Student Clubs and Groups

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Afro-Cuban Ensemble

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff.

Focuses on the interconnectedness of African influences in the Americas, Afro-Cuban performs Pan-African-American styles of music from South America and the Caribbean and jazz. Audition: Play or sing a song of your choice -- singers are encouraged, but not required, to sing in Spanish

Contact: John Calloway, Director,

American Institute of Graphic Arts SF State (AIGA SF State)

Information: For students interested in careers in graphic design. Must be a member of AIGA.

Contact: Joshua Singer,

Anthropology Student Association

Information: Open to anthropology majors of all persuasions (socio/cultural, biological, visual, archaeologists and all) as well as non-majors who are interested in learning more about anthropology. A student-run social and networking organization with an eclectic range of interests and activities. Weekly meetings are in Science 273 Mondays at 3:30pm. Questions about the Association can be directed to

Contact: Faculty Advisor - Meredith Reifschneider -

Visit the Anthropology Student Association website

Audio Engineering Society San Francisco State Student Chapter (AES)

Information: Open to any student interested in music recording and audio engineering concepts. Affiliated with the professional chapter of the Audio Engineering Society. Meetings weekly on Wednesdays in the BECA Recording Studio (Studio 43).



Ceramics Guild

Information: Open to all undergraduate and graduate art students with an interest in ceramics. Organizes annual sales event for fundraising for the Ceramics area by selling student work. Monies are used to pay for guest lecturers.

Contact: Advisor - Jeff Downing,

Chamber Music Ensembles

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who play winds/brass/strings.

Chamber music ensembles rehearse, perform and are coached by School of Music Faculty throughout the semester and ensembles receive additional feedback at a weekly master class attended by peers, faculty members, and distinguished guests. Camerata is a professional-level string ensemble, consisting of students, alumni faculty and guests.

Contact: Zak Grafilo, Director,

Chamber Singers

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who sing.

Focussing on challenging classical repertoire for 16-20 singers, Chamber Singers performs on and off campus. Audition info: sign up for an audition time on the choral bulletin board outside of room 146 in the Creative Arts Building. No preparation required audition.\

Contact: Nicholas Nackley, Director,

Cinema Collective

Information: For all students interested in making films or movies in general. Goal is to work together, learn from each other, and maintain a flourishing community of filmmakers around campus dedicated to producing quality films.

Contact: via Facebook

FA: Scott Boswell -

Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA)

Information: The Cinema Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) is comprised of graduate students in the Master of Arts program at the Cinema Department of San Francisco State University. The purpose of the CSGSA is to serve as a resource for aspiring film scholars and filmmakers. We aim to cultivate a supportive and stimulating environment for those who are interested in all aspects of cinema and its related fields. Above all, we are committed to the constructive exchange of ideas and information for we believe this to be a fundamental asset in pursuing both professional and creative goals. Each year, the CSGSA coordinates an international graduate conference dealing with a different film topic.



FA: R. L. Rutsky -

Classics Student Association

Information: Open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, interested in the ancient world.

Contact: David Smith -



College Students in Broadcasting

Information: Open to all students


FA: Chris Clemens -

Comparative Literature Student Association

Open to all students, undergraduate and graduate, interested in comparative literature.

Contact: Dane Johnson -



Information: Composition and Reading Association for Future Teachers

Contact: Robert Edward Talley,

Creative World Ensemble

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff.

Draws from a variety of musical traditions and genres allowing students to create highly original intercultural arrangements and improvisations. Vocal and instrumental areas may include: Africa (kora, mbira, djembe), India (sarod, tabla), China (guzheng), Australia (dijeridoo), Philippines (kulintang), Europe (Celtic violin, Bulgarian women's choir, accordion), the Americas (Lakota vocals), Iran and the Arab World (daf, ney, santur, oud).

Contact: Hafez Modirzadeh, Director,

Delta Kappa Alpha

Information: Delta Kappa Alpha is a co-ed, professional cinema fraternity devoted to giving students the opportunity to make films, develop contacts and gain experience in the world of filmmaking. We provide our members with equipment and organize workshops with professionals, and we are a fun group of welcoming people.



FA: Julian Hoxter -

Gator Army Company

Information: The purpose of the GAC shall be to (1) encourage interaction of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and professionals in the field of Military Science on a professional and social level; (2) provide opportunities for all students to further their understanding of military officership; (3) offer members a supportive, intellectually stimulating, and friendly venue to expand their interests in Army service; and (4) further the knowledge of Army officer development within the university community and in the community at large. Graduates and undergraduates welcome.

Contact: Ben Yang -

Go Greek

Information: Open to all students on the SF State campus who are interested in exploring contemporary Greek culture, e.g. Greek food, literature, music. Monthly meetings will be held.

Contact: Martha Klironomos,

Graduate Literature Association (GLA)

Information: The Graduate Literature Association (GLA) is the MA in Literature's student organization. All students pursuing an MA in English Literature at SFSU are automatically members. The GLA organizes a variety of social activities, academic and career workshops, and scholarly conferences. It also oversees a student listserve, advocates on the behalf of students, and publishes Interpretations, a student-edited academic journal.

Contact: via GLA website

Sarita Cannon -

History Students Association

Information: The History Students Association, in its current incarnation, was created in 2005 in order to facilitate communication between history students and the faculty, enhance the history learning experience, further the goals of history students, and for social interaction and entertainment among history students.

In addition to regular meetings, HSA holds many events, like movie nights, throughout the year. All students with an interest in histor, not just history majors, are encouraged to join us.


International Relations Student Association (IRSA)

Information: As the organization for International Realtions majors, the International Relations Student Association at SFSU is dedicated to making educational resources more readily available to students and increasing coordination between students and faculty. We strive to increase student knowledge of international events which carry significant political, cultural and social relevance in our world. The group organizes diplomat nights every semester and the annual graduation banquet.


FA: Scot Siegel -

Japanese Student Association (JSA)

Information: Dedicated to supporting and providing services for the Japanese Students and Students who are interested in Japan, Japanese language and culture at SFSU.


FA: Koichiro Aoshima -

Jazz Combos

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff.

Small jazz combos play and study the music and concepts of modern jazz masters.Jazz combos rehearse, perform and are coached by the School of Music faculty throughout the semester.

Contact: Andrew Speight, Director,

Liberal Studies Student Organization

Information: Open to all Liberal Students students, faculty, staff, and sympathizers.


Nick Sousanis -


Information: Linguistics Graduate Student Association


MATESOL Student Association

Information: Open to all matriculated MA TESOL students. The primary goals of the organization are to organize social events, support community-building and professional networking, and organize TESOL Talks (a series of lectures and workshops on hot topics in TESOL).


FA: David Olsher -

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Model United Nations Club (MUN club)

Information: Open to all students interested in the United Nations. In the fall semester helps to prepare students to attend two conferences in the spring: National Model United Nations in New York and Model United Nations of the Far West in Burlingame. In the spring semester works closely with Model United Nations class, IR 432.

Contact: Dr. JoAnn Aviel, or Club president - Ernesto Martinez,

Moot Court

Moot Court prepares students for the rigors of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court. Moot Court is an outstanding opportunity for students to experience the practice of Constitutional Law first hand and serves as an important pillar of pre-law education.

Moot Court is an academic competition in which students engage in legal/appellate advocacy before a fictional United States Supreme Court. Each team consists of two SF State students who argue one constitutional issue apiece based upon a fictional case problem. Team members prepare “argument outlines” to sereve as assistive aids during the competition, which include detailed legal analysis of the applicable controlling law on constitutional issues. During competitions, students present oral argument to a panel of judges who evaluate their performance, both on legal substance and oratorical skill.

Contact: Dr. Nicholas Conway – Coach and Faculty Advisor,

Web: https://politicalscience.sfsu/moot-court

Museum Studies Student Association

An interdisciplinary student-led organization open to all interested in museums. Supports activities in the Museum Studies Program and the Global Museum; hosts museum professional development events; supports professional networking with Museum Studies alumni; provides student support among graduate majors and undergraduate minors. Find us on Instagram (@SFSUMuseumStudies), Facebook (@Museum Studies Student Association at SFSU), and Twitter (@SFStateMuseum).



FA: Christine Fogarty –

Opera Workshop

Presenting opera scenes, as well fully-staged productions with sets, costumes and orchestra. Recent full productions include Die Fledermaus, La Calisto, Alcina, Beatrice and Benedict and scenes programs of music including Mozart, Britten, Monteverdi, Cherubini and Handel.

Contact: Christine Brandes, Director,


Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who play winds/brass/percussion/strings.

Large classical instrumental ensemble. Open to all. Members demonstrate an outstanding level of musicianship and commitment. Repertoire includes selections of standard repertoire, as well as new music from student composers, readings for orchestration projects and annual Concerto Competition Concert. Students should prepare 5 minutes of music on their chosen instrument for audition.

Contact: Cyrus Ginwala, Director, School of Muisc,

Phi Alpha Theta—Phi Kappa chapter

Information: A national History Honor Society with a branch at S.F.S.U. For membership qualifications and applications, visit the club's website.


Philosophy Club

Information: The purpose is to enrich the study of philosophy. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. Organizes various events, including a regular program in which students present their research work in progress to an audience of their peers. Another event is the annual "meet the professors" in which the club invites faculty members to be on a panel to discuss their current research projects.


Faculty Advisor: Justin Tiwald,

Philosophy Mentoring Program

Information: Graduate students become mentors to undergraduate majors in philosophy.

Players Club

Information: Theatre majors and minors are automatically members, but all SF State students are welcome, get involved in all aspects of the theatre including shows.


Faculty Advisor: Laura Wayth -

Poetry Center

Information: The Poetry Center at San Francisco State University has presented over one-hundred continuous seasons of outstanding contemporary poets and writers reading from their works. With its companion project, The American Poetry Archives, the Center has amassed over 4,000 hours of original recordings of poets and writers reading from their works. Member is open to anyone.


Print Guild

Information: Open to all undergraduate and graduate art students with an interest in printmaking. Organizes annual sales event for fundraising for the Printmaking area by selling student work. Offers informal workshops on printmaking techniques throughout the academic year. Curates and installs shows in the Artery, a small exhibition space in the foyer of the Fine Arts Building.

Contact: Advisors - Susan Belau, or Mario Laplante,

PSGSA (Political Science Graduate Students Association)

Information: Deals with issues pertaining to graduate students in political science. Deals with social events, plans conferences, works on various issues related to curriculum, faculty etc.

Contact: Nicole Watts,

PSSA (Political Science Students Association

Information: Deals with issues pertaining to undergraduate political science issues. Plans and runs graduation ceremony, holds social events, liaisons with faculty etc.


Faculty Advisor: Francis Neely -

Speech and Debate Team

Information: SF State’s award-winning speech and debate program is open to all students interested in competitive speaking activities. We offer training for seasoned veterans and novice competitors in platform speaking, policy debate, and interpretive events.

Contact: Teddy Albiniak -

Visit the Speech and Debate Team website

Textiles Guild

Information: Open to all undergraduate and graduate art students with an interest in Textiles. Organizes annual sales event to raise funds by selling student work. Monies are used to pay for guest lecturers, and provide material support for textiles courses.

Contact: Advisor - Vic De La Rosa,

Treble Singers

Welcomes treble-voice singers of all genders and experience levels who love to sing. Performs a wide variety of music each semester, from spirituals and protest songs to art music and choral masterworks for high voices. Performs on- and off-campus. Entrance is by a simple, friendly audition at the beginning of each semester.

Contact: Reuben Zellman, Director,

University Chorus

The largest performance ensemble at SF State, the University Chorus is an auditioned ensemble open to all. Audition sign up on bulletin board outside of room 146 in Creative Arts Building during the first week of classes. No preparation necessary for audition. You will be asked to sing vocal exercises and may be asked to sight-read a melody.

Contact: David Xiques, Director,

Velvet Revolution (VelRo)

Information: Stages grad/undergrad/open readings weekly.


Vocal Jazz

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who sing.

Opportunities to explore jazz music and perform with a group and as a soloist are highlighted. Students participate in active listening, analysis and group/individual rehearsal of assigned material. Special attention to historically significant jazz recordings, films, video documentaries may be included.

Contact: Renee Lubin, Director,

Wind Ensemble

Information: By audition. Open to all students, faculty/staff who play woodwind/brass, percussion or string bass.

Large classical instrumental ensemble.Open to all. Members demonstrate an outstanding level of musicianship and commitment. Repertoire includes selections of standard repertoire, as well as new music and commissions. Students should prepare 5 minutes of music on their chosen instrument for audition.

Contact: Brad Hogarth, 


ARC staff can be reached at, (415) 338-1486,
or visit us at HUM 112 Monday–Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.