Multicultural Student Organizations
A number of student cultural organizations provide cultural enrichment on campus and allow students to celebrate diversity. These groups educate the campus and greater Grinnell community and provide cultural grounding for African American, Asian American, Latina/o American, Native American, and international students. While food bazaars and fairs are among the most popular events, these groups sponsor a variety of symposiums, lectures and guest speakers throughout the academic year. All members of the college community are encouraged to join the groups listed below and to participate in their sponsored activities.
African and Caribbean Students Union (ACSU)
- The African and Caribbean Students Union (ACSU) of Grinnell College seeks to celebrate the rich diversity of the African Diaspora by engaging the Grinnell Campus through education, community, and dialogue. Together with other multicultural peer organizations, we serve as a home-away-from-home for international African, Caribbean, African-Americans, and all students with interests in the efforts and values of the ACSU.
- The ACSU/CBS office is located in the Multicultural Suites on the 2nd floor of the Joe Rosenfield Center (JRC 209-J). General meetings are held on Tuesdays at 9 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
Asian and Asian American Association (AAA)
- The purpose of the Asian and Asian American Association is to create a community that will nurture cultural pride amongst all members.
- Some of AAA's larger events include monthly potlucks and hosting APIA Month events.
- AAA's multicultural suite is located in JRC 209Q. General meetings are on Thursdays at 8pm. All are welcome!
- For more information, contact [aaa].
Concerned Black Students (CBS)
- The purpose of CBS is to build a strong community within the membership as well as promote and inform the campus about African-American history, cultures, and issues.
- Some of CBS's main programming includes various events in celebration of Black Awareness Week and Black History Month.
- Concerned Black Students meets on Wednesday from 8:30-9:30 p.m. in JRC 203. CBS's multicultural suite is located in JRC 209J.
- For more information, contact [cbs].
- CHALUTZIM, the Jewish student organization, is a diverse community in which students celebrate and learn about Judaism. They hold religious services on campus and sponsor educational and cultural programming. The group participates in interfaith dialogue, multicultural activities and promotes diversity on campus. All of their activities are open to everyone on campus.
- Weekly programs include: Torah Study (in English) each Thursday at 12:00 p.m. in the Chalutzim Multicultural Suite, Rm 209 O & P
- Kabbalat Shabbat Services each Friday at 5:00 p.m. in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Rm 227
- Shabbat Dinner each Friday at 6:15 p.m. in the Joe Rosenfield '25 Center, Rm. 209 B & C
- Chalutzim Cabinet meetings are for students to plan programs, socialize, and create community every Wed. at noon in the Chalutzim Lounge (JRC 209 O & P).
- All Jewish holidays and festivals are celebrated that occur during the academic year including Rosh HaShanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Sukkot (Fall Harvest Festival), Simchat Torah (Joy of Torah), Chanukkah (Festival of Lights), Tu B'Shevat (New of the Trees), and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). A campus-wide Passover Seder is held and kosher for Passover food is available in the dining hall. Prayer and spiritual exploration are led by the Rabbi and student leaders through a variety of musical, meditative, creative and traditional approaches. All are welcome, for more information contact [chalutzim].
International Students Organization (ISO)
- ISO encompasses all nationalities and welcomes all students as members. The organization promotes international understanding, tolerance, and cooperation among cultures on campus and in the Grinnell community. ISO encourages all students, faculty, staff, and members of the Grinnell community to broaden their horizons and increase their exposure to other cultures. ISO events include symposiums with speakers that strive to provide a forum for discussion of current global issues; a Food Bazaar where members cook traditional food from their countries to share with others; Cultural Evening which includes a talent and style show of traditional clothing; Cultural Lunch Series featuring topics such as Nepali lessons, Chinese calligraphy, or a country focus; theme study breaks, weekly ISO Table where members get together for dinner and social time; and break activities such as movies, trips, and dinners for members staying in Grinnell over breaks.
- The ISO multicultural suite is located in JRC 209H. It can be reached at x3319.
- For more information, contact [iso].
Pioneer Diversity Council (PDC)
- Providing Pioneer athletes opportunities to strengthen their understanding of one another and the Grinnell College community;
- Represent Pioneer athletes' concerns about diversity and provide feedback and insight into relevant department, campus, and community issues;
- Support, promote, and organize programs, events, and forums which encourage an inclusive environment and genuine interaction between diverse groups;
- Build partnerships with the Grinnell College campus community.
The Pioneer Diversity Council meets twice per month. Contact us at pioneerdiversity[at]grinnell[dot]edu.
Student Organization of Latinas/os (SOL)
- The purpose of SOL shall be to create a community that will nurture cultural pride, as well as awareness, amongst all its members. SOL resolves to create and support a cultural and social network that preserves and encourages cultural identity and autonomy; promotes awareness of political and social issues affecting Latino society; and serves as an education resource for the community.
- Some of SOL's main progamming include participation in the Columbia Conference (SOA Vigil/Protest), fall/spring retreats, celebrating the Day of the Dead, and attending the Iowa Latino Conference.
- The SOL multicultural suite is located in JRC 209L and can be reached at x4847.
- For more information, contact [sol].