The South Asian Multicultural Organized Students Association, or SAMOSA, is a student-run multicultural organization. Our goal is to raise awareness of South Asian culture on campus through our events and provide an experience that can be both interesting and fun. We are also proud to support Rahul, a child in India that our organization sponsors through Children International. We derive our name from samosas, a triangular fried food popular in South Asia.
SAMOSA’s major annual events are our cultural show in November, Garba Night in October, Formal Night in February, Holi in March, and a charity athletic event in April. Our cultural show is the pride of our organization, as it represents the culmination of months' worth of planning and commitment by all those who help organize and perform in the show. The event draws more than a 1000 people to Jake Nevin and represents the largest student-run show on campus. The show features cultural dance, food, song, art, and showcases guest acts from around campus. Holi is known as the “festival of color” in South Asia and is celebrated both to educate others on its spiritual meaning and enjoy the traditional act of throwing coloured powder and water at one another. Garba Night was held for the first time this past October, inviting anyone and everyone to come and dance the Garba and Raas styles of South Asian dance.
We also sponsor many informal ways of experiencing South Asian culture through trips to restaurants, performances, Bollywood movie screenings, etc. SAMOSA offers a great opportunity to see another part of the world within the Villanova campus. SAMOSA strongly believes in its role as an organization dedicated to the idea of community, and not just the South Asian community. Our members frequently represent SAMOSA through campus wide service days, with participation in St. Thomas of Villanova Day of Service, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Rays of Sunshine, and Special Olympics.
SAMOSA exists to bring people together with a common interest in South Asian culture. We are a community of students with many different levels of awareness. Many of our members are learning about South Asian culture and tradition for the first time. With this in mind, SAMOSA offers a welcoming environment wherein students can not only explore South Asian culture but meet a variety of other people as well.
We host many meetings and events throughout the semester so people can join anytime! There is no formal commitment; However, there is a $10 due expected of our members to cover expenses throughout the year.