Student Alliance

Student Alliance is a student-run and student-funded organization supports students' needs by promoting their involvement in all levels of the CIIS community. Each semester Student Alliance allocates funding to support student participation in international and national conferences, special events for the CIIS community, and to active student groups. Student are encouraged to learn about these opportunities and to become involved in our multiple student groups whose missions serve a diverse field of interests; from astrology, meditation, expressive arts, sacred medicines, to social-oriented groups that support people of color, Latina scholarship and service, LGBT community, and international students.

Every registered student is encouraged to become involved and to attend Student Alliance monthly meetings. The goal of meetings are to insure accountability of Student Alliance funding and to create a forum to explore student ideas and concerns aimed to enhance the quality of students' well-being and representation at CIIS.

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2016 Student Leadership Groups

AGAPE - Architecture, Geometry, and Philosophy Exploratorium

At the foundation of our thinking about the structure of the universe are geometric concepts of space, matter, and the forces that work within them. These geometric concepts are implicit in the modern scientific world-view that is mechanistic, materialistic, and devoid of meaning. Through geometric exercises, AGAPE seeks to liberate thinking from its Euclidean, Cartesian, Newtonian confines, and to cultivate an awareness of the relational dynamics of archetypal forces manifest in the macrocosm and microcosm. Through conscious participation in the geometric becoming of form, AGAPE explores the landscape beyond the confines, with the goals of discovering practical means for breaking the spell of disenchantment and wondering at the beauty.

Contact: Jeremy Strawn

AWARE - Awakening to Whiteness and Racism Everywhere

AWARE provides a space for students, faculty, and staff to examine experiences of white social privilege, to confront histories of silence, shame, and complicity, and to build alliances between white people and people of color at CIIS and beyond. All who wish to attend AWARE meetings are welcome, and the focus of the process is on supporting white people in the work of unlearning racism. A major goal of the group is to promote diversity, inclusion, and social justice in the CIIS community.



An Astrology Study Group dedicated to the support and growth of an astrological community of learners at CIIS, fostering an approach to the discipline of astrology which is creative, imaginative, and intellectually rigorous. All knowledge and skill levels are welcomed in our topic-based approach, which emphasizes peer learning and mentoring. This will be a great way to connect with students of astrology at CIIS and access resources to further your studies.

Contact: Laura Michetti

ERIE - Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education Student Group

The Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education Student Group (ERIE-SG) mission: Review and conduct research on the use of traditional plant medicines, and their modern analogs, for creativity, healing, personal growth, and spiritual exploration; Develop integration methods that combine new research with existing, tested practices to help people incorporate extraordinary experiences into their lives; Articulate a new educational paradigm that honors and draws upon the vast Indigenous knowledge of plant and fungi kingdoms, then envisions new applications of it within contemporary Western contexts; and Create a forum for the responsible discussion of these topics.

Contact: Larry

Impact @ CIIS

Offer CIIS students the intellectual and peer support to tackle impact-oriented projects. Create a community of social entrepreneurs. Connect to the larger innovation community of the Bay Area.

Regularly scheduled meeting every 2 weeks. Meetings involve "check ins" where students provide updates on their projects and ideas, "pitch" where students share an idea they would like more support for, "workshops" where important business skills are shared in a peer­learning format. Generally our meeting is followed by an informal social gathering off campus.

Contact: Abeer Desai | Michael Wellman

Integral Taiji & Qigong

Integral Taiji & Qigong classes at CIIS focus on embodied, psycho-spiritual, ecological, and cosmological dimensions of qigong and taiji. We practice standing meditation, walking meditation, the Microcosmic Orbit, Taiji Ruler, the Eight Treasures, cleansing the internal organs, embodying the elements, taiji dance, push hands, the Yang style slow form, and more. Everyone is invited to participate, regardless of prior experience.

Contact: Elizabeth McAnally

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.

Contact: Naas Siddiqui


We're a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and intersex members of the CIIS community and their 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 in the community, thereby enhancing the richness and relevance of the CIIS educational experience. Our group provides 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: Spring Collins

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