Graduate student groups are a great way to make connections within your field and across campus. They may provide sources of community along with support for conference travel and networking. The following list identifies organizations for underrepresented graduate students at the University of Utah. To find an updated list for all student organizations please visit the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) website. The website also has information for those who want to start a new group. We encourage you to start an organization/club if you feel there is an unmet need on campus.

Graduate Student Groups

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines. Since 1977, AISES has worked to substantially increase American Indian and Alaska Native representation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields as students, professionals, mentors, and leaders. AISES employs a “full circle of support” model that begins with pre-college programs, progresses into collegiate life, and then into the professional years of members and on into retirement.

 Vice President: Jamie McBryde (


American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA)

AMWA helps support women premedical students, women medical students, and women physicians through their medical school career and beyond.

Preferred Email:

The 2014-15 AMWA co-presidents:


Association of Future Female Physicians

The mission of the Association of Future Female Physicians is to Empower, Educate, and Support women to advance within medicine and the medical field.

Group Email:

President/Chair/Director: Elizabeth Nielson (

Adviser: Mayumi Kasai (


Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting Chapter at The University of Utah (Business)

ALPFA is the premier business organization for expanding opportunities for Latino Leadership in the global market–that is dedicated to promoting academic excellence and leadership among the Hispanic student community that seeks to pursue and/or learn about careers in Business, Finance, Accounting, and related fields.

President/Chair/Director: Luis Eduardo Torres (

Vice President: Irene Kelly (

Secretary: Maria Ayala (


Future Women Dentists

Encourage interest in dentistry as a career among women. Provide a support network. Provide members with female dentists in the area as role models. It will also provide shadowing opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and help with current and future school issues.

Group Email:

President/Chair/Director: Arial Cagle (


Health Science Multicultural Student Association (HSMSA)

The purpose of HSMSA is to form a cohesive network between students who study within the Health Sciences at the University of Utah and support each-others programs and initiatives to recruit, support, and ultimately retain those of primarily minority backgrounds to pursue education in the Health Sciences. We aim to help interested students prepare for a career in medicine, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, dentistry and medical research. Our primary objective is outreach and health education on campus and into the greater Salt Lake City area. HSMSA will provide educational opportunities for students, staff and faculty at the University of Utah, both on main campus as well as within the Health Sciences. We plan to provide tutoring services, health screenings, panel discussions, and medical school interview assistance all in an effort to strengthen and create a supporting network within the Health Sciences at the University of Utah.


Presidents: Cristian Gonzalez,

Vice Presidents: Doug Chan, , Jennifer Nhan,

Faculty Advisor: Evelyn Gopez, M.D.

Staff Advisor: Jennifer Indo, M.Ed.,


Latinas Telling Testimonios (LTT)

President/Chair/Director: Silvia Ibarra Garcia (


Latino Medical Student Association

Our mission is to improve the overall well-being of the underserved. We focus on the Latino community but extend our mission to any group in need, regardless of their ethnic, socioeconomic, or other demographic characteristics. We also aim to mentor students who share this interest in helping the underserved, achieve their dream of working in the health field.


Group Email:

Co-Chairs: Ashley Dennis, , Farid Isaac, , Kristin Sandoval,

Staff Advisers: Jennifer Indo, M.Ed., , Melanie Hooten,

Faculty Adviser: Evelyn Gopez, M.D.


Minority Law Caucus

The Minority Law Caucus (MLC), formed in 1986, welcomes all law students with an interest in issues affecting racial and ethnic minorities. The MLC is involved in student recruitment and counseling, development of training and employment opportunities, community service projects and social activities. The MLC sponsors a variety of speakers and programs each year, awards scholarships, and sponsors a scholarship dinner and auction at the end of the school year.

Group Email:

Group Admin: Jasmine Fierro

Adviser: Robert Flores (


Muxerista Mothers

Muxerista Single Parents is a student group who looks to find a social and academic space for single parents of color on the University of Utah campus. We feel this space is necessary to ensure a support system for students with children who do not feel they fit into other university spaces as parents, and also as primary caregivers. In addition to this, we seek to create a space on campus that progressively and actively engages with issues faced as single parents in higher education. Through the Muxerista lens, which Anita Tijerina, PhD defines as “a person whose identity is rooted in a Chicana/Latina feminist vision for social change committed to ending all forms of oppression, including but not limited to racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, and citizenism, we seek to address these issues as they relate to our parenting strategies, as we continually navigate the academy.

Flor Olivo
Nereida Oliva

Dr. Susie Shannon Porter


Physician Assistant Students Supporting Equity & Diversity

We are a group a Physician Assistant students dedicated to promoting cultural and community awareness, civic involvement, social justice, equity, scholarship and the reduction of disparities in healthcare; all while developing a growing knowledge and practice of medicine, professionalism, cultural competency.

 Group Website:!home/c2df

President/Chair/Director: Bimal Mann ( and Brandon Haverfield

Adviser: Darin Ryujin (


Association of American Indian Graduate Students

Based upon the following principles: support, validation, network, and community, this organization is dedicated to improving the status of students of Native American descent in higher education by systematically identifying and addressing their needs and concerns. The Society of Native American Graduate Student’s objectives are to provide academic and professional resources that will enhance the academic and career success of current graduate and professional students; to recognize the accomplishments of our members and their academic achievement; to support and organize activities to foster the development of a network, service, and academic excellence for the Native American graduate student community; to assist in the retention and recruitment of Native American students and to develop aspiring academicians and practitioners.

President/Chair/Director: Crystal Tulley-Cordova (

Group Admin: Samantha Eldridge (

Adviser: Dr. Elise Boxer (


Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Promote professional development, scientific understanding and higher education within underrepresented minorities in the sciences at the undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral levels.

President: Zach Cruz (

Vice President: Maria Disotuar (

Adviser: Claudio Villanueva (



Women in Physics and Astronomy (WomPA)

WomPA events provide opportunities for informal mentoring and sharing of resources, and also serve as forums for exchange of information and advice. We increase the visibility of women by highlighting important scientific contributions of local scientists and by participating in community outreach events targeted at encouraging young women in STEM fields. Formally, WomPA’s mission is to foster a sense of community among women in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, encourage networking and mentoring across disciplines and career stages, educate ourselves and others about issues important to the advancement of women in STEM fields, and increase the visibility of women in physics and astronomy.

Group Website:

Group Email:

Coordinators: Payel Kar (, Lauren Richey (, Anne-Marie Schaeffer (, Jessica Galbraith-Frew (

Faculty Advisor: Pearl Sandick (


Women’s Law Caucus

The purpose of the Women’s Law Caucus (WLC) is to be a source of support, opportunity and information for women and men in our community. The WLC promotes interest in issues of particular concern to women, provides a forum for students on issues affecting the legal community, and provides activities that promote involvement in legal and women’s issues.

 Group Email:

Group Website:

President: Blake Van Zile (

Treasurer: Lauren Howells (


Xicana/o Graduate Council

The Mission of the Xicana/o Graduate Council (XGC) is to create a community based on social justice, engaged in critical thinking, and raising conciencia to promote a safe space were action and dialog can be explored.

Officers: Juan Jose Garcia (, Diego Luna (, Silvia Patricia Solis (