Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Students at UWL are ACTIVE! Student organizations offer many ways to contribute your skills and expertise to advancing the Inclusive Excellence initiative.

This page lists the organizations with diversity roles, but remember that IE is a campus-wide initiative that involves EVERY student organization on our campus!

Awareness through Performance (ATP)
We are Awareness through Performance. On our campus, we are not only students, but also change agents and leaders. We are committed. We are passionate. We are both learners and teachers. We are diverse in our identities and experiences and most importantly, we are willing to share our stories. The mission of Awareness through Performance is to promote greater consciousness around social justice, diversity, and climate issues on the UWL campus and beyond. Using the stage as our forum, we creatively challenge systems of privilege and oppression and strive to plant seeds of social responsibility, inspire critical thought, and spark a campus-wide conversation.

Asian Latina African Native American Womxn (ALANA)
The purpose of ALANA is to provide social, academic, educational, and political support to womxn of ALANA descent. In ALANA we want to promote and establish a level of comfort and unity among womxn of color, building a sisterhood throughout the year. ALANA will serve as a safe space for womxn of color and their allies, as well as provide awareness to our campus community about issues important to womxn of ALANA descent. We plan to focus on Self Care/Preservation and womxn of color empowerment. All identities are welcome. Come join us! 

Black Student Unity (BSU)
The purpose of Black Student Unity is to promote and establish a level of comfort and unity among students, as well as provide multicultural awareness to our campus community; to promote awareness of local,national, and global issues through a variety of formats, and to foster the survival, success, and development of students.

College Feminists
We are the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department Organization. We focus on inclusivity and intersectionality by promoting equality and awareness on campus. We do so by hosting, facilitating, and sponsoring events that align with feminist beliefs with the intention to educate students and create conversations surrounding feminism. We also meet every other Wednesday as an organization at 7pm in Centennial 3313 to plan events and discuss current events. 

Disability Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring (DREAM)
DREAM is charged with the mission of advancing the interests of students with disabilities, in post-secondary institutions, and their allies across the United States.  DREAM advocates for student rights, increased accessibility, social and policy change, and aims to provide support and mentorship to local campus disability groups and individual students.  We hope to empower students with disabilities to work for local and national change, encourage the development of disability culture and peer support, and advance the study of disabilities within academia.

Diversity Organization Coalition (DOC)
DOC is a coalition of student organizations created to advocate issues related to academic transitions, culture, social class, geography, spirituality, race, gender, ethnicity, ability, sexual identity, and gender identity/expression, while forging critical alliances and bridges to create a supportive environment through academic and personal connections on the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus and community.

First-Generation Organization (FGO)
A first-generation student is one who's parents did not attend 4 year university or complete a bachelor's degree. We hope to create a community in which first-generation students can connect with each other as well as share experiences and helpful tips.

Hmong Organization Promoting Education (HOPE)
The Hmong Organization Promoting Education (HOPE) is an active, diversity organizations on campus. Our mission as the HOPE 2019-20 leadership team is to build community, build education, and build family within our organization. Our vision is creating a circle of reciprocity; beginning the process of self-decolonizing and discovering our lost identities. Balancing and creating the life of a self loving educated individual; and creating a welcoming space where Hmoob students can connect on a deeper understanding level through validation and empowerment.

Intercultural Organization Promoting Awareness (IOPA)
IOPA exists to provide a social environment in which students can relate and talk about multi-ethnic identities and/or interracial relationships.  It is also a great source for reducing the oppression and increasing the appreciation of diversity to its core. The approach this organization will take consists of community outreach and self-exploration. Meetings are in 2311 Centennial Hall Every Tuesday at 6PM!

International Student Organization (ISO)
The International Student Organization (ISO) is dedicated to help international students at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with their academic, social, and cultural development. The organization provides opportunities for students to expand their insight on different cultures of the world by participating in educating and strengthening UWL campus students and La Crosse community members.

Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
The Latin American Student Organization fosters and promotes the Latin American culture throughout the campus and La Crosse community. We serve as a medium of cultural exchange between other ethnic groups on campus, and bring together Latin American students who are interested in learning about their heritage. Membership is very inclusive!

Native American Student Association (NASA)
The Native American Student Association, NASA, is an organization whose members are students and community members. The goals of the NASA members are to support each other in educational, social, and cultural endeavors. Members range from strongly traditional to non-traditional. NASA organizes and helps plans events on campus and in the community which include: Indigenous People's Day, the Widening the Circle Conference, the La Crosse Three Rivers Powwow, and other events.

Student Veterans Association (SVA)
The Student Veterans Association assists Veterans with their transition from the military life to college life. This comes in any form ranging from help finding where to eat on campus, how to relate with your fellow students, filling out paperwork for your benefits, to anything you can think of. Our organization is looking for help from anyone on campus, your status does not matter, our goal is to help.

Transform is a UWL student organization dedicated to transgender rights on campus. We meet every other Thursday at 7:00 in the Pride Center. All are welcome to attend meetings.

Rainbow Unity (RU)
RU provides lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans gender, intersex, queer, questioning, pansexual, aromantic, asexual individuals, and their allies (LGBTIQQAAAP+), QPOC (Queer People of Color), Two Spirit individuals, and students with LGBT parents/other family members with a safe environment, emotional and social support, and opportunities to develop leadership and communication skills. Rainbow Unity collaborates with the Pride Center, Eagle Equity Committee, Campus Climate Office and the Diversity Organizations Coalition to provide the campus and community with educational opportunities regarding LGBTIQQAAAP+ issues.

Returning Adult Student Organization (RASO)
This organization promotes, on campus and within the community, the interests of returning adult students. Students who are resuming their education and are at least 23 years of age are eligible for membership. RASO provides mutual encouragement and support for academic success and social opportunities.