The Stonewall Coalition (StoneCo)
StoneCo is an organization of for all students who identify under the 'queer' LGBT umbrella and our allies. Our goal is to promote activism and education through collaboration with other student groups and maintain a sense of community and safety on campus. StoneCo meets weekly in the SRC. Email: [STONECO@grinnell.edu].
Coming Out Group (COG)
COG is a group aimed to provide a confidential SAFE SPACE for individuals approaching and questioning issues of sexual orientation, gender, identity, etc. Our goal is to be a resource for discussion, information and support while emphasizing on confidentiality. COG meetings are need-based and held outside the SRC, in locations only disclosed to those who will participate in them. For those who are interested email [COG@grinnell.edu] for more information
Queer People Of Color (QPOC)
QPOC aims to address issues of racial, ethnic and economic inequity within the queer establishment. For more information about becoming involved, please e-mail: [QPOC@grinnell.edu].
LMNOP and ABC
Lesbian Movie Night and Organized Procrastination (LMNOP) and All Boys Cinema (ABC) are movie nights hosted weekly in the SRC. Info? Email: [SRCENTER@grinnell.edu]
Transgender Action Group (TAG)
TAG meets weekly in the SRC to discuss issues of transgender, transsexual, genderqueer and other non-binary gender presentations and identities. Meetings are open to all trans and cis-gender individuals interested in learning more about gender and gender issues. Email: [TAG@grinnell.edu]
Queer Rainbow Super Team (QRST)
Queer Rainbow Super Team plays games and has fun! Sometimes outside, sometimes inside it is an all around raucus good time! Email: [QRST@grinnell.edu]
Spectrum is a discussion group working to educate ourselves and others about issues that fall outside of the gay/straight binary, including identities, discrimination, and visibility. Email: [SPECTRUM@grinnell.edu]
Feminist Action Coalition (FAC)
The Feminist Action Coalition (FAC) is Grinnell's student-run feminist organization. We are devoted to advocating on behalf of Grinnell's female-identified women, fighting oppression in all its forms, and having awesome feminist fun. In addition to weekly discussions about feminist issues, FAC organizes a number of popular events on campus, including the clothing-optional photo shoot, masturbation and consent workshops, Love Your Body Week, and Take Back the Night Week. Please feel free to email [FAC@grinnell.edu] for more information or to join our mailing list.
OUTreach works to connect a queer community here at Grinnell with a larger queer community, through networking with high school GSAs, other college students, alums, Grinnell community members, and statewide, national and international networks. If you are interested in getting involved, or are interested in starting or developing a GSA at your high school, please contact [OUTREACH@grinnell.edu].
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.
Please visit our website for current information about ACSU and information about the 2012 Umoja Conference.
Asian and Asian American Association (AAA)
The purpose of the Asian and Asian American Assocation is to create a community that will nurture cultural pride amongst all members. Some of AAC's larger events include the Stepping Stones variety show and taking a group to attend the MAASU convention.
AAA's multicultural suite is located in JRC 209Q.
For more information, contact [aaa].
Concerned Black Students (CBS)
The purpose of CBSis 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 Thursdays from 9-10 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].
Queer People of Color (QPOC)
Originally created in 1997 , QPOC was reformed in 2006 to address and raise awareness about issues of race/ethnicity, sexuality, and their intersection. Some of QPOC's main events include the QPOC Drag Extravaganza, a fundraiser for free HIV testing on campus and HIV/AIDS charities, as well as organizing campus participation in the National Day of Silence.
For more information, contact [qpoc].
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].