Hundreds of Wesleyan students attended the Student Groups Fair, Sept. 22.
On Sept. 22, the Wesleyan Student Assembly hosted its 27th annual Student Groups Fair on Andrus Field. The event provides an opportunity for students to meet with representatives of both new and established groups and network with university departments who provide annual programs.
Wesleyan is home to more than 250 student organizations under the categories of activism, identity, sports, publications, visual arts, independent projects, the Office of Community Service and more. Groups include Wesleyan’s pro-Israel political activism group, Cardinals for Israel; the Wesleyan Boxing Club; PINOY, the Filipino Student Association; the Basal Gang, a club for people interested in neuroscience and mental health; Hui Hula O Na Lei Kukui, a hula dance group; Veg Out, a campaign aiming to increase awareness of the social, political, and environmental consequences of animal agriculture; Kumina, a group that celebrating traditional dances passed on by ancestors; and more. View the list of all student groups on campus.
Photos of the Student Groups Fair are below: (Photos by Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ’19)
Shakti is a student organization devoted to promoting cultural awareness amongst South Asians and the greater Wesleyan community. Members of the group pride themselves in promoting inclusivity and educating their peers.
Vicious Circles is Wesleyan’s only women’s ultimate Frisbee team.
The volunteer members of the Peer Health Advocates (PHA) create and implement peer-led health education outreach efforts on a variety of health issues. PHA members are responsible for the development of educational activities and awareness events, often in conjunction with student organizations and health observances, on a wide variety of health issues. They offer workshops on alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, sexual violence, stress relief and more.
Any student with an interest in physics is welcome to join the Wesleyan Society of Physics Students.
The Men’s Water Polo Team and the Women’s Club Water Polo are club sports team. The men’s team practices five days a week during September and October and competes in the Colonial Division against Amherst, Williams, Coast Guard Academy, WPI and UMass Amherst. The women’s club is dedicated to increasing the presence and proliferation of the sport among female-identifying students on campus. Members are running beginner’s workshops this fall and fielding a team in the spring to compete in the New England division.
Eye to Eye’s mission is to improve the life of every person with a learning disability. Members support a growing network of youth mentoring programs run by and for those with learning differences and organize advocates to support the full inclusion of people with learning disabilities and ADHD in all aspects of society.
Invisible Men is a forum for people who identify as men to comfortably and openly discuss issues pertaining to their community, provide positive support for one another, and pursue personal growth within a shared context. Through mutual communication, the students have come to recognize the importance of a space where men of color can meet each other with love, respect and understanding.
Terpsichore Dance (TERP) puts on a fun and exciting show each semester consisting of pieces choreographed and danced by students. All types of dance make an appearance, and anyone, regardless of dance experience, is welcome to participate in a Terpsichore show.
The Wesleyan Investment Group (WIG) seeks to proactively promote knowledge about finance and investing here on campus. Students especially look to educate and teach those who have no background in investing. In their weekly meetings, students talk about current events, recent stock market performance and specific stocks. They actively maintain a portfolio financed through a small portion of the Wesleyan endowment and take part in investing competitions against other schools.
WEStride is Wesleyan’s running club.
The African Dance Troupe (Suya) is Wesleyan’s first and only African dance troupe on campus. A group of students choreograph, teach and perform dances to different Afrobeats, Highlife and other African genres of music. Suya works to build cultural capital with every dance created.
Long Lane Farm is Wesleyan’s student-run organic farm, located at 281 Long Lane. Throughout the year, students grow and sell a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and products. They host community events and programs such as PumpkinFest and the Middletown Food Project.
The Wesleyan Chess Club meets on Saturdays for casual games. All skill levels are welcome.
With a focus on community sexual health education outreach, the Adolescent Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA) group leads interactive workshops in local high schools about STIs, safe-sex practices, sexual assault prevention, communication and other sexual health issues. Members also promote STI testing for Wesleyan students and members of the community, and they bring speakers to campus and offer co-programming with other Wesleyan sexual health groups.