussions around various cultural and spiritual topics.
The purpose of Omega Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated is to Serve and Educate people of diverse backgrounds through sisterhood, leadership, and guidance. As positive role models, we promote unity of all cultures, focus on the empowerment of our gender and raise the standards of excellence in our academic, social, and personal endeavors.
OPBSI envisions a world without oppression, where empowered women celebrate the essence of womanhood and act as resources in the advancement of their communities.
Serving and educating through our diversity.
Sirviendo y educando a traves de nuestra diversidad.
We strive to show the artistic and technical potential of paper. Come join us as we fold paper! We welcome people that are new origami, as well as those who have been doing origami for years.
Out & Allied aims to provide a supportive environment to enhance the social, academic and career experiences of current and prospective LGBT students, allies and partners at the Tepper School.
The goals of RSA are:(1) to organize social, cultural, and educational activities that can provide a basis for consolidation of fellowship among its members; (2) to welcome newly arrived or prospective CMU Romanian students and provide to them assistance and information about life in Pittsburgh and events organized by RSA; (3) to disseminate information about Romanian culture to interested members of the campus community.
The CMU Northern Shaolin Kung Fu Club teaches and practices real traditional Chinese Kung Fu. We practice traditional forms as well as real life combat techniques and martial applications. We also seek to promote an awareness for self defense skills and personal well being.
The mission of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational and professional excellence.
The Singapore Students' Association at Carnegie Mellon University is a student organization dedicated to fostering an understanding of Singapore culture among the CMU community, as well as promoting interaction amongst its members. It also serves as a support network for incoming Singaporean students.
SASE is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers so that they can achieve their full career potential. In addition to professional development, SASE encourages members to contribute to the enhancement of the communities in which they live.
SASE’s mission is to
- Prepare Asian heritage scientists and engineers for success in the global business world.
- Celebrate diversity on campuses and in the workplace.
- Provide opportunities for members to make contributions to their local communities.
SASE National has close ties with several major corporations in the sciences and engineering, including GE, P&G, Toyota, Shell, Dow Chemical, and Lockheed Martin. Every year during the month of October, SASE National holds a National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, which is attended by over 30 recruiting companies. Membership in SASE at both the campus and national level is open to all members.
As the Carnegie Mellon University Section, we not only value the national mission but also promote engineering and other STEM fields for women by providing an avenue for building relationships with peers, networking with professionals, and giving back to the CMU and Pittsburgh communities. In addition, we do our best to extend these opportunities to anyone who supports women in STEM. Visit our website, www.cmuswe.org and join our facebook group, CMU SWE: Carnegie Mellon Society of Women Engineers for more information!
The Spanish and Latin Student Association (SALSA) strives to increase campus awareness of issues specific to Latino and Hispanic-American students as well as international students from Spanish-speaking countries. As a social and cultural organization, one of its goals is to create a close-knit community of individuals that want to meet other people, while at the same time learn about the many cultures we each represent. By organizing innovative interactive events, we are able to foster a community amongst Hispanic students to celebrate Latin American and Spanish cultures. This organization is open to anyone, regardless of country or culture.
Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth (SPICMACAY) at CMU promotes the rich Indian classical music and culture among the CMU community through various student events, professional music concerts and dance recitals.
SPIRIT's mission is to promote a sense of fellowship within the Carnegie Mellon community by acting as a liaison between its members and the university via the presentation of cultural programs and the championing of black awareness.
Strong Women Strong Girls is a nationally recognized mentoring organization dedicated to creating an outside support system for young girls and helping them develop skills for lifelong success. The Carnegie Mellon chapter of SWSG was launched in 2006 and ever since has been working towards empowering young girls living in underserved communities across Pittsburgh. Proud to be the first SWSG chapter in Pittsburgh, this year our chapter celebrates our 10th year anniversary. Every week, mentors meet with the girls for 90 minutes and organize lessons that aim to help them recognize their potential strengths and encourage them to pursue their dreams. The curriculum is based on historic and contemporary female role models who embody the ideas of strong women and global sisterhood. Our program strives to build positive mentoring relationships and combat the danger of low self-esteem in pre-adolescent girls. Currently, the Carnegie Mellon chapter mentors at six different sites of local elementary schools and boys’ & girls’ clubs.
The Taiwanese Students Association at Carnegie Mellon University is an organization that serves to bring cultural awareness, provide service to the community, and create social events throughout the CMU community via cultural, philanthropic, and social events. TSA is non-exclusive and is open to anyone who wishes to join.
⏵ Culture events: Annual Culture Night, monthly Asian Awareness discussions, food festivals, hot pot dinners, and more!
⏵ Social events: Holiday parties, End-of-The-Year banquet, general meetings, Game Nights, and Late Night dinners.
⏵ Service projects: 1000Plus, volunteer work, weekly food fundraisers
TNGL is an interscholastic gaming league whose goal is to foster diversity in the tech and creative industry through gaming. Through using gaming as a medium, we have exposed a wide audience of people from different backgrounds to opportunities in industries including gaming, music, wearable tech, robotics, and business.
Turkish Student Society is the meeting point of all students interested in the cultural heritage of Turkey and learning about it to enrich the CMU society. TUSO is funded in 2009 to create a bridge between the Turkish and American culture at Carnegie Mellon University.
Like Anime? Then you should seriously consider joining us at Margaret Morrison 103 Breed Hall every Saturday night from 6:30pm to 11:30pm for our weekly meetings. There we watch anime, eat free pizza, plan for conventions and events, and are generally awesome. Sounds interesting? Make your way to Vermillion City!
The Yangjia Taijiquan Club provides instruction in the traditional long form of Yang family style of Taiji. Taiji, practiced properly, is both a martial art and a form of moving meditation. It translates to the Grand Ultimate Fist in Chinese and is a sophisticated martial technique that uses your opponent's attacks against them.
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