USGA Affiliated Groups

Affiliated Group Senators

The 2019-2020 USGA Affiliated Group Senators are listed by group below.

Indian Association (IA)

Aditya Jhajharia (Primary Senator)

Muslim Students and Scholars Association (MSSA)

Amal Afzal (Primary Senator)

Sarah Arafat

Sarah Arafat is currently a second-year student at the University of Maryland- Baltimore School of Dentistry. She serves as Curriculum Chair for the dental class of 2022. She also serves as Vice President, and alternate USGA senator when needed, for the Muslim Students and Scholars Association. Sarah has lived in Baltimore since childhood and enjoys being responsibly spontaneous


Project Jump Start (PJS)

Matt Wilfred (Primary Senator)

Quang Bui (Alternate Senator)


UMB: Health Aliance

Katherine Couch (Primary Senator)



About the Groups

Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is a nonprofit and nonpolitical organization composed of a voluntary executive committee. The UMB CSSA is an official organization at the University of Maryland, Baltimore to represent the voices of the Chinese community within the University. We are actively participating in activities on campus as well as in major events in Baltimore.

Global Medical Brigades (GMB)

Global Medical Brigades is a campuswide student organization that hosts medical mission trips to South America. This is a great organization for any students interested in global health and international volunteer opportunities.

Indian Association (IA)

The Indian Association strives to establish, promote, and maintain awareness of the cultures within the Indian Subcontinent and to facilitate the integration of students from the Indian Subcontinent into the UMB community.

International Students Organization (ISO)

The ISO is the parent organizations of most of the cultural organizations on campus, and it works to coordinate efforts among the various organizations. The ISO seeks to establish a platform for international students and non-international students to interact and engage in social activities where its members can share their unique backgrounds and culture. It is the ISO's goal to ensure that all cultures are represented on the UMB campus. 

Muslim Students and Scholars Association (MSSA)

The MSSA is dedicated to fostering fellowship among UMB students through the planning, development, and implementation of programmatic initiatives. It is an umbrella organization that is open to all students at UMB and serves to provide support for its members. It provides spiritual and social support for its members as well as educational opportunities for members and the UMB campus as a whole to enrich the intellectual atmosphere present on campus. MSSA services and programs serve to fill a need created by students, specifically Muslim students, living away from an organized Muslim community and its social structure.

Project Jump Start (PJS)

Project Jump Start is a campuswide student group that serves the Baltimore homeless community by providing meals and advocacy on homeless issues. Students have the opportunity to volunteer to pack meals and venture into the community to serve our clients. PJS meets every Tuesday and Friday at 5:30 p.m. at the SMC Campus Center (621 W. Lombard St.) to prepare meals.

UMB Health Aliance

UMB: Health Alliance will the reduce the gaps presented in healthcare access, healthcare services, social resources, and legal aid in the underserved greater West Baltimore community. This student-run free education resource center will connect our community members with invaluable resources while providing a unique opportunity for IPE to professional students. UMB: Health Alliance will connect student from Medicine, Law, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Social Work in order to strengthen our clinical knowledge and improve the West Baltimore community. 

United Students of African Decent (USAD)

Since its inception, USAD has been vocal in in addressing the concerns of students of African descent. The organization interacts with the UMB and Baltimore communities to achieve its mission of providing educational, cultural, and social programs for attendees.