Identity Clubs

Bates identity clubs invite students to coalesce around their identities, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexual orientation, and religion. These clubs are vibrant communities where connection around identity, culture, and difference occurs and is celebrated. Identity clubs are often eager to share and teach others about the identity or culture its members are a part of.

You may view the list of identity club contacts, advisors, and storage spaces here.

Africana Club FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The purpose of the Africana club is to celebrate the African continent and its people. We achieve this by fostering an awareness of the peoples, histories, and cultures of Africa on the Bates campus. Furthermore, the club creates a platform on which all students in the Bates campus interested in Africa can interact with each other closely and also share their thoughts, and experiences with the Bates community at large. Similarly, Africana club brings together students who want to study abroad in Africa and those who have been or lived there. The club also develops an avenue for connecting its members with Bates alumni who have interests and/or connections with the African continent. Most importantly in Africana, we pride ourselves as a family, and we use one another as a source and as a helping hand.

AMANDLA: Black Student Union FB-f-Logo__blue_29

As a student organization, Amandla! celebrates and promotes the rich culture and history of various communities within the African diaspora. As part of our mission, we celebrate the melting pot of diverse backgrounds and experiences through intellectual discussion and artistic expression. The club holds yearly academic conferences, dinners, and spoken word events for the Bates community members to engage in the discussion of issues pertinent to the students of color on campus. We also attend events (i.e. symposiums and conferences) outside of Bates College where members can network and connect with students of color from other colleges and universities. Through organizing events and programs that raise cultural and political awareness of Black people on campus, Amandla! hopes to ignite racial tolerance and social change in our communities.

Staff Advisor: James Reese
Storage: Office of Intercultural Education

Asian-American Students in Action (AASIA)

AASIA (Asian-American Students in Action) is an organization for students who are interested in exploring, discussing, and partaking in Asian-American culture in a warm, inclusive environment. We achieve this by bringing together students who identify as Asian-American and students who have a curiosity about the culture to foster awareness of the histories, peoples, and cultures on campus. AASIA regularly hosts cooking nights for the Bates community to enjoy communal dinners with authentic Asian cooking, provocative discussion nights where we delve into difficult dialogues and cultural celebration events such as an annual mid-Autumn and Lunar New Year festival. We also attend conferences and symposiums throughout the year to connect to other students with similar platforms and interests. AASIA serves as a resource for anyone in the Bates community interested in talking about topics that affect Asian-American communities (immigration, assimilation, inter-racial children post-war periods, adoption) and for students interested in Asian-American identity.

Baha’i Association FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The Bates College BAHÁ’Í Association promotes the unity of mankind and the principles of the Bahá’í Faith such as the need for equal rights and privileges for men and women of all backgrounds, the harmony of science and religion, and the unfettered search after truth. The Association, open to all members of the College community and their families, aims to foster understanding, love, and fellowship in the Bates community through lectures and other public meetings, social gatherings, and service projects.

Bates Christian Fellowship (BCF) FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Bates Christian Fellowship is a large and diverse family of students. We strive to grow in love for God and God’s people of every ethnicity and culture, and to come to a deeper understanding of the Scriptures and of God’s purposes in the world. There are many small groups that meet weekly for Bible study, discussion, and prayer. Current small groups within “BCF” are… Justified Liturgical Dance Group, the Spanish Bible Study, and Evening Prayer. There are also larger weekly meetings – Worship Wednesdays – for everyone to gather together for worship, sharing and planning. The Fellowship hosts many events throughout the year. Many of them are service opportunities on campus or in the Lewiston community and others are just fun times for the campus to gather and share His Love. Our activities are always open to the entire Bates community – students, faculty and staff. BCF is associated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.

Office: Chase Hall 216

Caribbean Student Association (CSA) FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The fundamental goals of the CSA are to celebrate Caribbean culture and to foster greater awareness of issues related to the Caribbean among members of the Bates College community. The aim of the CSA is to empower Caribbean students to create a sense of unity among themselves, but to also promote connections with their fellow students at Bates College and with the surrounding community.

Catholic Student Community FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The Catholic Student Community is the Roman Catholic affiliated organization at Bates College. The group works alongside the College’s Catholic Chaplain in organizing weekly Saturday Mass and other spiritual activities such as prayer/discussion meetings and dinner meetings. The group is also active in the Lewiston community, volunteering with local churches and charitable organizations.

Office: Chase Hall 216

Christian Science Organization

The Christian Science Organization aims to support and encourage a spiritually engaged community at Bates College. It serves as a spiritual resource for all by creating a forum for prayer and discovery with the guidance of Christian Science stories and writings.

Inactive in the 2015-16 academic year.

Der Deutsche Klub (German Club)

The German Club is there to improve our understanding of German culture and to share those customs with the rest of the Bates community. The club aims to provide a diverse set of activities that invite everyone to revel in the fun!

Hillel FB-f-Logo__blue_29Instagram

Bates Hillel is an entirely student-run club designed for Jewish students and others interested in Judaism. Hillel offers weekly Shabbat dinners in the Office of Intercultural Education, casual Friday evening services, celebrates all major Jewish holidays, and participate in programs with Temple Shalom in Auburn. All members of the Bates community are welcome to attend Hillel events and programs.

Storage: Office of Intercultural Education

International Club FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The International Club provides the Bates community with an opportunity to take part in a large variety of activities that aim to promote and encourage cross-cultural awareness and understanding. Such activities include the annual International Dinner (featuring foods from around the world), trips during the mid-semester breaks, several International parties, and our International Fair and Festival when students represent their countries in a variety of ways, ranging from fashion, to music, to dancing, to pictures, movies, and souvenirs. These activities serve as an opportunity for international students to represent themselves, their countries, cultures, and traditions. Just as importantly, with our activities, we aim to create interaction that offers all students, from within the United States and from outside, the insight on various world issues; young ambitious people who share the same desire for knowledge, exploration, and education. We also serve to support the International students in their transition process from one part of the world to another. We welcome all members of the Bates Community as members of the International Club, or participants in its activities.

Staff Advisor: James Reese

Latinos Unidos FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Latinos Unidos is a student organization that celebrates diversity. The club offers the opportunity to Bates Students who identify as Hispanic or Latino to come together and learn more about their rich culture, however, the club’s main goal is to facilitate a welcoming place for the entire Bates community, whether Latino or not, to embrace and discover more about Latin American culture, a culture that many here at Bates are part of. We do not only seek to connect (or reconnect) members of the Bates community with the richness of countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean, but also hope to explore the relationship that Latin American countries have with the United States, at a national and Bates level. We achieve these goals through discussions, community engagement, dances, academic conferences, Enlaces (Want to know what it is? Yes? Then join our club!), and food! To guarantee an inclusive environment for non-Spanish speaking members, all meetings are held in English.

Staff Advisor: James Reese

Mays’ Men

Men of color group within the Bates community that fosters personal growth in achieving our collective magnum opus while upholding a wholehearted standard of ownership to be the best well-rounded and socially conscious and active men we can be.
– “iron sharpens Iron”

Muslim Students’ Association (Mushahada Association) FB-f-Logo__blue_29

Mushahada Association (Muslim Students’ Association) is an association of the Muslim students and students interested in the Islamic faith at Bates. Mushahada is an Arabic word and means vision. The club aims at providing appropriate space for religious observances, and increasing awareness of Islam as a religion on the college campus through organizing a diverse range of activities, which also act as a platform for interaction between Muslim students on the campus and the college community as a whole.

Storage: Office of Intercultural Education

OUTFront FB-f-Logo__blue_29

OUTfront strives to promote understanding, awareness, and activism on campus around gender and sexual diversity through discussion, campus-wide events, and the collaboration with SPARQ!, Active Allies, and various other campus and community resources. OUTfront welcomes all students who are interested in learning, exploring, and celebrating gender and sexual diversity. Regular events include: Coming Out Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Pride Week, Lick It, and Dragapalooza.

Fac/Staff Advisors: Erica Rand & Lexie Mucci
Office: Chase Hall 220

Salaam Namaste

Salaam Namaste is an organization seeking to promote awareness of South Asian culture at Bates College. With its vibrant culture, bubbling spirit and teeming knowledge, South Asia is a growing attraction in the world and has proven to be of much interest to students from America and the other countries represented at Bates. Founded on the enthusiasm of South Asian students at Bates yearning to share their heritage with their fellow students, this club truly enriches Bates’ multicultural life by organizing cultural events from South Asia such as “Holi” (The World’s Biggest Water Fight) and “Diwali” (The Festival of Lights) and hosting South Asian cooking nights and Bollywood movie nights.

Sangai Asia FB-f-Logo__blue_29

“Sangai” means “togetherness” in Nepalese, which is a founding purpose of this club. Sangai Asia was created to promote Asian and Asian-American awareness, identity, and fellowship on the Bates campus as well as in the greater community. Sangai Asia has held and cosponsored events such as dinners, cooking classes, film series, annual fireworks displays, and lectures focusing on Asian and Asian- American identity and cultures. In addition, Sangai Asia also produces the annual “Asian Performance Night,” which typically features an outside professional performance group, and highlights the diverse Asian cultural backgrounds of its members and Bates students through the performing arts.

Women of Color FB-f-Logo__blue_29

The Women of Color Club celebrates the rich and diverse experiences of women of color, as well as confronts issues of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, and other forms of prejudice that affect women of color in a comfortable and safe setting. Through the year we organize events around these issues as well as around important events such as National Women’s Month to raise awareness of our unique experiences to others on campus.

Storage: Office of Intercultural Education