Intercultural & International Student Organizations

If you are interested in any of the following student organizations, contact the Office of Intercultural Life to find out how to get in touch with them.

African Students Association (AFRISA)

The objectives of AFRISA is to increase African awareness, culture, values, and create an opportunity for students of African descent to socialize and interact. We intend to achieve our objectives by engaging in activities such as dance, drama,dinners, and discussions on African issues.

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Asian Students In America (ASIA)

ASIA is an organization designed to meet the needs of Carleton’s Asian and Asian-American community. We offer a forum for members to fulfill their educational, social, and political needs. We provide to the greater community the breath and depth of Asian and Asian-American experience through events and outings open to everyone.

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Black Student Alliance (BSA)

Carleton College’s Black Student Alliance was founded to promote awareness about issues surrounding the black community. The purpose of our organization is to foster a deeper understanding of race issues, recognize the diversity within the Black community, and perpetuate positive representations of Blackness. BSA aims to unify the Black students on campus and engage the broader Carleton community through cultural events and meaningful discussion. BSA seeks members that are open-minded, strong, determined and dedicated to carrying out the above goals.

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Carleton Advocates For Educational Opportunities

The mission of the Carleton Advocates For Educational Opportunities at Carleton College is to empower students as stakeholders in the education policy discussion and mobilizes them to close the achievement gap and thus ensure an excellent education for all children through creating and organizing various initiatives that will serve to create awareness of this matter both on and off campus.

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Carleton Pre-Health Association (CPA)

The Carleton Pre-Med Association (CPA) is the largest organization of students interested in pursuing health-based careers on campus. Dedicated to helping pre-med students of all backgrounds reach their career goals, CPA seeks to provide Carls with a supportive community of peers, a multitude of volunteer opportunities, and seminars to meet healthcare professionals and medical students and understand what various medical careers comprise of. We also aim to increase awareness at Carleton about health disparity issues domestically and internationally.

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Chinese Club

The Chinese Club was founded as a resource for expanding and increasing the awareness of the Chinese culture and language at Carleton. It serves the needs of Chinese community, promotes interactions between Chinese and American students, and encourages those interested in learning about China and its culture.

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Coalition of Hmong Students (CHS)

Nyob zoo!! (Hello!) Coalition of Hmong Students is an organization dedicated to providing and enhancing the awareness of the Hmong culture at Carleton and the surrounding communities. CHS also exists as a group for those who would like to learn more about the Hmong people and culture. Everyone is encouraged to join in on the fun of organizing and celebrating events that CHS sponsors and hosts throughout the year.

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Coalition of Women of Color (COWOC)

The Coalition of Women of Color (COWOC) is dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for Carleton women of color. We provide support through academic and social activities.

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Friends of Scandinavia

I present to you the Scandinavian Club, an organization focused on community, culture and tradition. The club will serve Scandinavians, wanna-be Scandinavians, American Scandinavians, and anyone who's interested in the whys, what's and how's of Scandinavia. It will be a cultural forum where people get together to share their experiences, cultures and traditions through a vast range of events, including Cultural Celebrations, Cooking Classes, and Newspaper discussions, among other things. In addition, it will be a group for practicing Scandinavian language.

Indigenous Peoples Alliance (IPA)

IPA is a community at Carleton College that serves the function of providing students who identify with an indigenous group or have an interest in indigenous cultures a safe environment to learn what it means to be indigenous through exposure to cultural ceremonies and practices, food, language, community engagement, and social discussion.

Japanese Circle

The Japanese Circle is a cultural organization dedicated to promoting greater awareness and deeper understanding of Japanese culture to the Carleton community.

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Korean Student Association (KSA)

KSA seeks to provide a supportive environment for Korean and Korean American students. KSA is dedicated to satisfying the curiosity of all students interested in the culture and issues of Korean and Korean American communities. KSA reaches out to the community through our Korean Adoptees Tutoring Program - teaching Korean culture and language.

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Latin American Student Organization (LASO)

LASO is an organization originally established to provide peer and cultural support for students of Latin American descent and background. However, the programming and organization has evolved with the intent to encompass the entire Carleton community. We are a flexible group that encourages students of our community as well as others to participate and create activities that enrich the understanding of Latin American issues.

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Men of Color (MOC)

MOC serves as a support network and resource that functions to educate and empower male students of color at Carleton. MOC also strives to encourage campus-wide meaningful and thoughtful discussions as well as actions on multicultural and gender issues pertaining to men of color in Carleton community.

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Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton (MOSAIC)

MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interests at Carleton). MOSAIC represents the Carleton community connected to the cultures of India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Maldives. MOSAIC aims to celebrate the various aspects of South Asian culture including its languages, food, religions and traditions. MOSAIC works not only to provide a familiar environment to those who have South Asian backgrounds, but to also create a space in which those who are interested in South Asian culture are welcome to explore.

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Queer, Questioning or Trans People of Color(QTPOC)

QTPOC is an organization for self-identified Queer, Questioning, or Trans People of Color. This group seeks to create a space for students to explore the intersections of their gender, racial, sex, class, and national identities. While creating a community of students from diverse backgrounds, QTPOC aims to actively increase the visibility of underrepresented people inside and outside of Carleton.

Tim Viet

Tim Viet's mission is to bring awareness of Vietnamese culture to the Carleton community and beyond Northfield's borders. We participate in events such as Lunar New Year, Asia Month, and International Festival. Our annual spring banquet seeks to further the understanding of Vietnamese customs, traditions and current social statuses of Vietnamese Americans. We provide a supportive environment for students who are interested in cultivating Vietnamese culture.

Women in Math and Science (WhIMS)

WhIMS exists as an internal support network and an external outreach program for women interested in math and science. A major goal is to provide Carleton women with new opportunities, information and encouragement in their pursuit of math and science-related careers. We do so by offering conference attendance opportunities, trips to the Twin Cities science venues and regular meetings with female math and science faculty. As an outreach program, WhIMS works with organizations such as the Girl Scouts to plan math and science activity days designed to expose a younger group to the possibilities of math and science.

A note on multicultural student organizations

The existing multicultural organizations were developed by groups of students who had the desire and saw a need for a group to support their common interests. The Office of Intercultural Life is always open to new ideas in areas in which students see a need for greater community.