SUSTA is a Federation of Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American students in the United States
Our goal is to develop the Ukrainian student movement, advocate for Ukrainian-identifying students, and contribute to the growth of the Ukrainian-American community.
The organization's name is derived from its Ukrainian acronym СУСТА - Союз Українських Студентських Товариств Америки. This translates to the Federation of Ukrainian Student Societies in America. SUSTA was founded in April 1953 by 68 delegates representing 22 Ukrainian student clubs. They assembled for a congress at Columbia University and established SUSTA with its primary mission of creating a network of Ukrainian student clubs at American universities.
After going defunct in the late 2010s, SUSTA was reignited by a coalition of Ukrainian Student Organizations in response to russia's unprovoked, barbaric invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.
Together, we focus on:
- Developing a vibrant Ukrainian identity on American campuses
- Empowering and uniting Ukrainian-American students through support, advocacy, and dynamic intercollegiate initiatives
- Contributing to the growth of a strong Ukrainian American community in the United States
Our Structure and Governance
Is elected by the SUSTA Congress. Executive Members with voting rights to manage SUSTA are the President, Vice President, and Regional Vice Presidents. The Executive team can create and hire Staff Members with no voting rights to aid elected members and lead projects.
Is the supreme legislative body of SUSTA. The Congress is composed of delegates appointed by the Student Organizations. These delegates participate in Congress assemblies to elect new Executives, amend the Constitution, decide on organizational goals, allocate budget, etc.
Board of Advisors
Advise and offer resources to the Executive and members of the Federation. Advisors commit to sustaining SUSTA’s legacy over the long term, even if the Executive and Congress become inactive.
Who nominates and elects the Executive?
Member Student Organizations, the Executive, Board of Advisors, and individual Ukrainian-American students can submit nominations for the new Executive. Only member student organizations can elect the new Executive during the Congress assembly.
How does SUSTA release public statements?
SUSTA Executive can release public or media statements on behalf of the Federation only with the approval of at least half of member student organizations. For more information about Communication Policies that govern the Executives, see:
How can we propose changes to the Constitution?
Who participates in the Congress?
Delegates who are authorized by their organization, a Member Student Organization of SUSTA, are members of the Congress, which convenes during General and Extraordinary Assemblies. Every organization sends only one delegate, so there is only one vote per member organization.
Can my student organization join SUSTA?
Any organization that qualifies as a Ukrainian Student Organization (USO) can apply to join the Federation. According to the Constitution, a USO has to qualify as a sociocultural group with the primary objective of fostering a supportive community for Ukraine-identifying students with the majority of members being students at American colleges or universities.