More than 200 student organizations provide opportunities to share common interests, strengthen connections within the university, develop leadership skills and create lifelong friendships. Of those student organizations, eight are “housed” within the Office of Multicultural Development. You can learn more about each organization at the Annual Welcome Fest, the Opening the Way event, the Unite for Awareness Week celebration, or by attending an organization’s meeting or program. We encourage you get involved with one or more of these organizations, and take advantage of these opportunities for growth in and outside the classroom.
Asian American Student Union (AASU)
AASU sponsors activities and initiatives to promote and educate the campus community about Asian culture. Some of AASU’s highlighted events include the Chinese New Year celebration, and the annual Chop Sticks night.
Black Student Union (BSU)
BSU works to create unity within the African-American community by equipping them with tangible skills to use in the future. Some of BSU’s highlighted events are the Black History Month celebration, and the annual Black and White Ball.
Gospel Ensemble (GE)
Make a joyful noise! The Gospel Ensemble aims to spread the Word of God through song while observing its motto of “winning souls to Christ with a melody.” One of Gospel Ensemble’s highlighted events is the Annual Gospel Ensemble Celebration.
Indian Student Association (ISA)
ISA strives to enrich the cultural heritage at ONU by promoting the awareness of Indian and other international communities. One of ISA’s highlighted events is the annual Diwali celebration.
Latino Student Union (LSU)
LSU functions as an educational and cultural learning instrument for students, faculty, and staff through the promotion of the Hispanic/ Latino/a culture. LSU celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month each September by hosting programs and an annual speaker series.
Muslim Student Association (MSA)
MSA works together for peace and understanding to unify and educate the ONU community about Islam and associated cultures. MSA hosts several events throughout the year, including the annual Islamic Week Celebration.
Open Doors is the gay/straight alliance that fosters communication and understanding about the LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and ally) community. Open Doors hosts many events each year, including the annual Rubi Affair. Open Doors also offers Ally Training each semester to faculty and staff members.
World Student Organization (WSO)
WSO consist of both international and domestic students who represent a wide array of cultural backgrounds, and strives to create a “family-oriented” atmosphere at ONU. WSO events include the annual Multicultural Fair, which features dance, music, food and educational booths, and it is attended by ONU members as well as members of the Ada and surrounding communities.