Connecticut College Asian Students in Action
Connecticut College Asian Students in Action (ASIA) promotes the learning and understanding of Asian/Asian American culture. ASIA is responsible for the programming of traditional events like Fusion-Diwali Dinner, Sushi Nite and Asian Pacific American Heritage month. They also bring political awareness to the college about issues that are pertinent to the Asian/Asian American community. Additionally, ASIA provides a supportive environment for students of Asian/Asian American descent and acts as a resource to students of both Asian and non-Asian background. ASIA also serves as a liaison to other clubs, committees and the administration in order to voice the needs and concerns for the College's Asian and Asian-American students.
This group has organized the annual show-stopping Eclipse talent show every spring for more than 30 years. Students spend the fall and spring semesters organizing, choreographing and rehearsing the show's mulitcultural performances, which are shaped by a different theme each year.
M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan) is a nationally recognized Mexican American student organization. The purpose of the group is to promote and represent the history, culture and issues of concern of Mexican Americans in the U.S. and on the Connecticut College campus.
Society Organized Against Racism (S.O.A.R.)
The Connecticut College chapter of Society Organized Against Racism provides a healthy atmosphere for discussion, involvement and action in the area of racism, prejudice, discrimination and culturism within and beyond the Connecticut College community. Part of our programming is the annual SOARFest, which incorporates the surrounding areas of New London and Connecticut College in a day of cultural performances, displays, arts and crafts and more. S.O.A.R. is open to all students, faculty and friends.
Umoja, which means "unity" in Swahili, is the African/African-American students' organization that serves as a support group for students of African descent and those interested in multicultural issues. Umoja is involved with the programming of events such as the Kwanzaa dinner, Black Solidarity Day and the series of events during Black Heritage Month. Umoja provides interested students with the opportunity to engage with and speak about political and social issues facing the black community as well as be an active member of the College campus and the surrounding New London community.