Cultural Student Organizations
There are more than 200 active student organizations at Lafayette. The groups listed below are multicultural or social justice-oriented groups whose objectives are in sync with those of the Office of Intercultural Development. Click on a student group for more information or see the full list of student organizations on the Student Government website.
- Africans Creating African Consciousness and Interest Abroad (ACACIA)
- Amnesty International
- Asian Cultural Association (ACA)
- Association of Black Collegians (ABC)
- Association of Lafayette Feminists (ALF)
- Brothers of Lafayette (BOL)
- Heritage of Latin America (HOLA)
- Hispanic Society of Lafayette (HSL)
- International Students Association (ISA)
- Japanese Interest Floor (JIF)
- Lafayette African and Caribbean Students Association (LACSA)
- Le Cercle Français (French Club)
- Muslim Student Association
- Newman Association
- Nia (Multicultural Women’s Support Group)
- Precision (Step Team)
- Questioning Established Sexual Taboos (QuEST)
- Writing Organization Reaching Dynamic Students (W.O.R.D.S.)
ACACIA strives to educate both African students, and those interested in Africa, about the current events, history, life, politics, etc, of the continent and her people. With the objective to educate, uplift, and unite, ACACIA aims to bring about an increased sense and awareness of what is taking place in Africa.
Lafayette College has a chapter of Amnesty International USA. Amnesty International is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote universal human rights. In pursuit of this mission, Amnesty undertakes research, advocacy, and educational campaigns to protect human rights. Past events have included experts who spoke on the violence and genocide in Darfur, students attending rallies in DC and New York against the violence in Darfur, and letter writing campaigns to elected officials addressing human rights issues.
This group shares with the community the cultural experience of Asian students studying at Lafayette, and educates the campus on issues important to Asian students. Besides regular monthly meetings, the group sponsors various events including a celebration of Chinese New Year and an East Asian film series. They also take part in the annual International Extravaganza.
This group creates an atmosphere conducive to the intellectual, cultural, and social growth of its members and contributes to the general student body’s understanding of the needs of its black members. Through the sponsorship of cultural programs, philanthropic projects, and social events, the group helps new students adjust to a small campus atmosphere and strives to give the community a better understanding of the intellectual and cultural traditions of black culture.
ALF is an organization dedicated to educating the Lafayette community about the protection and enforcement of women’s and other minorities’ rights. The organization sponsors events including The Vagina Monologues, Take Back the Night, Love Your Body Day, and various brown bags on topics such as rape/sexual assault, domestic violence, racism, women’s right to choose, and body image. The group is committed to maintaining a comfortable and safe environment in which all members of the Lafayette community may achieve their highest potential.
Brothers of Lafayette is a men’s organization that fosters personal, social, academic, intellectual, and professional development within its members. As an organization, it provides a safe and positive atmosphere for men on Lafayette College’s campus. BOL’s goal is to make it possible for its members to be strong and to be empowered with the tools needed to be successful in life.
The HOLA Floor was established to promote student pursuit of a higher education, cross-culture communication on campus, leadership skills, and learning about the heritage of Latin America. The goal for the HOLA Floor is to become every year more proactive on and off campus. HOLA Floor encourages conversations in the dorms, in the cafeteria, and in the classrooms. HOLA members act as a model of cultural diversity in student life and as an agent for social change towards greater cultural diversity on the Lafayette campus.
An organization that celebrates the cultural contributions of Latino/as and Latin Americans, the society sponsors lectures, film, dances, and a series of lunches, during which students who are learning Spanish can converse with native speakers. The group hosts activities each year during Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) including a Latin Market with food and crafts. They decorate the Landis Atrium of Farinon College Center with flags of Spanish-speaking nations. Students from Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Colombia, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Peru, and other Latin American countries, provide insight into their native countries, and speak of the experiences of Latinos in the United States.
Lafayette’s student body includes representatives from about 60 countries, many of whom are members of this organization. ISA sponsors social events and lectures throughout the year, and a major week-long cultural celebration each spring called Extravaganza whose goal is to celebrate cultural diversity and to increase awareness about the various countries represented on campus. Each day a different region is highlighted by displays, discussions, events, and film screenings. The week concludes with the Grand Finale, which includes food tasting and a fashion/talent show. ISA publishes World Wise magazine each spring, and you can find an international students’ handbook on its web site.
The mission of the Japanese Living Group is to share Japanese culture through various organized activities. They try to sponsor events that touch various cultural aspects. In the past, there have been activiites such as make your own Sushi Taiko, introduction to Japanese drums, and learning how to fold origami.
Membership in LACSA is open to all students at Lafayette. The organization aims to educate the Lafayette community about African and Caribbean culture and way of life, promote cultural diversity activities with an African or Caribbean focus, and help incoming African and Caribbean first-year students adjust to a new environment. The group organizes movie nights, trips to museums, and other activities as well as monthly meetings.
The purpose of Le Cercle Francais (Lafayette’s French Club) is to enable the campus community to encounter and better accept French language and culture. The group organizes French-themed events such as a National French Week guest lecturer, a Mardi Gras celebration, a film festival/contest for local high school students, and various other events that involve French cuisine, films, and games. Its members run a community outreach program to teach French to local elementary school students, and the group offers a forum for students, faculty, and staff of all skill levels to practice speaking French.
The Muslim Student Organization (MSA) strives to provide a friendly and cooperative environment where Lafayette Muslim students from around the world will be able to interact with other student bodies on campus and other Muslims in the community. The group also aims to educate the Lafayette community regarding issues pertaining to Islam. Over the course of the year, MSA organizes informative lunch time talks, trips to the Allentown mosque during the holy month of Ramadan, as well as an annual event to celebrate Eid/Diwali in conjuction with the Asian Students Association.
The Newman Association is the Catholic student group on campus that welcomes students of all religions with its many social and spiritual activities. A retreat to Cape May, New Jersey, is held every fall. Fellowship dinners are open to the campus and are held at the Newman House on McCartney Street about once a month. In addition, Newman organizes a student-run weekly Mass, social outings (bowling, ice skating, movie nights), and spiritual activities. Meetings are Monday nights at 9 p.m. at 119 McCartney Street. A discussion group also meets weekly. Meeting times for this group vary from semester to semester.
NIA is an organization which provides a forum for open discussion on prevalent issues facing multicultural women on campus, and creates a sense of support and sisterhood within the Lafayette community.
QuEST‘s mission is to provide Lafayette students, faculty, and staff with a neutral environment in which to discuss issues concerning sexual orientation and gender identity; to offer support to anyone struggling with these issues; and to help educate members of the Lafayette community and surrounding areas on topics dealing with sexual orientation.
RISE raises awareness of the concept of poverty throughout the Lafayette College community and, when possible, in Easton. RISE strives to develop into a continuously expanding project from campus to city to statewide. The group aims to assist in the effort to alleviate poverty either through self-initiated projects working with people in poverty-related situations, or working (assisting with funds, labor work, organization, planning, logistics, etc.) with organizations who do the same.
W.O.R.D.S. serves as an active club engaging students in personal and social programming aimed at incorporating poetry, music, and art as a form of expression, and attempts to create an intellectually stimulating environment in which members can initiate conversation on political, moral, and social issues among their peers. The purpose is to reach out to students who have an interest in writing, performance, poetry, art, song, etc. Through bi-weekly open mic events, students have a chance to voice their opinions through art of any kind. W.O.R.D.S. sponsors events aimed at opening the eyes and ears of Lafayette students, and encourages intellectual and social awareness.
- Nov 3 Surviving Empire: Black Feminist Revisions of Revolution
- Nov 7 Hot and Holy: Why Jesus Insists on Consent - Social Justice Keynote
- Nov 14 “Being American in a Colored America” Social Justice Keynote
- Feb 21 "Talking Back: Challenging Stereotypes and Oppression Within Media": Social Justice Events Series Keynote
- Mar 2 "While Black: Social Media, Social Justice" Social Justice Events Series Keynote
107 Farinon Center
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 330-5320
Fax: (610) 330-5560
Portlock Black Cultural Center
101 McCartney Street
Easton, PA 18042
Phone: (610) 330-5320
Fax: (610) 330-5560
Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.