Undergraduate Organizations

Association of Latino Professionals for America, USC Chapter (ALPFA USC)

Email: alpfausc@gmail.com
Website: https://clubs.marshall.usc.edu/alpfa/home/

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. In addition, it offers 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.

Break On 2

Contact: President, Katie Bradley: bradleka@usc.edu 
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. Both our Performance Team and our Club annex do not require any experience to join, but we only accept new members for the Performance team in the 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 everyone – dancers, college students, latin music enthusiasts and the like.

Destino

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

Contact: James Mediina

Email: james.medina@cru.org  
Organization Email: info@ladestino.com
Website: destino.org

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: La CASA & Andrea Diaz (LF RA)
Email: lacasa@usc.edu | diazandr@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.

Grupo Folklorico de USC

Organization Email: folklorico.usc@gmail.com 

The Grupo Folklorico de USC (GFU) is a traditional Mexican folk dance group on campus. Its purpose is to introduce more culturally diverse performance groups at USC while creating a safe space and a support group for those who identify with Mexican culture and/or those who wish to learn about the culture. Our goal is to educate the USC community about Mexican culture by performing traditional dances alongside folkorico music and by hosting informational sessions and social events that are open to the entire USC community. No experience is necessary in joining the group.

Hermanas Unidas (HaU)

“Poder de la Mujer”

Contact: Alejandra Ventura and Pamela Joya
Email: uschau.cochair1@gmail.com
Organization Email: haudeusc@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hermanasunidasdeusc/

Since our establishment in 2004, Hermanas Unidas (HaU) de USC has worked to provide resources and leadership opportunities for Latinas in higher education as well as for other underrepresented college students. By participating in and organizing community service events, social activities, and academic/professional workshops, we help our members develop and maintain a well-rounded sense of self that will help them in their pursuit of a career after college. Our organization also seeks to provide the same resources provided to our members to K-12 students interested in higher education.

Hermanas Unidas has been known by its members to provide a safe space for self-expression in otherwise non-diverse campuses. Students of all backgrounds are invited to join our organization and our Hermandad.

Event Spotlight:

Every year a different state chapter of Hermanas Unidas is selected to host the HaU Statewide Conference. This conference, organized by alumni, provides workshops and networking opportunities for the attending Hermanas. The workshop topics range from academic excellence and career development to self-acceptance and mental health awareness. Our annual conference also consists of social events and chances to network and create connections with members from different chapters around California.

Hermanos Unidos (HU)

“Fuerza en la Hermandad”

Contact: Jose Perdomo | Jesus Castillo
Email: jperdomo@usc.edu | cast229@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:

Hermanos Unidos de USC, along with every other familia, attends an annual National Leadership Conference (HUNLC) hosted by a different campus every spring semester. The conference focuses on the pillars of Hermanos Unidos — academics, social interaction, and community service — by providing workshops, activities, and keynote speeches that guide the hermanos in their journeys to become professionals, leaders in their communities, and well informed individuals on subjects that inform the Latino identity. Hermanos Unidos de USC has hosted this conference twice, most recently in 2016, in which a record-breaking 600 people attended. HUNLC provides a way for hermanos to meet, socialize, and network with other undergraduate hermanos, as well as alumni and distinguished guests who are invited.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund-USC Scholar Chapter

Organization Email: hsf.usc@gmail.com

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: Ariadna Cruz 
Organization Email: ideas.usc@gmail.com
IDEASUSC Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/IDEASatUSC?fref=ts
Instagram: @IDEASATUSC

Improving Dreams Education Access Success (IDEAS) was founded in 2008 as a group focused on the rights of undocumented students. IDEAS wants to enhance the awareness of the issues affecting undocumented, AB540, and DACA students. We aim to create a strong network between faculty, professors, and the community that supports these students’ struggles.

In 2016, during the presidential campaign of Trump, IDEAS was re-established as its previous president was no longer able to attend USC. Today, we have established a temporary dream center, changed the information on the USC admission page so that it gives clear advice for prospective undocumented students, and pledged financial support for those who qualify for AB540.

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”

Email: lbsausc@usc.edu

Website: www.lbsausc.com
Facebook: 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.

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.

Latinx Honor Society (LHS)

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

Contact: La CASA
Email: lacasa@usc.edu
Website: lacasa.usc.edu 

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.

Latinx Film & Media Association (LFMA)

Contact: Krystal Gallegos 
Organization Email: kigalleg@usc.edu

LFMA promotes and celebrates international and national Latinx filmmaking. We want to come together as a community to support each other’s artistic endeavors through the similarities we share in culture. We also aim to provide a network platform for USC Latinx and cinema students once they graduate.

We are actively looking for eboard members, please email us if you are interested! You also do not have to be Latinx nor a filmmaker to be part of the organization, anyone interested is welcomed. We bring incredible speakers and films throughout the year and everyone is invited.

Latinxs Empowering Academic Progression (LEAP)

“Empowerment through Education”
Contact: Areli Benigno & Website: https://leapusc.edu.wixsite.com/site 
Email: abenigno@usc.edu

We are a student-run undergraduate organization at the University of Southern California founded in 2017. We provide USC campus tours, student panels, college application workshops, and financial aid workshops. Our mission is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students in institutions of higher education by providing the necessary resources, support, and information to achieve college readiness. We are looking for USC students who are passionate about empowering young  students from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in education. We have various events throughout the year and hope students find something that works with their interests and availability. We post events on a rolling basis, so we encourage volunteers to check out website or subscribe to our emails to receive information on new volunteer opportunities.

Latinx Student Assembly (LSA)

Contact: Executive Directors-Andra Astorga & Citlalin Lopez-Torres
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. Meetings are held Tuesdays at 5 p.m. in TCC 302.

Mexican Entrepreneur Association (AEM Jóvenes Los Angeles)

“A Bridge to Success”

Contact: Alexandra Chavez
Email: achavezc@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.

Mixed SC (Mixed SC)

Contact: Elisabeth Gilmore
Email: eggilmor@usc.edu
Organization Email: uscmixedsc@gmail.com
Website: https://www.facebook.com/mixedsc/

“Mixed SC is a welcoming social community create to connect multiracial students. Our mission is to provide a space for community and cultural exploration through social activities, volunteerism, arts, spiritual well-being, and any activities that support the development of an enriched, diverse community.”

Mixed SC is a relatively new organization, creating a space for the exploration of mixed race culture. 50 years after Loving vs. Virginia, the legislation of interracial marriage, there is a growing need for discussion of the mixed race experience, exploration of the role of multicultural individuals in social change, and development of spaces where multiracial individuals can feel at home. Additionally, we believe that these discoveries are made and barriers are broken down through real relationships, so Mixed SC’s programs and events are formed around creating a family and community. We do this with social events-including LA outings, family dinners, parties, tailgates, game nights, etc.- and our family program

Event Spotlight:

We’ve hosted the international Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at USC by providing all the volunteers for this three day event. We’ve also run a few social media campaigns such as “What are you?” which was features in the LA Times’s #EmergingUS series. In the Fall of 2018, we will have our first Mixed Race 101 6-week class which will offer students the chance to learn about history of mixed race and the existing conversation around it from other students and academics in the field.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

Contact: Gabriela Fernandez and Claudia Buccio
Email: glfernan@usc.edu and buccio@usc.edu
Organization Email: nahjusc@gmail.com
Website: https://nahjusc.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NAHJUSC/

NAHJ USC strives to promote the professional advancement of Hispanics in the news industry by bringing opportunity and student journalists together. Our chapter is committed to better unifying the USC Hispanic journalist and Annenberg community, while supplying useful resources to undergraduate and graduate Annenberg students.

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

Organization email: sacnas@usc.edu
Website: https://dornsife.usc.edu/sacnas/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/SACNASUSC/

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: Arynn Gallegos
Email: aogalleg@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: Emily Jetter and Michael Bell
Email : ejetter@usc.edu and jamesmib@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 19,000 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: Erin Soares
Organization Email: ballroomusc@gmail.com
Website: http://www.uscballroom.org/home/
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 Central American Network (CAN)

Contact: Ashley Aviles Brizuela
Email: avilesbr@usc.edu

Organization Email: canatusc@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/USCCAN

The Central American Network at USC is a club created by a small group of Central American students for USC students and the local community. The goal of the organization is to foster cultural awareness, create a space for Central American students on campus, and to build a relationship with the surrounding communities to empower young children to pursue higher education. The club would like to see more members of the surrounding community not only graduate from high school but also enter and graduate from college. Apart from hosting on campus events to embrace our diverse cultures and empower one another, we work closely with local non-profits to tutor children in different subject areas, as well as with other programs in our native countries to financially support our people back home.