M O S A I CMulticultural Organizations for Students Actively Inspiring Community
Multicultural Organizations for Students Actively Inspiring Community is a coalition of student organizations committed to promoting unity and encouraging cultural awareness.
African American Student Union (AASU)
The purpose of this organization is to increase the visibility and awareness of African and African American students. AASU prides itself on developing influential cultural educational programs related to defying the myth, stereotypes, preconceived notions, and stigmas of African Americans. Specifically, we aim to address the misconceptions of African American students at Buena Vista University. Additionally, the purpose of this organization is to unite all students to commemorate the social history of African Americans.
Asian American Pacific Islanders Alliance (AAPIA)
The purpose of this organization is to celebrate the Asian American Pacific Islander culture and to educate the campus community in an effort to promote understanding within the the Buena Vista University campus community. AAPIA's primary functions are to address stereotypes and misconceptions of Asian Americans and provide opportunities for students to embrace our culture. One of the ways AAPIA accomplishes this goal is by celebrating Asian Awareness Month.
The International Club promotes international/intercultural awareness and interaction for the students of BVU. Moreover, the International Club serves to provide international students with an opportunity to promote the customs and cultures from their home countries, as well as offer students who have participated in a study abroad program to share their knowledge and experience. The International Club sponsors events to promote cultural exchange as well as address the misconceptions and stereotypes related to foreign countries.
Multicultural Club (MC)
This organization strives to promote an understanding of multicultural affairs. Specifically, MCC focuses on diversity programs that address common misconceptions of domestic and foreign subcultures. Taking this approach one step further, MCC sponsors service learning opportunities for students to strengthen their perspective on local and regional affairs.
RAICES (Spanish for "Roots")
RAICES is a student organization designed to increase the visibility and heighten the awareness of students of Latin descent. Additionally, the focal point of RAICES is to promote diversity, while serving as a safe haven of expression of thoughts and freedom of speech. Moreover, RAICES is dedicated to dispelling the social myths of Latin Americans today.
Time Out is a student-led organization that works with the university and community to raise awareness about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance issues (GLBTSA). The organization furthers its mission through ACES events, campus and community builders. Time Out hosts a pride week in both fall and spring semester, which consists of entertainment and educational venues that both serve a learning experience with the enjoyment of being together with people and having fun. Time Out welcomes all members, regardless of sexual orientation. Time Out strives to help improve the quality of life for Buena Vista University students, faculty, staff and members of surrounding communities.
Voices of Praise (VOP)
Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, formerly Good View Music Association, is a student organization designed to celebrate the Gospel in song. Specifically, VOP's mission is to encourage the discussion, study, and performance of Gospel music. Additionally, VOP provides the campus with opportunities to worship at the winter and spring concerts. The organization is non-denominational.
Women of Color (WOC)
This is an organization in which women of color are encouraged to discuss issues related to student engagement and involvement on campus and in the community. Additionally, WOC focus is to develop programs that contribute to the consciousness and well being of all women on campus.
Men of Character (MOC)
Men of Character are a voluntary support group for males, boys, and men. This organization is designed to celebrate the lived experiences of men of all ages and backgrounds. As Men of Character, we are accepting the responsibility of leading our community with dignity, respect, and love for all beings. Men of Character understand the dire need of male leadership and the importance of a connected community.