Student Organizations

Students at UWL are ACTIVE! Student organizations offer many ways to contribute your skills and expertise to advancing the Inclusive Excellence initiative. This page lists the organizations with diversity roles, but remember that IE is a campus-wide initiative that involves EVERY student organization on our campus!

Awareness through Performance
We are Awareness through Performance. On our campus, we are not only students, but also change agents and leaders. We are committed. We are passionate. We are both learners and teachers. We are diverse in our identities and experiences and most importantly, we are willing to share our stories. The mission of Awareness through Performance is to promote greater consciousness around social justice, diversity, and climate issues on the UWL campus and beyond. Using the stage as our forum, we creatively challenge systems of privilege and oppression and strive to plant seeds of social responsibility, inspire critical thought, and spark a campus-wide conversation.

Asian Latina African Native American Womyn (ALANA)
The purpose of ALANA is to provide social, academic, educational, and political support to womyn of ALANA descent. In ALANA, we want to promote and establish a level of comfort and unity among womyn of color, building a sisterhood throughout the year. ALANA will serve as a safe space for womyn of color and their allies, as well as provide awareness to our campus community about issues important to womyn of ALANA descent. We plan to focus on Self Care/Preservation and womyn of color empowerment. 

Black Student Unity (BSU)
The purpose of this organization shall be to establish and promote the fellowship, education, empowerment, and positive awareness of issues concerning the survival, success, and development of Black students on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus.

Broadening Horizons
Broadening Horizons, in brief, is the Residence Life group devoted to social justice and diversity. But what does that mean without the pretty words? In basic terms, we combat hate, we yearn for widespread acceptance and respect, and we like making new friends. We embrace the differences in others and we place emphasis on cooperation and love. But how exactly do we put our words to work? We stand up to hate, prejudice, and ignorant remarks when we encounter them; we promote the values of acceptance and respect; and we educate.

Diversity Organization Coalition (DOC)
DOC is a coalition of student organizations created to advocate issues related to academic transitions, culture, social class, geography, spirituality, race, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity, and gender identity/expression, while forging critical alliances and bridges to create a supportive environment through academic and personal connections on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus and community.

Hmong Organization Promoting Education (HOPE)
A Hmong student organization to promote higher education, cultural preservation, cultural awareness, and self-sufficiency. Membership is open to any individual on campus or in the community who is interested in promoting the ideas of HOPE.

Intercultural Organization Promoting Awareness (IOPA)
IOPA exists to provide a social environment in which students can relate and talk about multi-ethnic identities and/or interracial relationships.  It is also a great source for reducing the oppression and increasing the appreciation of diversity to its core. The approach this organization will take consists of community outreach and self-exploration.

International Student Organization (ISO)
The International Student Organization (ISO) is dedicated to help international students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with their academic, social, and cultural development. The organization provides opportunities for students to expand their insight on different cultures of the world by participating in educating and strengthening UWL campus students and La Crosse community members.

Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
The Latin American Student Organization fosters and promotes the Latin American culture throughout the campus and La Crosse community. We serve as a medium of cultural exchange between other ethnic groups on campus, and bring together Latin American students who are interested in learning about their heritage. Membership is not exclusive.

Native American Student Association (NASA)
The Native American Student Association (NASA) is one of the many cultural programs affiliated with the Office of Multicultural Student Services. NASA serves as a safe place for students to discuss topics and plan events around Native American student issues. NASA plans many events throughout the year, including, fundraising, arts and crafts and other community involvement events. Joining NASA is an exciting new opportunity to meet new friends and learn about some of the Native American cultures.

Rainbow Unity (RU)
RU provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, questioning, asexual individuals, and their allies (LGBTIQQAA) QPOC (Queer People of Color), and students with a safe environment, emotional and social support, and opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills. RU collaborates with the Pride Center, Eagle Equity Committee, Campus Climate Office and the Diversity Organizations Coalition to provide the campus and community with educational opportunities regarding LGBTIQQAA issues.

Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO)
This organization promotes, on campus and within the community, the interests of returning adult students. Students who are resuming their education and are at least 23 years of age are eligible for membership. RASO provides mutual encouragement and support for academic success and social opportunities.

Students Advocating Potential Ability (SAPA)
Students Advocating Potential Ability (SAPA) is a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse recognized student organization. We are a group of students, with and without disabilities, who are committed to raising awareness of disability issues. Through fun, hands-on activities, members have an opportunity to learn and to teach others. Essentially, the mission is to demonstrate the potential ability and capabilities of persons who happen to have a disability.

Students for a Free Tibet (SFT)
The purpose of Students for a Free Tibet is to educate and promote awareness of human rights issues in Tibet; to educate students, faculty and community members about Tibetan culture in the efforts to preserve it; and to bring together those who are interested in learning more about the Tibetan heritage and culture.

Student Veterans Association (SVA)
The Student Veterans Association assists Veterans with their transition from the military life to college life. This comes in any form ranging from help finding where to eat on campus, how to relate with your fellow students, filling out paperwork for your benefits, to anything you can think of. Our organization is looking for help from anyone on campus, your status does not matter, our goal is to help.

Transform is a UWL student organization dedicated to transgender rights on campus. We meet every other Thursday at 7:00 in the Pride Center. All are welcome to attend meetings.

Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA)
The mission of the Women's Studies Student Association (WSSA) is to provide students, as well as the La Crosse community, advocacy for women's issues. WSSA involves the community by also being a member of NOW (National Organization of Women). WSSA initiates activities for UWL students and the La Crosse community in the area of Women's Studies.