African and Caribbean Students Union (ACSU)

Mission

The African and Caribbean Student Union is a cultural affinity group with goals to unify, represent, and educate members of Africa, the Caribbean, and the diaspora. We have weekly meetings where we discuss topics ranging from the fetishization of African and Caribbean bodies to wild debates about which country makes the best jollof, plantain, etc. We also offer ACSU study seminars a few times a semester, where all members of the community have an evening session to catch up on work in a culturally-rich environment. Each semester, ACSU hosts a main event: Expo-Losion in the fall and Wave Your Flag in the spring. The events differ but both host beautiful dancing from our very own ACSU Dance, cultural f \ood, and the best DJ’ing you’ll find on campus. If ACSU sounds interesting, come to our meetings on Wednesdays at 8 PM in the Multicultural Resource Center. You can also reach out to Safi, our senior chair (ssangare20@amherst.edu) or Andrea, our social media coordinator (awebb21@amherst.edu). If you’re interested in joining ACSU Dance, you can reach out to Yaqui, our ACSUDC representative (ymontesdeoca21@amherst.edu or at acsudc@gmail.com).


Contact

africancaribbean@amherst.edu


Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ACSUAmherst/

Instagram: @ACSUAmherst

Asian Students Association (ASA)

Mission

The Amherst Asian Students Association (ASA) is an Asian and Asian American student affinity group centered around community building and political engagement. ASA serves all Asian identifying students on campus, including East Asians, South Asians, Southeast Asians, Central Asians, and multiracial/ethnic Asians through weekly meetings, educational programs, and social events. ASA frequently collaborates with the South Asian Students Association (SASA) and Korean Students Association (KSA). ASA aims both to be intersectional and to center non-dominant identities.


Contact

asa@amherst.edu


Social Media

Asian Students Association Facebook

Asian American Studies Working Group Facebook

Black Students Union (BSU)

Mission

The Black Student Union serves as a resource mechanism to foster the social, political, cultural and intellectual development of Black students at Amherst College. Furthermore, the BSU seeks to engage all students that are dedicated to the above-stated mission. In fulfilling our objectives, we remain cognizant of and loyal to the seven principles of Kwanzaa. That is, to act in unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, co-operative economics, creativity, purpose, and faith in all that we do.


Contact

bsu@amherst.edu


Meetings

Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. in the Octagon 

Council of Amherst College Student Athletes of Color (CACSAC)

Mission

The Council of Amherst College Student-Athletes of Color (CACSAC) promotes unity, excellence, and a welcoming space for student-athletes of color through mentorship, community engagement, and solidarity. 


Contact

Eden Charles; echarles19@amherst.edu

Indigenous and Native Citizens Association (INCA)

Mission

The goal of INCA is to provide a place for the exploration of the cultures, histories, and contemporary issues of American indigenous peoples, including, but not limited to, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Native Hawaiians (or other Pacific Islanders), Indigenous Mexicans, Pueblos Originarios de Abya Yala, and First Nations peoples. We are also open to exploring the cultures and issues of other indigenous and aboriginal peoples from around the world. We strive to promote cultural awareness and sensitivity through education and discussion and encourage all students to join regardless of Native ancestry or knowledge of Indigenous cultures.


Contact

alevinson19@amherst.edu


Social Media

Facebook: @amherstinca

International Students Association (ISA)

Contact

isa@amherst.edu

Korean Students Association (KSA)

Mission

We strive to bring together Korean students, Korean-American students, and students interested in Korean affairs in discussion to form a cohesive voice in open contribution to the intercultural environment of the college. The Korean Students Association is dedicated to the meaningful exploration and celebration of Korean culture, tradition, and history at Amherst College.


Contact

amherst.ksa@gmail.com


Social Media

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amherstcollegeksa/

La Causa

Mission

La Causa is the established cultural, political, and service organization for students interested in LatinX issues & culture awareness. We meet every Thursday at 8pm in the José Martí room located in the lower level of Keefe Campus Center.

La Causa's main role on campus is to provide visibility and a safe space for Latinx students and allies. In La Causa, we regularly discuss aspects of our culture and organize events in order to generate community and engage the campus population. Some of Causa's most successful events include Voices (diaspora Spoken word poetry concert), Cooking night, Latinx Legacy Month celebrations, Latinx Themed parties and Alumni receptions.

Contact

Telmo Gonzalez: tgonzalez22@amherst.edu

Jennifer Garcia: jegarcia22@amherst.edu

Diana Tiburcio: dtiburcio22@amherst.edu

Rafael Vanin Mnuoz: rvaninmunoz22@amherst.edu

 

General Email:

amherstlacausa@gmail.com

Middle Eastern Students and Studies Association (MESSA)

South Asian Students Association (SASA)

Mission

The South Asian Students' Association (SASA) aims to address issues pertaining to South Asians (both diasporic and international) on campus. We work with professors, administrators and other student organizations to organize events such as Holi, Diwali, and Eid, create conferences and panels on politically relevant issues, and create forums for students to interact and inform. We also aim to help students get involved with advocacy and political activism. You can get involved with our organization by attending these events as well as the weekly meetings we hold where we discuss current issues.


Contact

Swati Narayan: snarayan20@amherst.edu