Student Organization Spotlight: Russian Speaking Student Association

by Erin O’Dea

The newly established Russian Speaking Student Organization (“RSSA”), with just one meeting under its belt, has great visions and goals for the organization’s presence on and off campus.

One of the new group’s main goals includes promoting the name and reputation of the Law School among Russian speaking people in the U.S. and in such countries as Russia, Abkhazia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine and others.  In addition, it aims to connect the law school with Russian speaking people in the U.S. and other countries, with different organizations in Russian speaking countries, including but not limited to other universities, colleges, noncommercial and commercial organizations, and public authorities; supporting Russian speaking students in their wish to find Russian speaking friends, roommates, colleagues, partners, and employers in order to develop business connections.

Another goal of the group is arranging grants for Russian-speaking students and finding the financial sources for providing such grants. The group also hopes to bring interesting Russian-speaking speakers to campus, and organize cultural and recreational activities for the members of the organization and their families living in the U.S.

Spearheaded by President Daria Zhdan-Pushkina and Treasurer Aygun Sadykhova, the 33 members have high hopes for the success of this organization.  In furtherance of the organization’s above listed goals, the RSSA is currently planning a networking event with Russian speaking lawyers in the United States.  Additionally, the organization has also planned a cultural meeting: a concert of Russian classical music on campus, which will be held at the end of the semester.  The RSSA is also participating in Diversity Week 2014 on campus.

Interested in joining?  Look for an e-mail announcement for their next meeting.  The group prefers to meet at a bar or café in the Hartford area, where members can talk comfortably.  If you have any questions about how you can get involved in one of UConn Law’s newest organizations, contact President Daria Zhdan-Pushkina at