Clubs & Organizations
The AASC works in collaboration with, provides resources to and/or advises the following organizations:
Crystal Ellis - Co-Chair
Shalisa Foster - Co-Chair
Black Advance is the umbrella organization for all black clubs and organizations. Through the clubs' and organizations' participation in Black Advance, members receive valuable skills as they network with other students to form a support base for the academic year.
This group comprises e-board members from each organization and meets to learn more about themselves, their community and their leadership potential. Students gain a background in leadership, how groups work and program planning to enhance their personal and professional development.
ABSS - Association of Black Students in Science
ABSS is geared toward, but not limited to, students in the biological and physical sciences — biology, microbiology, chemistry, biotechnology, food science, kinesiology and animal science majors. ABSS will assist students in obtaining real world experience in their field of study through internships.
We will also ensure that students increase their knowledge of other people in their field of study via networking at conferences. These networking skills are vital to succeeding in a career in science, but they often are not given enough attention. ABSS is here to ensure students will gain this valuable experience, making them more marketable both as graduates and undergraduates.
In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by black college women. Its roots reach back to Howard University in Washington, D.C., where the idea for formation was conceived by Ethel Hedgeman Lyle of St. Louis, Mo. After its incorporation as a perpetual body in 1913, Alpha Kappa Alpha gradually branched out and became the channel through which selected college-trained women improved the socioeconomic conditions in their city, state, nation and the world.
The national program "THE SPIRIT OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA" embodies five target areas: education, the black family, health, economics and the arts. In addition to these five targets, the Ivy AKAdemy serves as a comprehensive center for all the educational and human resources development experiences for most community services programs provided by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Participants are youths and adults from the entire community.
Since its founding on Dec. 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African Americans, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell.
The visionary founders laid a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character and the uplifting of humanity. Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were developed at other colleges and universities. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political and social injustices faced by African Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African American community's fight for civil rights.
BAAF - Black Alumni and Friends
The mission of the Black Alumni and Friends Chapter is to assist alumni in continued educational, cultural, economic and social growth within the black community. Black Alumni and Friends aims to maximize alumni resources toward the attainment of education and charitable goals established by the chapter. For more information or to become a member of the Black Alumni and Friends Chapter, contact Gheren Vitte or the African American Student Center.
BBSA - Black Business Student Association
The Black Business Student Association exists to provide exposure to the concepts and practices of the business world, offering academic assistance, deterring students from the barriers of communication and other problems in business, and helping solidify the existence of the minority students at Cal Poly Pomona.
The BBSA should continue to build formal and informal links with the black graduate, undergraduate and alumni members of the university through social activities, mentorship of undergraduate students, student retention and success activities and co-sponsored professional events.
BFSA - Black Faculty and Staff Association
The Black Faculty and Staff Association works to support students, staff and faculty on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona by providing programming, scholarships, monthly general body meetings, scholarships and resources.
The Black Faculty and Staff Association at Cal Poly Pomona works to:
- Promote public interest in and understanding of the unique needs of black faculty, administrators, staff and students.
- Provide appropriate forums for black faculty, administrators, staff and students to ensure equal access and opportunity and to promote human values in higher education.
- Aid in the development of a black perspective on educational policies and procedures among faculty, administrators, staff and students in the general community.
- Encourage access, participation and retention of black faculty, administrators, staff and students into the university community.
- Advocate for continual career enrichment for black faculty, administrators and staff.
- Foster development of informational networks for members concerning courses of study, job opportunities and innovations in the field of higher education.
- Advocate for equal access to educational opportunities for all historically underrepresented, underprivileged and low-income people.
BSU - Black Student Union
The Black Student Union is an organization focused on and dedicated to the personal and academic advancement of the African American student. Through various charitable, political and social university events, BSU reinforces and promotes the standard of excellence upheld by Cal Poly Pomona that is necessary to survive, grow and succeed in a rapidly changing world. The Black Student Union exists for the betterment of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Associated Students, Inc., as a whole to:
- Promote the virtues of productivity, discipline, general and academic excellence, work ethic, kujichagulia (self-determination), ujamaa (cooperative economics), nia (purpose) and umoja (unity).
- Develop dynamic leaders who will impact the campus community, and subsequently the world, in a positive manner.
- Provide an awareness of the heritage of African Americans and their contributions to the building of our nation.
- Strive for equal educational opportunities for minority groups in the community.
Dues for this group are $20 per academic year.
The Brother's Movement is an organization on campus where African American men can interact and discuss important topics within their community. The organization was founded by Kenneth Burrell in 2007 and strives to unite all men while allowing open communication and understanding among college males.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on Jan. 13, 1913, by 22 women at Howard University. These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to persons in need. The first public act performed by the Delta founders involved their participation in the Women's Suffrage March in Washington, D.C., in March 1913. Delta Sigma Theta was incorporated in 1930.
Since its establishment, Delta Sigma Theta has clearly established itself as a public service organization that strives to confront the problems of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. A wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development and strengthening of the African American family have emerged and evolved over the years. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service through its Five-Point Program Thrust of physical and mental health, educational development, economic development, international awareness and involvement, and political awareness and involvement.
Habesha Unity Group
The mission of the Habesha Unity Group is to excel and prosper by establishing the Ethiopian and Eritrean identity in the Cal Poly Pomona community. In addition, we educate others about our rich culture, history and heritage and seek the advancement of our people and our country.
Kappa Alpha Psi was founded on the campus of Indiana University on Jan. 5, 1911. The fraternity's fundamental purpose is achievement. Early in the last century, African American students were actively dissuaded from attending college. Formidable obstacles were erected to prevent the few who were enrolled from assimilating into co-curricular campus life.
This ostracism characterized Indiana University in 1911, causing Elder W. Diggs, Byron K. Armstrong and eight other black students to form Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, which remains the only Greek-letter organization with its first chapter on the university's campus. The founders sought a formula that would immediately raise the sights of black collegians and stimulate them to accomplishments higher than they might have imagined.
Fashioning achievement as its purpose, Kappa Alpha Psi began uniting college men of culture, patriotism and honor in a bond of fraternity.
Impact is a movement of evangelism and discipleship on college campuses around the United States. We exist to mobilize African American leaders to reach the lost and build believers on campuses, in the community, in Africa and the Diaspora. Our vision is to see the African American community fulfill its destiny as a reflection of the redemptive power of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to see African Americans emerging as leaders taking the truth of Jesus Christ to the campus, community and the world.
M.O.S.A.I.C. is a community service program geared toward uplifting and empowering young people in Los Angeles County. We focus on diverse groups of people ranging from inner-city youth, middle and high school students, and even college students. Our current demographic includes students from cities in the greater Los Angeles area. We provide them with access to mentoring programs, workshops and special events. M.O.S.A.I.C. seeks to build partnerships with local businesses, middle schools and high schools, as well as some local colleges that are willing to join us for our purpose.
NPHC - National Pan-Hellenic Council
The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) at Cal Poly Pomona comprises three sororities and two fraternities (sororities: Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Sigma Gamma Rho; fraternities: Alpha Phi Alpha and Kappa Alpha Psi).
Becoming a member of a fraternity or sorority is based upon the aspirant's possession of specific qualifications. Individual chapters are guided by standards that promote the building of strong and effective chapters. Students that are interested in Black Greek Letter organizations can learn about the history, aims and national programs of each organization by visiting the National Pan-Hellenic Council.
These historically African American organizations hold social and philanthropic events, incorporating the participation of their alumni members in citywide chapters. All nine of the national organizations (five are currently chartered at Cal Poly) are very active in community service activities. The membership intake procedures for NPHC chapters take place during the fall, winter and/or spring quarters.
In 1971 on the campus of Purdue University, six young men formed an organization with the purpose of assisting in the retention of black engineering students, as well as providing a support group that would allow them to succeed together.
The Society of Black Engineers (SBE) was formed. Since the number of African American students at predominantly white institutions during the time SBE was formed increased and the graduation rate of these students did not increase, the Society of Black Engineers became a national body in 1974. Our mission:
- To recruit, educate and graduate successful and culturally aware black engineers and scientists.
- To strive to encourage, stimulate and develop the interests of minority students in the community in the pursuit of an engineering and/or science-related degree.
- To represent students on issues and developments that affect the careers of blacks and other minorities.
- To develop the technical and professional skills of our members to better prepare them for industry and graduate studies.
- To promote within our members a sense of community, enabling them to have a positive impact on industry and the world at large.
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
Phi Lambda Chapter
Phi Lambda Chapter, chartered Nov. 3, 1980, has empowered its members by helping them make a positive impact within Omega Psi Phi in their communities and on their college campuses. Members of the chapter have obtained doctorates and become teachers, ministers, lawyers and athletes, all of them upholding the chapter's 100 percent graduation rate.
Phi Lambda Chapter has produced multiple 2nd Vice District representatives and placed high in various yard shows and competitions across the region. The chapter also has performed on national television during the NFL playoffs. Phi Lambda works hard to uplift its community by hosting many of its national and local programs, and it was named district chapter of the year in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
Shades of Queens
The Shades of Queens is an organization that promotes leadership, community service, academic development and respect by facilitating interactions among ethnic women. Women of African descent and from other cultural backgrounds can come together to promote support, encouragement, self-esteem and political awareness.
Shades of Queens seeks to provide women with the tools they need to move past a legacy of self-hatred and move to a place of deeply felt self-love and appreciation and promote the positive image of women of African descent throughout their communities, the nation and the world.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority aims to enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are hallmarks of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically and economically. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on Nov. 12, 1922, in Indianapolis, Ind., by seven schoolteachers: Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin and Cubena McClure.
The group became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on Dec. 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University. Soaring to greater heights of attainment around the world, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through sisterhood, scholarship and service.
The FAM is an organization designed to build a diverse Cal Poly Pomona family with members who support one another emotionally and educationally, who band together to handle issues that affect all of the university's students, and who provide a positive and effective learning environment that fosters success not only in school, but in life.
The FAM coordinates projects, resources and services designed to meet the needs of Cal Poly Pomona's students, while providing an open environment for a home away from home and improving cross-cultural clubs on campus.