The following is a list of UNC Middle East and Islamic Studies-related student organizations (in alphabetical order).
Christians United for Israel at UNC-CH is an organization that believes in the State of Israel and look to create and change the conversation about Israel at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Islamicate Graduate Student Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was founded for the purpose of providing an interdisciplinary forum for graduate students focusing on issues connected to “the social and cultural complex historically associated with Islam and Muslims,” as well as the areas where the presence of Muslims is new and/or marginalized (Marshall Hodgson, Venture of Islam, v. 1, p. 59).
J Street UNC is a student activist organization and home for UNC’s progressive community interested in peace for Israel and the future state of Palestine. J Street UNC is driven toward education, dialogue, and activism for a two-state solution for the conflict and strong ties between the U.S. and the Middle East.
The Middle Eastern Law Student Association (MELSA) is committed to promoting awareness of cultural and political Middle Eastern issues by educating the legal community, creating a professional environment that promotes tolerance and academic excellence for Middle Eastern law students, and enthusiastically supporting the civil rights of all individuals. MELSA is open to everyone who self-identifies as having Middle Eastern origins, those with ties to the region, and those interested in the culture.
The mission of North Carolina Hillel is to enrich the lives of North Carolina’s Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world. NC Hillel seeks to provide students with meaningful Jewish experiences and foster within them an enduring connection to Jewish life.
Contact: (919) 942-4057
One Voice on Campus UNC works to raise up future leaders and citizens from among the students, faculty, and community members of Chapel Hill for a lifetime of responsible engagement with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, to create spaces of mutual trust, and to foster hope in a negotiated, permanent, and just solution to the conflict. We aim to bridge between those already established in activism and those new to the issue, embodying a third-way approach to peacemaking that acknowledges nuance, injustice, and the possibility for peace.
Turkish Student Association is an organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students with connections to or interest in learning more about Turkey, and Turkish language and culture. TSA promotes cross-cultural exchange through cultural and educational events open to students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Established to promote the learning of Arabic culture and language, the Arabic Club at UNC participates in different events which involve henna, calligraphy, celebrating holidays, enjoying traditional meals, and Arabic music, dance, and movies. Arabic Club welcomes everyone, including those who don’t speak Arabic.
The UNC Muslim Students Association (MSA) is a religious, social and outreach student organization that aims to network the Muslim students on campus and serve as their voice in the student community. MSA also reaches out for interfaith cooperation on campus and works with other organizations to bring about positive change at UNC.
Welcome! Persian Cultural Society (PCS) is a student lead organization at UNC Chapel Hill. We bring students together in hopes of creating unity, diversity, and a better understanding of Iran. Through monthly meetings, social outings, campus-wide events, and dance performances, PCS strives to promote awareness and knowledge. We hope you join us at our events and activities this upcoming year!
Out of a conviction that the Palestinian narrative is widely misunderstood and weakly represented both on campus and in America, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was formed to promote awareness of the sufferings of the Palestinian people, and education about the ongoing conflict.