ALANA Services supports the initiatives of ethnic clubs at Loyola. ALANA clubs sponsor numerous social events, lectures and off-campus trips that promote cultural awareness, community outreach, leadership and unity among Loyola students.
Here are current ALANA organizations and their goals:
African Student Association
The African Student's Association (ASA) serves to integrate and foster the unity of students from different African cultures, and exists as a support system and resource for any student at Loyola. The organization presents students with prominent issues relating to Africa and encourages them to partake in inclusive events/activities that expose the university to the different cultures of the continent. The ASA also strives to serve the community by collaborating with different organizations.
ASA 2019-2020 Executive Board
President – Camryn Williams
Vice President – Beza Mamo & Ethel Atanga
Secretary – Kyra Atkinson
Treasurer – Mhret Alemu
Public Relations –
Event Coordinator – Hodavia Kalombo & Eniola Sokera
Outreach Coordinator-Temitope Ijiwoye
Association of Latin American & Spanish students (ALAS)
The Association for Latin American and Spanish Student's mission is to foster awareness of Latino culture through educational programming and outreach to the Loyola community. With the infusion of Jesuit values and Latino perspectives, ALAS aims to immerse Loyola students into a community open to cultural awareness and proactive involvement in current issues.
ALAS 2019-2020 Executive Board
Co-Presidents – Genesis Romero
Vice President – Anthony Muentes
Secretary – Haleema Hafeez
Treasurer – Isaiah Diaz
Public Relations – Leslie Mayeregger
Event Coordinator – Mariana Carrillo & Frida Barrerra
ALAS Theme for 2019-20
Our theme for this year is Mi Familia! Our academic and personal success is rooted in hard work, determination, and diligence. However, we should not forget where we were taught those fundamental skills. We must remember those special individuals who supported us in dark times and maintained a strong and unconditional love for us. “Nuestra Familia” or “Our Family” were always there for us, and ALAS wants to celebrate the people who have molded us into the people we are today. The dynamic of a traditional Latin American and Spanish household is rooted in unconditional love and care and it is an aspect of our Identity that should be celebrated at Loyola University Maryland.
Asian Cultural Alliance
The Asian Cultural Alliance strives to connect with the greater Loyola campus based on an interest in the many forms of Asian culture. We strive to deliver valuable experiences based upon Asian traditions and culture, as well as educate and expose varying aspects of Asian life, dismiss stereotypes, explore diversity, and gather those who are interested to learn and discuss current issues and attitudes both related and unrelated to Asia.
ACA 2019-2020 Executive Board
President – Charles Lewin-Smith & Vivian Nguyen
Vice President – Nicole Arro
Secretary – Brian Chan
Treasurer – Poovanut Ben Khamhaeng & Kelley Chan
Event Coordinator - Kayte Rooney & Jada Ito
Public Relations – Reynante "Arby" Alimon
Black Student Association
The purpose of the Black Student Association (BSA) is to provide measures of social and academic relations within the Black community. The mission of the Black Student Association is to promote awareness and celebrate all facets of Black culture through service projects, educational programs, social inclusiveness, and self-explanation while upholding the spirit of the Jesuit ideals.
BSA 2019-2020 Executive Board
President – Matthew Dorsey
Vice President – Amber Davis
Secretary – Gillian Blackwood
Treasurer – Brynn Jones
Event Coordinator – Anaya Adams and Niya Cyrus
Caribbean Students Union
The mission of the Caribbean Student's Union (CSU) is to provide a place for students from the Caribbean and those interested in the Caribbean culture to share in the celebration of diversity in the Loyola community. We aim to accomplish this by sharing experiences, and exploring traditions through effective planning and programming. We seek to introduce the Loyola community to the many wonderful aspects of Caribbean life.
CSU 2019-2020 Executive Board
President – Natalie Rosado
Vice President – Franklin Parks & Kristen Richards
Secretary – Joy Walker
Treasurer – Corey McPherson
Public Relations – Matthew Franco
Events Coordinator – Jovial Njinyi & Kierrah Harris
Middle Eastern South Asian Student Alliance
The Middle Eastern and South Asian Student Alliance (MESA) promotes the awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Middle Eastern and South Asian cultures among Loyola students. Our goal is to foster a sense of community within the student body and increase Middle Eastern and South Asian cultural awareness throughout the Loyola campus, as well as the surrounding Baltimore area. We welcome students of all ethnic backgrounds to participate in our events.
MESA 2019-2020 Executive Board
President – Syed Kazmi & Erica Bagheri
Vice President – Chloe Chin & Jenn Jafari
Secretary – Michelle Boca
Treasurer – Khin Zin
Public Relations – Deanna Bottomley
Events Coordinator – Ahmed Akkad
Native American Student Association (NASA)
The Native American Students Association (NASA) aims to create a supportive space for the unique challenges faced by Native American, American Indian, Hawaiian Pacific Islander and Alaskan Native students at the college level. The goal is to help improve academic success and individual growth among students who identify in these ethnic groups as well as informing the student body of this influential ethnic group. NASA ultimately intends to promote unity, diversity and cooperation among the Loyola University Maryland community while upholding its strong Jesuit tradition and values.