Asian/Pacific Islander Student Alliance

  • UCSC’s Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA) is a registered organization that emphasizes unity and empowerment through awareness of the diverse communities on campus. APISA serves as a cultural resource for a diverse community of students, fostering an open forum based on mutual respect and understanding. APISA also has an outreach program called Motivation Conference, which is currently in its 15th year.

  • Asian Pacific Islander Queer Trans Students (APIQTS)

  • Asian Pacific Islander Queer, Trans Students @ University of California, Santa Cruz. This space is Cantú Queer Center-sponsored, student-run, and a student-led group for students who identify as API&:
    Queer, Undecided, Intersex, Lesbian, Trans, Bisexual, Asexual, Gay, +


  • Cantonese Student Association (CASA)

  • The purpose of CASA is to embrace the Cantonese culture through both traditional and modern fashion. Through social events, CASA provides a space where students can share and learn about the Cantonese culture.

  • Chinese Student Association

  • CSA is a student organization and resource devoted to promoting unity and empowerment among all UCSC students through education, consciousness and recognition of Chinese and Chinese American cultural aspects. We strive to strengthen the diverse UCSC community by organizing events that create a space for student voices and coalition building.





  • Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA)

  • UCSC-CSSA is dedicated to fostering friendship in the Chinese Community, promoting the interests and awareness of Chinese culture in the UCSC community while helping new students get settled down quickly.  We welcome people of all backgrounds and nationalities to join us, to meet our people and learn our traditions.

  • Chinese Taiwanese Union (CTU)

  • The purpose of the Chinese Taiwanese Union (CTU) at the University of California Santa Cruz is to promote the awareness of Chinese and Taiwanese culture in the UCSC community. We stand to unify Chinese and Taiwanese American students through social and cultural events. 
    In addition, we will provide a safe place for Chinese and Taiwanese international exchange students to help them adapt to the community and lifestyle of UCSC, and provide them with internship opportunities.中華幫/491302685095

  • Bayanihan (Formerly FSA)

  • Bayanihan, formerly known as the Filipino Student Association is a support organization that promotes unity and empowerment through the awareness of our diverse community. It strives to be a cultural resource for the community as well as to foster open forum based in mutual respect and understanding. FSA works to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the Filipino and Filipino-American experience through meetings and events that explore our identity, history, and culture. FSA is an organization striving to recognize the vast diversity of our community, to respect all of our people’s lived experiences. Hence, considering the importance of organizing as a community of diverse Filipinos on our campus, FSA has committed itself to constantly questioning and holding itself entirely accountable to its actions in the hopes of being more supportive of the entire Filipino community and its allies.

    Isang Himig is a Multi-Cultural A Cappella Group in the University of California Santa Cruz, in association with FSA.

    Kasama, the Ballroom Dance aspect of FSA, will be hosting Winter Auditions for those interested in being part of the team for Kasama Cotillion and dancing with us for PCC XIX! We are in need of more guys, so please come out to workshops & auditions if interested!

    Kuya Ate Mentorship Prograsm is designed to increase student retention through this student initiated and student led mentorship program. Applications for students to become a Kuya/Ate/Ading are released the beginning of every Fall quarter. 

  • Hmong Student Association (HSA)

  • We, the Hmong Student Association, strive to promote a higher education within the Hmong community and provide a safe empowering environment for students to express their opinions. We are devoted to inspire the Hmong population to further educate themselves and the local community about our culture, heritage, and traditions.

  • Indian Student Association (ISA)

  • The Indian Student Association at UCSC is working towards strengthening the bond between Indo-Americans on campus and sharing the rich cultural heritage of India with fellow students. ISA is an organization dedicated to spreading Indian cultural awareness, bringing communities together, and having fun while we do. We promote cultural awareness, diversity, and harmony.  ISA holds numerous events throughout the year. Examples include but are not limited to Diwali Night, our annual Culture Show and charity performances. We seek to help individuals learn about Indian Culture through a hands on experience.


  • Japanese Student Association (JSA)

  • The purpose of this organization shall be to provide help and support to Japanese students to adapt to life at UCSC as well as providing a connection and community between not only Japanese students but students of the Japanese language and those interested in Japanese culture.

  • Iranian Student Network (ISN)

  • ISN hopes to unify Iranian-American students of UC Santa Cruz in order to form an educational and social environment where Iranians can embrace their country's culture and history. This group's purpose is to bring together Iranian-Americans to celebrate and embrace our lavish heritage while promoting a strong sense of identity and community. We hope to spread awareness of our Iranian heritage on our campus and plan to host some cultural events throughout the year.

  • Kahaani

  • UCSC's first competitive Hindi-Film Dance team was founded in 2015. Every year members work towards expressing their passion for dance through diverse styles. Kahaani holds workshops the beginning of every Fall and welcomes new members to join the family of dancers. 

  • Khmer Student Union (KSU)

  • To raise cultural and historical awareness for the Khmer and non-Khmer communities; as well as building a support group for Khmer students through social and academic connections.

  • Korean American Student Association

  • KASA stands for the Korean American Student Association, a student-run organization that values diversity and equality here at University of California, Santa Cruz. We do not discriminate based on gender, race, religion, political views, or sexual orientation. The purpose of our organization is to promote the unique and extraordinary Korean culture to students of all backgrounds and provide opportunities for fellowship, friendship, and networking.

  • Mixed Ethnicities Student Headquarters (MESH)

  • We are the Mixed Ethnicity Student Headquarters, which was founded in 2000. We are a student organization aimed at people who do not belong to one ethnicity (example: somebody with a White mom and Black dad). But it’s not that simple.

    There are many other groups on campus that focus on one race, such as ABSA (Blacks), CSA (Chinese), or MEChA (Chicanos), but what happens when a student’s background allows them to be in more than one of these ethnic clubs?

  • Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP)

  • The School of Engineering (SoE) strives to maintain an environment that stimulates excellence in scholarship and service along with a commitment to diversity through the coordinated efforts and services of the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP). Also known as the MESA Engineering Program, MEP is the university level component of the statewide system Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program of the University of California Office of the President. At UC Santa Cruz, MEP is an integral part of the Undergraduate Advising Unit–providing advice in academic, career, social and cultural areas for students in the SoE community.

  • Multi-Cultural Festival Planning Committee

  • The Multicultural Festival planning committee has begun organizing the 35th Annual Multicultural Festival.  This year's festival will take place on May 17, 2014.  We hope that this information will be helpful to the campus community in planning other Spring events this year.  Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the student organizations and the various communities that benefit from this event.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

  • Muslim Student Association (MSA)

  • The Muslim Students Association of the University of California, Santa Cruz is dedicated to spreading truth and awareness about the real, peaceable message of Islam, and creating a safe and supportive environment for Muslims on campus ― as well as every person of goodwill ―  to come together and connect.

  • Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe (PDT)

  • The Pagkakaisa Dance Troupe (PDT) performs traditional folk dances from the many islands of the Philippines. From joining, not only will you learn the dances that you’ve seen in videos, festivals and cultural events, but learn the history and context in which these dances originated from.

  • Sikh Student Alliance

  • Mission: To introduce to the UC Santa Cruz campus an avenue to learn and spread awareness about the Sikh community; to study, discuss, and address issues that effect the Sikh and Punjabi community in Punjab and a-broad; and to connect with other cultural and faith based organizations.

  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

  • The purpose of this organization is to provide a supportive community for science and engineering students of all backgrounds. As a professional organization we are committed to supplying resources to fellow members regarding future career opportunities and potential employers.

  • Sigma Omicron Pi

  • To promote Asian American Awareness, community service and strengthen lifelong friendships.

  • Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

  • Promote the Vietnamese culture and assist others to find cultural identity  at  the UCSC campus.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi (aKDPhi)

  • Alpha Kappa Delta Phi Sorority, Inc. fosters the making of successful leaders by assisting and challenging our members to reach their maximum potential. We strive to maintain the highest levels of integrity and innovation in the promotion of sisterhood, philanthropy, scholastic excellence, and Asian-Awareness in the community while creating lifelong relationships.

  • Pi Alpha Phi

  • Pi Alpha Phi is an Asian-American Interest Fraternity founded on our pillars of Academic Excellence, Asian American Awareness, Brotherhood, Leadership, and Philanthropy. This website serves our members, prospective members, friends, and the general public.