On-Campus Organizations

The following are examples of UST student organizations/clubs which work on peace and justice issues, sometimes in collaboration with Justice & Peace Studies:

Students for Justice and Peace (SJP)

SJP works for positive social change on our campus and in our world.  We meet weekly to learn about issues involving international conflicts, local labor issues, efforts for peace, and community organizing.  Students take an active leadership role in determining topics and making connections with other groups on and off campus. SJP plans creative, nonviolent events that respond to issues of concern to students and the campus community.  Lectures, re-enactments, and demonstrations contribute to pro-active efforts to make positive change.

Green Team

The Green Team exists to challenge St. Thomas to be a more ecologically sound campus, and to raise environmental awareness within our community, both on and off campus.

Students Taking Action Now in Darfur (STAND)

STAND envisions a world in which the global community is willing and able to protect civilians from genocide violence.  Our current mission is to empower global citizens with the tools to advance initiatives that prevent and stop genocide.  STAND aims to build an educated political constituency. Our efforts will enable citizens to support the most responsible and the most effective means of civilian protection in the face of genocidal crises.

Amnesty International (AI)

The mission of AI-UST is to do its part to end all human rights violations including, but not limited to, forms of discrimination and mental and physical abuse.  Its goal is also to promote the universal standards of human rights which should be granted to every person around the world without regard for race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, color, national origin, or ability.  It pledges to achieve these goals by educating students and by using direct action from Amnesty International’s urgent action files and theme campaigns.

Hana

Our purpose is to provide a structure that leads to the attraction, retention, and well being of St. Thomas students of color.  We support our purpose by striving to achieve a balance between a socially attractive setting and an environment that fosters educational, cultural, and institutional growth.

Black Empowerment Student Alliance (BESA)

BESA promotes the ideals of Pan-Africanism, which is the unification of people of African descent, along with gaining a greater awareness of black culture and black presence within the UST community at-large.  BESA also highlights the struggles, aspirations and victories of black people through events that emphasize academics, political awareness and social consciousness.  BESA seeks to educate the community regarding the ideals of Pan-Africanism, promote achievement, unity, and awareness in and of the black community. 

Volunteers in Action (VIA)

VIA is a student-led organization advised by a staff person in Campus Ministry.  Student directors and team leaders facilitate volunteer teams working with community organizations.  Volunteers repair homes, mentor children, work in hospitals, and share their time with people on the margins of society.

Allies

To promote respect for all members of the UST community, the Allies are dedicated to supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people.  Members educate themselves about the issues facing the GLBT community and support open dialogue between group members and the rest of the UST community.

Globally Minded Student Association

The purpose of GMSA is to promote and broaden international awareness at UST.  GMSA fosters interaction among US and international students, promotes the internationalization of campus activities by sponsoring speakers, programs, and social events, and provides international and returning US students with a forum for voicing their special needs and discussing their unique experiences.