Student Groups

Bloco da BrownThe mission of Bloco da Brown is to bring the authentic Afro-Brazilian percussion tradition of blocos afro and parade samba to the Brown University and wider Providence community. Contact: Carlo Ladd,

Brown CapoeiraCapoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art form which combines elements of dance, music, and fighting, into a fluid, complementary, and strategic athletic display. Come check us out and learn about the art of capoeira! Classes: Tuesdays, 8-9PM, Faunce Arch Multipurpose Room; Wednesdays, 6-8PM, TF Green Hall 205. Contact: Dennis Donovan,  

Dominican Students at Brown: Dominican Students@Brown was formed in May 2011 and is fully dedicated to promoting the values, culture and history of the Dominican nation and its people. We are currently organizing and looking to establish connections with the community and the Dominican Republic. Our main project will be Yspaniola which consists of educating those involved about the Dominican Republic and culminates with a 9 day trip to the Bateys communities. We currently meet in Sayles 205 every Thursday from 8:00-9:00 pm. Contact: Jasmine Perez, 

La Alianza Latina: We are dedicated to creating a strong and active Latino community on campus, strengthening recruitment initiatives for prospective Latino students as well as addressing issues affecting Latinos on and off campus through advocacy and community outreach. Contact: Roxana Sanchez,

Latin American and Caribbean Studies DUGDepartment Undergraduate Group for the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department at Brown. Contact: Katherine Grusky, and Madeline Pesec,

Latin American Students OrganizationBrown Latin American Student Organization (LASO) is a student organization open to Latino-identifying undergraduate students and to those who desire to learn more about Latino community and culture. We strive to cultivate a sense of identity, community, and unity through campus outreach, greater-community involvement, and numerous other activities. We hope to foster understanding by sharing the culture and experience of people of Latin American descent at Brown and beyond. Contact: Brenda Jaramillo Zambrano,

Latino Heritage Series: The Latino Heritage Series (LHS) is a product of the merging of Latino History Month, Semana Chicana, and Puerto Rican Identity Week. In this series, students are encouraged to program not only within these cultural constraints, but to encompass all areas of the Latin@ identity. Contact: Lehidy Frias,

Latino Medical Student AssociationThe Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national organization founded to represent, support, educate, and unify US Latino medical students. The Alpert Medical School chapter strives to work toward these objectives in an inclusive environment and encourages students from all backgrounds to join. More specifically, LMSA aims to fulfill its mission through involvement in community service.  They aim to improve the health of underserved communities by creating a communication network for medical students, physicians and leaders in our community serving underserved populations, supporting the efforts of other organizations committed to the improvement of healthcare access and quality of care, establishing a support network that will help foster a sense of community among members, and fostering the development of future Latino leaders in medicine. Contact: Isaac Lopez,

Machado, La Casa Hispánica: Machado is a community made up of sophomores through seniors with an interest in Spanish language and Hispanic culture. Members are encouraged to speak Spanish with each other. Hispanic House residents participate in and help organize activities such as study breaks, Sabores, Tertulias, ciclos de cine (themed movie screenings), community service projects, and our notorious dance parties. We encourage members of the Brown community to come to our events to meet new people and practice their Spanish with us (regardless of proficiency)! Contact

Mariachi de Brown: Mariachi de Brown is Brown University's official mariachi band and Rhode Island's only mariachi group, since 2005. We're composed of undergrads and graduate students of many backgrounds united by a love of mariachi music and Mexican culture. Contact:

MedLife, Brown University ChapterMEDLIFE is a national nonprofit that aims to provide healthcare to low-income areas in Central and South America. Members help fundraise and volunteer on service trips to Panama, Peru, or Ecuador. Come to a General Body meeting to learn more. We meet every other Sunday at 7pm in Wilson 101. Contact:

Mezcla: This performance group calls itself MEZCLA, a mixture, because, through their dance, music, theatre, art and poetry, they strive to explore and convey the diversity and richness of Latino culture to the Brown Community. Contact: Hector Peralta,

El Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan: Also known as M.E.Ch.A., this orgnization is an advocacy and support group for all Chicano students at Brown. Together, we explore both the political and cultural paradigms that define and influence Chicanos across the nation and at Brown. M.E.Ch.A. leads discussions that revolve around various issues that not only affect Chicanos but other Latinos nationally as well as at Brown. Our efforts transcend discussion, but also seek to function as a political, social, cultural and educational group. Our affiliations are not only regional, but we also belong to the nation wide networks of M.E.Ch.A. Contact: Gisela Guerrero,

Sabrosura: Brown Latin BandSabrosura aims to give all musicians of Brown University greater exposure to traditional salsa music and Latin jazz. Rehearsal for the group are once a week and performances will be arranged throughout the academic year. Contact: Thomas Rosenstein,

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science: The Brown University SACNAS chapter was established in 2012 with a mission to foster success in science for all people at all levels of their career. We are actively engaged in helping college students strive for advanced degrees in science so they can enjoy careers in science and become future scientific leaders. Contact: Rafael Gonzalez Cruz,

Salsa ClubSalsa Club exists to provide salsa dance instruction for the Brown community and to build the Latin dance scene on campus. The club has a performance team, organizes weekly classes for both beginner and intermediate students; and also arranges nights-out. Contact: Eddy Ones,

SOMOS Latino Literary Magazine: SOMOS Latino Literary Magazine strives to create solidarity between communities that share the Latinx experience. We aim to bring visibility to Latinx Brown students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Providence community members by providing a platform for their voices. While SOMOS is a space for Latinx artistic expression, we also encourage inclusive dialogue about Latinx history and culture. An issue of the magazine is distributed every semester with collaborated pieces of Brown students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the Latino community in Providence. Contact: Lilian Dominguez,

Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA)The Students of Caribbean Ancestry at Brown University is an interest group designed to educate and encourage fellowship among students of Caribbean heritage and those interested in the Caribbean through discussion groups, forums, social gatherings, and other activities pertinent to Caribbean life. By promoting and enriching awareness of the Caribbean islands, SoCA aims to broaden the horizons not just of the Brown community, but of the ever-growing Caribbean. We are committed to fostering better attitudes and more open dialogues about West Indian issues and relations. SoCA holds annual events – such as our acclaimed Ebony Soiree, community activities, and weekly meetings. Much like the Caribbean, everyone is welcome – SOCA is inclusive of all ethnic and lingual groups and aims to promote fellowship across all lingual, racial, ethnic boundaries. Contact: Devika Seeraj,