2014-15 Multicultural Groups and Diversity-Related Organizations

Please note that the descriptions listed below were provided by the leaders of the respective organizations.

All is One! Empowering Young Women of Color (AIO)

The purpose of AIO is to help bring attention and awareness to young women of color on campus. AIO strives to unite women of color on campus to have a greater voice and display the diversity that is present. The organization wants to promote the love, togetherness, and support women should have for each other.

Meeting Information: Tuesdays, 9:10- 11 pm, Diversity Center

Afro-Caribbean Club (ACC)

The Afro-Caribbean Club serves as an avenue for students of African and Caribbean descent to preserve their heritage and cultural identity while away from their countries. ACC seeks to support and strengthen member within their organization while bringing the warmth of their cultures to all interested members of the Lawrence community. 

Meeting Information: Sundays, 12:00-1:00 pm, Andrew Commons of Warch Campus Center

Baile, Lawrence University

The purpose of Lawrence University Baile is to show a different side of Hispanic heritage on the Lawrence campus that many students may or may not have been otherwise exposed to. We aim to teach a new form of communication in a form of dance that will carry on as long as one wishes to pursue it. 

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 9:00 pm, Warch Campus Center


Black Student Union (BSU)

BSU seeks to educate and bring awareness to Black Americans, the greater community, and anyone who is interested in or identifies with the culture, heritage, struggles, and issues related to Black Americans in the 21st century. The Union also seeks to establish and foster a strong community amongst Black Americans, who may feel a lack of support, through access to resources, social connections, service projects, and various community engagement activities. 

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm, The Diversity Center


Chinese Students Association (CSA) 

CSA is an organization dedicated to sharing aspects to Chinese culture with Lawrence University, as well as with the Appleton community. 

Meeting Information: Mondays, Biweekly, 8:30 pm, Library

Critical Thinkers, Humanists, and Unbelievers at Lawrence University (CTHULU)

The purposes of the organization of the organization shall be to: 1) Promote and practice the open, rational, and scientific examination of the universe and our place in it; 2) That Ethics and morality can be meaningfully based on rational and humanistic ideals and values; 3) Promote skeptical inquiry; 4) Provide community for atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics, naturalists, and other freethinkers; 5) Organize activitiest such as forums for discussion, guest speakers, and debates that educate Lawrence University and surrounding community; 6) Foster acceptance of freethinkers; 7) Advocate for the separation between the church and state

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 8:00 pm, Esch room of the Warch Campus Center

Cultural Food Club

The goal of the Cultural Food Club is to promote awareness, knowledge, and understanding of different cultures of the world with the main focus on food. By creating traditional dishes, the group aims to develop an appreciation of various cultures. Each meeting will involve food, along with some instruction, and possibly cultural art or craft, and a coming together as students from a variety of cultures. Join us once a week to cook the traditional foods of many cultures, from Japanese sushi and Indian curries to Burmese rice and Italian gnocchi. Bring your suggestions, your good energy, and your love of other countries and cultures. Learn new cooking skills, socialize, and expand your understanding of the world. 

Meeting Information: 4:00-6:00 pm, International House

Downer Feminist Council (DFC)

Downer Feminist Council seeks to promote feminism on campus. "Feminism,"for us, means that all people should have equality and the right to be whoever they want to be. DFC does this through holding events, volunteering, raising political awareness, and working to destigmatize the word "feminism."

Meeting Infomation: Tuesdays, 8:00 pm, The Diversity Center

Gay, Lesbian, or Whatever (GLOW)

GLOW is for students who care about LGBTQ issues and welcomes all people, regardless of gender or sexuality. Activities are both social and activism-oriented. Beyond weekly meetings, major events include BarbeQueer, AIDS Walk WI, National Coming Out Day, Trans* Days of Remembrances, Queer Parenting Talk, Queer in Your Career, and the LU Drag Show.

Meeting Information: Wednesdays, 7:15-8:00 pm, The Diversity Center 

Korean Culture Club

Meeting Information: Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm, Warch Campus Center; Biweekly


Lawrence International (LI)

Lawrence International strives to raise cultural awareness on campus with efforts to bring the international and domestic communities closer together. LI organizes annual events such as, international fall and spring formals, ethnic dinners, music perfomances from other cultures. ice skating trips, Lunar New Year, and, of course, Cabaret. All international students are automatically a member of LI, and it is a great place to from them to connect and find support groups away from home. However, LI is open to every student--International or American--and we encourage everyone to get involved in our community. 

Meeting Information: Mondays, 5:30 pm, Andrew Commons of Warch Campus Center

Russian and East European Club, Lawrence University (LUREE)

LUREE is open to members of the Lawrence community interested in Slavic languages, cultures or histories. The organization's goal is to promote a deeper understanding of the Slavic soul by hosting events, which celebrate Slavic tradition: regional dinners, the viewing of award-winning films, and singing traditional songs with our bayan.

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 8:15 pm 

Shakthi (Bollywood Performing Arts)

The Bollywood Performing Arts groups is different from all the other dance groups at Lawrence University. The group will educate Lawrentians on the different cultural aspects according to the location in India. Members will start by learning basic forms of Bollywood and the origins of how Bollywood steps came to be. Throughout the year, routines and steps will become more intricate to constantly entertain and allow members to gain a well-rounded Bollywood background. 

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 6:45-7:45 pm, Multipurpose Room of the Wellness Center

Sign Language Club (LUSLC)

LUSLC has been created by a group of students interested in learning American Sign Language and about Deaf Culture in order to have a better understanding of this unrevealed society. The organization's main purpose is to make Lawrentians and the community aware of the Deaf Community. Once we learn enough about sign language to communicate with others, we plan to volunteer with the deaf and people interested in learning sign language. We also plan to create a sign language table at least once a week where all our members may gather and practice. we are all beginners and we welcome everyone interested and committed to begin this adventure into Sign Language and Deaf Culture. 

Meeting Information: Tuesdays, 7:00 pm, The Diversity Center

Hispanic Culture Club (VIVA)

VIVA serves to raise awareness of Latin American Culture in attempt to build cultural bridges with other cultures.

Meeting Information: Tuesdays, 8 pm, International House

Slam Poetry Club

SPC was created to give students of all different backgrounds a voice on Lawrence University Cmapus.  The main purpose of the group is to inspire, connect, and express (ICE). ICE means to inspire others to use their voice, connect with individuals you would have never connected with, and express how you feel about any and everything you deal with on a day to day basis. SPC has open-mic every meeting to give individuals a chance to share with the group through poetry. All beginner poets, non-slam poets, non-poets, shy, outgoing, etc people are welcomed. You dont have to perform poetry nor write it to be a slam poet.

Meeting Information: TBA


Social Justice Groups

Amnesty International

Amnesty discusses humans in meetings, makes the community aware of human rights throughout the world, and holds events on campus to raise awareness at Lawrence and the Appleton Community. 

Meeting Information: Tuesdays, 8:00 pm, Warch Campus Center


GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of the impoverished around the world. 

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 7:00 pm, Briggs 305

Mock Trial

Mock Trial brings together students interested in the legal profession and, in particular, in the process and proceedings of civil and criminal trials. Members compete in regional mock trial competitions, reviewing and preparing cases, planning strategies, and gaining real experience presenting and arguing cases. 

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 7-9 pm, Warch Campus Center; Biweekly

Student Coalition Aganst Gender-Based Violence (SCAGV)

SCAGV provides Lawrence students with tools and opportunities for actively fighting against gender-based violence (such as domestic house and sexual assault), including on-campus training, workshops, and speakers. 

Meeting Information: Thursdays, 4:00 pm, Warch Campus Center 

Students Working Against Hunger and Poverty (SWAHP)

SWAHP is a student organization that was established at Lawrence in the fall of 2005. The organization educates Lawrence and Appleton community about hunger and poverty issues locally, regionally and globally. SWAHP members have organized service, advocacy, and fundraising opportunities to combat these problems. 

Meeting Information: Tuesdays, 8:00 pm, Warch Campus Center 

Religious Organizations

The following is a list of religious student organizations at Lawrence University.

Hillel/Chavurah (Circle of Friends)

Hillel/Chavurah welcomes all students to learn about Jewish cultural and religious traditions. In the past, members have come together to discuss world issues relating to Judaism. In addition, Hillel/Chavurah organizes holiday celebrations where everyone can take part in discovering a rich and ancient heritage.

Meeting Information: Fridays, 5:30p.m., Downer E

Lawrence Christian Fellowship (LCF)

Lawrence Christian Fellowship is affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and is an organization for all students interested in the Christian faith. Fellowship is offered weekly in addition to Bible studies. The group also arranges transportation to area churches, temples, and mosques and hosts discussions of faith issues centered on articles and readings.

Meeting Information: Wednesdays, 9:00p.m., Riverview Lounge

Unitarian Universalists of Lawrence University

LUUU is a place where everyone is welcome, where spiritual and intellectual growth is encouraged, where the interdependent web of life is respected, and where students are taught to celebrate all the world's religions. LUUU aims to be a community for moral and spiritual support in this academic atmosphere

Meeting Information: Tuesdays, 9-10 pm, Esch Room of Warch Campus Center


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