International Studies & Programs

Student Organizations

There are a number of Africa-related organization on campus, whose overall mission is to promote Africa in different ways. Some of the groups focus on advocacy while others are dedicated to educating themselves and the larger MSU community about the African continent and sharpening their leadership skills to better serve Africa tomorrow. As a unit that represents Africa at MSU, the African Studies Center strives to offer the necessary support that student organizations require to accomplish their desired goals.


Student Advocacy Groups


kongamano.jpgKongamano is an umbrella student group that works closely with the African Studies Center at MSU. The group seeks to foster collaboration among student organizations related to or working in Africa and to also create a space for dialogue and networking among students, staff, faculty, and members of the Greater Lansing community who have interest and experience in Africa.

With the realization that too often popular culture and political rhetoric reflect a misunderstanding of the complexity and depth of the people and cultures within Africa, Kongamano has made a constant effort, through their events and projects, to promote knowledge about Africa and to expose the rich and vibrant aspects of life in Africa that have been perpetually silenced.


Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience


The goals of the Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience Program (mrule-ICA) are as follow:

Support students' transition to MSU and their engagement with campus services, resources, personnel, and peers.
Foster an inclusive campus climate that supports students' identity development, sense of belonging, and community building.
Cultivate students' abilities to engage with intercultural issues and cross cultural boundaries.
Support students' retention and persistence at MSU.
Build students' capacity to live and learn in a diverse, global society.
Enhance students' ability to view themselves as part of an interconnected global community.
Promote the value of lifelong, holistic learning.


one msu.jpgONE MSU is the campus chapter of the national, a campaign to end extreme poverty in Africa and other countries around the globe. According to the United Nations, every three seconds one child dies from AIDS, Tuberculosis and other preventable diseases. We want to change that.

As a student organization, we are dedicated to raising awareness about international poverty on campus and calling upon our state and federal government to address international poverty issues.

Additionally, ONE MSU competes against other universities from across the nation in the "ONE Campus Challenge." OCC, as it is called, is a contest in which each university attempts to have the most active and educated campus when it comes poverty issues. Schools complete certain actions that award their schools points. These points then increase their rank nationally. To see the current national standings, click here. Prizes include a free high profile concert, trips to Africa and much more! Be sure to check out the "Make An Impact" page for how you can help!

Spartan Global Fund

sgdf.pngSpartan Global Development Fund is a student-run initiative at Michigan State University. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Spartan Global consists of students, professors, and alumni. Members work to expand awareness and support for microfinance while building lasting partnerships in the quest for permanent solutions to global poverty. We aim to educate, inspire, and enable tomorrow's agents of global change by raising funds locally in order to offer microloans to aspiring entrepreneurs throughout the developing world.

Spartans for Nyaka Aids and Orphans Project

spartans for naoka.pngSpartans for Nyaka Aids and Orphans Project is a student organization at Michigan State University founded in September 2012. We are an affiliate of the Nyaka Aids Orphans Project.

The organization's mission is to increase the exposure of Nyaka Aids Orphans Project amongst Michigan State students and the greater East Lansing area.

The ultimate goal is to generate revenue and textiles to help support the children of the NAOP organization in order to enhance the quality of education for the children of Uganda.


International Student Organizations

African Graduate Student Association


More information can be found here: agsa(at)

African Student Leadership Association

asla.pngThe mission of the African Student Leadership Association is: As Africans in the United States of America studying in Michigan principally at Michigan State University, we realize for a concerted to address the future of Africa. Thus this association aims to support the achievement of that need, which is to boost the, political leadership among today young student generation. The ASLA aims to defend and maintain African heritage by conducting campaigns and different awareness programs and initiatives toward entrepreneurship in African, economics and development, politics and environmental issues.

Our Vision:
The ASLA at MSU points, as a vision is to think and to propose solutions about global economics policies, social and security issues with regards the African continent. Another point is to promote more teaching about the importance of the African Union for African prosperity and economic independence. As Africans we are also conscious and confident of today student, who will have a responsibility to take over whatever are doing today by our leaders and to make sure to build a strong interstate-relation in Africa, and even with the globe.

Our Objectives:
ASLA at MSU holds weekly meeting, which shall focus on the Africa news of the days, week, or the month it will platform special page for each African country at every meeting. In addition, ASLA shall organize seminars and workshops with intern or external relations to promote Africa and African's interest in the world.

Economics and Development

African Student Union

The African Students Union is an innovative student organization at Michigan State University born out in a grand mission of preparing future leaders that will serve the African continent and help relieve it from the socio-political and economic crises that ravaged its member states for a period of more than 300 years.

Council of Graduate Students

COGSportrait.jpgThe Council of Graduate Students is an authorized student government on campus representing our graduate/professional students at various levels across Michigan State University. Our mission is to improve and advance graduate education in order to ensure the vitality of intellectual discovery.

COGS accomplishes its mission through advocacy, innovative research, and the development and dissemination of best practices.

Supporting education is critical to achieving the highly skilled workforce needed for the U.S. to compete effectively in the 21st century global economy.


Muslim Students Association

Its purpose is to bring Muslim students together on campus, and it tries to educate both Muslims and non-Muslims about Islam. The MSA at MSU is more than just a group of people in an organization. It's a family of brothers and sisters in Islam. It strives to bring people together for the sake of God.

More information can be found here: msaofmsu(at)


Somali Association of Michigan

SAMLOGO2.jpgThe Somali Association of Michigan (SAM) is a student-led volunteer organization dedicated to helping all Somali students and families in the greater Lansing and East Lansing area through free basic social service including youth and educational programs to improve the social conditions for the Somali people. We are not a typical student organization that limit to themselves to only students, rather we are determined to make a comprehensive difference in our communities.

Our goal is to become a grassroots social and educational organization. We are registered as a non-profit organization with the State of Michigan, and with Michigan State University as a registered student organization (RSO). SAM is taking the initiative to unite and develop an atmosphere and environment in which cultural inclusiveness is maintained. One of our goals is to create intellectually informed context about Somalia, its culture and its people in the university level and its surroundings.

The organization s mission is to provide free social services including educational programs, documentation services, youth programs, and interpretation/translation services for the Somali students and its community. In addition, we want to improve the relationship between the Somali community and the wider society by addressing the cultural gap facing Somali youth and their families. Through our programs, we seek to facilitate greater community awareness of the Somali people, and hope to improve the conditions of the Somali youth, parents, and other community members in order to participate fully in the society.