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Student Organizations

The African Students' Association

The objectives of A.S.A shall be to: 
  • redefine and preserve the culture of Africa and the African Diaspora in the Tucson community
  • support and sponsor African students in the Tucson community
  • promote unity and understanding among students in A.S.A
  • protect, defend and promote the academic and social interests of members of A.S.A
  • cooperate with other student bodies in the University of Arizona with a view to promoting mutual understanding
  • promote awareness among the members of matters pertaining to socio-economic and political issues in Africa 
  • portray the image of the African Continent in a correct and positive way
  • engage in any activities considered being in the best interest of Africa and her people
  • create an amicable academic atmosphere for the exchange of knowledge among all students
  • promote an understanding of different African cultures
  • bring about awareness on the importance of education and how it impacts youth in the African community

ASA's website

Arab Engineers Club at the University of Arizona

The club's main goal is to help upcoming Arab Engineers with their engineering related courses, adjustment to US university life, and settle into the Tucson area.
The Arab Engineers Club's objectives are to:
  • Help and support incoming and existing Arab Engineers with their courses during their journey at the University of Arizona.
  • Help students with resumes, cover letters and other formal documents.
  • Guide Pre-Engineer students through applying to the Engineering department process as well as any other academic or University related procedures.
  • Create a space to encourage networking and initiate professional relationships.
  • Collaborate with Arab Engineers alumni for social and professional experiential learning.

Arab-American Association

The Arab-American Association is a club that promotes social, professional, cultural, and collegial relationships between people. To provide an open space for both those of common background and friends to explore culture, learn together, experience and discuss, mentor, and make connections and friendships. To overcome stereotypes or cultural divides, and to help enrich the full campus body with interesting cultural opportunities and an increased sense of community, both for the Arab-American students and others. People of all backgrounds are welcome and embraced.

Egyptology Club at the University of Arizona

The Egyptology Club at the University of Arizona (ECUA) is an organization that promotes interest in all aspects of Egyptian culture and history from the pharaonic period to current issues in modern Egypt. The club will meet at least three times a semester in conjuction with lectures whose primary focuses are Egyptological in nature.
 
 
GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) at Eller aims to provide personal and professional support for students from the Gulf States, specifically those interested in the field of business. Through lectures, workshops, and one-on-one mentoring, we hope to provide the foundation for each member to excel in their desired field. Additionally, we intend to collaborate with GCC alumni to network and create professional relationships, providing further insight into internship and job opportunities in the Gulf for club members. Although the main focus of the club will be business related topics, we still hope to share the culture of the Gulf States through social and philanthropic activities, to promote a more diverse and multicultural environment at Eller and the UofA.
 
 
ICAT is a non-political and non-religious volunteer student organization whose objective is be to sponsor Iranian social and cultural activities and events, to promote an understanding of Iranian culture, to help foster friendship among different cultural groups, and to provide a source of union and support for the Iranian community in Tucson.
 
 
 
The Hillel Foundation works together to broaden the scope of Jewish-related activities in an effort to reach out to as many University of Arizona students as possible. The mission of Hillel is to facilitate the development of a vibrant, diverse, meaningful, and empowered Jewish community at the University of Arizona.
 
 
 
Jewish Voice for Peace(JVP) - at the University of Arizona members are inspired by Jewish social justice tradition to work together for peace, equality, human rights, respect for international law, and a U.S. foreign policy based on these ideals.
JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression.  JVP seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem; security and self-determination for Israelis and Palestinians; a just solution for Palestinian refugees based on principles established in international law; an end to violence against civilians; and peace and justice for all peoples of the Middle East.
 
Jewish Voice for Peace is a diverse and democratic community of activists inspired by Jewish tradition to work together for peace, social justice, and human rights. We support the aspirations of Israelis and Palestinians for security and self-determination.
 
 
 
 The objectives of the organization are:
  • To provide fellowship among students, faculty and the University of Arizona’s community in a broad sense.
  • To promote interest in cultural, specifically the Kuwaiti and Arabic culture, and recreational and intellectual activities.
  • To the benefit of and give back to the University of Arizona’s community and the community of Tucson in a broad sense.
  • To represent a proportion of student needs and wants, and to provide assistance to Kuwaiti and international students as they adapt socially to the University of Arizona’s community.
  • To provide and promote flow of information among the University community and the international arena. 
 
The purpose of MENASA is to promote the Middle Eastern & North African heritage and culture. In addition, it represents a medium for students to socialize and network with other students and professionals who share interest in the Middle East. MENASA aims to spread opportunities to experience the region in enriching ways such as: MENA language exposure and mixers, conference attendance, networking with guest professionals, and cultural activities. 
 
 
 
We represent the University of Arizona at the annual Model Arab League conference, hosted by the National Council on US-Arab Relations. It is designed to give students insight into the Middle East and Arab world, as well as build critical leadership skills from public speaking and writing to negotiation and teamwork. In the six months leading up to the spring conference, we gather to choose a country, complete research tasks, and rehearse parliamentary procedure. We are open to students of all majors and interests, but Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies are the two most commonly-represented majors.
 

Muslim Student Association (MSA)

The MSA is a national network of student-led groups aiming to help individuals and groups understand the religion of Islam while promoting cultural diversity and tolerance. The MSA also contributes to the general community with campus-orientated community service events which lend a hand to strengthening bonds between Muslim and non-Muslim students.

For the past several years, the MSA of the University of Arizona has annually held a Fastathon, an event where students are encouraged to pledge to fast, as a part of a major fundraiser and culture awareness event. In 2006 and 2007, the MSA UA raised over 2000 dollars for the Tucson Community Food bank, and more than 300 students experienced a day in the life of a fasting Muslim student in Ramadan, a holy month in Islam. In light of the widespread confusion about the Islamic faith in America today, the MSA annually launches an awareness campaign aimed at educating students about the basics of Islam, abolishing false stereotypes, and increasing cultural awareness. The MSA UA holds Islamic Awareness Week in April.

The MSA's mission is to:

  • strengthen the fraternal bonds among its members, and promote friendly relations between Muslim and non-Muslim students,
  • help individuals and groups understand Islam and promote cultural understanding among members and the campus community,
  • organize and provide facilities for the religious and social activities on and off campus, and
  • provide a forum for the presentation of innovative ideas to the benefit of the University community.

MSA's Twitter

MSA's Facebook

 
The Omani Students Association believes that it belongs to the international community and defines its purpose with utmost clarity: one hand builds internally with its own members on campus , and the other is extended in good will to contribute creatively and effectively to UofA events and developments.
 
Saudi Students Club is a cultural and social organization created to get Saudi students at the University in touch.
 
The main purpose will be assisting Saudi students through the clubs various services such as airport pickups, transportation to open a bank account and find an apartment, answering inquries about admission into the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) and the International Admission process at the UA. The club also seeks to promote the richness of the Saudi culture through the planning of the Saudi National Event on Campus along with participating in the National Day Festival (CESL event). The club has events planned as well with The Muslim Student Association (MSA) and will be collaborating in outreach and interfaith dialoug activities events.
 
Saudi students and others interested in the Saudi culture are welcome to join!
 
 
The purpose of this club shall be:
1. Educating the university community about the Turkish culture
2. Promoting dialogue between Turkish culture and other cultures 
3. Providing a nice environment that Turkish students keep in touch

TSA's Facebook

 

The University of Arizona’s Center for Leadership and Involvement sponsors other student clubs and organizations including some related to the Middle East.

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