STUDENT GROUPS 2020- 2021

BREATHE PANTRY
BREATHE Pantry Student Group is an opportunity to connect with and serve our CIIS/ACTCM community through the recognition of food insecurity on campus and its related hardships, as well as providing space for the celebration of nutritional exchange. The goal of the group is to enlist participation through communal upkeep of spaces and the solicitation of donations as well as the planning and sponsoring of events offering resources and conversations throughout the year on a variety of food related topics. This student group seeks to engage students, staff, faculty and our broader CIIS/ACTCM communities in a collective effort to support and thrive in the Bay Area and beyond!

GOLDEN GATE SLAM
Golden Gate Slam will create an intersectional space for performance poetry on campus that uplifts marginalized voices and the world of CIIS spoken word with the outside poetry world by collaborating with local slam communities on open mics, workshops and competitions.  We will bring outside poets in to teach workshops on writing and performance as well as for features.  The club will create a space for deconstruction of hard conversations and topics and their relationship to art.  We hope to support students in learning from the larger poetry community by attending competitions and festivals that bring the community together. 

THE CIIS GREEN TEAM
The CIIS Green Team provides leadership for CIIS as an institution in the area of sustainability by embodying ecological justice, cultivating reciprocal relationships, and inviting play and pleasure into ecological accountability. We are committed to transforming our community’s consciousness through a holistic ecological focus that engages global paradigm shifts and enables action.

IMPACT@CIIS
Our mission is to offer CIIS students with support on impact-oriented projects, while creating a space that nurtures integral leadership and creativity in order to build and sustain a community that thrives on transdisciplinary change making. Our vision is to have a student-led incubator that provides sustained support and funding to students who are utilizing an entrepreneurial toolkit to facilitate and nurture the Integral paradigm.

PAN AFRICAN STUDENT UNION (PASU)
The Pan-African Students Union is an organization led by students of CIIS who self-identify within the African diaspora. This organization provides opportunities for interaction with students, faculty, administration, and alumni across CIIS’ diverse programs to promote and foster social, educational, political and therapeutic support for personal and professional development.  

QUEERING CIIS
Queering CIIS is a group of LGBTQIA+ identified and questioning students and community members who meet weekly in the interest of providing support for one another, discussing current issues affecting the queer CIIS community and continuing to exchange ideas for building a more inclusive organization to fulfill everyone’s ever changing needs. During quarantine, The club meets weekly via zoom and is lead in an activity such as guided meditation, presentations or writing prompts hosted by a different member each week followed by as open check in. All are welcome.

SPIRITUAL EMERGENCE
We are a group of people who experience and/or are interested in generating awareness, discussion and integration of spiritual emergence and other extraordinary experiences/phenomena in the CIIS and community. Our hope is to give voice to and empower people's psychological and spiritual experiences that have been marginalized, pathologized, silenced, and/or oppressed.

STUDENT EMPLOYEES COLLECTIVE
We are a student group inspired to celebrate the joys and acknowledge the challenges of studying and working at CIIS.  We meet monthly to promote visibility, advocacy and action.  

STUDENTS FOR PSYCHEDELIC INQUIRY 

STUDY OF HEALING COMMUNITY
We are a group of Mandarin speaking students in CIIS. We aim at exploring and supporting students growing and healing process in CIIS

TRANSDISCIPLINARY ASIAN STUDIES COLLECTIVE
TASC hosts informal student dinners, student-run academic and experiential workshops, and talks by invited speakers related to Asian Studies topics of all kinds: secular and sacred, autochthonous and diasporic, elements of "high" and "popular" culture. Through the above activities we hope to: (1) Foster collegiality and cooperation across departments amongst students with an interest in Asian Studies. (2) Hone mutual support and constructive critique of one another's writing, research, and presentation. (3) Foster and nurture connection between CIIS and other institutions of higher learning.

VETERAN OF CIIS
We are a group dedicated to the support and growth of CIIS students and prospective students who are Veterans of the armed forces from any country. Coming back to academia or navigating it for the first time as a Veteran can be a challenge, possibly even more so at CIIS, the Hogwarts of the academic world. There are new acronyms to learn, you might get to sleep in past 6am, and you can even make your own schedule. We exist to create a cohesive community of belonging, a space to share experiences and resources, and an opportunity to connect with others. We welcome everyone, whether you are a Veteran or are simply curious to meet those who once wore the uniform.