Special Interest Council




The Special Interest Council uses an educational, social, cultural or recreational approach to look at various religious, political and social justice organizations. It also facilitates the interests of students that want to be involved in community service. These clubs showcase their interests through educational meetings, guest speakers, cultural events and social activities. All Student Association clubs are open to all Undergraduate Student and welcome people of varying viewpoints to join. 

Active Minds

Active Minds is the voice for student mental health. It empowers students to be the driving force to change the perception about mental health issues. Our club is affiliated with the national organization, a rapidly growing network of more than 400 student-led chapters, parents, families, and school administrators all working towards one goal - to change the conversation about mental health. Active Minds envisions a day when society fully understands and respects issues of mental health. To accomplish this, we work to increase awareness, provide information and resources, and encourage help-seeking behavior. Our mission is to educate students so they knw where to turn for help; empower students to engage peers, administrators and communities on campus about mental health; teach student leaders to be the next generation of mental health advocates; and connect all who are passionate about college mental health to energize a movement for change.

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President:Caitlin Kopinski
Vice President:Linda Alzarif
Treasurer:Jenna Szymkowski
Secretary:Gabrielle Gelinas
Advisor: Carissa Uschold-Klepfer
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Amnesty International

Undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the right 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. Promote good will and justice among the people struggling against political judicial religious economical social cultural or emotional abuse.

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Location: SU 316
President:Zanaya Hussain
Vice President:Jasmin Gill
Treasurer:Kevin Smith
Secretary:Zach Day
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Thornton, thornton@buffalo.edu, (716) 645-8419
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Brothers and Sisters in Christ (BASIC)

Encourage UB students faculty and staff to develop their full potential as Christians in today's world and society.

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President:Steven Pawlowski
Vice President:Jayden Ripic
Treasurer:Amy Choi
Secretary:Connor Finn
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Cake Club

The purpose of the Cake Club is to unite students of different cultures through cake. The Cake club strives to provide a comfortable space for students to de-stress, meet others, and learn about different cultures. Cake isn't just food, it is enjoyed internationally but it holds a different meaning in every culture. 

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President:Winnie Lam
Vice President:Sarah Lo
Treasurer:Sonia Lee
Secretary:Janey Zhu
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Children Moving Forward

The purpose of our club will be to give back to local orphanages and women and children shelters in the Western New York area. Our goal is to help these children and families move forward on their journeys through life. We also hope to spread positivity and hope to our community. 

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President:Alexandra Wyman
Vice President:Dmya Turner
Treasurer:Ana Quispe
Secretary:Emma Ajang
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Circle K

Circle K International (CKI) is the premier collegiate and university community service, leadership development, and friendship organization in the world. With more than 13,770 members in 17 nations, CKI is making a positive impact on the world every day.

Circle K clubs are organized and sponsored by a Kiwanis club on a college or university campus. CKI is a self-governing organization and elects its own officers, conducts its own meetings, and determines its own service activities.

CKI blends community service and leadership training with the opportunity to meet other college students around the world. Projects such as the Six Cents Initiative, CKI’s International fundraiser that aims to provide water to the 2.2 billion children worldwide who lack safe drinking water, bring CKI members together to make a difference in the world.

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Club E-Mail: ubsa-circlek@buffalo.edu
Location: SU 370
President:Alvina Khan
Vice President:Joyce Cheng
Treasurer:Kayla Denizard
Secretary:Philip Oreste
Advisor: Bruce Pivetz, bpivetz@yahoo.com, (580) 399-4361
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College Democrats

We are a political and social club at UB dedicated to Liberal ideals and political discussion/debate. We engage in volunteering. In addition we have many social outings such as camping road trips and day trips.

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Location: SU 316
President:Trevor Pashalidis
Vice President:Mei Maxwell
Treasurer:Tyler Herman
Secretary:Emma Covillon
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Crypto and DeFi

The purpose of our club is to unite everyone with a common interest in crypto. Our main goal is to educate everyone on what crypto and decentralized finance is as a whole, and dive deep into the systems on which they run. We want Crypto and DeFi to place an emphasis on the utility of cryptocurrency and where we think the technology behind it is headed in the future. However, we would like to emphasize this is not a crypto investment club.

The Club shall not provide any type of investment or financial advice. No Club officers, members or guests may provide any type of investment or financial advice at any club activity or forum. The Club shall not engage in any type of regulated activity related to investments.


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President:Zachary Korzeniewski
Vice President:Taib Iraqui
Treasurer:Joseph Russo
Secretary:Dylan Assil
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Disabled Student Association

The purpose of the club is to offer a student-based community and support for students with disabilities. We are an Intersectional Group. This means we believe there is an interconnected nature between race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and all other marginalized groups. We advocate for creating equity on Campus. This can take in a multitude of forms. Our Goal as a club is to create a community and learning space for students with disabilities and their allies.

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President:Ashley Allegretti
Vice President:Amshitha Sibarajah
Treasurer:Olive Avi
Secretary:Sydney Chan
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Emergency Services Club

To educate the populace regarding Emergency Services by providing information sessions and workshops (CPR, AED, Narcan, etc.) hosted by professional first responders. We also hope to unite students who have an interest in emergency preparedness or may want to pursue a career in emergency services.

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President:Khadija Hamed
Vice President:Evon Smith
Treasurer:Sabrina Lound
Secretary:Sofia Ruffo
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Gospel Choir

The purpose of this organization is to:
A. Introduce and present to All gospel music.
B. Enrich the quality of cultural life at campus and in the community.
C. Complement the offerings of the music department. 

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Club E-Mail: ubsa-ubgc@buffalo.edu
Location: SU 302
President:Marilisse Diaz
Vice President:Nathaniel Mark
Treasurer:Sha Williams
Secretary:Faith Aisogun
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The purpose of IGNITE at UB is to increase the political ambition, civic engagement, and leadership skills of its members to build the next generation of women leaders. This chapter will benefit those interested in politics and civics by presenting opportunities for members to hear guest speakers, learn more about politics, and engage in civic discourse.


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President:Alisha Allison
Vice President:Elana Cunningham
Treasurer:Natalie Bean
Secretary:Shayonna Oaks
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Innocence Club

Raise awareness for the wrongfully accused and the injustices that prevail in our criminal justice system.

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President:Kaitlyn Mah
Vice President:Bruce Dickinson
Treasurer:Adam Smith
Secretary:Emily Giacopelli
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It's On Us

The mission of It's On Us is to build the movement to combat campus sexual assault by engaging all students, including young men, and activating the largest student organizing program of its kind in grassroots awareness and prevention education programs. 

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President:Nicole Culmone
Vice President:Ryan Berlinger
Treasurer:Muhammad Hamza Niaz
Secretary:Bella LaFreniere
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Jewish Student Union

Preserve and promote Jewish identity dignity and pride. Address problems affecting Jewish culture. Overcome stereotypes. Promote Jewish leadership through education.

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Club E-Mail: ubsa-jsu@buffalo.edu
Location: SU 374
President:Kayla Sabag
Vice President:Sari Arrow
Treasurer:Evan Klein
Secretary:Zach Day
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Lesbian/Gay and Bisexual Transgender Alliance. Establish a safe space on campus to facilitate understanding among all students; provide an organization sympathetic to concerns.

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Club E-Mail: ubsa-lgbta@buffalo.edu
Location: SU 323
Vice President:Spencer Gough
Treasurer:Kayla Caraballo
Secretary:A Garry
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Model Congress

The purpose of Model Congress is to educate its members on current political issues pertaining to congress and interact with similar clubs at surrounding schools and national schools in order to provide students with an interactive experience in simulating a senate chamber.

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President:Ryan Rohrbach
Vice President:Rowan Dobson
Treasurer:Daniyaal Mannan
Secretary:Yasna Hossain Ali
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Model European Union

The purpose of the Model European Union club will be to have students simulate the politics of the European Union and its legislative procedures. The club will educate its members about the member states of the European Union and why it is important. It will also allow students to establish lasting connections with people for other SUNY and global universities.

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President:Kaitlyn Flynn
Vice President:Grant Ashley
Treasurer:Emily Barber
Secretary:Louis Taravella
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Model United Nations

Enlighten and expand a student's knowledge of the role of the United Nations plays in solving crucial world problems. Observe and practice through meetings the role the United Nations has today and throughout history has impacted the world through policy making and spirited discussions. To demonstrate knowledge retaining to historical issues, current world problems, and an appreciation for all world cultures.

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President:Ethan Engelhart
Vice President:Emily Barber
Treasurer:Nick Ciaicedo
Secretary:Zach Day
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Muslim SA

Promote and strengthen cultural ties among Muslim students at UB. Support activities and better understanding and cooperation in the University and community.

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Club E-Mail: msabuffalo@gmail.com
Location: SU 320
President:Nawal Ismail
Vice President:Laibah Mir
Treasurer:Tanvir Hasan
Secretary:Hana Muqtadir
Advisor: Faizan Haq, haq@buffalo.edu, 716-923-4390
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Pilots Association

To bring together and train aviation enthusiasts in a virtual environment as well as help each other understand aviation as a discipline and a hobby.

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President:Eli W Jenkinson
Vice President:Xingchen Sui
Treasurer:Adrian Martinez
Secretary:Shreyas Sridhar
Advisor: John L. Crassidis
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The purpose of this organization is to develop community spirit through outreach and inclusion of UB students and ROTC cadets while increasing the Golden Griffin's Battalion's presence in the community. Members will benefit through developing foundational leadership skills, creating more relationships with others along with fostering positive characteristics such as integrity and respect.

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President:Kimberly Pham
Vice President:Blake Janiszeski
Treasurer:Adam Trawinski
Secretary:Matteo Milazzo
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Sikh SA

The purpose and mission of the Sikh Student Association is to foster the expansion and dissemination of knowledge, efficacy and appreciation of Sikh culture throughout the Student Association and the University at Buffalo Community at large. 

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President:Harlain Gill
Vice President:Kiran Kaur
Treasurer:Ravneet Sood
Secretary:Gurleen Rekhi
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The Underground Reader's Club

Open to all Majors: We come together every fortnight to read all mediums and formats! We support students with resources that help them be well-rounded (and well-rested) individuals and also encourage mindful, non-academic literacy in the UB community.

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President:Nini Pandit
Vice President:Hayoun Choi
Treasurer:Sreeja Muppidi
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True Blue

True Blue provides services to the University at Buffalo in attempts to bring consistency and improvement to the attendance of the student sections at University athletic events. in doing so, this organization will attempt to make the athletic events a fun atmosphere while showing support for the athletic teams

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President:Nicholas Lividini
Vice President:Emma Stanton
Treasurer:Emma DeForest
Secretary:Zianna Gorton
Advisor: Elaine Russell, elaineru@buffalo.edu, (716) 645-5038
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Turning Point USA

To identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.

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President:Chelsea Buitron
Vice President:Aaron Dillon
Treasurer:Tyrese Glenn
Secretary:James Hanna
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UB for Israel

Section 1: To promote and educate students, faculty, clubs and community members about a wide variety of social, cultural and political aspects of Israel.

Section 2: To advocate for Israel's right to exist as a Jewish, democratic state. 

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President:Joshua Oken
Vice President:Brandon Meyer
Treasurer:Ben Malekan
Secretary:Jill Silverstein
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UNICEF Unite Club

UNICEF (United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) Unite Club at the University at Buffalo will be a part of UNIFEF’s global project of mobilizing volunteers from all walks of life and every corner of the country in pursuit of one common goal: to ensure a better world for every child. UNICEF Unite club aims to activate the local community by advocating, building community, fundraising, and speaking out for UNICEF’s child survival work in over 190 countries.

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President:Maymuna Akter
Vice President:Habiba Afrose
Treasurer:Shruti Patel
Secretary:Sajeda Be
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Vegan Club

1) To provide vegans and vegetarians on campus with an opportunity to meet fellow like-minded individuals. Activities include vegan potlucks, vising local vegan restaurants, attending farmers' markets and other activities requested by members. 

2) To organize outreach on the benefits of a plant-based diet-health benefits, saving our environment, and animal rights. These outreach events will include our vegan potlucks, guest speakers, tabling etc. 

3) To provide the UB community an opportunity to learn about veganism and the various issues that accompany them. Meetings will include table talks where the club will give particular topics and members will have an academic discussion to spread their knowledge on the issue. Anyone can ask questions to deepen their understanding of what it means to be a plant-based. Anyone can present on a topic if requested; our meetings, movie screenings, and speakers will be very informative. 


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President:Marissa DAntoni
Vice President:Nicole Tremsky
Treasurer:Nicholas Abbott
Secretary:Noah Jenkins
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Women's Healthcare and Wellness Association

To promote and advocate for the healthcare and wellness of all women. We will provide people with updated sex-specific health information through a holistic approach to empower women in our community.

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President:Daysia Augustin
Vice President:Hana Samad
Treasurer:Dior Gillins
Secretary:Reilly Donovan
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Young Americans for Freedom (YAF)

Young Americans for Freedom

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President:Connor Ogrydziak
Vice President:Justin Hill
Treasurer:Patrick Wilkinson
Secretary:Catherine Seidl
Advisor: James Campbell, jcampbel@buffalo.edu, (716) 645-8452
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