Student Organizations

South Asian Students Association

Contact Information: syracuseusasa@gmail.com 

Website: https://orgsync.com/10822/chapter 

Summary: The South Asian Student Association promotes and preserves the richness and diversity of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka here at Syracuse University. SASA provides an interactive and safe environment for all students, of both South Asian and non-South Asian background, to explore the vastness of South Asia through events, including movies, music, dance, celebrations, and bi-monthly meetings that focus on social and political issues. SASA offers a space for the South Asian Diaspora and all students interested in South Asian culture to embrace one another as a community.

Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture amongst Youth

Contact Information: spicmacay.su@gmail.com

Website: https://orgsync.com/79804/chapter

Summary: SPIC MACAY promotes classical art forms of the Indian subcontinent at Syracuse University and surrounding areas, especially among youth. The Syracuse branch mirrors the objectives of SPIC MACAY, India. We are committed to the following goals:

  • Foster the exchange of ideas from the traditions and cultural heritage of India.
  • Organize events, such as concerts and workshops, which promote local and international talent with emphasis laid on participation without hierarchy and too much formalism.
  • Act as a liaison between the Syracuse University and the South-Asian community in the city of Syracuse and surrounding areas.

Muslim Students' Association

Contact Information: msaatsu@gmail.com

Website: http://syr.orgsync.com/org/msaatsyracuse

Summary: The MSA strives: 

  • To give an opportunity to Muslims and members of the Association to come in close contact with one another in the true sense of Islamic sister- and brotherhood.
  •  To carry out educational and social programs that will further Syracuse University's knowledge and appreciation of Islam and Muslim heritage. The MSA at Syracuse University will also seek to establish a relationship with the Syracuse University community that is based on mutual trust, respect, cooperation and support.
  • To advocate for justice, equality and prosperity for local, national and international causes for all people.
  • To allow Muslim students to take an active role in the Syracuse community through communication and service projects.

Syracuse Orange Bhangra

Contact Information: sobhangra@gmail.com

Website: https://orgsync.com/123484/chapter

Summary: Orange Bhangra is a student-run Bhangra dance team at Syracuse University founded in 2004 by Khurram Mehtabdin as an official club sport. Jeenu nachne da chaa oh hi nachda!

Nanhi Kali

Contact Information: President of the 2017-2017 Student e-Board: Sushma Bhat (skanjilk@syr.edu)

Website: https://ischool.syr.edu/about/student-organizations/nanhikali/

Summary:

  • Nanhi Kali is a project of the Mahindra Foundation of India, supporting education for underprivileged girls. Recognizing that the education of women and girls is beneficial to all societies worldwide, a group of Syracuse University students run the Nanhi Kali Syracuse University chapter.
  • The Hindi name, Nanhi Kali (NAHN-hee Kah-LEE) means “little flower bud”. Nanhi Kali raises funds to sponsor uniforms, school supplies and tuition costs for girls in India who are otherwise unable to attend elementary or middle school on their own.
  • Hosting fundraising events like “Diwali Night” and “Cuse Cup”, the group also encourages interaction among students and increases awareness of the cause. During the past year, the SU student group has sponsored education for 51 girls, a number that has steadily grown since the group initially formed and sponsored its first three “Nanhi Kalis” in early 2010.