USGA-Supported Groups

Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA)

Yuezhu Liu

Yuezhu is a second-year law student and currently serves as vice president of CSSA. Yuezhu was a journalism and law double major in China. She became a Chinese attorney in 2013 and earned her law master degree from University of Maryland in 2014. Yuezhu has a strong interest in public health law, particularly the impact of the natural environment on people’s health. 


Global Medical Brigades (GMB)


Ching Chen

Pronouns: she/her

Ching is a Third-Year PharmD student in the School of Pharmacy. She graduated from the University of Maryland College Park, where she studied General Biology. She loves trying new foods, and enjoys volleyball and photography.


Eric Sohn

Eric is currently a third-year pharmacy student, Class of 2019. He attended UMBC during his undergrad years, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Biology. Eric has a passion for traveling and helping others, which is why he has been dedicated to Global Medical Brigades for the past four years, first discovering the organization at UMBC.

Indian Association (IA)

Ankit Dwivedi (Primary)

Ankit is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Genome Sciences at the School of Medicine. He is from Delhi, India, and received his PhD in Health Biology from Montpellier, France, in 2016. His academic background is in applied mathematics and biology, with experience in mathematical modeling, bioinformatics, and parasitology. His research mainly focuses on Plasmodium Falciparum Parasite populations, anti-malarial drug resistance, and malaria vaccine. He is a travel enthusiast and likes to learn about new cultures.

Deeksha Sridhar

Deeksha is currently pursuing her master's degree in Forensic Medicine at the Graduate School. Originally from Bangalore, India, she received a bachelor's degree in Forensic Science from Jain University, Bangalore. She loves reading books, and dancing has been her passion since she was 6 years old.

International Students Organization (ISO)

Ravina Pandita

Ravina is pursuing her master's degree in Cell and Molecular Biomedical Sciences. She is from Jammu and Kashmir, India, and received her bachelor's degree in Biotechnology. Currently, she works in a lab that focuses on developing targeted therapeutics for primary and metastatic brain cancer and selected non-CNS cancers. She loves traveling, dancing, and exploring different types of food.

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.

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.