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Unique individuals of different races, traditions, creeds, and perspectives weave together to create the fabric of UHart. 

The vibrancy of our student body allows people of all different backgrounds to express themselves freely. We embrace and celebrate our mosaic community that's representative of students of many cultures. 

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Our main goal is to promote cultural and social awareness with African students among the whole student body and faculty at the University of Hartford. We work to encourage better communication and comprehension between African students and other individuals of the university community, while encouraging different activities and events that depict the honorable and social norms of African culture.

Contact Information

President: Uchenna Ogechukwu
Vice President: Sokari MacHarry
Treasurer: Ifeatu Ezedm
Secretary: OnJonae Fann-Thomas
Publicist: Aj Mhyah
Event Planner: Michel-Ange Aurelus-Joseph
Ethics Chair: Nana Amankwah

Why should you join this organization?

We host community events that encourage seeking out students with similar interests while brining cultural awareness to our campus’ African student body.

Afrolyte is the dance team associated with African Student Union specializing in modern day Afro-Beat dance. We welcome everyone who is willing to learn!

CONTACT INFORMATION

President: Uchenna Ogechukwu 
Vice President: Ifeatu Ezedum  
Treasure: Juanita Marfo 
Secretary: Silver Marbiah 
Publicist: Maryam Odewale  
Advisor: Llonia Rojan Jackson 

Why should you join this organization?

If you enjoy learning about African culture through the means of dance and rhythm, this is the org for you! 

The Asian Students Association focuses on promoting awareness of Asian cultures across that diaspora. This relatively newer organization continues to seek new members, expand the breadth of their programs, and forge new relationships with other cultural organizations.

Contact Information

President: Kelly Chen-Ruan
Vice President: Logan Jayson
Secretary: Victoria Rozario
Treasurer: Reena Odedra
Public Relations: Christine Gallares
Event Coordinator: Maryam Aqdas
Advisor: Llonia Rojan Jackson

Why should you join this organization?

Cultural cuisine, cooking workshops, trips to New York City for cultural excursions, and baking cookies for preschoolers for the Holiday Party are some of their activities.

Brothers and Sisters United (BSU) is the oldest recognized student organization on campus. The members represent all races and ethnicities, although they began as a primarily African American advocacy organization. Established in 1964, BSU is involved in all aspects of campus life, and service to the greater Hartford community.

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President: Maia Craig
Vice President: Jasmine Streeter
Treasurers: Amyah Harris, Zaria Scarlett
Publicist: Tori Smith
Ethics: Courtney Greene
Cultural Arts: Arielle Ramirez
Advisor: Llonia Rojan Jackson

Why should you join this organization?

We have performed community service for elementary, middle and high school students, collected food and clothing for local shelters, donated goods to veterans and soldiers, and are considered the forerunner for many of the current Multicultural organizations. BSU collaborates with many other campus organizations and is devoted to enhancing the undergraduate experience for all students.

The Caribbean and American Students Association (CASA) is an organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the Caribbean culture and is representative of all Caribbean nations. The organization boasts a large membership that participates in campus social and educational activities, community service and cultural celebrations.

Contact Information

President: Samantha Marte, (347) 859-7854
Treasurer: Gabriella Calderon, (516) 858-9474 
Ethics Chair: Mia Mitchner, (347) 781-7198
Publicist: Uchenna Duru, (862) 267-8345
Secretary: Maya Germain, (857) 312-7767
Vice President: Terell, (347) 676-9353

Why should you join this organization?

Some of our programming efforts include Carnival, the Preschool Holiday Party, a Mother's Day Luncheon, game nights, bag lunches for homeless shelters, and campaigning in local elections. CASA welcomes any student who wishes to support the goals of promoting diverse cultures.

Fenomena is the University of Hartford’s hip hop dance team. The team is co-ed and dances to the latest hits and a mix of older songs that brings people back in time. Team members all have a strong background in dance. Our Mission is to expose the culture of hip-hop dance by entertaining our peers at the University of Hartford.

Contact Information

President: Taya Waymer
Vice President: Courtney Greene
Secretary: Bryana Rivera
Treasurer: Desiree Turner
Advisor: Llonia Rojan Jackson

Why should you join this organization?

Fenomena gives back to the community via community service and by teaching community dance classes, with outreach to young dancers in Hartford being the main focus. We aren’t just dancers who want to win competitions; we are dancers who want to leave a legacy after we leave Hartford!

Are you Haitian or interested in being part of a community dedicated to Haitian culture? Then this is the club for you!

 

Contact Information

President: Ricardo Voltaire
Vice President: Graaly Beauciquot
Secretary: Mia Mitchner
Treasurer: Cassandra Fleurmont
Advisor: Llonia Rojan Jackson

Why should you join this organization?

It's a great place to meet new people while learning about the culture!

Hillel offers social, cultural, educational, religious and spiritual, tikkum olam (community service), and Israel-related programs that are designed and planned by our students, with staff mentorship and support. There is no such thing as "membership" at Hillel. Everyone is welcome to participate in any of our programs.

Contact Information

President: Amanda Baritz
Vice President: Mollie Prosansky
Social Justice Chair: Aubrey Horn
Shabbat Chair: Hannah Gundersheim
Public Relations Chair: Emerson Fischer
Engagement Co-Chairs: Rachel Blocker, Melissa Mandel
Programming Co-Chairs: Jared Kozar, RJ Jarvis
Advisor: Lisa Langsner

Why should you join this organization?

Our warm and welcoming Hillel is a place where students gather for bagel brunches and Israeli cooking classes, for small group Shabbat dinners, Hanukkah candle-lighting, and movie nights, to braid and bake for tzedakah, and to get out the vote. There's no such thing as a "bad Jew" here. We accept everyone where they are, and, encourage everyone to explore what is meaningful to themselves, no matter what your relationship to your Jewishness might be. We celebrate Shabbat every week, mark the Jewish holidays, and follow the rhythm of the Jewish calendar. Our two dedicated full-time professionals are always available for schmoozing!

Short Bienvenidos! Hispanic & Latino Student Association wants to unite people of all nationalities and backgrounds together. Although the club’s main focus is to bring together those of Hispanic backgrounds, the club welcomes everyone! Great food, great laughs, and even greater people.

Contact Information

President: Leslie Martínez-Gutierrez
Vice President: Nathalie Bolanos
Secretary: Keanu Alcoces
Treasurer: Osiris Nando
Publicist: Alison Salinas
Advisor: Fallon Roberson-Roby

Why should you join this organization?

The mission of the HLSA is to develop a good relationship between the Latino/Hispanic students at the University of Hartford. We aim to project a clear image of the Latino/Hispanic people and their culture and to organize activities whereas the Latino/Hispanic Youth of the Hartford area be exposed to the concepts and benefits of higher education.

The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a social and religious organization at the University of Hartford for all students. The mission of the Muslim Student Association is to establish strong relations among the community of Muslim students on campus and to present the real picture of Islam.

Contact Information

Advisor: Kaitlyn Marusa

Why should you join this organization?

If you are Muslim and looking for a group where others share the same ideals as you or just interested in learning more, come join us!

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. The youth and college chapters are primarily for informing and defending the students on campus who don't have a voice.

Meeting Times

The University of Hartford Chapter of the NAACP meets biweekly on Thursdays at 8 p.m. in the either the K&F room in Mortensen Library or Hawk Hall. 

Contact Information

President: Tamorae A. Binns
Vice President: Kristen Valentine
Secretary: Russell Johnson
Treasurer: Nia Mills
Advisor: Dorice Dorvilier

Why should you join this organization?

Do you want to make a difference that matters?
Do you want to be a leader of change for good?
This is what the NAACP does!

The National Society of Black Engineers, as a national student and professional based organization, does hereby dedicate itself to the development of intensive programs for increasing Black and other ethnic minority participation in the field of engineering and engineering technology.

Contact Information

President: Lexington Johnson
Advisor: Kamau Wright

Why you should join this organization?

This organization will endeavor to provide general counseling to all members and to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

A safe, nonjudgmental environment for people of all sexual and gender identities: Spectrum is an organization for bisexual, pansexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, asexual, questioning students, and their allies. Meetings are open to all. Come support and be supported!

Contact Information

President: Brianna Spaulding
Advisor: Sue Fitzgerald
Spectrum email

Why should you join this organization?

Don’t have time for weekly meetings? Come to the big events: AIDS week, Rainbowfest Dance, and the Rocky Horror Picture Show!

The Steppaz club mission is to find ways through step and dance to express personal spirit and enthusiasm by promoting school pride, as well as, supporting and working within the community.

Contact Information

President: Ashanti Allen
Vice President: Lauren Victorino
Treasurer: Imani Finegan
Captain: Osarieme Oni
Co-captain: JayLyinn Robinson
Advisor: Llonia Jackson

Why should you join this organization?

It’s a great way to meet new people while doing what you love—dance!

SIS is a group of young women who believe that the best way to advocate for young women is to first educate, then to serve. The mission of the Strong Independent Sisters Club is to advocate for women, particularly but not exclusively women of color.

Contact Information

President: Chyna Lindsay
Vice President: Mia Mitchner
Secretary: Ijahnay Reid
Publicists: Courtney Bertrand, Diovelys De Jesus
Event planner: Monae Haugabook
Advisor: Llonia Rojan Jackson

Why should you join this organization?

Strength in the bonds of women, Independence in thought and deeds and Sisterhood above all else, defines this organization.