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.
Office: located on the second floor of MGC (MGC 270A.)
AUSG WOMEN'S INITIATIVE
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.
You can email Women's Initiative for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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!
AU QUEERS & ALLIES
If you are interested in learning more, feel free to like them on Facebook, Twitter and sign up for their listserv. The general email is email@example.com, 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
"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."