Their purpose is to promote intercultural understanding within and outside the George Mason University community; to create greater awareness of Asian Pacific American affairs of communities including, but not limited to, educational, social, and political forums; and to be a community activism group for the Asian Pacific American (APA) community.
KPhiG was established on November 8th, 1998, at The University of Texas at Austin, as the Nation’s first ever South Asian Interest-Based Sorority. Although Kappa Phi Gamma was founded as a South Asian sorority, she has expanded the warmth of her sisterhood to any and all motivated young women willing to make a difference in her community and to uphold the principles that the sisterhood is based upon. The Founders envisioned a sorority built around 8 principles: Character, Leadership, Scholarship, Sisterhood, Service, Culture, Womanhood, and Self. With the support of the strongest sisterhood nationwide, every Kaptivating lady of Kappa Phi Gamma Sorority, Inc. strives to live out her Purpose each day.
IND the world's first South Asian interest fraternity. IND was founded on February 7th, 1994 at the State University of New York at Binghampton by eight men whose vision was to bridge the gaps between people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, and cultures. Bound by brotherhood eternal, IND serves to stimulate lifelong academic and professional excellence, provide meaningful service to humanity and leadership in society, and promote the awareness of South Asian culture and the appreciation of all the world’s cultures. Though we are a South Asian interest fraternity, we are in no way exclusive to men of any race, religion, culture, or ethnicity.
Mason Mahima is GMU’s first and only competitive Indian classical dance team. Mahima strives to bring the grace and talent of all ancient classical art forms and apply them to the beats of traditional and contemporary rhythms. Based mainly off of two classical dance forms, Kuchpudi and Bharatanatyam, each piece is put together with the dedication and hardwork for all dancers. Mahima strives to bring out the importance of Indian culture and grace through every presentation. They have performed and competed in various venues across nationally, including representing ISA in iWeek competitions the past few years!
Bhangra is a Punjabi folk dance team whose purpose is to actively connect our fellow Mason students by teaching them bhangra, the famous folk dance of the Punjab region in Northern India. Our organization does not only teach our members this dance form, but we also help them practice to participate in performances on and off campus. Our team competes at competitions such as IWeek and perform at annual community events. The main focus of GMU Bhangra is to teach and share the Punjabi culture.
Our dancers have experience in a large spectrum of dance styles ranging from; Bollywood, Bhangra, Bharatanatyam, Odissi, Hiphop, Breaking, House, Contemporary, Garba/Raas, and more! We love to dance and we perform at various events! Please contact us by email for details!
An inclusive South Asian student organization formed to foster the relationship among our community of Bengali people, with the goal of enhancing our sense and knowledge of who we are, where we come from, and to promote cross-cultural understanding within the George Mason community. We strive to celebrate our culture, language and independence through various social and cultural programs, getting to know Bengalis from all over the D.C./Metro area. Additionally, through workshops and meetings, bring about awareness of problems that affect the Bengali and South Asian community in order to increase mindfulness and solidarity of people across all cultures.
SASA's purpose is it to promote and raise awareness of the vast cultures in the south Asian region within the community at George Mason University and out. The South Asian Student Association represents India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal and works towards social, educational and volunteer events which encompasses all these regions and showcases its unity.