Along with the heat, this summer has sparked debate between the June filibuster against abortion restrictions, same-sex marriage rulings and the George Zimmerman ruling. As a result we’ve made summer memories by crowding the capitol, Facebook ranting and blogging our opinions. Just because summer’s ending doesn’t mean social issues do, too. If you’re college-bound, these groups will definitely give you your sea legs into the theory and practice of politics, debate and activism within the San Antonio community.
Foundation for the International Medical Relief of Children
Through health-related service projects, volunteers raise money for pediatric clinics and raise awareness about healthcare inequality worldwide.
Pi Sigma Alpha
This group promotes dialogue on campus and in the community relating to politics and international affairs (also at Incarnate Word).
Sexual Diversity Alliance
Raise awareness about issues faced by the LGBT community.
Students for the Advancement of Gender Equality
Raise awareness of gender issues and sexuality on campus.
St. Mary’s University
Immigration and Human Rights Clinic Course
Students are given the opportunity to study immigration law and case work through interviewing clients, developing case strategies, creating briefs and representing them before federal courts, immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals or the Department of Homeland Security.
University of Texas at San Antonio
The American Civil Liberties Union Student Chapter
ACLU promotes civil liberties and encourages students to speak up for the powerless and fight to maintain existing civil liberties.
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered, and Questioning (GLBTQ)
A safe space on campus for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, queer people, allies and those questioning their sexuality or gender.
Students United for Socioeconomic Justice
Originating from the Occupy movement, this group focuses on student debt, rising tuition and the problems associated with them. The group also educates students about the factual information surrounding the Occupy movement and other social inequalities.
Our Lady of The Lake University
The Alliance encourages unity throughout the campus between LGBT students, straight students, faculty and staff by embracing diversity.
Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO)
This group celebrates bilingual/bicultural education and promotes its philosophy on campus.
Political Science Student Association (PSSA)
Members participate in social and educational activities relevant to politics.
University of the Incarnate Word
Children Are Reason Enough
C.A.R.E.’s passion is the wellbeing of San Antonio’s children. The group’s events include school visits and festivals for under-privileged children.
San Antonio College
Gay Ally & Lesbian Association (GALA)
GALA aims to educate and advocate LGBT rights and lifestyle.
San Antonio Immigration Youth Movement (SAIYM)
An official organization that promotes the Dream Act. (Also at Northeast Lakeview.)
Palo Alto College
Palomino Alliance Coalition of PAC
The Palomino Alliance Coalition provides a safe environment for all members of the Palo Alto community and promotes discussion of local and national issues, treatment of individuals and culture sensitivity.
Northwest Vista College
This group helps students participate in political issues at all levels of government.
St. Philip’s College
African American Men on the Move
This club, sponsored by St. Philip’s, addresses the declining enrollment of African American men in college via lectures, workshops and social events.
Northeast Lakeview College
Help Own Male Education (H.O.M.E.)
Members examine issues men may face in education, society and the workforce.
Politics in Action
This group aims to increase students’ political awareness and participation.
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