Undergraduate Organizations

Annenberg Latino Student Association (ALSA)

“Uniting the Latino Community of the School for Communication through social, professional and political activities”

Contact: Mikalina Franco & Joanna Velez
Email: mifranco@usc.edu | joannave@usc.edu
Organization Email: alsa.usctrojans@gmail.com

The Annenberg Latino Student Association is committed to promoting career and academic opportunities for Latino students in the fields of communication, journalism and public relations. The organization is also designed to provide a social network outside of the classroom. It also provides students the opportunity to volunteer in the community through its various outreach fieldtrips. ALSA hosts bi-weekly meetings with guest speakers, workshops, and networking mixers focused on supporting and advancing the career of Latino media students.

Association of Latino Professionals in Finance & Accounting (ALPFA-USC)

Email: rsvp@alpfausc.org
Website: https://sites.google.com/site/alpfausc/

ALPFA is a leading national organization for professionals and students in accounting, business, finance and related fields with approximately 40 regional chapters. Our chapter offers a wide range of activities throughout the year which include case competitions, networking events, scholarships, student workshops, community service, professional and student mixers, mentoring programs, internships and an annual convention. Membership in ALPFA-USC is open to any student in good academic standing who shares the core values that include professional development, relationship building, inclusiveness and integrity.

Ballet Folklorico de USC

“Preserving our culture through dance and performance.”

Contact: El Centro Chicano
Email: ecc@usc.edu

This organization is currently in the process of being activated.

Ballet Folklorico de USC is a group for both undergraduates and graduates, experienced and unexperienced, that teaches and exposes them to traditional Latin American Folklorico dances in a welcoming and positive environment. Everyone is welcome. Come give it a try!

Break On 2

Email: info@breakon2.com
Organization Email: usc@breakon2.com
Facebook: breakon2.com

Break on 2 is USC’s premier Latin Fusion dance team. Our team has two divisions: a performance team and a club annex. Neither of these divisions require any experience to join, though we can only accept new members for the performance team if they come to auditions in the beginning of fall semester. Break on 2 will teach new members how to dance salsa and other Latin dances in both performance and social dance settings. We also host some of the biggest and best monthly college socials in Los Angeles that are open to anyone. Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education (CHE)

Chicanos/Latinos for Health Education (CHE)

“Sanando la comunidad/ Healing the community”

Contact: Hannah Dumas & Lisa Lopez
Email: hdumas@usc.edu | lisanlop@usc.edu
Organization Email: uscche@gmail.com

The purpose of CHE is to promote pre-health student interest leading to improvement in healthcare in underserved communities. CHE supports pre-health students in areas of retention, academic success, career opportunities, and the politics of medicine. CHE members participate in various community service projects, including health lessons and college talks with local middle and high schools. CHE members have mentors at LMSA at Keck School of Medicine to help network. CHE members develop friendships with one another through participation in conferences and social activities such as dinners, study nights, and ice cream socials.

Chicanos for Progressive Education (CPE)

“Empowerment through Education”

Contact: Cindy Andrade
Email: cindyand@usc.edu
Organization Email: cpedeusc@gmail.com

Founded at USC in 1991, Chicanos for Progressive Education is an organization committed to the education and retention of underrepresented minority students in higher education. Our purpose is to increase the number of minority students, especially Latinos/as, at USC and in colleges around the country by touring students in Los Angeles High Schools. We strive to motivate and answer questions about university life, academics, and financial aid. We also provide mentoring to high school students as well as informal mentoring between our members. We maintain a scholarship fund to help supplement financial needs of one qualified freshmen or transfer student who has shown commitment and dedication to CPE and our cause. Additionally, CPE conducts bimonthly high school visits to various high schools in the Los Angeles area. We also pride ourselves in providing our members with a cultural and academic support group through various social events such as retreats and fundraisers.

Destino

“Raising up a generation of Latino and Hispanic leaders to change the world.”

Contact: Javier Sanchez
Email: sanc642@usc.edu
Organization Email: info@ladestino.com
Website: www.destinomovement.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/USCDestino

Destino seeks to empower Latino Leaders to take the good news of Jesus to the Campus, the Community, and the World. Whether you’re interested in making a difference on this campus for God or just want to explore what the Bible says come by our weekly meetings.

El Sol y La Luna/ Latino Floor

“Promoting cultural awareness, community involvement, and academic success in a close knit multicultural environment conducive to a smooth transition to university life and overall unforgettable first year experience!”

Contact: El Centro Chicano & Cindy Andrade (LF RA)
Email: ecc@usc.edu | cindyand@usc.edu

Created in 1974, the Latino Floor residential program is an opportunity offered to first year students interested in learning more about the Latino culture in the presence of a supportive community of faculty/student mentors and peers. The goal of the Latino floor is to create and promote a positive and open-minded atmosphere that creates a unique first year experience meant to help ease the transition into college life. With amazing networking opportunities, faculty involvement, resourceful workshops, and cultural events, there’s no better way to experience diversity at USC. The Latino Floor provides extensive community service, cultural, academic and social activities throughout the year. A few years ago, we launched the very successful Latino Floor Fall & Spring Community Service project, which assists local neighborhood children with tutoring and role modeling from a program on campus called Peace Kids who promotes Peace, Conflict Mediation and Social Justice. The Latino Floor houses 32 residents and one resident advisor– an experienced upperclassman trained to cater to the needs of first-year students who plan programs and activities during the academic year.

Event Spotlight:

The Latino Floor hold an annual Beach Retreat at a local beach, host their annual Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration where hundreds of local school children came to participate in educational workshops and festivities, and participated in mixers with the Somerville and Rainbow Floor.

Hapa Student Community (HapaSC)

“Hapa Student Community is a welcoming social community for people of mixed ethnicity and their friends: a place that we can all call home. As an intelligent social group, we serve to bring public awareness to the hapa community”

Contact: Elisabeth Gilmore
Contact Email: eggilmor@usc.edu
Organization Email: hapaSC@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uschapasc/?fref=ts
Website: http://hapasc.org/

The Hapa Student Community (HapaSC) is a welcoming social community for people of mixed race/ethnicity and their friends: a place that we can all call home. As an intelligent social group, we serve to bring a public awareness to the hapa culture and
community. HapaSC is also the only organization at USC devoted to creating a community where students can explore what it means to be multiracial, and explore its growing niche in our society.

Event Spotlight:

In Fall 2011, HapaSC hosted two very successful campus-wide events. One of which was collaboration with APASA named “Mixed and APA in the Media”, where HapaSC exclusively invited Danny Pudi, star of the NBC comedy show “Community”. The other event was titled “Love, Sex and Interracial Dating” where HapaSC invited two professional international dating coaches based in Sydney to talk about how to deal with some of the stigmas and issues that comes with interracial dating.

Hermanas Unidas (HaU)

“Poder de la Mujer”

Contact: Gennyvera Pacheco & Milly Rodriguez
Email: uschau.cochair1@gmail.com
Organization Email: haudeusc@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hermanasunidasdeusc/

We work to provide resources and leadership opportunities for predominately Latina, college students and alumni by participating in and organizing community service events, social activities, and academic/professional workshops. We invite students of all ethnicities and backgrounds to join our Hermandad.

Event Spotlight:

Every year a different Chapter of Hermanas Unidas hosts the HaU Statewide Conference. This conference provides workshops put on by successful alumni from different school chapters as well as the networking opportunity. It also consists of social events and chances to make many friends from different schools around California. This weekend proves to be a lot of fun.

Hermanos Unidos (HU)

“Fuerza en la Hermandad”

Contact: Luis De La Rosa & Crisitian Guzman
Email: Ldelaros@usc.edu
Organization Email: hermanos@usc.edu
Website: https://www.facebook.com/uschermanos/?fref=ts

Hermanos Unidos-USC was founded in 2002 and seeks to help students succeed in the college environment by its commitment to the three foundational pillars of Academic Scholarship, Community Service, and Social Interaction. HU helps its members fulfill the three pillars by offering study hours, hands-on community service events, intramural sports, seminars, guest speakers, leadership development workshops, and team building activities. A unique component of the organization are its Platicas, where members are invited to converse on a more personal level and in an environment that promotes the achievement of both personal and collective goals. All HU members work towards achieving El Nuevo Hombre, an ideal state that defies the negative stereotypes that have been placed upon Latino males.

Event Spotlight:

Operation: Heads Up. Heads-Up is a one-on- one mentorship program with local high school students that promotes higher education. Students are provided guidance on how to successfully graduate from high school and gain admission into a college or university. HU members also prepare activities that expose students to various areas of college study. In addition, the students’ parents are invited to the event to see what their children have achieved during Heads-Up. Pachanga Night. HU and USC’s Parkside Dining Hall partner up annually to promote Latino culture and food through this theme night. Students from all over the university are able to enjoy traditional Latino dishes, music, and customs.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund-USC Scholar Chapter

Contact: Vanessa Arteaga
Email: varteaga@usc.edu
Organization Email: hsf.usc@gmail.com
Website: www.facebook.com/HSFScholarChapterUSC

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation’s leading Hispanic scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic community with more college scholarships and outreach support than any other organization in the country. In its more than 35 years, the HSF has awarded over 90,000 scholarships worth more than $250 million to students in need. HSF’s mission is to strengthen America by advancing the college education of Hispanic Americans.

*HSF is currently being restructured, and as a result the Scholar Chapter at USC is currently inactive, but scholarships are still available for students.

IDEAS (Improving Dreams, Equality, Access and Success)

Contact: Christopher Yik
Email: cyik@usc.edu
Organization Email: ideas.usc@gmail.com
Website: https://ideasusc.wordpress.com/
Facebook Group Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/284671061546280/

IDEAS at USC was founded to create a safe space and positive dialogue among undocumented students (AB 540). The founder’s mission for the organization is that undocumented students receive the support they need in order to undergo and complete their education at USC. The organization welcomes students from all majors, non-immigrant students, immigrant students and those who support equal opportunity for all students in higher education. The organization was established in 2011 and student’s response for the organization on campus has been receptive. IDEAS at USC wants to enhance the communication of this issue and create a strong network between faculty and professors that support these student’s struggle. IDEAS looks forward to creating more awareness of the issue at USC. IDEAS at USC would like to take more of a proactive role on political activism regarding immigration. The group would also like to create strong network among professionals so that graduates have possible employment opportunities upon graduation. Since the group is fairly new, ideas on how to improve and make it a better organization are strongly welcome.

Latino Fellowship (La Fe)

“Empowering the Latino community at USC to explore faith and ethnic identity, love radically, and change the world”

Contact: Grecia Morales Vega
Email: ggmorale@usc.edu
Organization Email: usclafe@gmail.com

In addition to meaning “faith” in Spanish, LaFe is also short for Latino Fellowship. LaFe was formed in the 1980s as a branch organization of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in response to the need of growing numbers of Latino students on college campuses to be resourced and developed. As a national movement, LaFe is committed to developing Latino leaders who serve the campus community with the love of Jesus Christ as they explore God, faith, and the experiences of our people. LaFe at USC began in the fall of 2013 with the purpose of providing a safe space for Latino students to explore issues of faith and ethnic identity in community.

Through weekly gatherings, discussion-based bible studies and community building activities, we invite Latino students to discover their passions, be challenged, and find support in a spiritual community. In addition, we provide Latino students the opportunity to be connected to a larger multiethnic community on campus by participating in activities with our partner organization, InterVarsity Trojan Christian Fellowship. By this, LaFe aims to create greater access for Latino students to succeed at USC and gain the tools necessary to positively impact their families and communities.

Event Spotlight:

Our annual Fall and Summer Conferences with the greater multi-ethnic fellowship on the beautiful Catalina Island. A time to take a break from campus, delve deeper into scripture, commune with friends and explore all that Jesus has to offer.

Latino Business Student Association (LBSA)

“To develop young men and women into the business leaders of tomorrow, through professional exposure, community involvement and social interaction”

Contact: Ricardo Andres Villa
Email: ricardav@usc.edu
Organization Email: president@lbsausc.com
Website: www.lbsausc.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/USC-LBSA/120887914650461?fref=ts

LBSA is an organization which welcomes students from all majors looking to enjoy their college experience while preparing for their future professional endeavors. LBSA strives to accomplish this by providing members with opportunities to grow professionally, while giving back to the community and making lifelong friendships.

Event Spotlight:

Every semester LBSA hosts the Corporate Luncheon for USC students. The event provides an opportunity for students to enjoy a three course meal with corporate recruiters from the company of their choice. These interactions often provide students with an added edge in obtaining internships and jobs from companies like Ernst & Young, Target, and Goldman Sachs.

Latino Honor Society (LHS)

“Recognizing scholastic excellence and dedication to the Latino community since 1997”

Contact: El Centro Chicano
Email: ecc@usc.edu
Website: www.usc.edu/elcentro

Latino Honor Society was established at USC in the fall of 1997. The Latino Honor Society (LHS) is a program monitored by El Centro Chicano that aims to honor the academic and leadership contributions of USC Latino undergraduate students. The society was founded in response to the need for a program that encouraged, stimulated, and recognized, those who maintain excellence in scholarship in addition to serving as positive role models in the community.

Latina/o Student Assembly (LSA)

Contact: Cindy Pineda
Email: cindypin@usc.edu
Organization Email: lsausc@usc.edu
Phone: 213-740- 5656 (Program Board)
Website: http://uscprogramboard.com/assemblies/lsa

The Latina/o Student Assembly is a non-profit umbrella group for Chicana/o, Hispanic, Latina/o student organizations at USC and has been in existence for approximately 26 years. LSA is composed of an executive board of 12 elected officers and one representative from each member organization. LSA receives funds from the Undergraduate Student Government and is overseen by Program Board. LSA allocates funds to member organizations. Run by a student e-board, LSA seeks to bring together students of Latino heritage, educate the USC student body and make positive contributions to the surrounding community. For the past 26 years, LSA has been a source of support and a voice for the Latino student population on campus.

Mariachi Sur de California**

Contact: El Centro Chicano
Email: ecc@usc.edu

Mariachi Sur de California offers students, faculty, and staff, the opportunity to learn the different styles of mariachi music, take part in mariachi conferences, and become part of a very special group whose members are dedicated and passionate for music.

**This organization is currently inactive, but if you are interested in reviving it please contact El Centro Chicano.

Mexican Entrepreneur Association (AEM Jóvenes Los Angeles)

“A Bridge to Success”

Contact: Jesus Eduardo Dillon
Email: jedillon@usc.edu
Organization Email: aemjusc@usc.edu
Website: https://www.aem-jovenes.org/

The Mexican Entrepreneur Association (AEM Jóvenes Los Angeles Chapter) was founded in November 2015 by a group of students at USC who saw the need to connect and serve young entrepreneurs of the LA area. We are committed to form young entrepreneurs by developing their analytical, business, and professional skills, and to connect and develop strong relations among the Mexican, Mexican-American, and friends of Mexico communities of entrepreneurs and young professionals. The organization is part of the binational USA-Mexico NGO, AEM Jóvenes, a hub for bilateral cooperation and interconnectivity for young entrepreneurs who seek to establish and expand their business in the United States and Mexico.

Since its opening, AEM Jóvenes LA has hosted numerous events including several company tours to Warner Bros., Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Source Logistics, and Omni Metal Finishing. This upcoming year we will be hosting speakers, workshops, company tours, and networking events. We will be continuing with our internship placement program, and will also be launching a new mentorship program in conjunction with the experienced entrepreneurs of AEM-Mexico Innova Los Angeles.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano/a de Aztlan (MEChA)

“La Union Hace la Fuerza”

Contact: Sam Farias-Salazar
Email: samfarias8@gmail.com
Organization Email: mecha@usc.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2209172053/

M.E.Ch.A began at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1969, when students, faculty, and community leaders met in response to growing unrest on the state of Raza education. There was a consensus that the path to liberation would come from passionate students who were dedicated to empowering their neighborhoods and people. M.E.Ch.A is inclusive of all Raza and strives for the empowerment and liberation of our gente through higher education. Plainly spoken, M.E.Ch.A is for the community.

Event Spotlight:

The MEChA High School Conference spans a history of well over a decade and has hosted over 10,000 students in the Los Angeles area. It is the intent of all MEChistas to provide participants with a better understanding of the importance of achieving higher education. Accordingly, the conference is comprised of a variety of cultural and academic workshops as well as information about majors, field of study and/or careers from current USC students and alumni.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences (SACNAS)

Contact: Eduardo Ayala
Email: eduardoa@usc.edu
Organization email: sacnas@usc.edu
Website: http://dornsife.usc.edu/sacnas/

The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences– USC Chapter– is focused on creating a community for students interested in research in disciplines from Health Science to Social Sciences, from Biology,
Chemistry, and Physics to Engineering, Computers and other STEM fields. This community reaches beyond the University to the local community, local colleges, and national members.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at USC (SHPE-USC)

“SHPE promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equality.”

Contact: Daisy Benitez
Email: dibenite@usc.edu
Organization Email: shpeusc@gmail.com
Website: https://shpeusc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shpeusc

Since its founding in 1975, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers at USC (SHPE-USC) has maintained a commitment to providing role models to the Hispanic community. As one of the two first established student chapters in the nation, we have a responsibility to continue promoting engineering, science, and math at the pre-college and university level. SHPE-USC offers a network of support with mentorship and guidance to thrive at USC.

We strive to ensure the preparedness of students who choose to pursue these fields by providing necessary tools and resources for success in academics and professional development through conferences, study nights, workshops, and leadership retreats. SHPE-USC champions the development of our members as leaders with a dedication to serve underprivileged communities. Each year, SHPE-USC endeavors to remain a prominent organization in the STEM fields within the Hispanic community as well as within the Viterbi School.

Event Spotlight:

The SHPE Conference is the major event for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Inc. and the largest technical and career conference for Hispanics in the country. Each year, the SHPE Conference attracts nearly 5,000 engineering professionals, students and corporate representatives.

Spanish Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA)

Contact: Hannah Adams
Email: hannahad@usc.edu
Organization Email: susa@usc.edu

The Spanish Undergraduate Student Association (SUSA) was established in 1999 that is devoted to providing its members the ability to explore and immerse themselves in the cultures of Latin America and Spain. Anyone can participate in SUSA events, which is open to all students including graduates and all majors, not just Spanish majors and minors. In essence, SUSA is open to anyone who has an interest in Spanish and Latin American cultures.

SUSA’s most common events include conversation tables, movie nights, and dinner nights, although other events include hosting guest speakers, attending plays and museums, and organizing cooking nights. Conversation tables are SUSA’s most well-known events where students and professors meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis to practice Spanish in a relaxed and informal environment. Movie nights are held on a monthly or bi-monthly basis to offer free showings of Latin American and Spanish movies. To better acquaint students with LA’s rich and diverse Latin American and Spanish cultures, SUSA hosts off-campus events on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Dinner nights are the typical off-campus events that involve dining at diverse restaurants in the surrounding community. SUSA has visited such venues as El Mercado la Paloma and Olvera Street. SUSA is always open to new and interesting ideas that can help improve the club. Entonces, ¡ven con nosotros!

Undergraduate Student Government – Diversity Affairs Committee

Contact: Kaila Williams
Email: usgdiver@usc.edu
Website: http://usg.usc.edu/

Undergraduate Student Government (USG) is the official governing body of the nearly 16,500 undergraduates at USC. It exists to represent the interests of the students to the administration on campus through an extensive programming, committee, and advocacy structure. The four branches that comprise USG are the Legislative, Executive, Judicial, and Programming branches. The Diversity Affairs committee is part of the advocacy branch that works to improve the atmosphere and opportunities for all minority students. In addition, Diversity Affairs is charged with increasing the diversity of students that attend USC. These groups include the Latino, Black, Asian, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgendered, international, disabled, religious, and female communities. Veterans, transfer students, commuter students, and Spring Admit students are all also represented through these services.

Event Spotlight:

This Spring will be the 6th Annual Multicultural Retreat that will bring together students from all backgrounds whether it be related to ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, etc. This two-day retreat is a chance for leaders in the diverse communities of USC to come together and develop an action plan that will help to make our prestigious university even better. We will address pertinent issues and what we can do to solve them. The retreat is all expenses paid and everyone is encouraged to apply.

If you would like to join this committee or any of the others you can do so now by applying. Applications for elected and appointed positions for next year’s Undergraduate Student Government will be out soon. Please contact Lamar Gary if you have any questions.

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USC American Studies and Ethnicity Undergraduate Club

Contact: Alicia Chavez
Email: alchavez@usc.edu
Organization Email: aseclub@dornsife.usc.edu
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/aseclubusc?fref=ts
Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/ase/aseclub/

The ASE Club is open to students of all majors interested in the innovative interdisciplinary academic exploration of the history, culture, politics and institutions of the Americas, with particular focus on communities of color in the United States. The study of civic engagement and social movements is also featured, with the opportunity for students to do an internship in the local community through AMST 365 Leadership in the Community – Internship. Please email aseclub@usc.edu and click “LIKE” on our Facebook page to receive the latest Club information.

USC Ballroom and Latin Dance Team

“Providing social, instructional, and competitive opportunities in traditional ballroom and Latin partner dances”

Contact: Reed Blaylock
Organization Email: ballroomusc@gmail.com
Website: http://www-scf.usc.edu/~ballroom/index.php
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USCBallroom/

The Ballroom & Latin Dance Club offers members of the USC community the opportunity to explore the art of partner dancing through class instruction, competition and social events. Classes twice per week focus on the American Smooth Ballroom and International Latin dance styles with classes in the following dances: Cha-cha, Rumba, Samba, Jive, Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Viennese Waltz and Quickstep. Social events also include opportunities to learn Salsa, Hustle, Swing and other dances. Classes are catered to students of all abilities from beginner to championship levels. Several members travel to both collegiate and professional competitions throughout the year and have won top prizes throughout the western region in all levels. In addition, members practice what they learn in a social setting at weekend dances.

USC Capoeira Club**

Contact: El Centro Chicano
Email: ecc@usc.edu

The USC Capoeira Club is run by and for USC students to practice the martial art, and learn the culture of Capoeira. We enhance our physical and mental strength, as well as awareness of our surroundings, all while wearing a smile and having a good time. It may look intimidating at first, but nothing is required except for a willingness to learn and a positive attitude.

**This organization is currently inactive, but if you are interested in reviving it please contact El Centro Chicano.