The Brown University South Asian Student's Association (SASA) aims to build a community that is shaped by the varied social, cultural, and political concerns of South Asians on campus and celebrate the diversity of South Asian culture while exploring the facets of a pluralistic identity. Over the course of three decades on campus, SASA has organized hundreds of lectures, community service opportunities, workshops, dances, shows and more!
The Brown Muslim Students' Association (BMSA) seeks to build an open community for Muslim students at Brown where they may worship, practice, question and learn about their faith through open dialogue and discussions with fellow students and faculty members. BMSA offers weekly Friday Jummah prayers, iftar dinners and taraweeh prayers during Ramadan, Eid BBQs and much more. The Muslim Students' Center (BMSC) is located in the basement of Chaplain Hall on the corner of Thayer and Cushing St.
The Pakistan Students Association at Brown (PSAB) is a professional student organization fostering intellectual discourse about Pakistan at Brown through lectures, programs, and partnerships on campus. Their goals include bringing a Pakistani perspective to the University through forums, lectures, cultural events, building contacts with Brown's Pakistani alumni, solidifying relationships with Pakistani student groups at other colleges and universities, and raising awareness about the benefits of a Brown education in Pakistan.
Satya: Brown's Hindu Students Association (HSA) is a faith-based organization, forming a community for students who follow or are interested in the Hindu Dharma, scriptures and way of life. Activities include weekly meetings centered on topics of interest to members; examples of past discourse: women in Hindu tradition, karma, nonviolence, marriage and family. They work in conjunction with other organizations such as the Brown Muslim Student Association, the Chaplains Office, and SASA. HSA functions and weekly meetings are open to all.
Brown Badmaash is a South Asian fusion dance team based at Brown University. Bhangra, hip hop, garba/raas, lyrical, South Asian classical, salsa, Bollywood — you name the dance style, and someone at Badmaash is working on tying it into their next piece.
Brown's Third World Center is designed to serve the interests and meet the needs of all Third World students and to promote racial and ethnic pluralism in the Brown community. Every November, the Third World Center sponsors South Asian Identity Week as part of Asian/Asian American History Month — during South Asian Identity Week, lectures and workshops pertaining to South Asian and South Asian American issues are held around campus.
Hari Vidya Bhavan is a language and culture school located at the Third World Center on the Brown University Campus in Providence, RI. The HARI School is run by a team of dedicated volunteers from the Indian/Indian American community. The school's mission statement is to provide Hindi language instruction and to foster a secular understanding of India's diverse cultural heritage in the New England Indian/Indian American community.
Cheetah House is a non-profit, semi-residential social service organization that aims to support the cultivation of greater awareness and deeper intentionality in engagement with the world. Cheetah House was founded by Dr. Willoughby Britton to serve a central hub to integrate contemplative practice, research, community and social engagement.
The Asian American Alumni Alliance is a chartered organization of the Brown Alumni Association. It exists to encourage and facilitate positive experiences and engagement with the University, to act as a conduit and facilitator to adequately address the needs of the Brown Asian and Asian American community, and to build partnerships with members of the greater Brown community.