Student Organizations We advise twelve student organizations. They are open to all Hamline University students, however, each organization focuses on supporting specific multicultural community. Multicultural Alliance The Multicultural Alliance is a coalition of leaders and members of student of color and international student organizations. The Alliance provides opportunities for members to network, collaborate, share information and resources, and serve as advocates for each other. The Alliance is chaired by the multicultural alliance coordinator, a student employed in the Hedgeman Center. Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) APAC strives to provide a support group for Asian-American students as well as to provide education about Asian cultures through programs and guest speakers. APAC's main events are Asian Heritage Month, Asian Dance Festival and Chinese New Year Celebration. Although the main focus of this organization is on Asian-American issues, everyone is welcome into APAC's diverse membership. FUSION: Multiracial and Transracial Adoptee Student Association Fusion was established to create a network and offer support for multicultural students. FUSION strives to educate and raise awareness about the political, cultural and racial issues that effect or impact multiracial students. FUSION strives to become resource for all students as well as provide a space to examine issues of race, identity and community. Hamline Indigenous People's Society (HIPS) Hamline Indigenous Peoples Society (HIPS) provides students of Native American descent with an organization that helps them connect with their heritage while empowering them. Through events and activities, HIPS also educates the larger Hamline University community about Native American issues, whether cultural or political. Hispanic and Latino Organization's (HALO) HALO's goal is to provide culturally enriching experiences for members and the campus community while establishing professional networks with community organizations and corporate Hispanic groups. Each year, HALO sponsors Hispanic Heritage Month, Cinco de Mayo, and numerous trips to off-campus events. Hamline African Student Association (HASA) HASA is committed to nourishing cultural, intellectual, political and economic awareness of the African continent. We seek to create a forum where Africans and others can come together and openly discuss issues concerning African and Africans, while educating the university and community at large about Africa and its rich cultures and values. Hmong Student Association (HSA) HSA is an extension of but not a substitution for APAC. Hmong students wish to share their culture with other students and the campus community through dialogue, events and activities. Also active in planning Asian Heritage Month, HSA's biggest event is the Hmong New Year Celebration. PRIDE Black Student Alliance (BSA) PRIDE is an organization that serves as a support system for student members as well as an educational tool for the campus and community. Although membership is diverse, PRIDE's main focus is on African-American issues. Each year, PRIDE sponsors activities and speakers to raise awareness about and celebrate the rich cultural experiences of people of African descent. South Asian Student Association (SOSA) SOSA is dedicated to diversity and exploring South Asian Cultures. As an organization, SOSA prides itself in celebrating, debating, discussing and sharing their cultures. Students for Free Tibet (SFT) SFT has been working to help the Tibetan people regain their freedom. The organization understand the important role students and youth have played in social justice movement throughout history and are committed to making the same happen for Tibet. Spectrum Spectrum is dedicated to creating an awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues. Spectrum supports its members and educates the Hamline University community through forums, discussions, workshops, speakers and social events including Coming Out Week (fall) and Rainbow Week (spring). For more information on these organizations, please contact us at 651- 523-2423 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.