The Office of Multicultural Affairs houses seven student organizations.
African Student Association
The African Students Association is a culture embracing organization that was created
to unite the African students on campus, help welcome new Africans to the campus, promote
the cultural heritage of Africans, and bring awareness of different issues pertaining
to Africa. This organization is for anyone who has a genuine interest in the culture,
regardless of race, and wants to contribute to this cause. The African Students Association
not only wants to welcome African culture, but embrace diversity on the University
of Memphis campus. Our success in this is a result of having one of the most diverse
membership and executive boards among all of the multicultural organizations on campus.
Our goal, is simply to contribute to this cause by means of community service, education,
display of arts, and the building of a genuine bond among all members. We encourage
all, regardless of ethnicity, to be a part, and "Embrace their Inner African".
Black Scholars Unlimited
Black Scholars Unlimited is a prestigious organization designed to achieve academic
excellence through Scholarship, Leadership, and Service with a special emphasis towards
African American Students. Black Scholars Unlimited wants to show that African American
Students can excel and make a difference at any University if given the opportunity.
This organization honors students for succeeding academically, provides incentives
to maintain scholarships, and encourages others to take the same path. The organization
takes advantage of leadership capabilities by being involved on campus, as well as,
in the community. Students strive to maintain the principles of their organization
by sustaining a positive attitude and remembering the mission.
Black Student Association
The Black Student Association was founded in 1963 by a small group of African American
students. It was founded on the principles of encouraging academic excellence, social,
and political awareness. Throughout the years the Black Student Association has grown
and flourished into an organization that not only represents African American students
but also strives for the excellence of all students at The University of Memphis.
Presently, the Black Student Association provides numerous services to U of M community.
One such service is the month long celebration of Black History Month in February.
Today, the Black Student Association continues the legacy on which it was founded
by "Engaging the Torch that Leads to Excellence in service, education, justice, and
Empowered Men of Color
In the spring semester of 2003, a group of African American male students and the
Associate Dean of Minority Affairs at The University of Memphis recognized that the
retention of the African American male student population was decreasing. They believed
that there was a need for an organization that would provide support and serve the
needs of the African American male to help increase their rate of retention at the
university. Therefore, during the summer, they organized and founded Empowered Men
of Color (EMOC), whose purpose is to promote greater awareness and understanding of
issues concerning the minority male and becoming role models, mentors, and their brothers'
keeper. Activities such as seminars, community service projects, tutoring, workshops
and speakers are provided to attain the goals of EMOC.
Hispanic Students Association
The Hispanic Student Association (HSA) was founded in the Spring of 1999 due to the
effort of their President Nestor "Ito" Rodriguez. The Organization was created to
spread awareness of Hispanic culture, and give the Hispanic population of The University
of Memphis a voice on campus. Their purpose is to bring together University of Memphis
students of all backgrounds and expose them to the diversity and richness of Latin
culture while having fun through community activities and social events.
The University of Memphis Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People is a student advocacy organization that works to maintain the civil
rights of all people. The organization works to educate the university community,
as well as, other minorities. We complete community service projects, voter registration
drives and much more. Under the advisement of The Office of Minority Affairs, young
freedom fighters are leading the way in the fight for justice, peace, and equality.
Professional Assertive United Sisters of Excellence (PAUSE)
The mission of this organization is to unite the women at the University of Memphis
of all races, creeds, and economic backgrounds while developing and educating them
to become campus, community, and professional leaders.