Let's Get Involved With American University

 

American University is back in full force. If between the midterms and the bajillion essays due, your plate doesn't feel full enough and you're yearning to know more about what AU has to offer, Storganize has your back! We present to you some really cool organizations on campus you should know about and can get involved with!


AUSG STUDENT ADVOCACY CENTER

The Student Advocacy Center is a student-run organization that exists to defend students and organizations accused of conduct violations. With a team of over 20 trained advocates, SAC walk students through every step of the process, supporting them and providing them with the best defense possible. As a department within Student Government they also work on policy initiatives, specifically by drafting proposals to alter AU’s conduct code. 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Email: sac@ausg.org

Office: located on the second floor of MGC (MGC 270A.)

Will Mascaro, Director of SAC

Will Mascaro, Director of SAC


AUSG WOMEN'S INITIATIVE

Top Left:  Deep Dhaliwal, Top Right: Melissa Patton, Bottom Left: Kendall Baron, Bottom Right: Anying Guo

Top Left:  Deep Dhaliwal, Top Right: Melissa Patton, Bottom Left: Kendall Baron, Bottom Right: Anying Guo

American University Student Government's Women's Initiative is a student run, non-partisan organization whose goal is to advocate for the rights, issues, and concerns of all women at American University. American University Student Government's Women's Initiative also hold programming events throughout the year in order to raise campus awareness of women's empowerment, rights, and concerns.

Women's Initiative holds a variety of events including: Take Back the Night, an annual campus march and reclamation of space for survivors of sexual violence, Vagina Monologues and hosts Women's History Month speakers.

To stay updated with what Women's Initiative has to offer like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter 

You can email Women's Initiative for more information at wi@ausg.org

March for Take Back The Night

March for Take Back The Night

Kendall Baron, Director of WI

Kendall Baron, Director of WI

 
I’m the director of WI, which means I work with student government, other on campus organizations, and people in the DC community to advocate for WI and women’s issues as a whole. There’s always something to learn, and I always meet such powerful, inspiring, women at events. It’s definitely a lot of fun and really empowering.
— Kendall Baron

SPOON AU

Steven Baboun: Social Media manager, Shannon Keene: Community Manager, Hanna Lundgren: Editorial Director

Steven Baboun: Social Media manager, Shannon Keene: Community Manager, Hanna Lundgren: Editorial Director

 

Spoon AU is a student run food publication (think Food Network but edgier). They offer simple recipes, food hacks and knowledge about the best restaurants around campus with articles specifically catered towards the college student. As the only food organization on campus, Spoon AU’s mission is to provide an outlet for students to express their love for food. They hope to bring people together to talk about anything food-related from advice on best 2 AM food binges to the social implications of all things culinary. Spoon AU also provides a platform for people who are talented and enjoy writing, taking photos and videos. 

Contact Information:

Email: spoonamericanu@gmail.com

Website: http://american.spoonuniversity.com

Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter!


ANIME SOCIETY

The AU Anime Society is a group of students who have an interest in both Japanese anime and Japanese culture. The Society is a very open and welcoming community, and a great way to meet new people with similar interests to discuss anime or to simply even hangout. The Anime Society is always open to new members and those who may want to contribute with suggestions of new productions to watch and experience. They often go for conventions and movies related to anime together. The wide range of anime--from darker stories to light hearted comedies--has something to offer every member of the Anime Society.

 

The Anime Society holds weekly meetings every Friday 9 pm on the 2nd floor of MGC that may or may not be attended by their 'mascot', a member's service dog Ollie.

Secretary: Eric J Bessette, President: Jonathan L Silverman

Secretary: Eric J Bessette, President: Jonathan L Silverman

Contact Information

Email: auasnew@gmail.com

Like them on Facebook and follow them Twitter!


BEEKEEPING SOCIETY

AU Beekeeping Society's primary operation is the cultivation of strong bee hives on campus. Bees are a pillar species and we have to do all we can to keep them strong. The Beekeeping Society holds educational programs for those who want to learn how to keep bees and for those who just want to learn more about bees!

 
As a representative and as president of the AU Beekeeping Society my job is to foster understanding and curiosity for the bees. If someone wants to get involved or learn more they can like our facebook page, AU Beekeeping Society, and message us. We also have meetings twice a month that anyone can hop in on.
— Jacqueline Bennett



 

Jacqueline Bennett, President of the AU Beekeeping Society

Jacqueline Bennett, President of the AU Beekeeping Society

 

Contact Information:

Email: morosini@american.edu

Follow the Beekeeping Society on Facebook


AU QUEERS & ALLIES

Adam Nolan Menendez, Adele Ackert, Mel Keller, Jake Stone

Adam Nolan Menendez, Adele Ackert, Mel Keller, Jake Stone

 

Contact Information:

If you are interested in learning more, feel free to like them on FacebookTwitter and sign up for their listserv. The general email is info@auqueersandallies.org, and from there they would be happy to give you information on specific community involvement, joining the listserv, or suggesting ideas for upcoming events.

 

 

Queers and Allies is the most prominent LGBTQ student group on campus. Their goals for the year are twofold: create spaces where queer students on campus can be themselves and meet other queer students in a safe and inviting environment, and planning events to educate both allies and fellow LGBTQ students on issues of intersectionality that are important to better understanding the community as a whole. They believe that the “allies” in Queers and Allies are not only our straight and cisgender allies, but that we must be allies to each other within the queer community.

Queers and Allies, for them, centers around the idea of queer family, attempting to ensure that every member of the LGBTQ+ AU community feels warm and welcome here. They seek to educate the community to ensure that everyone can love, tolerate and appreciate the differences between us, from gender identity to sexual orientation to race and to class.


AU RAD QUEERS

 
Noa Leibowitz, President of AU Rad Queers  

Noa Leibowitz, President of AU Rad Queers  

AU Rad Queers is a radical, intersectional, queer and trans activist group advocating for the rights and safety of queer and trans students at American University. We firmly believe that the AU administration only values the presence of queer and trans students when it can be conveniently exploited to pinkwash the countless forms of institutional oppression that the administration actively perpetuates and condones, and to spread the false narrative that AU is a safe and accepting community for queer and trans students. Conceived on April 21st, 2016, in the aftermath of the #SayNoToMilo protest, AU Rad Queers is committed to fighting back against the marginalization of queer and trans students at the hands of the administration and the campus community as a whole.
— Noa Leibowitz
 

"Our mission for the Fall 2016 semester is to advocate for safer, more accessible, and drastically improved on-campus mental health services, as queer and trans students are statistically in much greater need of reliable mental health services."

Contact Information:

Email: RadQueers@gmail.com

Follow AU Rad Queers on Facebook

Sign up to be a part of the committee here!