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- Asian American Student Association (AASA)
President: Amy Dam
Description: Our purpose is to promote and provide a cultural and political awareness of Asian and Asian-American customs and diversity within the University and local community.
Annual Event: Asian New Year Festival (ANYF) is the Asian American Student Association’s (AASA) biggest event! The New Year is one of the most honored and celebrated traditions in Asian cultures. AASA celebrates Asian New Year with food, cultural dances, singing and theatrical performances by members of AASA, other student organizations, and even the local community. In addition to the show AASA provides dinner.
- Caribbean Student Association (CSA)
President: Lester Watch
Description: The goals of the Caribbean Students Association (CSA) are to promote pride and awareness of the Caribbean culture amongst its members and the Vanderbilt Community at large; to provide strong links among the Caribbean Students and the Faculty at Vanderbilt; and to keep the Vanderbilt Community informed on events and issues that affect the Caribbean. All of these goals shall be accomplished through a variety of extra-curricular activities aimed at fulfilling intellectual, social, and cultural exchange.
- Hidden Dores
President: Guy Russo
Advisor: Dr. Frank Dobson
Description: Spurring from a desire to highlight the experiences of students of color on Vanderbilt’s campus, the Hidden Dores Movement began in the spring of 2014 as a photo campaign to display instances of marginalization on campus. Now the organization has grown to encompass several committees that work to induce structural change in our university and stimulate conversations about the identities and marginalization of students of color at Vanderbilt.
- Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC)
President: Akaninyene Ruffin
Advisor: Dr. Frank Dobson
Description: Growing from a desire to increase cooperation and communication among the existing multicultural student organizations and to establish a dedicated body to advocate for and to address issues facing the student community, LDIA, Vanderbilt Student Government, and other cultural organizations collaborated to initiate the formation of the Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC). The council is comprised of over 25 student organizations. It serves as a steering committee for the student organizations under its umbrella by implementing programs and addressing needs of the cultural minority students, as well as educating the Vanderbilt community on issues of diversity and cultural awareness.
Annual Event: InVUsion, the MLC’s cornerstone event, is a great opportunity to experience the vibrancy of Vanderbilt’s diversity. It’s an incredible day filled with singing, dancing, awesome food, and incredible people..
- Philippine Intercultural Student Organization (PISO)
President: King-Hur Wu
Description: PISO serves the undergraduate community at Vanderbilt University by providing opportunities for students observe, participate, and share in authentic aspects of Filipino culture. These include cuisine, couture, performing arts aesthetics, music, etc.
Annual Event: Kamayan Feast
- South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE)
President: Aaditi Naik
Description: SACE is an organization made up of over 200 Vanderbilt undergraduates dedicated to representing, celebrating, and sharing South Asian culture at Vanderbilt and in the greater Nashville area.
Annual Events: Diwali-An exhibition of South Asian culture, Diwali is the festival of lights, a symbolic triumph of light and knowledge over ignorance and darkness. At Vanderbilt University, the Diwali program is a well established performance attracting around 1500 people from the Vanderbilt community and the greater Nashville area to watch as the members of Masala-SACE (South Asian Cultural Exchange) perform various cultural acts ranging from dances to musical performances to drama.
Nachde Nashville-Nachde Nashville is an intercollegiate Bhangra competition hosted by SACE at Vanderbilt University. Bhangra is a traditional Indian dance form that originated from Punjab. Our primary purpose is to promote and celebrate Indian culture throughout the Vanderbilt and Greater Nashville community. Furthermore, we aspire to expand beyond the scope of dance and create more cultural awareness.
- Vanderbilt Association of Hispanic Students (VAHS)
President: Melissa De La Torre
Description: Our mission is to provide a culturally diverse community that embraces the unique qualities of Latin American Countries.
Annual Events: Cafe con Leche-A cultural showcase sharing the experience of Latino and Hispanic heritage. We encourage and engage the Vanderbilt community to learn more about our culture through a collection of dance, music and food.
Sabor Latino-We wrap Hispanic Heritage Month with a bang! Sabor Latino is VAHS’ way to celebrate ourselves in the fall. We serve delicious catered food and social dance and the best part is that the entire campus is invited!
- Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association (VUCA)
President: Jiayi Hu
Description: Founded in 2007, the mission of VUCA is to promote Chinese culture and facilitate Chinese language learning across Vanderbilt undergraduate and graduate populations. VUCA welcomes everyone who is curious about, interested in, or in love with Chinese language or culture. Our organization is truly cultural, recreational, and educational. We host events with a mission to welcome students to the Chinese culture and engage them through meaningful, fun activities. Our events are a great opportunity for participants to not only enjoy the culture, but also each other’s company. Needless to say, participants at our meetings and Chinese Corners learn something new about the country, the language, or the culture each time before they leave.