Every student may participate in organizations that express who they are as individuals, from professional aspirations to religious affiliations. There are hundreds of on-campus student organizations, focusing on everything from fraternities and sororities to language clubs. Interested in starting your own organization? You may do so, as long as you have 12 others who share the same passion.
• The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE is the largest student-run organization in the country. Its mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The University of Pittsburgh student chapter has received recognition for outstanding achievement as it relates to the mission of the organization. For more information, visit the website at
• Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE has a mission to stimulate women to achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, to expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and to demonstrate the value of diversity. For more information, visit the website at
• Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE was founded in 1974 by a group engineers from Los Angeles. The main objective of SHPE is to serve as role models to the Hispanic community, with networking as the key focus of the organization. SHPE's mission is to promote the development of Hispanics in engineering, science, and other technical professions to achieve educational excellence, economic opportunity and social equity. For more information, visit
the SHPE website.
• Kuntu Repertory Theatre
Kuntu Repertory Theatre creates and produces theatre that explores African American culture from a historical, spiritual and political perspective. For more information, please call (412) 624-7298 or visit their web page.
• Black Dance Workshop (BDW)
Black Dance Workshop performs a wide range of ethnic dance styles and techniques, such as jazz, African, spiritual, and Dunham. BDW is open to all students who are serious about dance.
• Pre-Medical Organization for Minority Students (POMS)
POMS may be of interest for engineering students considering medical school. This organization promotes motivation, aid and retention for minority students and serves as a vehicle to support their future careers in the health care professions. For more information, visit their web page.
As an academic program, FOCUS provides more extension social and academic support for African American and Hispanic students. It emphasizes peer, faculty, and staff mentoring. For more information, please call (412) 624-8967 or visit their web page.