Global Diversity Organizations

Center for International and Cultural Education

The Involvement Fair occurs every semester, which is a great opportunity for all students to learn more about each club/organization and sign up to become its member. The fall fair is generally held in September. Watch the Gustavus calendar for details.

Building Bridges is a student-intiated, student-led diversity conference dedicated to addressing the pressing social and global issues of today. Building Bridges promotes mutual respect and understanding about diversity throughout the college campus and larger communities.

Center for Inclusive Excellence collaborates with curricular and co-curricular departments to create a learning environment that offers cultural, educational, and mentoring programs for students and partners with faculty and staff to effectively support the academic, cultural, and social adjustment of students from various multicultural backgrounds.

Crossroads brings together international and domestic students with a passion and curiosity for language and culture. These students elect to live in the intentional learning community of Carlson International Center. Crossroads members work to understand themselves and the world by exploring global issues and creating programming to educate the entire campus community.

Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) supports student organizations that advocate for on-campus diversity through keeping a unified calendar of scheduled events, sharing resources and information, and sponsoring and co-sponsoring events with those organizations. The DLC communicates with a collective voice when it recognizes the need to preserve and protect the advocacy of on-campus diversity.

French Club promotes the French language and French and Francophone cultures on campus. Events are open to the entire campus community and include a weekly French Table gathering, semesterly crêpe nights, and an annual trip to Minneapolis/Saint Paul in order to dine at a French or Francophone restaurant and see a French or Francophone movie or concert.

German Club provides a place for the entire campus (especially those interested in German) to meet and learn about German culture and language, to reinvigorate interest in German at Gustavus.

Global China Connection (GCC) seeks to increase understanding of Chinese culture. It creates opportunities for Chinese students and everyone who is interested in Chinese/Mandarin language, Chinese culture, international-Chinese businesses, etc. to develop networks, and it also provides support for Chinese students at Gustavus.

Hmong American Cultural Outreach (HACO) promotes the unity, culture, and heritage of Hmong students and serves as a social network to help Hmong students acclimate to Gustavus. It also educates and shares with the campus community about the beauty of Hmong history, culture, and heritage.

International Cultures Club (ICC) is a student organization that brings international and U.S. students together to promote international awareness and appreciation of different cultures. ICC organizes many cultural events that are open to the Gustavus community and also provides opportunities to interact with members of cultural organizations at other schools.

Japanese Culture Club promotes awareness of the Japanese culture through regular group meetings and events with each semester.

Language Buddies exists as a program for community engagement that develops strategic relationships for ongoing learning with Latino families and Gustavus students. Engagement opportunities include: family learning, kindergarden Spanish, Spanish story time, adult ELL support, adult literacy support, adolescent mentoring and tutoring, and interpretation.

Mosaic brings students and student groups of various faith, religious, and observant traditions together to engage one another in open dialogues and positive exchanges from an interfaith perspective.

Muslim Student Association provides support for Muslim students on campus and educates the wider campus community about Islam and the experiences of Muslims. The group’s activities include regular meetings, weekly congregational prayer, discussion groups, social events, and connecting Muslim students with the wider interfaith community.

Organization for Latin American and Spanish Cultures (OLAS) is a student organization which celebrates the cultures of the Americas and their origins. Its mission is to foster transcultural competence through community outreach by promoting empathy, inclusion, and belonging.


Pan-Afrikan Student Organization (PASO) fosters amicable relationships between its members and the campus at large by promoting cultures of the African homeland Black Diaspora. PASO welcomes all non-African members while still holding true to the practice and belief of the unity of the Black hearts, the Black minds, the Black bodies and the Black souls.


Russian Club furthers understanding of and participation in Russian and Slavic Culture. Russian Club sponsors cultural activities on and off of campus, and events are fun food-filled fests attended by students taking Russian, Russian exchange students, and just plain Russophiles.

Queers and Allies is a Gustavus student-led organization focused on creating a supportive campus environment for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their allies. We seek to raise the visibility of the GLBTA community, awareness of their issues, and their desire for equality. We also strive to let students who might be in the closet or questioning their sexuality know that they are not alone, and we aim to be a resource and outlet for them.

Spanish Club provides opportunities for all students, beginners through advanced, to experience the Spanish language and to create intentional connections aimed at building each member's capacity in the language. Members can enhance their experience in Spanish language and culture by attending presentations, movie nights, and cultural events both on campus and in the surrounding community, including La Mesa de Español, which meets every Tuesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Caf.

Vietnamese Students' Association promotes awareness of Vietnamese culture and represents Vietnamese culture in cultural affairs, and provides fellowship among its members and the community.


Viking Society aims to provide an extracurricular setting for students to explore and engage with Scandinavian cultures, languages, and societies through informal weekly meetings such as the traditional FIKA and through unique Scandinavian holiday-themed events.