Students at Connecticut College have established and govern a wide variety of student organizations that promote the advancement of all the aspects of sustainability. Don’t worry if you see more than one organization that you would like to participate in because most students are members of multiple organizations!
One in Four
One in Four is an all-men's organization that educates men and other students about sexual assault and sexual violence. The aim of One in Four is to help reduce the incidences of sexual assault and violence through advocacy, programming and prevention techniques. One in Four also addresses gender-based stereotypes about men, women and sexual violence.
Active Minds is the only organization working to utilize the student voice to change the conversation about mental health on college campuses by developing and supporting chapters of student-run mental health awareness, education and advocacy.
African/African-American Student Union (Umoja)
Umoja, meaning Unity in Swahili, is the African/African-American students' organization that serves as a support group for students of African descent and those interested in multicultural issues. Umoja seeks to heighten the awareness of the membership and the College community of the African diaspora through social, political and academic success.
American Cancer Society Relay for Life
American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a nationwide collaboration of college students, faculty and staff dedicated to eliminating cancer by initiating and supporting programs of the American Cancer Society in college communities.
Amnesty International at Connecticut College is dedicated to the investigation and prevention of worldwide human rights violations and strives to promote the integrity of all human beings, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age or political affiliation. Its members promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the College's campus, within the New London community, nationally and globally. Amnesty International is concerned with the impartial protection of all human rights.
Asian/Asian-American Student Association (CCASA)
CCASA provides a supportive environment for Asians and Asian-Americans on campus. CCASA seeks to raise awareness of cultural, political, social and academic issues that concern Asians and Asian-Americans through programming available to the greater College community. CCASA acts as a resource to students of both Asian and non-Asian background and serves as a liaison to other clubs, committees and the administration in order to voice the needs and concerns for the College's Asian and Asian-American students.
Best Buddies International is the largest nonprofit organization established to promote friendships and employment for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The chapter's goal is to raise awareness on campus and the surrounding New London area.
CC Cruisers is the daily bike rental program run by Spokespeople, the College’s student run bicycle collective. Through the program, anyone with a College ID can check out one of 10 new bicycles at Shain Library for the day. There is no cost for the rental, which includes a helmet and bicycle lock. (During the Shain Library renovation, the CC Cruiser bicycles can be check out at the reference desk, which is temporarily located in the Ernst Common Room in Blaustein Hall)
Cakes for Care
Cakes for Care is a student organization dedicated to the art of baking and to the support of local New London charities.
Located near the first-floor entrance of Cummings Arts Center, the Coffee Closet offers a variety of coffee and tea beverages and a smaller, more intimate study space.
A student-run, organic, fair trade coffee shop located across from the College Center on the first floor of KB (Katharine Blunt residence hall) offering baked goods, delicious drinks and fair trade coffee, Coffee Grounds hosts club events, performances and department-sponsored events and displays student art. Weekly events include Tuesday Night Acoustics, Wednesday Jazz and Friday Band Night.
Promotes political, cultural and social awareness through talks, colloquia and events, focusing on variety of fields of interest, in order to foster academic dialogue outside the classroom.
Connecticut College Forest Justice raises funds and works to reduce the use of tree products on campus in order to promote the conservation of our global forest ecosystems and increase awareness about deforestation issues.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity is a student-run organization operated under the OVCS umbrella. Members go on weekly builds in the New London community every Saturday and also organize a Spring Break trip to different areas in the U.S. each year. Trips are funded completely through student fundraising efforts throughout the year such as gingerbread house making and ice skating at the Athletic Center.
International Student Association (ATLAS)
ATLAS provides a supportive environment for international students, and through events like I'Nite, I'Carnivale and I'World Cup, celebrates and shares their cultures with the campus community.
La Unidad is dedicated to promoting awareness of issues most pertinent to Latinos/as on campus and in the United States today.
Korean Language Club
The Korean Language Club was started to teach Connecticut College students about Korean language and culture through weekly class meetings and cultural events.
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán is a student organization that promotes higher education, culture and history. MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of Chicano/a people. They believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in this society.
Connecticut College’s Oceana is the first collegiate chapter of Oceana[JJS1] , an international non-profit that advocates for ocean health and the responsible use of marine resources. The College chapter of Oceana hosts film screening, guest speakers, beach cleanups and other collaborative restorations projects with local non-profit groups to raise awareness of marine issues.
Peer Educators Empowering Positive Self (PEEPS)
Peer educators are student leaders dedicated to educating and empowering themselves and their peers to live balanced, healthy lives.
Peggotty Investment Club
This investment club manages a portion of the College endowment through a student-run investment portfolio. Essentially the club members act as investment managers using a portion of the College's endowment as their capital. The club is entirely student run and its members come from diverse backgrounds and various fields of study.
Slavery Ends Today (SET)
Slavery Ends Today seeks to raise awareness and take action against forced and coerced labor, both domestically and internationally, through educational programming, fundraising, and supply drives in support of international organizations.
Slavic Cultures Club
Slavic Club is a group of individuals interested in the languages, cultures, and politics of all nations Slavic. Join us for a trip to the Gugenheim for a Kandinsky exhibition, an expedition to Brighton beach to practice your Russian, or simply a movie in Knowlton with Kvass and tea!
Students Organized Against Racism (SOAR)
SOAR promotes a general awareness of cultural, racial and ethnic differences as well as similarities. Its members create campus projects that educate students of the evils of racism. They also plan activities, advise the institution, and serve as an advocate for changes which promote racial understanding.
Spectrum works toward ending homophobia through education and advocacy. It is dedicated to raising awareness about issues of sexual orientation and gender identity, changing discriminatory policies and attitudes and providing support for our members.
Established on the credo that bicycling is a sane, inexpensive and sustainable alternative to the reliance on motor vehicles, Spokespeople is a student-run bicycle collective including free repairing and renting services. Spokespeople is currently located in the basement of the Katharine Blunt residence hall.
The Vagina Monologues
The Vagina Monologues, a segment of V-Day, has been part of the Connecticut College community for ten years. Come watch our all-female cast perform the Vagina Monologues and educate the community about women's issues.
The center is a safe, welcoming space for the College community to engage and discuss gender issues; to explore the ways in which gender identities intersect with race, nationality, class, sexual identity/expression, religion, age, physical or mental ability; to educate and provide support services for advocates seeking social change on gender issues; and to celebrate the emergence of vibrant young women.
Yalla Bina (Arabic Club)
The Yalla Bina club is a student led organization that celebrates the Middle Eastern region and its people. We achieve this by fostering an awareness of the peoples, histories, and cultures of the Middle East on Connecticut College's campus.