Student Orgs with a Global Focus

Afghan Spirit

The mission of Afghan Spirit is to raise awareness about Afghanistan beyond media. It has been 10 years that American is fighting war on terror in Afghanistan, and the media has always emphasized on war. As a result, no one really knows about the culture or customs of Afghan, and all they is the destruction and war. The Afghan Spirit Will be focusing on spreading the culture, traditions, history, and the beautiful side of Afghanistan, and it is not war. The Afghan Spirits other mission is to engage Afghans and other students in peaceful conversations, hold events that will help community building.

Asian Students Association (ASA)
Our mission is to celebrate Asian heritage while increasing awareness of and appreciation for people of Asian descent and their varied cultures within Mount Holyoke and in the wider community.

Association of Pan-African Unity - (APAU)
APAU, an organization for persons of African descent, plans and implements activities and programs designed to increase awareness of Africa's unique and diverse cultural heritage within the Mount Holyoke and the Five College community. APAU also serves as a support group that facilitates social activities to bring women of color together. APAU's main office is in the Betty Shabazz Cultural Center.

Bangla Club AMRA
This org works to promote friendship and interaction among its members and to expose the MHC community to the rich and beautiful Bengali culture.

Chinese Cultural Association (CCA)

Chinese Cultural Association (CCA) is an organization that promotes the vibrant and diversified culture of China. CCA also cooperates with other Asian cultural organizations to promote diversity within Mount Holyoke College. Annually CCA sponsors and organizes several important events, including the Mid-Autumn Festival, Vari-asians, and China Night. In addition, informal meetings and interesting activities are planned throughout the semester, encouraging everyone to join and interact with others.

French Club
To promote and increase awareness of French and Francophone cultures and contemporary events in an interactive, friendly and inclusive manner.

German Club
The German Club seeks to promote the German language and the cultures in German-speaking countries, while demystifying common stereotypes. It provides a forum for discussion of issues related to German culture and provides a friendly environment to make new friends and experience a different culture.

Italian Club (Il Gruppo Italiano)
The Italian Club hopes to continue to explore Italian language, culture and food on the Mount Holyoke Campus. We hope to engage students of Italian and the entire Mount Holyoke Community by sponsoring events that celebrate Italian culture.

Jhumka is the first competitive dance team of its kind at MHC, fusing South Asian classical, pop, film & folk styles with ballet, jazz, hip hop and other western genres. The "Jhumka" is a traditional ornament worn by women in the subcontinent, and is a symbol of femininity, maidenhood and grace. The goal of the team is to promote appreciation and understanding of South Asian cultures with other cultures through dance both on and off campus.

KASA (Korean-American Sisters Association)
The Korean-American Sisters Association aims to increase awareness of Korean and Korean-American issues in the Mount Holyoke and Five College communities. KASA is a support network that seeks to establish and define the identities of its members as first- and second-generation minorities. They ultimately seek to fundraise for important causes, promote Asian American events, and educate others about Korean culture through music and dance.

Kuch Karo: Pakistani Students for Change (PSC)
Make a difference through fundraising for important causes; encouraging political awareness and participation; creating an optimistic and positive attitude about Pakistan and giving a forum to think of critical solutions for the country's major problems.

La Unidad
La Unidad is an organization for those who identify as Latina to come together to express their identities through cultural, educational; and social activities. Through these activities, we heighten awareness of one another, as well as those in the community at large. We come together to establish a network of communication with other MHC, 5-College, and area organizations. We hope to continue this network among faculty and administration.

Liberty in North Korea (LINK)
LINK exists so that one day the crisis in North Korea will not. We educate the public about the humanitarian crisis inside and around North Korea. We advocate on behalf of North Korean people for human rights. We fundraise and support the national LINK organization to protect North Koreans (especially North Korean refugees) in need of assistance and to provide for resources they need.

Liga Filipina
To spread awareness about the Philippines and Filipino Culture in Mount Holyoke and the Five College Area.

MEChA-Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people. We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society.

MHACASA - Mount Holyoke African and Caribbean Student Association
MHACASA is a group of young, vibrant, beautiful and intelligent women from the African continent and the Caribbean region who are dedicated to maintaining cultural ties and increasing cultural awareness on the Mount Holyoke Campus.

Miso Soup (Japanese Culture Club)
Miso Soup is an inclusive club open to all members of the Mount Holyoke and Five College Community who come from, have lived in, have visited, or have interest in Japan and its culture. The mission of this club is to promote and perpetuate Japanese culture within the community in a fun and educational way.

Mount Holyoke College Model United Nations
MHCMUN is a wholly student run organization comprised of a committed and dedicated membership. Our members engage in a variety of on-campus and off-campus initiatives. MHCMUN is a unique organization in that it offers a number of opportunities to represent the College on the larger intercollegiate Model United Nations circuit, traveling across the country and internationally (when funding allows). To prepare for said conferences, MHCMUN holds weekly meetings on Sunday evenings filled with practice committee sessions and guest speakers. We also hold two different training sessions each week, one for new delegates and one for experienced delegates to give our club members a competitive edge. To further prepare our delegates for conferences, we hold mini-conferences each semester to hone our "in-the-moment" negotiation skills. The Five College Model United Nations conference, too, is a favored MHCMUN activity in which we co-host, along with other model UN organizations in the Five College Consortium, our very own intercollegiate conference. Throughout the year, either with these other organizations or on our own, we host a number of on campus events for the community at large, or just for MHCMUN.

Mount Holyoke College Muslim Student Association (formerly UMMA)
The Muslim Student Association of Mount Holyoke College is a religious organization that aims to educate and bring awareness to students of various nationalities and cultures. The MSA of Mount Holyoke College is based upon core Islamic values of equality, inclusiveness, education, understanding and action. While this is a religious group, we hope to create a sisterhood and strengthen the faith of MSA members through social awareness activities as well as religious education. By promoting awareness, we aim to provide those who are not Muslims with a deeper understanding of the meaning of Islamic practices and values, and explain the common misconceptions in our community. We encourage both spiritual, social and intellectual development as we aim to foster a cohesive and educated Muslim community that works together with non-Muslims to promote the true meaning of Islam.

Nepali Student Organization (NEPSO)
The Nepali Student Organization is a place for all Nepali students, friends, and well-wishers to come together for a common ground of shared interests. The club seeks to promote awareness about social, economic and politico-cultural challenges in Nepal, ranging from basic education, health care and gender equality to human rights. We seek support from the international community to make change in the prevalent patriarchal system so that women like us can stand strong in the midst of obstacles as they pave a path for themselves.

Raunak Bhangra Dance Team
We are a dance group specializing in a type of Indian Folk dance called Bhangra that comes from the northern India and some regions of Pakistan.

Russian Club
The purpose of the MHC Russian Club is to educate students on all things Russian (and Eastern European, occasionally), take trips, hold events and watch films.

SHRI, Sisters of Hinduism Reaching Inwards
Our mission is to bring awareness of Hindu Religion to campus community, and to provide Hindu students a space to celebrate their culture.

South Asian Student Association (formerly AWAZ)
To facilitate greater awareness and appreciation of South Asian culture and heritage through cultural showcases and public dialogue, social events and other interactive endeavors.

Spanish Club
Our mission is to provide a relaxed and open environment for students in the 5-college consortium to practice conversational Spanish while attending special events designed to highlight aspects of Spanish, Latin American and Caribbean culture.

Students for a Free Tibet
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. Through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans' fundamental right to political freedom.

Students for Israel and Peace
Students for Israel and Peace seeks to educate the Mount Holyoke and 5-college community about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in a way that recognizes and validates the histories, experiences and needs of both Israelis and Palestinians. SIP believes that the goals of both Palestinians and Israelis will be attained through a two-state solution. The SIP is responsible for planning educational programs which present moderate views, promote peace and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians and allow for constructive dialogue on campus.

Vietnamese Student Association
The Vietnamese Students Association (VSA) is a cultural group that provide a warm and casual environment and offer a myriad of social and educational activities that promote the Vietnamese culture. We seek to rekindle the essence and beauty of Vietnam through dance, music, discussion, and of course, food.

Youth Action International (YAI)
Youth Action International is a nonprofit working to rebuild war-torn African communities, particularly through the promotion of the well-being and development of children. The Mount Holyoke Chapter of YAI looks to bring about that change by raising awareness of these issues as well as raising funds which go directly to funding YAI-sponsored programs in the region.