Special Interest Student Organizations


Be sure to file the 2016-2017 Organization Information Form to have your organization's most current information listed on the Leadership and Student Involvement website. Don't see your group? You aren't registered for this year yet. Complete the form above to begin that process!

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: Terondrick Waller | Email: terondrick.waller@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: Timothy Thompson | Email: timothy.c.thompson@usm.edu

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) of USM aims to provide and support a community not only for Chinese and Chinese American students and scholars, but also for anyone shares the interest in Chinese culture. We hold social and cultural events to build the network and to foster the cultural enrichment for both CSSA members and the greater USM community. We welcome students and scholars with all races and grade levels.

President: Yunerl Han|Emaii: yuner.han@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.brown@usm.edu

College Democrats

A collective group of liberal minded individuals, working to promote progressive ideas in the great State of Mississippi.

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

College Republicans

Our organization is based upon spreading the ideas of the Republican party. We are a branch in the Mississippi Federation of College Republicans and represent our school for our state meetings. We help register people for Voter ID, and help plug them in to different internships in political campaigns.

President: Sawyer Walters | Email: sawyer.walters@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: Kayla Bercegeay| Email: kayla.bercegeay@usm.edu


EagleThon is an organization on campus that is promoting Children's Miracle Network hospitals and raising money specifically for Blair E. Batson in Jackson, MS. 

President: Melody Hill| Emaii: melody.s.hill@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.n.mcdonald@usm.edu

Financial Management Association (FMA) | Not registered yet for 2016-2017

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: | Email  

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: s.kristene.johnson@usm.edu

Honors College Ambassadors

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

President: Michael McDonald | Emai: gary.mcdonald@usm.edu

Honors College Mentoring Program

In the First-Year Mentoring Program, we will motivate honors college freshmen to success academically, socially, and emotionally as they transition from high school to college life. Serving as a source of support, encouragement, and fun for incoming students, during the Fall semester we will engage in social and community service activities so our mentees become engaged with the community of Southern Miss and Hattiesburg as a whole! Introduce them to all of our favorite things and share all the best secrets of success we've gained at Southern Miss!

President: Kay Ann Simmons | Emai: kay.simmons@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:Andrea Fields | Email: andrea.fields@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: Aaliyah Cole | Email: aaliyah.cole@usm.edu

Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Institute

To foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment.

President: Kendrick Buford  | Email: kendrick.buford@usm.edu

Korean Student Association

Korean Student Association at Southern Miss associate ourselves to support 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.kim@usm.edu

Latino Student Union 

The Latino Student Union (LSU) is a Hispanic culture affinity group designed to unite Latino students and students of other nationalities who are interested in Latin culture and arts. This organization will focus on the artistic aspects of Latino culture, such as the differences in dancing and music styles across Latin countries. The main purpose of LSU is to emphasize Hispanic culture rather than to focus on the Spanish language.

President: Martha Marquez | Email: martha.marquez@usm.edu


Our goal is to bring together a large community of League of Legends players together in a friendly but competitive environment.

President: Jonathan Scrivenor | Email: Jonathan.scrivenor@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: Carrie Anne Bounds | Email Carrie Ann: carrie.bounds@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: g.jackson@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: Arcia Caston | Email: arcia.caston@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: zachary.agee@usm.edu

STEP UP 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: Ethan Allen | Email: ethan.m.allen@usm.edu

Student Alumni Association


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: Autumn Sobel| Email: autumn.sobel@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: Caroline Bradley | Email: caroline.bradley@usm.edu

Student Involvement Ambassadors

"Help Aid students find where they would like to be involved on campus, by offering information about all student organizations that have been registered through the office of Leadership and involvement. p>

President: Greg Jackson | Email: G.jackson@usm.edu

Student Veterans of America 

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

President: Gary Crispell| Email: gary.crispell@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: Mandesha Thornton | Email: alexus.thornton@usm.edu

Thai Students and Friends Association

The purpose of the TSFA is (1) to provide a network support for current and incoming Thai students and (2) to promote better friendship, interaction, as well as understanding among Thai, American, international students and other groups at Southern Miss campus and the Hattiesburg area through cultural, educational, and social programs and activities.

President: Piyawan Charoensap | Email: piyawan.charoensap@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.walkley@usm.edu

The Stage Monkeys

The Stage Monkeys are Hattiesburg's premier improv troupe. They perform unscripted, audience-interactive shows on Thursday nights. They specialize in short-form comedysketches,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: Logan Halliburton | Email: logan.halliburton@usm.edu

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: Rachel Silva | Email: rachel.silva@usm.edu

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Southern Miss Chapter 

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:Hannah Cole| Email: hannah.cole@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: Selena Nguyen | Email: selena.nguyen@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: Samantha Kalmbacher  | Email: samantha.kalmbacher@usm.edu

Women Empowerment Association

The Women Empowerment Association (WEA) is an organization working hard to build and empower young women through greater access to education, political strength, business opportunities and civic responsibility. The Women Empowerment Association is an organization of progressive women. Each member embraces the value of nurturing young women as they look toward brighter futures. The Women Empowerment Association mission is to promote leadership development, scholarship, education, and economic empowerment.

President: Lavita Williams  | Email: lavita.williams@usm.edu

Young Democratic Socialists

Our mission is to educate and organize students and young people, and to play a helpful and principled role in the movement for social justice. Within and throughout this struggle, we will articulate and defend the idea that socialism favors true human liberation. We seek social change which extends democracy into all aspects of life ‐‐ social, political and economic; these are the ideals of democratic socialism. Our vision of socialism is profoundly democratic, feminist, anti‐racist, anti-ableist, and LGBTQ+ supportive.

President: Gabriel Ultvlugt  | Email: gabriel.uitvlugt@usm.edu