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Student Organizations Directory

The student organizations listed here are involved in service through local, national, and international community service activities, fundraising, and activism. Students self-select the public service category through the student organization registration process, and staff assign this category to administrative organizations.

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Seeds of Hope Brazil

Seeds of Hope Brazil is a student run organization dedicated to combatting the social and economic injustices faced everyday by the children of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Through Spring Break and summer service trips, teaching internships throughout the summers, and different fundraisers, Seeds of Hope Brazil aims to establish an international community between the children of Sao Paulo and students... More.

SERP (Sigma Phi)

As the youngest chapter of the Sigma Phi Society, the Alpha of Virginia has long been dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes academic, social and spiritual enrichment here at the University of Virginia. The chapter has always taken pride in having a close-knit brotherhood, and continues to maintain solid lifelong bonds with the alumni, as evidenced by their strong and consistent... More.

Sexual Assault Facts and Education

Sexual Assault Facts and Education (SAFE) is a peer education group designed to provide sexual assault and dating violence education for the University community. The members of SAFE are University of Virginia students, both male and female, trained in sexual and dating violence education who seek tostart a positive dialogue on these important issues. SAFE offers multimedia, interactive... More.

Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy

Sexual Assault Peer Advocacy is a sexual assault education group that advocates for survivors of rape and sexual assault living in the University community. We present a one-hour program that focuses on ways friends can help and support survivors.

Sigma Alpha Lambda

Sigma Alpha Lambda is a National Leadership and Honors Organization dedicated to promoting and rewarding academic achievement and providing members with opportunities for community service, personal development, and lifelong professional fulfillment. Membership is open to undergraduate students who have achieved academically and have the desire to become leaders in their communities.... More.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. (Theta Lambda Chapter)

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority's aim is to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically.

Sigma Kappa (Theta Zeta Chapter)

Sigma Kappa is a sorority founded in 1874 at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The purpose of Sigma Kappa Sorority is to provide women lifelong opportunities and support for social, intellectual, and spiritual development by bringing women together to positively impact our communities. Our annual philanthropies are the Violet Gala and Hoos in Sync, both of which benefit Alzheimer's Research... More.

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. (Lambda Chapter)

Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. is a multicultural, Asian-interest Greek organization. We are a cultural, social, educational and community service-oriented sorority. Sigma Psi Zeta was founded in Albany, New York on March 23, 1994 and brought to the University of Virginia as the Lambda Chapter on December 1, 2001. Our philanthropy is to raise awareness of and combat violence against women.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): Our mission is to promote engineering in the Hispanic/Latino community through recruitment and retention, support diversity in the community, and encourage academic, personal and professional growth among our members. We also sponsor career development programs, workshops, and social events. Our members regularly attend a yearly nationwide... More.

Soles for Souls

This CIO organization will reach out particularly to UVA students and people of the Charlottesville community to receive donations of unwanted used/new shoes. These donations will then be sent abroad with students here at UVA during study abroad programs, Global Brigades, and Alternative spring break tripsto give to those in needin these foreign countries. Through marketing and informing the... More.

Spread the Love

As students at the University of Virginia, we are greatly interested in helping the local community of Charlottesville. While many of us are fortunate enough to have food on the table and meals to eat during holiday seasons, many local residents need the extra assistance in obtaining nutritious meals. Spread the Love began in Fall, 2008, in which we prepared and distributed over 3000 peanut... More.

St. Anthony Hall (Delta Psi, Upsilon Chapter)

The Hall signifies the essence of the fraternal bond; brothers study together, compete together, and socialize together. The house is composed of a diverse group of individuals who have excelled individually on a number of levels, but more importantly have excelled as a group. Brothers share a strong work ethic, easy going attitude, and genuine enjoyment of one another's company.


Raises funds and awareness for children's cancer research by having participants shave their head.

Stand Up for the Community

Stand Up for the Community runs one event per year. The event will consist of a live standup comedy show composed of UVA students. All proceeds generated from the event will go to Madison House, an organization which "serves as the student volunteer organization at the University of Virginia" and directs volunteers to programs benefitting the local community.

Starting At Home

Starting at Home aims to increase property values and public morale within disadvantaged Charlottesville neighborhoods. We believe that economic and social growth within the inner city community begins with the personal commitment of local homeowners and tenants to display pride in their homestead through the regular upkeep and maintenance of their individual properties. By using education and... More.

Street Law

The Street Law Program at UVA allows law students, working under the supervision of teachers at Charlottesville High School, to serve as student instructors and to teach courses on substantive legal issues to high school students. The purpose of the program is to promote legal literacy among high school students, especially with respect to how the system can work in their favor, and to spark... More.

Student Association of Volunteer Firefighters, EMT's, and Rescue Technicians

SAFER is an organization which represents UVA students who volunteer as firefighters or EMT's at fire departments in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. SAFER will speak on behalf of volunteers and will also seek to raise awareness of the essential role student volunteers play in serving Charlottesville and Albemarle County.

Student Awareness of Vitality for Everyone

SAVE works to educate the Charlottesville community and UVA student body on health disparities and what can be done to help eliminate them. We promote healthier lifestyles, education, and knowledge of resources to groups that are likely to suffer from health disparities. We define health disparities as a substantial disadvantage in areas of health, disease prevalence, mortality and the quality... More.

Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development

Student Entrepreneurs for Economic Development (SEED) aims to help small and start-up NGOs worldwide by offering free consulting services in the areas of microfinance, operational efficiency, and marketing strategy. By incorporating best practices, we aim to help foster economic development in local communities. SEED also strives to encourage social entrepreneurship within the University of... More.

Student Virginia Education Association

The Student Virginia Education Association (SVEA) is a professional pre-service teacher organization. It provides opportunities for college students to explore education as a profession. SVEA has as one of its primary goals to inform, educate and involve its membership in educational issues.

Students for Stop Hunger Now

To aide Stop Hunger Now in ending hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world's most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to globalize the necessary resources.

Students Helping Honduras

Students Helping Honduras is a network, a movement, and a team of college students who believe they can make a difference. The mission of SHH is to provide fundamental human needs to orphaned and impoverished children in Honduras, and to spread awareness of these needs through the student body. These fundamental needs include, but are not limited to, educational opportunities, nourishment,... More.

Students in Free Enterprise at University of Virginia

SIFE is an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education to mobilize university students to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders.Our SIFE teamat U.Va. strives to improve the quality of life and standard of living for people in need with the help of business concepts.... More.

Supporters Of Simoonga

Supporters of Simoonga (S.O.S.) is a student-run organization that works to help Simoonga Village, Zambia, with any needs as expressed by the people of Simoonga. Fall of 2009, Simoonga communicated its wish to develop a human waste sanitation system. Thus, in 2010, S.O.S. has served, and will serve as a site of support for C.L.S.S.Z., Community-Led Sanitation in Simoonga, Zambia. C.L.S.S.Z. is... More.