The U.S. Fellowship of the Ukrainian Student Organizations of America is a non-profit, non-political organization, Ukrainian and Ukrainian-American students / graduates of higher education institutions.
SUST was created for:
Promoting the creation and consolidation of Ukrainian student clubs in American universities;
Educate and inform Ukrainian-American students about issues that are important to them;
Encouraging the development of the Ukrainian-American student movement;
To inform non-Ukrainian groups about Ukrainian affairs and issues;
Support Ukrainian clubs with resources and help with events;
Coordination of the Ukrainian student movement in the USA;
Creating a mutual network of Ukrainian students to help strengthen our community and our own support.
SUSTA was founded in 1953 during the first congress of Ukrainian students in the USA, held at Columbia University. Eleonora Kulchytska was elected the first president of the union. It helped control and support the interests of the 654 members of the SASTA, which were scattered around about fifty universities and colleges in the United States. She founded the organization for future generations.
The initial mission of the union was to help raise and disseminate knowledge about Ukrainian history; to strengthen the moral and spiritual values of Ukrainian Americans, to support and preserve Ukrainian culture and traditions; to prepare students - to participate in the intellectual and practical life of the United States, or free Ukraine; coordinate the activities of members of clubs and societies; and collect money on behalf of students.
In 1954, on the initiative of SUSTA, a permanent Ukrainian Student Foundation was established (headed by Roman Smal-Stotsky).
In 1957, the Foundation of the Department of Ukrainian Studies (chairman S. Khimich) was organized, the work of which was completed by the foundation of three departments of Ukrainian studies at Harvard University in 1970, which in 1973 were organized at the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University.
SUSTA participates in congresses of the US National Student Association (USNSA), which in 1959 organized an international student conference of the Russian-communist Bolsheviks who were enslaved. The printed publications of SUST in the 1950s and 1960s were the section "Student Thought" of the Svoboda newspaper and Horizons. Since the 1930s, members of SUSTA are TUSK "Obnova", OUAT "Zarevo", TUSM and Student Section of ODUM.
After a long time of inactivity, a group of Ukrainian representatives from Harvard, Rutgers, Michigan, Villanovsky universities resumed the work of SUST in 2006. In 2008 and 2010, SUSTA conferences were held at universities throughout the United States.
On July 20, 2013, Central Wire SUSTA hosted a conference in New York, attended by representatives from various parts of the country (including New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Cambridge, Chicago and Seattle). At the conference, the wire provided, in particular, a strategic plan for building the network SUSTA in many universities in the United States as a whole. Also discussed was the issue of cooperation with other student organizations in the United States and outside the country. The forum decided to create regional centers in the states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Washington, California, Illinois, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan and Connecticut.