How to Give Back to the Community as a UB Student

Written by: Nandini Mehta, MS in MIS ‘23 

As a large public university, the University at Buffalo is home to a vibrant and diverse community of students, each with their own unique interests, passions, and background. Many students are also actively involved in various student organizations that provide a sense of belonging. These student organizations also offer opportunities to give back to the community. 

Student organizations and communities at UB are passionate about making a positive impact on the world, and they demonstrate this through various initiatives and activities. Whether it’s volunteering at a local food bank, organizing a fundraiser for a charitable organization, or participating in a community service project, UB students are committed to using their skills, talents, and resources to make a difference in the world. 

Some of the major organizations that UB students manage: 

Student Government: The Student Government Association (SGA) is the official governing body for undergraduate students at UB. The SGA represents the interests of the student body and advocates for student rights and needs. The SGA also manages funding for student organizations and sponsors various events and initiatives on campus. 

Fraternities and Sororities: UB is home to over 30 fraternities and sororities, which are organizations that provide a sense of community and brotherhood/sisterhood for their members. These organizations also engage in philanthropic activities and provide leadership development opportunities for its members. 

Cultural and Identity-Based Organizations: UB has a vibrant community of cultural and identity-based organizations, including groups for Black, Latinx, Asian, LGBTQ+, and international students. These organizations provide a space for students to connect with others who share similar backgrounds and experiences, and they sponsor events and programs that promote cultural awareness and education. 

Academic Clubs: UB students can join clubs related to their academic interests, such as the Biology Club, Computer Science Club, or Pre-Law Society. These organizations provide opportunities for students to network with peers and faculty, engage in research or other academic pursuits, and develop leadership and professional skills. 

Athletic Clubs: UB students who are interested in sports or fitness can join athletic clubs such as the Running Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, or Quidditch Club. These organizations provide a way for students to stay active and meet others who share their interests. 

Service and Volunteer Organizations: UB students can also get involved in service and volunteer organizations, such as UB H.O.P.E. (Helping Others through Peer Education), which focuses on mental health awareness and suicide prevention, or UB Students for Justice in Palestine, which works to promote social justice and human rights. 

Arts and Performance Groups: UB has a thriving arts community with numerous student-run organizations focused on theater, music, dance, and visual arts. These organizations provide opportunities for students to express their creativity and share their talents with others. 

LGBTQ+ communities: LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Spectrum, Allies, LGBTQ+ Studies Program, Transgender Health Clinic and LGBTQ+ Housing are organizations and resources provide a safe and welcoming space for LGBTQ+ students, and work to raise awareness and promote inclusion and ally-ship on campus. 

These organizations and their activities contribute to the betterment of the community and provide students with valuable leadership and communication skills. UB students are committed to creating a more connected and inclusive community both on and off-campus, and their efforts are making a positive impact on the world around them.

Nandini Mehta, MS in MIS ‘23

Nandini Mehta recently graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Management with a Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems. As of this post, she is working as a Business Development Consultant at Favordrop.

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