Multicultural Student Organizations
Duquesne has over 200 student organizations that you can join to make friends, learn something new, and get involved on campus. Currently, there are 25 organizations with a focus on cultural and religious identities, including but not limited to:
The International Student Organization, best known as ISO, is one of the largest student organizations on campus. They strive to promote cultural appreciation and awareness to both international and American students through social activities such as weekly meetings and large-scale events with related student organizations. ISO seeks to have students share their own personal narratives and traditions with others in order to create a meaningful cross-cultural experience. They want their members to embrace diversity and be able to see beyond their own borders by appreciating the aspirations, cultures, and concerns of fellow students.
The Asian Students Association serves as a representative body that acts in the interest of Asian students, Asian student groups, and students interested in Asian culture. The association serves the campus by promoting, supporting, and exposing students and faculty with social events such as Bite of Asia in the fall semester and the Lunar New Year Celebration in the spring. ASA provides members the opportunity to learn about the various Asian cultures found within the university as well as Pittsburgh. Activities include: interactions with other universities' groups through events and performances, social outings, and immersion of the culture via presentations.
The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) of Duquesne University is an organization for overseas Chinese students and scholars. CSSA seeks to help Chinese students to start their lives in Pittsburgh, to have a warm family when they are studying abroad, to promote and display Chinese culture, to establish connections with other groups on campus and other universities, and to provide a platform for Chinese students and scholars to communicate with each other. CSSA would hold a series of events every year: celebration of Chinese traditional festivals with Chinese students, welcome party for new students, etc.
The Latin American Student Association (LASA) is an organization whose primary goal is to cultivate and disseminate the diverse cultural and artistic manifestations of Latin American traditions and life such as dance, music, literature, culinary arts, film, painting, and regional costumes. LASA strives to promote an understanding of the Latin American culture and roots within the Duquesne community, establish ties with the local Latin American community in Pittsburgh, serve as an avenue for those Duquesne students who wish to practice the Spanish language and create opportunities for international research and programs focused in Latin America.
The Saudi Students Orgnization (SSO) mission is to promote the Saudi culture and clarify misconceptions while promoting peace and intercultural dialogues. In order to achieve its mission, SSO organizes social, educational, sport and cultural events. Also, SSO strives to help Saudis around Duquesne University's campus to adapt to the American culture.