American Way of Life
AWOL is a vehicle for alternative media that seeks to ignite political and cultural discussions on campus, and provide a space for students to question the structural and social framework of American University in an attempt to make the campus more egalitarian and socially conscious. The publication serves as a resource to grassroots movements by writing and reporting on local and global efforts toward a more just society. Bridging gaps and making connections between people of different ethnicities and ways of thinking are goals of the publication. Providing extensive, in-depth reporting on issues that do not make the headlines of mainstream publications while creating a forum for activists to write, analyze, and organize, AWOL is a publication that strives toward a more progressive future without compromising issues of today.
Amnesty International - American University Chapter
Amnesty International is a non-governmental organization. AI's mission is to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination, within the context of its work to promote all human rights.
Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship
The purpose of this organization is to build a community of students committed to God, to one another, and to a life centered on Jesus Christ. Through charismatic worship, prayer, Bible study, social activities, witness, and service, Chi Alpha seeks to offer support to Christian students as well as provide an opportunity for others to explore the Christian faith.
Community Action and Social Justice Coalition
CASJC serves as a resource center for students working for responsible social change through spiritual-centered activism. While the students and student groups it serves may or may not identify with a particular faith or faith group, the CASJ Coalition recognizes that a call to compassionate community action is often rooted in religious and spiritual values.
Dialogue Development Group
The Dialogue Development Group's mission is to build community, heal divisions, create new knowledge, and promote civic engagement through the development, application, and institutionalization of dialogue programs at American University. While dialogue can mean many things, DDG defines it as a sustained, collaboratively structured conversation where participants from one, two, or more "social identity groups" speak from their personal experience and explore both the differences and the common ground that exist among them. In dialogue we are interested in listening to understand rather than serial monologuing (which can happen in discussion) or listening to gain advantage (which typically happens in debate.) In dialogue we do not try to convince others of our points of view. There is no emphasis on winning, but rather on learning, collaborating and creating new and shared understanding.
Eco-Sense supports sustainability on and off campus. We are involved in student awareness, volunteering, campus efficiency, and political activism. In each of our actions, we try to take a wide view of sustainability, incorporating health and justice issues as well.
Our mission is to inspire students and other members in the Washington, D.C. community to raise awareness about the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which has been cited as not only a femicide but also the deadliest conflict since World War II, and its relation with the illicit mineral trade.
Fair Trade Student Association
Encourage and perpetuate the principles of fair trade on the campus of American University and the surrounding community. Educate the campus about the details of fair trade including students, faculty, and staff. Create consumer awareness on campus about cautious consumerism. Further students contact with a budding area of interest, the business world, and thus a potential area for future employment. Provide a positive alternative to sweatshop protest. Support and initiate the sale of fair trade products on campus as much as possible.
1. Impacting the collegiate generation with the message of Jesus Christ. To provide a place for students to practice and grow in their faith throughout the college experience.
2. To provide opportunities to serve the local community through community service, social awareness events, etc.
3. To give students a place to build community ties on campus
One World Initiative
Taking inspiration from the School of International Service’s mission to “Wage Peace”, the One World Initiative is devoted to actively combating ignorance, building hope and raising peace by seeking a more united world. Rather than focusing on fixing “third world problems”, the One World Initiative is devoted to building bridges between Washington D.C., AU, and the Global Community. By focusing on a particular issue of international import, OWI seeks to draw parallels and build solutions. For instance, by focusing on education, OWI will collaborate with organizations as diverse as Center City Public Charter Schools and Invisible Children in order to more fully understand how an education, or lack of thereof, can profoundly alter a child’s life.
Peace and Empowerment Project
The Peace and Empowerment Project (PEP) is a club devoted to fund-raising and awareness to improve the situation of women and families in developing and war-torn countries so that they can become greater parts of their local peace process.
Queers and Allies
AU Queers and Allies seeks to raise the visibility of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) students through advocacy, programming, and community service opportunities. We also provide straight allies the opportunity to learn and advocate for their LGBT friends and family.
Student Government: Women's Initiative
Women's Initiative (WI) is an inclusive, non-partisan, Student Government-run organization that helps coordinate and advise campus departments and committees on programming and policy decisions that affect the women students, faculty, and staff of American University. Originally founded to encourage the Administration to create a Women's Resource Center, WI now provides oversight of campus safety and health resources by acting as an advocate for student concerns. WI also develops diverse programming that addresses a wide range of issues of particular interest to women, both independently and in collaboration with other student groups, academic departments, student services, and off-campus organizations.
Society for Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs
We are the student organization for the Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs Department. We work to create a community and foster connections between current students, faculty and alumni by sharing developments in the field, individual research, professional achievements and opportunities and global advocacy efforts.
Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution
The Society for Peace and Conflict Resolution (SPCR) is a student-run organization that seeks to empower graduate and undergraduate students in the field of Conflict Resolution. As peace is a calling, and it relies on the initiative of those willing to pursue it, SPCR fosters American University's academic community and enables students to translate theory into practice by linking students with professors, Washington, D.C.'s Peace and Conflict Resolution Community, the city itself, and world in which we live.
STAND: A Student Anti-Genocide Coalition
STAND, a student-led division of the Genocide Intervention Network, envisions a world in which the international community protects civilians from genocidal violence. At its core, our mission is to empower individuals and communities with the tools to prevent and stop genocide. Born out of the fight to stop the genocide in Sudan, Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and other conflict areas around the world, STAND is devoted to creating a sustainable student network that actively fights genocide wherever it may occur. We seek to unite students around the world in a permanent anti-genocide constituency.
Dignity for Women Worldwide
Dignity for Women Worldwide (DWW) is a student-based organization designed to promote awareness, engagement and activism on issues related to women’s empowerment internationally. DWW seeks to build solidarity among women across borders who are working to promote social justice, peace and the realization of human rights. Our aim is to promote the advancement of women both locally, through volunteer efforts, and globally, by collaborating with international women’s non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Movement for Global Justice
To provide space and resources for social justice campaigns and projects large and small for the AU community. We strive to educate one another and the campus, create spaces for non-heirarchical organizing and understanding, and work for social justice issues in our community and the world.
Oxfam America at American University
Oxfam America is an international NGO that is dedicated to funding long-term solutions to poverty, hunger, and social injustice around the world. We work to eliminate the root causes of social and economic inequities by challenging the structural barriers that foster conflict and human suffering and limit people from gaining the skills, resources, and power to become self-sufficient (oxfamamerica.org). Oxfam America at American University plans to embody these truths by engaging students to become social activists and by providing opportunites for them to be actively involved in creating solutions for global as well as local issues pertinent to social justice.
Student Worker Alliance
To support workers rights and create relationships of solidarity between students and workers on campus and beyond.
Students Fighting Homelessness and Hunger
The purpose of AU Fights Homelessness and Hunger is to raise awareness, both on campus and in the D.C. community, about homelessness and hunger issues. Furthermore, in order to fully execute the AU Motto of "Turning ideas into action, and action into service" AU Fights Homelessness and Hunger will act to mobilize a force of passionate volunteers to help eliminate, or at least mitigate, homelessness and hunger in the community.
Students for a Free Tibet (American University Chapter)
The American University chapter of Students for a Free Tibet will support the Tibetan people in their struggle for political freedom and independence. The chapter will do this through awareness education on the situation in Tibet, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
AVO advocates for the adoption of a vegan lifestyle through creative education, with the goal of ending animal exploitation.