Syracuse University draws strength from the diversity of its community. Differing opinions and perspectives are brought together in the spirit of collaborative inclusion. This environment provides students with a rich variety of involvement opportunities, including over 300 recognized student organizations.
Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students gather from all walks of life to form and run these organizations. The Office of Student Activities stands ready to help students get involved and nurture student organizations through consultation and other resources.
We take seriously our responsibility to foster student growth through activism, advocacy, community awareness, team-building, and leadership — taking learning beyond the classroom, changing lives, and making a difference.
Below are just some examples of student organizations and affinity groups, but for more information, see the Student Organizations website or search a full list of all recognized student organizations. For information about our International Alumni Clubs or affinity groups, visit the SU Office of Alumni Engagement site to explore the numerous options for keeping you connected and involved with the larger Syracuse University community.
The Arab Student Association aspires to unite and serve the Arab community on campus while educating the general student body about the Arab heritage. The organization is committed to benefiting both Arab and non-Arab communities while promoting the Arab culture, heritage, and history to increase the diversity on campus and awareness about Arabs.
Student-run organization that focuses on educating African American and Latino students and other student populations, about information science and technology, providing computer literacy support and building a network of alumni and corporations.
As an organization, The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is committed to providing support and encouragement in order to help facilitate a smooth adjustment process. The National Black Law Student Association (NBLSA) is the largest student-run organization in America and has over 200 chapters at law schools throughout the country, representing almost every ABA accredited law school, plus several non-accredited law schools. BLSA’s mission is to strive for excellence and balance within the legal community through professionalism, respect and hard work as a cohesive unit. BLSA has various resources to aid your academic success and hosts a variety of social functions for non-academic enjoyment. In the past, BLSA has participated in a variety of community service projects and the annual Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition.
As a Jewish student organization on campus, Chabad House provides the Syracuse University (SU) and State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) campus community with various services for students of all backgrounds to explore their Judaism, through social, cultural, educational, and religious events; and strives to create a community where Jewish students can be comfortable in expressing and practicing their Judaism, no matter the level of observance; and to serve as a Jewish home away from home. It’s where you go for awesome Friday night dinners, all your holiday needs, intellectually stimulating discussions and classes, fun social events, and much more!
The Disability Student Union is Syracuse University’s student-led disability cultural organization. They are comprised of students with and without disabilities, and are looking to promote inclusivity through programming, education, and advocacy.
Koreans in Information Technologies (KIT) is an organization in Syracuse University for Korean students who are interested in prospecting in the IT field.
The Maxwell Women’s Caucus is a graduate student organization at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Started in the early 1990s by a group of passionate and enthusiastic Maxwell women, the organization strives to promote open dialogue on women’s issues in the Maxwell community and organizes programs and events that promote equality and understanding among genders.
The Syracuse Chapter’s mission is to establish the Mahindra Foundation and Project Nanhi Kali’s presence in the university by creating awareness, raising funds, providing information and supporting activities that promote the overall mission of supporting girl child education in India.
The OutCrowd’s focus is to provide advocates of the queer community a platform to express their otherwise overlooked opinions and perspectives. With this focus in mind, The OutCrowd is determined to present progressive content through a queer lens by challenging what is often deemed “socially acceptable.”
SWEEP’s mission is to promote gender and diversity initiatives on the Syracuse University campus and throughout central New York via collaboration with student groups, staff and faculty on campus, and throughout the community. SWEEP shares the Chancellor’s vision of One University, and endeavor to work together to celebrate and support the women of our campus, our alumni, and our community.
The Society of Multicultural Architects and Designers SMAD was created in order to supplement the academic curriculum with multicultural pedagogies in all spatial design majors, with an emphasis on architecture. In doing so, the intent is to bridge the gap between these various design majors.