Undergraduate Student Groups

Alianza is a pan-Latinx student group at Yale that seeks to unite students interested in sharing, celebrating, and learning about Latinx culture. The purpose of Alianza is to provide all interested students, Latinx or not, with an opportunity to interact with each other through events and activities such as study breaks, discussion groups, dinners, and movie nights. Through the organization and its members, Alianza hopes to foster great solidarity among Latinx students at Yale and to enhance the overall Latinx presence on campus.

Amigas is a unique mentoring program that matches female high school students at Wilbur Cross High School with female college students at Yale. Through friendship, the high school students are motivated to complete high school and to make the kind of decisions that will help them become responsible adults. The Yale students serve as role models and mentors for these inner-city high school students.

The Association of Salvadoreñas Yale Undergraduates: The Association of Salvadoreñas Yale Undergraduates (ASY) was founded in the spring of 2013 and is the first and only Salvadoran student group at Yale. We’re one of the newest groups at La Casa! ASY aims to promote awareness of the history and culture of El Salvador by bringing students together to celebrate Salvadoran traditions at Yale. ASY is open to anyone interested in Salvadoran culture! Questions? Contact co-chairs Kim Mejía-Cuéllar kimberly.mejia-cuellar@yale.edu">(kimberly.mejia-cuellar@yale.edu) or Cristal Suarez (cristal.suarez@yale.edu).

Ballet Folklórico Mexicano’s purpose is to provide the Yale Community with a vivid aspect of Mexican culture that had been missing throughout Yale’s history. Given a diverse range of colloquial \ dances from various regions of Mexico, the goal is to offer a festive and educational form of entertainment that no group at Yale has attempted before: the traditional, Mexican folk dance-Ballet Folklórico. Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Yale performs dances from the regions of Chiapas, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Veracruz, and Jalisco.

The Cuban-American Undergraduate Student Association, better known as CAUSA, was established in 2005 to serve the needs of both Cuban and Cuban-American students by providing an open forum wherein to share and promote our common heritage. CAUSA also seeks to foster dialogue and raise public awareness pertaining to the social, political, and cultural issues affecting both the Cuban and the Cuban-American communities in the States and abroad.

De Colores is an LGBTQ Latinx organization that focuses on the intersectionality of being Latinx and identifying as LGBTQ. It aims at providing a safe space for students who are interested in discussing or learning about LGBTQ Latinx issue in the community. These topics primarily include machismo/marianismo, health,  religion, and identity. The group holds dinner discussions, collaborations with other queer groups on campus, socials, and brings in professors to speak to students in a more intimate setting. It is ultimately a support group where students can feel free to come and discuss topics concerning their backgrounds and life experiences.

Despierta Boricua is the Puerto Rican Undergraduate Student Organization at Yale University. Founded in 1972, the main objective of the organization is to foster a sense of community among Puerto Rican undergraduates at Yale. DB strives to meet this objective through advocacy efforts and by coordinating cultural, educational, and social events. DB also tries to increase undergraduate interaction with the New Haven community through community service initiatives.

The Dominican Student Association: QuisqueYalies was started at the beginning of the 2005-2006 school year. Our goals include sponsoring informative and social events that will aid in addressing issues concerning Dominicans and other Latinx people. Also, we plan to concentrate our efforts on recruitment and retention of Dominican students by developing academic and personal support networks for undergraduate students and establishing networks with professionals and DSA alumni. DSA also strivies to serve Dominican communities in the US and abroad through community service. DSA intends to serve as a resource to the Yale community on Dominican affairs by obtaining historical and updated information about the Dominican Republic. So far, DSA has hosted dinners, parties, movie screenings and fundraisers. In the future, we hope our efforts will culminate in a Dominican themed conference at Yale that will bring our community together and empower us.

FAIR College Counseling: We are a group of Yale volunteers who are passionate about increasing college access, especially for low-income first-generation students in New Haven. We aim to provide bilingual in-depth coverage of the college and scholarship application process to New Haven public school students and their families through workshops and one-on-one sessions. We are partnered with the New Haven Free Public Library to provide the tools necessary for students to succeed on their journey to college. 

Yale’s Hispanic Scholars Foundation Chapter facilitates the educational and professional success of Latinx students by promoting principles and practices of high academic achievement. More specifically, the HSF Scholar Chapter helps students to leverage the resources 1) to attain their chosen degree (undergraduate and graduate); 2) to develop the pre-professional skills needed in post-degree professional life; 3) to serve as mentors and peer resources to younger students.

La Casa’s news magazine, La Fuerza, seeks 1) to inform and educate Yale students, faculty, and staff about social, cultural, and political issues important to the Latinx community at Yale; 2) to educate, empower, and increase awareness among the Yale Latinx community itself; 3) to promote and celebrate the diversity within the Latinx community at Yale and elsewhere.

Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. primarily seeks to take a leadership role in meeting the needs of the Latinx community through academic achievement, cultural awareness, community service and promotion of the Latinx culture and people. Founded at Yale on April 11, 1992, the Kappa Chapter of ΛΥΛ was established to unite our communities on campus. We have a diverse membership of Hermanos of many distinct ethnicities, races, academic interests, and professional careers. Together we seek to uphold the mission of our organization, and strive to do so throughout our undergraduate years and beyond. The work we do and the bonds that we share makes our brotherhood “Para SIEMPRE.”

Latin American Students Organization assists Latin American students in adjusting to American culture by providing a comfortable social atmosphere with emphasis on cultural celebration. There are weekly dinners at La Casa Cultural or at a select dining hall and occasional weekend ventures to Mi Tierra Cafe, a New Haven club featuring salsa and merengue music. In order to foster a comfortable atmosphere, the organization refrains from political activities. Please e-mail the coordinator in order to be placed on the e-mail list.s

The purpose of the Latino Business Coalition is to aid in the education and professional development of all Yale University students. As a chapter of the National Hispanic Business Association (NHBA), the LBC also offers networking and occupational opportunities within the business community, while providing intellectual and cultural enrichment.

The Latino Graduate Network (LGN) is an umbrella organization that encompasses all of the Latinx Graduate student organizations from Yale’s graduate and professional schools. LGN was created after members of the community noticed the disconnect among graduate students of different schools. Although there are many Latinx students around campus, it is sometimes difficult to get to know each other and create the sense of family and community that we are all used to. Through LGN, we hope to bring all Latinx people together into a cohesive community. LGN does this by organizing social events for all Latinx people at Yale happening throughout the year. LGN also promotes the creation of interdisciplinary projects for the Latinx community of New Haven; as future leaders it is our responsibility to bring all of our abilities and talents forward to advance causes of social justice affecting our people. Mediated through La Casa, we hope that LGN will be a home away from home for all Latinx graduate students here at Yale.

The Latino Law Students Association at Yale Law School seeks to represent the interests of Latinx students at the law school while also raising awareness of Latinx social and cultural issues through academic and social programming. LLSA does this by meeting as a community on a regular basis, inviting guests to engage with current students, and honoring distinguished alumni with the LLSA Public Service Award Dinner. The organization has five primary goals: Represent the interests of Latinx students at the law school; foster Latinx community at the law school both on professional and social levels; effectuate institutional action on matters of importance to Latinx students; raise awareness of, and engage with, Latinx-related issues in both the legal world and society at large; highlight and capitalize on the diversity that exists within YLS’s Latinx community in accomplishing the above goals.

The goal of the Latino Leadership Association (LLA) at the Yale School of Management (SOM) is to promote Latinx leadership for business and society. LLA seeks to harvest potential synergies with external groups in an effort to benefit both its membership and other organizations: collaborating with the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, building stronger relationships with Hispanic SOM Alumni, networking with corporate recruiters who are interested in Latinx MBAs, and increasing communication with other Hispanic organizations both on and off campus to discuss common issues and models of success.

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA, formerly known as BLHO) is a student run group committed to developing a network for Latinx medical students at Yale by providing academic and social support. We strive to maintain a supportive and dynamic environment for Latinx medical students at Yale and to promote awareness about the cultural, political, and economic issues affecting Latinx health. We also work to highlight the contribution of Latinx physicians and scientists in the medical field and to encourage other minority students to enter the health professions by serving as their mentors.

MAS (Math And Science) Familias works to support Latinx people interested in math and science by creating familias comprised of upper-classmen, sophomores, and freshman. A community of scholars is formed through activities that include dinners with Yale alums in math/science, lab visits, social events, and weekly dinners.

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán A Movimiento is a pursuit of greater gains by individuals united loyally with one another, focused not upon the status quo but instead striving to bring about respect and equality. The energy to lead the Movimiento stems from the creative consciousness of Estudiantes, driven not by self-righteous motives but by the firm belief that united as an organization the interests of the greater Chicano community can be fulfilled. The spirit that guides these Estudiantes Chicanos is rooted in their past, their homes, their heart, Aztlán. The spirit that gave their ancestors life, the spirit that thrived in the soul of the Mexica, is the same spirit that gives the Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán strength to succeed and endure.

¡Oye! Poetry and performance are powerful forms of expression for ethnic minorities in the United States. Often outside of the collective consciousness, marginal communities have made themselves known through artistic production. The form collectively known as spoken word, an amalgam of poetry, prose, music, and theater, has given voice to narratives often overlooked. Able to be strident and bold, subtle and vulnerable, performers can speak to their personal journey while contextualizing their stories within larger communities.

At Yale, groups like Jook Songs and WORD developed the campus culture of spoken word. The groups put on performances that not only promote artistic expression, but also foster a dialogue on critical issues. Inspired by Jook Songs, which is dedicated to exposing works by Asian-American students, members of Yale’s Latinx community came together in the fall of 2007 to establish ¡Oye!, a group that speaks to our unique experiences as Latinx people in our various communities. ¡Oye! contributes the Latinx voice to the swirl of spoken word on campus for students to relate to, question, or simply experience.

PorColombia is a network of university students in the United States, as well as foreign students with an invested interest in Colombia, who are committed to using their personal talents and institutional resources to benefit Colombia. The goal of the organization is to provide students with the means and support to share information, innovate, and engage in collaborative initiative focused on Colombia. This is accomplished in three ways: first, to form a solid community of Colombians and friends of Colombia across the United States; second, to encourage and assist members to return to Colombia in the future; and third, to raise awareness and inform foreign students of the situation in Colombia.

Sabrosura: Latino Student Dance at Yale brings together students interested in Latinx/Latin American dance in order to foster solidarity among the various cultures of Latin America while exhibiting these cultural nuances through music and dance. With this in mind, Sabrosura hopes to share with both the Yale and New Haven communities the cultural expressions of our various members. In so doing, we hope to create a space in which students can use the medium of dance to teach and learn about one another’s culture. The last and most important aim of Sabrosura is to end the year with a show designed to celebrate these cultural differences and so enhance cultural relations amongst the Yale community.

Students of Mixed Heritage and Culture (SMHAC) provides an alternative venue for the discussion of race at Yale, one directed not by a shared racial identity, but by a shared racial awareness. SMHAC represents the numerous backgrounds and identities embodied on the Yale campus. The group hopes to expand the discussions of race on campus to include individuals from multiracial backgrounds.

¡Teatro! Yale’s first Latinx/Latin-American theater ensemble is committed to the continuation and evolution of Latinx/Latin-American theatre on Yale’s campus and the New Haven community. We aim to bring the rich voices of Latinx and Latin-American dramatists to fruition, while creating a unique atmosphere wherein students and supporters of Latinx/Latin-American theatre can network, learn, and come together.

Yale Divinity Latin@ Association seeks to create a space for students, faculty, and staff that fosters fellowship, encouragement and partnership within the Latinx community at YDS. YDLA is composed of anyone who self identifies as Latinx or who has close ties and connections with the Latinx community either through scholarship, parish ministry, or personal interest. YDLA offers the Latinx community a space and opportunity to raise their concerns, interests, and to begin conversations that pertain a wide variety of Latinx issues. YDLA also provides its members an opportunity to share and represent their community, culture, and interests with the rest of the YDS community.

Yale Mexican Student Organization Our goal is to promote the presence of Mexico at Yale and the presence of Yale in Mexico by organizing social events, cultural activities, forums, and seminars. YMSO was founded on 2004 by students from almost every corner of Yale: undergraduates, graduates, and professional students.

Ypsaniola is devoted to serving people living in the Dominican Republic, especially those that suffer from serious poverty and whose human rights are violated. These people include those of Batey Libertad, a Haitian migrant community outside of Santiago that strives to be a model for other bateys seeking to empower themselves. Yspaniola members travel to the Dominican Republic twice a year on community service missions.