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Student-Led Organizations and Initiatives


At Heinz College, we center the diversity of our student population and strive to provide and enhance resources that help our students feel that they belong.

Below are some campus-based multicultural organizations and engagement opportunities that you can take part in during your time as a Heinz College student. You can also view this updated, searchable list of current on-campus multicultural events and activities.

Heinz College Organizations

Council for Diversity, Richness, and Inclusion (CDRI)

CDRI is a student organization dedicated to making sure the Heinz College community lives up to its potential for diversity and inclusion

We believe the public sector and our campus community is richest if our leaders are diverse across many realms and life experiences.

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Diversity in Policy Mentor Program (DPMP)

CDRI recruits current Heinz College policy students to serve as DPMP mentors

DPMP mentors guide prospective applicants through the application process for Heinz College’s three policy programs – MSPPM, MSISPM, and MSHCPM.

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Women of Heinz

Empowering women in all fields of study at Heinz College

The Mission of the Women of Heinz group is to empower women in all fields of study at Heinz College through professional development, social events, and providing support for the 21st century woman.

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Dystopic Tech Watch

Dystopic Tech Watch is an organization where we discuss technology with a critical lens

Dystopic Tech Watch is an organization where we discuss technology with a critical lens. Through watching films and television, we explore the good and bad of technologies past, present, and future.

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Heinz Veteran Association

A non-partisan, student-led veterans group at Heinz College

We exist to support military veterans and to help our student veterans smoothly make the transition from military to civilian life while ensuring academic success.

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Students Using Data for Social Good (SUDS)

Students Using Data for Social Good (SUDS) is a CMU student group that brings together data, community, and service

SUDS hosts upskilling workshops, speaker and employer events, and data projects serving public agencies and nonprofits committed to leveraging data for social good.

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Graduate Student Associations

Latino\a Graduate Student Association

LGSA

LGSA works to facilitate communication among the Latino community at CMU in order to foster academic, cultural, professional and social collaboration.

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Black Graduate Students Organization

BGSO

BGSO is a CMU student organization providing graduate students with cultural, academic, and professional support and is committed to inspiring its members to be active leaders in both the CMU and Pittsburgh communities.

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Indian Graduate Students' Association (IGSA)

IGSA

The Indian Graduate Students' Association brings together diverse student interests, host cultural and social events such as Bollywood DJ Night and Late Night events.

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CMQ+

CMQ+ is a group for LGBTQIA+ grad students and allies at CMU

CMQ+ is a group for LGBTQIA+ grad students and allies at CMU.

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Black and African American Student Organizations

Black Graduate Students Organization

BGSO

BGSO is a CMU student organization providing graduate students with cultural, academic, and professional support and is committed to inspiring its members to be active leaders in both the CMU and Pittsburgh communities.

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SPIRIT

A Black Student Union at CMU

A Black Student Union at CMU that aims to serve as a haven for Black students and to champion the issues and awareness of the Black community and all of its intersections.

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National Society of Black Engineers

NSBE is one of the largest student-managed organizations in the country, with more than 29,000 members nationally

NSBE is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals.

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Young African Leaders Association

YALA is a multicultural student organization at CMU

YALA celebrates the intricacies of and stimulates conversations about the various cultures, socioeconomic states, political climates, and innovative opportunities of Africa.

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East and South Asian Student Organizations

CMU Asian Students Association

CMU ASA is the largest cultural student organization on campus

ASA is comprised of students who are interested in exploring the Asian culture and participating in different events throughout the school year.

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Chinese Student Association

CSA is dedicated to providing a second home and a family-like environment for undergraduate students of Chinese heritage

CSA helps new students to transition through culture shock and settle into Carnegie Mellon University and the Pittsburgh area.

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Taiwanese Student Association

TSA is an organization that serves to bring cultural awareness

TSA is an organization that serves to bring cultural awareness, provide service to the community, and create social events throughout the CMU community via cultural, philanthropic, and social events.

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Mayur

South Asian Student Association

A highly-active non-profit organization that sponsors and organizes various social and cultural activities for students.

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Awareness of Roots in Chinese Culture

ARCC

ARCC is an undergraduate student organization at Carnegie Mellon University which promotes Chinese culture for the university community and beyond.

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Raasta

CMU Raasta Dance Team

CMU Raasta is a dance team committed to promoting Indian culture across campus.

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Latina/o and Hispanic Student Organizations

Latina/o Graduate Student Association

LGSA

LGSA works to facilitate communication among the Latino community at CMU in order to foster academic, cultural, professional and social collaboration.

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Spanish and Latin Student Association

SALSA

SALSA strives to increase campus awareness of issues specific to Latino and Hispanic-American students as well as international students from Spanish-speaking countries.

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE promotes the development of Hispanics in engineering

SHPE's mission is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science and other technical professions to achieve educational and professional excellence.

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LGBTQIA+ Student Organizations

CMQ+

CMQ+ is a group for LGBTQIA+ grad students and allies at CMU

CMQ+ is a group for LGBTQIA+ grad students and allies at CMU.

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PRISM

PRISM is a social and activist organization at Carnegie Mellon University for those of all genders and orientations

PRISM provides a safe space for anyone with an open mind to find new friends, talk about issues, raise awareness, and relax between classes.

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Trans, Intersex, Non-Binary Alliance

TINA

TINA is a support and action network of trans, intersex, nonbinary, and questioning (TINQ) individuals that is dedicated to supporting our needs, inclusion, and equitable access across Carnegie Mellon University.

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Out and Allied at Tepper

Tepper School of Business’ Graduate LGBTQIA+ club

The Tepper School of Business is right across the street from Heinz. Out and Allied at Tepper is open to the CMU LGBTQ+ community and allies.

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FEMME

Feminists Engaged in Multicultural Matters and Education

FEMME was formed to educate the CMU campus community on societal marginalization using an intersectional feminist lens to provide focus.

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Neurodiverse Students and Students With Disabilities

ABLE CMU

A CMU student organization for students with chronic illness and disability

ABLE is a CMU student organization for students with chronic illness and disability.

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Religious and Spiritual Student Organizations

Religious and Spiritual Life

The Office of Religious & Spiritual Life initiatives has a thorough list of all student organizations dedicated to faith and spirituality

There are a variety of student organizations dedicated to the Religious & Spiritual development of students at Carnegie Mellon University.

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