International Council

 

 

Coordinator: Joan Liu

The International Council consists of a wide array of diverse clubs celebrating the cultures and nationalities across the globe. Students are given the opportunity to learn about other cultures, lifestyles and traditions, in addition to celebrate these experiences first hand. Through dance, music, food, art, language, and so much more, the International clubs facilitate a welcoming environment for all students. The International Council organizes annual events such as International Fiesta, International Soccer Tournament, and International Iron Chef, which showcases the pride and heritage of the clubs and their traditions.




African SA

To affirm our determination to achieve and maintain unity among the members, regardless of race, creed, color, sex or political belief; we assert our commitment to learning about African values and promoting a true image of Africa in the University and the Buffalo community. To foster the understanding of Africa in this University, and the surrounding communities. To promote a true image of Pan African Spirit in the University and Buffalo Communities. To encourage all African students in the University to participate in activities of the Organization.

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Date Established:
05-11-2018
 
   
Club E-Mail: ubafricansa@gmail.com
Location: 371
   
President:Stephanie Sam
Vice President:Stephanie Kacou
Treasurer:
Secretary:Sheldelynn Asamoah
   
   
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Bengali Student Association

The purpose of this organization is to establish an open environment that allows students to promote cultural awareness. We plan to host events that allow students to learn Bengali history, clothing, food, dance, music, language, literature and all that falls into the understanding of the culture.

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Date Established:
02-19-2020
 
   
  
  
   
President:Fyrose Nower
Vice President:Ishfar Shaan
Treasurer:Muhammed Thaaqib Muhammed Intikhab
Secretary:Adnan Tarif
   
   
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Caribbean SA

 

CSA is an international council organization that stands as a representation of the Caribbean population at UB. We foster conversations and events around educating everyone about different aspects of the Caribbean culture, through informative and fun events. We serve as a home away from home for all Caribbean and non-Caribbean students. We serve as a medium where UB students can meet different individuals who share common goal as themselves. Overall we serve as a family and like our motto says; Out Of Many We Are One!

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Club E-Mail: ubsa-caribbean@buffalo.edu
Location: SU 307
   
President:Malee Alexis
Vice President:Kalifa Lambert
Treasurer:Talisa Gibson
Secretary:Mekai Ramelize
Advisor: Juwan Thompson, juwantho@buffalo.edu
   
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Chinese SA

Promote cultural exchange and understanding among students at UB. Introduce Chinese cultural and intellectual heritage. Assist new students upon arrival at UB.

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Location: SU 372
   
President:Ricky Dong
Vice President:Kelly Liu
Treasurer:
Secretary:Judy Chen
   
   
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Desi Women's Association

The UB Desi Women's Association aims to empower women and bring in awareness about the desi culture and various religions that are a part of the desi community. The club strives to provide a safe, engaging, and entertaining environment where women can meet new people and grow as individuals. As well as further supporting diversity and mental health of all women who are a part of this club. We will strive to create a welcoming environment through which life-long relationships could be made. Support will always be provided to women of the desi community to allow them to maximize their abilities.

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Date Established:
12-08-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Gulprit Patwal
Vice President:Ayeshah Shaikh
Treasurer:Belinda Lliguicota
Secretary:Sumaiya Siddika
   
   
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Eastern European Student Association

The purpose of this club is to teach people about the interesting and fun cultures that originate in Eastern Europe. Members do not have to be of Eastern European descent to participate in meetings, events, or any other club related activities.

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Date Established:
10-05-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:David Bernatowicz
Vice President:Jacob Irons
Treasurer:
Secretary:Angelica Shcherenkov
   
   
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Filipino American SA

To educate all students on Filipino cultural topics and issues, whether they of Filipino descent or non-Filipino descent, unite and empower them with a united voice. We do hereby agree to uphold all regulations of the University at Buffalo, the Undergraduate Student Association (SA), and the State University of New York.

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President:Matthew Fajarda
Vice President:Nate Paulino
Treasurer:Jon Presto
Secretary:Rexine Laxamana
   
   
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Friends of Ukraine

Friends of Ukraine is a cultural organization that seeks to celebrate and share Ukrainian heritage, culture, customs and language with the university community. This organization opens its arms to everyone who wishes to learn and enjoy Ukrainian traditions. Our goals are to honor, celebrate and perpetuate cherished traditions that have shaped our culture and to create a supportive network for students of the university.

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Date Established:
10-05-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Anna Klymkovych
Vice President:Anna Belyablya
Treasurer:Jahdiaum Love
Secretary:Daniel Dreizin
   
   
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Fujianese Student Association

The purpose of the Fujianese Student Association is to provide a supportive community for Fujianese students and those interested in Fujianese culture at University at Buffalo. The club aims to foster a sense of belonging and cultural identity among its members, while also promoting awareness and appreciation of Fujianese culture and traditions within the wider campus community.

The club will organize a range of activities and events throughout the academic year, including cultural celebrations, educational seminars, social events, and community service projects. These activities will provide opportunities for members to connect with one another, learn about their shared cultural heritage, and make a positive impact on the campus and surrounding communities.

By bringing together students with a shared cultural background, the Fujianese Student Association seeks to create a welcoming and inclusive space where members can support one another, share their experiences, and build lifelong friendships. The club also aims to serve as a bridge between Fujianese students and the broader campus community, promoting cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.

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Date Established:
08-22-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Jeny Chen
Vice President:Anthony Chen
Treasurer:Tony Yang
Secretary:Jun Ao
   
   
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Haitian Student Association

As a Haitian student association, our goal is to provide a safe space for Haitian students to connect with one another and celebrate their identity, while also educating the broader school community about Haitian culture.

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Date Established:
08-08-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Danielle Thomas
Vice President:Staedi Severe
Treasurer:Tracey Coffy
Secretary:Doris Narcisse
   
   
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Himalayan Student Association

We as an organization strive to bring Tibetan, Nepali, and Bhutanese students together to promote cultural awareness and have representation at UB. We hope to create a community for Himalayan students by providing available resources and fun interactive activities. As well as helping students adjust to campus life and build new connections and friendships. Future HSA events consist of cultural festivals such as Losar (Tibetan New Year), Gorshay (Circle dance), Holi/ Dashian/ Tihar (Hindu Festivals) as well as non-cultural fun events such as Arts & Crafts, Game Night, and more!

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Date Established:
10-30-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Supreme Gurung
Vice President:
Treasurer:Anna Tang
Secretary:Lakpa Sherpa
   
   
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Hong Kong SA

Hong Kong SA seeks to promote the culture of Hong Kong through workshops and events to unite its members in a single identity and to foster relationships within the student body. Although Hong Kong  is part of China as of July 1 1997 there are various aspects that differentiate its organization separate from other Asian clubs.

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Location: SU 322
   
President:Joan Liu
Vice President:Wesley Shiew
Treasurer:Flora Qu
Secretary:Krystal Cheung
   
   
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Indian SA

We, the people of Indian origin, students at the State University of New York at Buffalo, aim to:

  • Promote the cultural and educational atmosphere of SUNY at Buffalo
  • Promote the general welfare of everyone, regardless of origin, at the University
  • Promote international understanding and the friendship between different student bodies

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Club E-Mail: ubsa-isa@buffalo.edu
  
   
President:Akash Shah
Vice President:Megha Rajpurohit
Treasurer:Rutvi Dhamsania
Secretary:Riddhi Shelat
   
   
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Indonesian SA

Promote cultural exchange and understanding. Introduce Indonesian intellectual and cultural heritage. Assist new students.

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Club E-Mail: permiasbuffalo@gmail.com
Location: SU 373
   
President:Desmond Chan
Vice President:Jessica Anastasia
Treasurer:stephanie yuen
Secretary:Sam Moniaga
   
   
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International Undergraduate Student Association

  • Connect international students with other international students.
  • Ensure that international students have access to the resources and support they need to succeed.
  • Raise awareness of issues international students face/ ways to support them in UB.
  • Encourage student organizations to be inclusive and to actively seek out students from different backgrounds.
  • Promote diversity on campus.

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Date Established:
08-22-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Rain Ligot
Vice President:
Treasurer:Yarea Wabeah
Secretary:Vrinda Agrawal
   
   
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Italian SA

The Italian Student Association is a cultural organization that celebrates and shares the Italian heritage, culture, customs, and language with the university community. This organization seeks to form bonds between those who have similar backgrounds or those that want to learn more about Italian traditions.

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Date Established:
04-09-2018
 
   
  
  
   
President:Simon Diaz
Vice President:Isabella Sotgiu
Treasurer:Allison Zelazo
Secretary:Jeronimo Silva Lugo
   
   
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J-Tomo

For Japanese community and people who are interested in Japanese culture.

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Date Established:
05-08-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Nicholas Mori
Vice President:Jocelyn Kulis
Treasurer:Yiwen Feng
Secretary:Alan Liu
   
   
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Korean SA

KASA strives to cultivate and promote  an interest in Korean and Korean-American history culture and many other facets of the Korean-American experience by providing opportunities for University at Buffalo students and other college students to come together on a social and cultural level.

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Location: SU 322
   
President:Khushi Parashar
Vice President:Abigail Young
Treasurer:Shruti Patel
Secretary:Trishani Sudanandan
   
   
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Latin American SA

The Latin American Student Association of the State University at Buffalo is a student-run and funded organization. The goals of this organization are as follows:

  • To educate members the university community and the community at large about Latin American culture.
  • To educate about and treat issues that affect our communities.
  • To actively get involved in the community and provide support wherever necessary.
  • To actively work with other organizations both on and off campus to better our communities.
  • To honor celebrate and perpetuate the traditions and customs that have shaped our cultures and identities.
  • To create and maintain a support network for students at the university.
  • To promote academic excellence personal and intellectual growth and leadership development.
  • To create activities and events that promote diversity unity cultural awareness and respect.

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Location: SU 372
   
President:Adrian Alvarez
Vice President:Jaylean Urena
Treasurer:Marquis Scurlock
Secretary:Sofia Alvarez
   
   
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Nepali Student Association

We, as a club, believe in cultivating and sharing knowledge about Nepal and its cultural heritage via social and cultural activities. The Nepali Students Association (NSA) works to strengthen ties among Nepalese students at UB and has a strong conviction in the community's ability to stand together. We, as members, are truly devoted to helping the Nepalese students at Buffalo University overcome the obstacles they face during and after their education. To help newcomers adjust smoothly to university life and give them a taste of what it's like to be a true blue, the group also offers assistance and counseling. We also plan to cooperate and take part in activities of mutual interest with other groups on campus and in the City of Buffalo because we also believe in the connection between different cultures.

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Date Established:
12-08-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Abhi Ramtel
Vice President:Crystal Thapa
Treasurer:Sparsh Guruwacharya
Secretary:Dipti B.K.
   
   
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North African Student Association

Bringing together students of North African descent as well as students interested in learning about North African culture. We are looking to create a comforting atmosphere and safe space for all students to express themselves through their culture, music, and clothing.

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Date Established:
10-24-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Louiza Mohamed-Cherif
Vice President:
Treasurer:Sayda Ahmed
Secretary:Mia Roberson
   
   
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Organization of Afghan and Persian Students

The purpose of our organization is to expose students at University at Buffalo to Afghan and Persian culture. By having this club, we create a safe space for Afghans to come together, learn more about their history and celebrate their culture. 

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Date Established:
05-08-2023
 
   
  
  
   
President:Yasna Hossain Ali
Vice President:Omid Sahar
Treasurer:Hewad Shaheed
Secretary:Marwa Hussain
   
   
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Organization of Arab Students

The Organization of Arab Students aspires to educate and promote understanding of the Arab cultures among the student body at the University at Buffalo and the Buffalo community. This will be implemented through provided educational and recreational activities in a friendly atmosphere that best serves all. 

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President:Sara Abdalla
Vice President:Alishba Khan
Treasurer:
Secretary:Fatima Mahdi
   
   
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Pakistani SA

The purpose of this club is to educate students and promote Pakistani culture.

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President:Rayan Masoom
Vice President:Zara Imam
Treasurer:Faraaz Beg
Secretary:Najum Malik
   
   
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Singapore SA

To provide a common ground of understanding between individuals of various ethic origins at the University at Buffalo through social, cultural and educational activities. Members of the Singapore Student Association ("SGSA") will develop deeper understanding of Singapore. The organization also serves to unite Singaporeans in the University at Buffalo as well as to help them adjust to the American culture.

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President:Samuel Moniaga
Vice President:Desmond Chan
Treasurer:winston peng
Secretary:stephanie yuen
Advisor: Paul Yong (716) 597-7052 pyong@buffalo.edu
   
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Sri Lankan Student Association

The purpose of our club is to help spread the Sri Lankan traditions and culture within the UB community. This will also be an opportunity for incoming UB students to easily get in touch with the Sri Lankan community at UB moreover, it will be a pillar to UB's success in spreading diversity. 

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Date Established:
04-04-2022
 
   
  
  
   
President:Joshane Fernando
Vice President:Shruti Kunadia
Treasurer:Alex Grover
Secretary:Dinula Weerasinghe
   
   
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Sylheti Student Association

Sylhet is a major city in Northeastern Bangladesh. Our vision at the Sylheti Club is to be the premier center for preserving and celebrating Sylheti culture. We aim to create a unifying space that fosters cultural heritage, facilitates intergenerational
connections, and promotes community pride. Through education, arts, and social initiatives, we aspire to nurture a sense of belonging while preserving and advancing the richness of Sylheti traditions. Our goal is to serve as a dynamic hub that celebrates diversity, fosters meaningful relationships, and empowers individuals to embrace and appreciate their Sylheti identity.

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Date Established:
03-07-2024
 
   
  
  
   
President:Nur Mahmud
Vice President:Mohammed Chowdhury Showrov
Treasurer:Ehsanul Haque
Secretary:Shafi Chowdhury
   
   
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Taiwanese SA

The purpose of the Taiwanese Student Association is to bring together, to assist, and to promote mutual interest and understanding among the Taiwanese in UB community. The Association shall also serve to promote of the Taiwanese culture in the UB Community.

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President:Jerry Lan
Vice President:Benjamin Lin
Treasurer:Shelly Lin
Secretary:Tesina Tu
   
   
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Tamil Student Association

To represent the large group of Tamils that are attending this University, but also to promote the diversity of our culture and language and to include those outside of our culture to learn about our unique background and history. We hope to hold events and activities that will allow students to gain an understanding, participate in the community, and create a space of comfort for students who are far from their homes. We are enthusiastic about putting in new ideas to contribute positively to the University population and would be grateful for the opportunity to become a valuable addition to the Student Association.

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Date Established:
04-24-2023
 
   
  
  
   
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Turkic Student Association

Our purpose is to bring students of similar ethnic backgrounds and students with interest in said ethnic backgrounds together to share, educate and nurture our culture on campus.

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President:Challa Zirek
Vice President:Fatma Zehra Ozgul
Treasurer:Naomi Dusi
Secretary:Havvanur Savas
   
   
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Vietnamese SA

The Vietnamese Student Association aims to preserve and promote Vietnamese cultural and historical awareness at the University at Buffalo, and the surrounding community by providing programs and support for students to establish a common ground for cultural awareness

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Location: SU 376
   
President:Hannah Pham
Vice President:Isabella Nguyen
Treasurer:Andrew Le
Secretary:
   
   
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