AWARE - AWAKENING TO WHITENESS AND RACISM EVERYWHERE
The AWARE group is open to students, faculty, and staff who want to participate in a process towards unlearning racism, examining their experience of white social privilege, confronting histories of silence, shame, and complicity, and moving towards alliance-building with people of color for racial justice at CIIS and beyond. Out of respect for people of color, we are meeting as a caucus group of white people. We consider it very important that we don't impose on people of color the role of "teaching us how we are racist" or the need to care-take people who might be at various stages of their own consciousness around racism or oppression.
Contact: Kate Ramsey
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND FRIENDS
International Students and Friends is created for the express purpose of providing peer support for the international student community, through organizing and hosting cultural and social events, as well as of raising awareness on campus about the specific needs of international graduate students. The campus group will also take part in creating social and cultural activities that will empower international students and create a support network. The international students group will also facilitate the International Playback Theater Company, which will creatively engage in international student stories and perform at different CIIS, and possibly Bay Area, events.
Contact: Jody O'Connor
PEOPLE OF COLOR GROUP
The People of Color Group is open to faculty, staff, and students of color. The group meets weekly to discuss issues of diversity at the Institute and to provide ongoing support to the community of color at CIIS. A major goal of the group is to promote cultural diversity and awareness in the CIIS community.
Contact: Monique LeSarre
Queer@CIIS is a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex members of the CIIS community, and our allies. Our primary mission is to provide a safe and enthusiastic environment for all students, faculty and staff that supports, affirms, encourages, and empowers us in sharing our lives and goals more fully and openly into the community, thereby enhancing the richness and relevance of the CIIS educational experience. Our group produces exciting educational and social events to support, promote, and edify all students, as well as those in the community. We believe that inclusivity is a primary ingredient for discourse, and camaraderie. Your ideals, ideas, stories, and support are most welcome and encouraged.
Contact: Emmi Bevensee
Contact Dustin Smith to be added to our private "Queer@CIIS" Listserv.
Student Alliance is a student-run organization that facilitates communication, sponsors events, and allocates funding to help students and student groups actualize the seven institute ideals. Listening to student voices, we build alliances, cultivate student leadership, and advocate for social change and transformation of existing power structures.
THEATER FOR CHANGE
We are committed to using theatrical performance to give voice and representation to people of color; to open dialogue within the community on issues of race, racism, and equality; and to encourage our audience to fight inequality on a personal, institutional, and societal level.
Contact: Renee Emunah