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This list was culled from university, social justice and political Web sites. Due to the ever-changing lives of college students, group leadership and membership may come and go. Contact the respective university's student affairs departments for more info. For environmental groups, see "These days, school colors are green"; for LGBT groups, see "Out (or not) and proud."



  • Amnesty International: a worldwide social and political action organization that advocates for human rights, such as the ongoing conflict in Darfur. N.C. State's chapter also deals with local issues, including the death penalty and workers' rights. President: Medha Surampudy, msuramp@ncsu.edu. Advisor: Sophia Kathariou, Sophia_kathariou@ncsu.edu
  • College Democrats: President: Hannah Lea Fornes, hlfornes@ncsu.edu. Advisor: Michael D. Cobb, mike_cobb@ncsu.edu
  • College Libertarians: Cameron Gower, RCGower@ncsu.edu
  • College Republicans: President: Charles McDowell, cfmcdowe@ncsu.edu. Advisor: Andrew Taylor, andrew_taylor@ncsu.edu
  • Students for Concealed Carry: a national grassroots organization seeking to allow students and faculty with state-issued concealed handgun licenses to carry firearms on campus. www.concealedcampus.org




  • College Democrats: Jason Howard, jasoncoryhoward@hotmail.com
  • Young Democrats of America (YDA): The group's political activities focus on issues impacting Democrats under age 36 and on increasing the voter turnout of young Democrats. www.yda.org.


  • Shaw Man & Shaw Woman Society: The group "strives to be a roadmap for character, citizenship and individual development while at Shaw University." www.smsws.org/history.htm



  • ACLU: lm47@duke.edu or szm@duke.edu.
  • Association for India's Development: A volunteer movement committed to promoting sustainable, equitable and just development. In solidarity with nonviolent people's struggles, AID supports grassroots organizations in India and education, livelihoods, natural resources, health, women's empowerment and social justice. aidindia@duke.edu
  • Black Student Alliance: Brandon Roane, DukeBSApresident@gmail.com, www.duke.edu/web/bsa
  • College Libertarians: Michael Munger, political science professor, munger@duke.edu
  • Duke Conservative Union: DCU represents conservative students by advocating good student governance and administration, bringing conservative speakers to educate the student body on political and cultural matters and conducting conservative activist events. dcb19@duke.edu
  • Duke Democrats: bzb2@duke.edu, Benjamin Bergman, ben.bergmann@duke.edu
  • Duke Students Against Sweatshops:fights for labor rights in solidarity with workers on our campus, in our communities, and throughout the world. www.duke.edu/web/usas
  • Duke Environmental Alliance: an undergraduate student group committed to promoting the implementation of sustainable practices at Duke University. www.duke.edu/web/env_alliance
  • Duke International Justice Mission: A Christian-based group, it intervenes on behalf of victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery and oppression. Its interventions are aimed at providing relief to the victims of abuse, holding the perpetrators of abuse accountable for their actions, addressing the structures enabling oppression and finding after-care services for victims. www.dukeijm.org


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  • This list was culled from university, social justice and political Web sites.


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