Special Interest Student Organizations


Be sure to file the 2015-2016 Organization Information Form to have your organization's information listed on the Student Activities Website.

The Afro-American Student Organization (AASO)

The Afro American Student Organization (AASO) is a university-chartered organization designed to help promote diversity at Southern Miss. AASO is the oldest and largest minority student organization on campus and membership is open to all students regardless of race. AASO provides social and cultural activities that include social functions, academic programming, community service projects, and leadership development workshops.

President: Justin Cunningham | Email Justin: justin.cunningham@eagles.usm.edu

Anime Club

The University of Southern Mississippi Anime Club dedicates itself to creating and fostering friendships through a mutual love of Japanese animation and Asian cultures.

President: Amber Massey | Email Amber: amber.massey@eagles.usm.edu

Chinese Student Association

CSA provides a close community for USM Taiwanese scholars and students.

President: Chen-Wei Cheng | Email Chen-Wei: chenwei.chang@eagles.usm.edu

Collective Hip-Hop An Original Society (C.H.A.O.S.)

We, the members, hereby associate ourselves to cultivate and encourage self expression through the mediums of spoken word poetry, dance, music and any other forms of hip hop performance and culture.

President: LaToysha Brown | Email LaToysha: latoysha.brown@eagles.usm.edu

College Democrats

We, the members of College Democrats at Southern Miss, hereby dedicate ourselves to organizing the participation of Democratic college students at Southern Miss in order to promote a better Mississippi, with equality, opportunity, and freedom for all. Our mission is to open and expand our communications, to increase activism and decrease apathy on USM’s Hattiesburg campus, and to promote Democratic values at Southern Miss. In short, we are dedicated to providing College Democrats with the tools they need to be strong voices for progressive change. In this mission, we call for full participation of all Southern Miss students, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, socioeconomic status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.

President: Ki-Jana Potee | Email Ki-Jana: kijana.potee@eagles.usm.edu

Collegiate Black Women

Collegiate Black Women is an organization working hard to build and empower African- American women through greater access to education, political strength, business opportunities and civic responsibility. The Collegiate Black Women is an organization of progressive women. Each member embraces the value of nurturing young women as they look toward brighter futures. The Collegiate Black Women mission is to promote leadership development and gender equity in the areas of health, education, and economic empowerment..

President: Amber Bennett | Email Amber: amber.bennett@eagles.usm.edu

Criminal Justice Student Association

The CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDENT ASSOCIATION at The University of Southern Mississippi will be responsible for creating, fostering, and honoring student interest in the field of criminal justice. We will do this through guest speakers, outings, career development, and fellowship among students and other professionals dedicated to criminal justice careers.

President: Teresiaa Walker | Email Teresiaa: teresiaa.walker@eagles.usm.edu

Eagle Connection

Eagle Connection is a group of elite students who conduct campus tours for perspective students as well as travel to various recruitment events in different regions. Members of Eagle Connection also orchestrates Black and Gold Day, an annual event that hosts hundreds of high school seniors to guide them around campus and get them engaged in Southern Miss.

President: Haleigh Bradley| Email Haleigh: haleigh.bradley@eagles.usm.edu

Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance

The Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance works for intersectional feminism at USM and throughout Mississippi. We welcome everyone!

President: Ashley McDonald | Email Ashley: Ashley.mcdonald@eagles.usm.edu

Financial Management Association (FMA)

The FMA is the premier student organization for who have an interest in the management of financial assets. Our organization hosts guest speakers, community service events, and student networking events.

President: Nicholas Algero | Email Nicholas: nicholas.algero@eagles.usm.edu

Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

The Gay Straight Alliance at The University of Southern Mississippi is a group of students, faculty, and community members who believe in putting an end to homophobia, transphobia, biphobia, racism, sexism, and all other forms of discrimination. The GSA offers free education, support, and information to individuals hoping to learn more about our organization.

President: Samantha Johnson | Email Samantha: S.Kristen.Johnson@eagles.usm.edu

Golden Arts

This is an art club for student to express their creative side through any art medium they choose. There will be a topic every  month for the students to have fun and challenge themselves through the art medium in which they please. So, they could paint (oil, water, acrylic, etc.), draw(pen, pencil), photography, etc. Express yourself and relax with no pressure of this club being an assignment. 

President: Alyssa Martinez| Email Alyssa: alyssa.martinez@eagles.usm.edu

Honors College Ambassadors

This is the official host and recruitment group for the Honors College of the University of Southern Mississippi.

President: Kay Ann Simmons | Email Kay Ann: kay.simmons@eagles.usm.edu

I.D.E.A.L. Women

We are an organization dedicated to the uplifting and empowerment of minority women on campus. I.D.E.A.L. serves as an acronym for Intelligent, Dignified, Elegant, Ambitious, Leaders. Affiliates of the National Association of Colored Women's Clubs that was organized on July 21, 1896. The NACWC is the oldest African-American secular organization in existence today. As minority women, we strive to promote and uplift our community through service, leadership, and scholastic achievement!"

President: Brelana Coleman| Email Brelana: brelana.coleman@eagles.usm.edu

Increasing Minority Access to Graduate Education (I.M.A.G.E.)

The focus of this organization is on broadening the participation of underrepresented minority students majoring in science and technology on campus. Our goal is to provide the resources and support needed for student recruitment, retention, and graduation to encourage a diverse STEM workforce.

President: Alexis Sanders | Email Alexis: alexis.l.sanders@eagles.usm.edu

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Institute

By bringing awareness to the environmental needs and the needs of the those in the environment surrounding us, we look to follow in Jane Goodall's footsteps and make our own mark on creating a better tomorrow. This club does outdoor and indoor activities and we are always looking for new opportunities to expand our care of every living thing.

President: Heather Haines | Email Heather: heather.haines@eagles.usm.edu

Korean Student Association

KSA (Korean Student Associatioin) supports the cultural and social needs of the members and the university community. Moreover, we promoting an understanding of Korean culture to the university community through participation in various social activities in Southern Miss.

President: Kyoungtae Kim | Email Kyoungtae: kyoungtae.kim@eagles.usm.edu

The Legacy

The Legacy, the student alumni association, is the campus leader in promoting spirit and enthusiasm on campus by protecting the tradition and history of Southern Miss. As the student group of the Alumni Association and one of the largest dues-paying student organizations at Southern Miss, we have many fun activities that draw the interest of the entire student body. Our current membership is more than 1,000 members and growing.

President: Bradley Floore | Email Bradley: bradley.floore@eagles.usm.edu

Luckyday Leadership Team

Each Executive Team Leader heads a team of students in the areas listed below. Approximately 50 students currently serve on the Luckyday Leadership Team. The term of service is one year. The following teams put on events for Luckyday Scholars to enjoy which range from tailgating to 5k charity runs. Wellness Team Connections Team Outreach Team Service Team Social Team

President: Bradley Floore | Email Bradley: bradley.floore@eagles.usm.edu

Men of Excellence (M.O.X.)

Men of Excellence is a community service based organization that works to better the image of all males here on campus, emphasizing educationally enriched programs and building a foundation of excellence. We serve our campus and community with pride and integrity while maintaining respect for ourselves and others and excel in all endeavors we choose to undertake individually and collectively.

President: Gregory Jackson | Email Gregory: g.jackson@eagles.usm.edu


We are the University of Southern Miss' Charter Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. We serve the community, keep students involved and focus on bettering others daily!

President: Tamia Watts | Email Tamia: tamia.watts@eagles.usm.edu

Secular Student Alliance | Not Fully Registered 

We are an organization consisting of atheists, agnostics, areligious, secular, and free-thinking individuals. We insist upon reason and logic as being our guiding principles. Also, we like helping out the university and community as a whole pertaining to societal issues.

President: Tamia Watts | Email Tamia: tamia.watts@eagles.usm.edu/p>

Sigma Alpha Pi

The Society is an organization that helps people discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation's leading presenters and a community where like-minded, success- oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world. The guiding question we established to shape all the important decisions the organization makes is: "Are we helping the greatest number of people in the greatest way?" When asked how he might sum up the key thing that the Society does, founder Gary Tuerack shared, "We are dream supporters – we build leaders, support people in achieving their dreams, and better the world in the process. We get people to ask the all-important question, 'What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?' and then help them to achieve those goals."

President: Johnny Brumfield | Email Johnny: johnny.brumfield@eagles.usm.edu

Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC)

The Southern Miss Activities Council (SMAC) is a student-run, student-funded organization. SMAC strives to offer a variety of educational and entertaining programs to complement the Southern Miss academic experience, while bringing programs to educate and enlighten the student body. Events offered include concerts, movies, speakers, novelty acts and many more which are open to ALL students.

President: Zachary Agee | Email Zach: zachary.agee@eagles.usm.edu

STEP UP to Leadership Council

The STEP UP (Starting Today Empowering Peers through Uniting and Participating) Advisory Council is composed of youth and young adults with and without disabilities. Council members serve as leaders within their schools, colleges/universities and communities. The Council focuses on issues facing all young people including leadership, self-advocacy, transition, health care, education, employment, service and recreation.

President: Hannah Littlejohn | Email Hannah: hannah.littlejohn@eagles.usm.edu

Student Government Association

"The Student Government Association desires: -to provide an effective organization for the administration of the student body. -to establish official channels through which student opinions may be expressed. -to promote students' rights and responsibilities. -to ensure the growth and development of self-government for all students. -to encourage university pride, to promote academic freedom and academic responsibility. -to protect the rights of students. -to promote full cooperation between students, faculty and administration in the constant pursuit of excellence, justice, and quality of life for all students at The University of Southern Mississippi."

President: Jeffrey George | Email Jeffrey: jeffrey.george@eagles.usm.edu

Student Veterans of America

The Student Veterans of America, University of Southern Mississippi Chapter, serves as an advocacy group for servicemen, servicewomen, and family members of every branch of the United States military.

President: Anthony Rooney | Email Anthony: anthony.rooney@eagles.usm.edu

Students for Human Rights

Southern Miss Students for Human Rights exists in order to educate and inform students at The University of Southern Mississippi about human rights issues in the world today, to facilitate discussion about issues pertaining to human rights, and to equip students with the necessary information and tools to take action. Further, Southern Miss Students for Human Rights promotes inclusiveness and the eradication of intolerance among students at the University of Southern Mississippi. The group exists as both a source of social movements and an incubator of social activists for equity in human rights. Southern Miss Students for Human Rights exists as the link between education and activism, as an extension of the Center for Human Rights at Southern Miss, an activist outlet for those becoming educated on issues of human rights, and an educational center for those motivated for change.

President: Wilson Williams | Email Wilson: Wilson.williams@eagles.usm.edu

The Fiction Society

The Fiction Society is an organization fit for those pursuing their love of writing fiction. The Society will be a workshop type atmosphere where peers will read each other's work, comment on them, critique them and give suggestions to improve their stories in a friendly, helpful atmosphere on campus.

President: Jacob Kemp | Email Jacob: jacob.kemp@eagles.usm.edu

The Marine Conservation Club

We raise awareness of the importance of marine environments through outdoor marine activities such as kayaking and snorkeling where students can learn about natural marine ecosystems while having fun. We also actively engage in marine conservation efforts through hands-on activities such as river and beach clean ups.

President: Sarah Walkley | Email Sarah: sarah.walkley@eagles.usm.edu

The Stage Monkeys of Hattiesburg

The Stage Monkeys are Hattiesburg's premier improv troupe. They perform unscripted, audience-interactive shows on Thursday nights. They specialize in short-form comedy sketches, but occasionally dive into mid- and long-form. The Stage Monkeys of Hattiesburg are part of a national network of improv troupes which began in Lafayette, LA and have been performing at USM since 2001.

President: Theresa Geboy | Email Theresa: theresa.geboy@eagles.usm.edu

The University of Southern Mississippi Tea Club

The University of Southern Mississippi Tea Club is an organization that seeks to provide a forum for intellectual discourse and place to appreciate different teas from around the world.

President: Brian Slater | Email Brian: michael.slater@eagles.usm.edu

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Southern Miss Chapter | Not Fully Registered

The Southern Miss USGBC chapter is an affiliate of the national USGBC organization that seeks to incorporate green and sustainable living habits to college campuses and their surrounding communities. Through events, seminars, speaker panels, projects, and more, USGBC at Southern Miss seeks to set the green standard by bettering the quality of campus life to the Golden Eagle community.

President: Danille Joris | Email Danille: danille.joris@eagles.usm.edu

Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)

We, the students of the Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) at The University of Southern Mississippi, is a non-profit student organization based on the University of Southern Mississippi's campus that strives to preserve our Vietnamese culture and heritage. As a dynamic and open organization, we are dedicated to maintaining an open and welcoming atmosphere within our association. As an association, VSA is a home away from home, where meaningful relationships are created when members work together to enrich each other lives.

President: Aleke Vehos | Email Aleke: aleke.vehos@eagles.usm.edu

Wellness Ambassadors

Wellness Ambassadors (WA) are students from various majors who help promote health and well-being on the Southern Miss campus. Wellness Ambassadors act as peer educators and are leaders with skills and talents that assist health educators in designing, promoting, and participating in health events and campaigns on campus.

President: Anthony Curry | Email Anthony: anthony.curry@eagles.usm.edu