Student Organizations With Diverse Missions
Washington and Lee is proud to have so many organizations on campus that support, celebrate and bring awareness to diversity in our community and beyond. These organizations are made up of students passionate about current issues, heritage, culture and individuality.
Multicultural Student Organizations
- African Society: The African Society gathers to support the voices and perspectives of African students on campus and serves as a catalyst for discussion about African affairs.
Contact: Temi Adeyanju
- Amnesty International: Amnesty International is a global organization composed of people who are dedicated to promoting human rights and fighting injustices that occur all around the world every day. Amnesty International brings issues to the W&L campus that break students out of the "W&L Bubble" by educating students on their moral obligation to fight the violent atrocities that occur across the globe.
Contact: Sawera Khan
- Brazilian Club: The Brazilian Club works to promote the Portuguese language and Brazilian/Lusophone culture.
- LIFT (Low-Income, First-Generation Team): LIFT is dedicated to creating a supportive community for First Gen and/or Low-Income (FGLI) students. We will advocate for FGLI issues on campus as well as organize resources, events, and meetup groups.
Contact: Jhade Jordan
- Francophone Student Organization: The Francophone Student Organization strives to enhance curiosity and increase understanding of the French language, France, and other French-speaking countries.
Contact: Kassi Hall
- German Club: The German Club gathers to promote the German language and culture through fun events such as films, food, and Foosball
- Latino Student Organization: The Latino Student Organization provides a community for Latino students and those interested in Latino cultures to gather and discuss topics and increase awareness of the many Latino cultures and experiences.
Contact: Edwin Castellanos, Maya Lora, Javier Peralta, Maya Lora
- Multicultural Student Association: The Multicultural Student Association promotes and encourages diversity through social, recreational, and educational programming that is designed to bridge the gap between diverse groups on campus and foster success and happiness.
Contact: Allie Lefkowitz
- Pan-Asian Association for Cultural Exchange (PAACE): PAACE provides an environment where students can come together in community to appreciate the different Asian cultures of the world.
Contact: Paolo Dionisio, Andrea Levan, Tiffany Ko, Kristen Xu
- Quest Scholars Club: The Quest Scholars Club provides mentoring and guidance to incoming Quest Scholars through a support program of upperclassmen and works to inform high school students in the area about access to higher education for students of all backgrounds through the National QuestBridge Organization.
- Student Association for Black Unity (SABU): SABU seeks to create and maintain Black/African American/Caribbean American consciousness, awareness and identity. Additionally, SABU works to ensure W&L provides an environment that is inclusive of Blacks/African Americans/Caribbean Americans and that Blacks/African Americans/Caribbean Americans are fully and accurately represented on campus.
Contact: Vincent Buckman, Sasha Edwards, Garrett Clinton, Jhade Jordan, Celine Okome
- Student Association for International Learning (SAIL): SAIL brings the world to campus by gathering to discuss international issues and promoting exchange between the diverse cultures represented at W&L.
Contact: Midha Ahmad, Prakriti Panthi
- English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): ESOL is a W&L community-based organization that works to facilitate communication in the Lexington/Rockbridge area. We provide in/after-school tutoring, family tutoring, and a community-based English class, along with translation and interpretation services. In addition, we carry out significant community programming in and with the local Latina/o/x community.
Contacts: Professor Ellen Mayock and Professor Jayne Reino
Religious Student Organizations
- Baptist Campus Ministries
- Canterbury Club
- Catholic Campus Ministry
- Good Shepherd Lutheran College Group
- Interfaith Council
- InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
- Reformed University Fellowship
- Young Life
LGBTQ Student Organizations
- Queer Liberation Alliance: Queer Liberation Alliance works to promote equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all members of the Washington and Lee University community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Contact: Chase Isbell
- Finding Our Truth: A weekly confidential support group held off-campus for those questioning or exploring their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Group is held at 4:00 p.m. on Fridays and is for undergraduates and graduate students alike who are searching for a confidential safe space to gain support and insight from peers seeking their own truths.
Contact: Dr. Kirk Luder
- LGBTQ Peer Counselors: Trained, friendly peer counselors who all identify as members of the LGBTQ community. They are willing to share their experiences on campus and invite you to contact them any time with questions, concerns, or if you just want an ear to bend.
Contact: Rallie Snowden
Multicultural Greek Organizations
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.: The mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, promote unity and friendship among college women, maintain a progressive interest in college life, solve and alleviate problems as they pertain to women and girls, and to be of service to all mankind.
- Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity: The objective of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. is to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the causes of humanity, freedom and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic and intellectual status.
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.: The purpose of Delta Sigma Theta is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's five point thrust: economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.
- Phi BetaSigma Fraternity: The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity's most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which the Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved. In order to accomplish the Fraternity's objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity" and promote brotherhood, scholarship and service.
- Pan-Hellenic Council: Washington and Lee's Pan-Hellenic Council promotes unity amongst the four HBGLOs on our campus. The NPHC encourages good scholarship, participation in fellowship, support for character development, and continued service within the community. Through campus and community partnerships the NPHC and the individual HBGLOs seekto provide awareness and offer educational opportunities that lead to a positive collegiate experience.
- Generals' Gentlemen's League: The Gentlemen's League provides a context in which men can form interpersonal relationships with peers, new students, and alumni. In a school where the social atmosphere is highly influenced by Greek organizations, the Gentlemen's League works to create bonds between males, regardless of their membership to other social organizations.
- Ladies Club: The Ladies' Club at Washington and Lee University is committed to educating, inspiring, encouraging and empowering young women to reach their full potential as individuals and as leaders. Through purposeful and intentional programs and activities, the Ladies' Club seeks to foster the personal, academic, social, spiritual, intellectual and professional development of women.