Umbrella is the governing body of all the multicultural student organizations. The purpose of this governing body is to create a “safe place” where each under-represented student population is celebrated and supported, to provide an environment in which students can voice concerns, struggles, and accomplishments while educating the Albion community about the diversity of cultures and customs.
Comprising representatives from 11 under-represented student organizations, these student leaders elect Umbrella’s officers, meet regularly to discuss issues, plan and host diversity events ranging from cultural dinners to panel speakers, learn to have dialogue, and gain valuable life-long skills in leadership. In addition to forming friendships with a diverse group of people and the support of a staff advisor, each Umbrella group is an individual student campus organization. They are committed to educating and encouraging students, faculty, staff, and the Albion community to recognize and advocate diversity by supporting global, national, and local intercultural awareness.
Umbrella groups have access to Umbrella House on campus, which serves as a meeting place. The Umbrella House is located at:
1107 E. Cass St.
Albion, MI 49224
All Albion students are welcome to join any of Umbrella's student organizations.
For more information, please contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501, or Campus Programs and Organizations at 517/629-0433.
African-Caribbean Student Union
The African-Caribbean Student Union aims to foster fraternal relationships and a better understanding among fellow African and Caribbean students and faculty. The group works to unite the sons and daughters of Africa and the Caribbean with all those concerned with and interested in the welfare of these regions, and to engage in constructive activities. Importance is also placed on creating awareness and a deeper understanding of the richness of cultures in Africa and the Caribbean and major issues affecting the continent and the different islands of the Caribbean.
ACSU hosts Reggaefest in April with a steel drum band, panel discussion, and Caribbean cuisine (right).
Albion College Hillel
Albion College Hillel offers a voice to the Jewish students on campus to improve awareness about cultural issues such as anti-Semitism. It gives Jewish students and faculty an opportunity to observe holiday traditions, as well as provide non-Jewish members of the community the chance to learn more about the Jewish culture.
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Asian Awareness Group
Asian Awareness Group educates the campus community about various facets of Asian/Asian-American culture. It sponsors ethnic dinners in celebration of Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights, and the Chinese Lunar New Year, in addition to other cultural activities including yoga, martial arts, and Asian-directed films
Over 90 members of the Albion community, staff, faculty and students celebrate with AAG the Indian festival of lights known as Dwali (right).
Olivia Conover, ’18
President, Asian Awareness Group
Why are you a part of AAG? “AAG created a community that allowed me to embrace my Asian identity, learn about myself and other Asian cultures, break down stereotypes regarding Asian identities, and participate in major campus programing. I also hoped that I could provide this community for other students and build upon this amazing organization's strong foundation and presence on campus.”
What do you like about Albion College? “Albion College itself is encouraging entity; the College works hard to listen and provide for students, especially those with underrepresented identities.”
Black Student Alliance
The Black Student Alliance (BSA) is a support group for African Americans attending Albion College. Its goals are to heighten awareness and sensitivity to African Americans through educational programming directed at eliminating racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Programs that the BSA sponsors annually include Kwanzaa and Taste of Blackness. The James Welton House, the BSA lodge, is located at 1109 Jackson St.
BSA members take a moment to pose after Taste of Blackness, their annual Black History Month event held in the KC Stack (right).
Khalifaziz Birden, ’19
President, Black Student Alliance
Why are you a part of BSA? “I joined BSA not only because I'm interested in activist work, but also due to my drive to strengthen Albion College's Black community, and educate students about Blackness and Black culture."
International Student Union
International Student Union hosts various programs (such as dinners, dances, movies) and meetings designed to show the international flavor of Albion's campus. The group works to bring together Albion's international students and to encourage an appreciation of international relations among Albion's American students.
"We have become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams."—Jimmy Carter, former U.S. President
Nicole Woodhead, ’19
President, International Student Union
Why are you a part of ISU? “Our International students bring such a warm and energetic presence to Albion College, and I feel very honored to represent these amazing people. Also, in ISU we work to create a space where International students and their allies feel comfortable sharing their culture and experiences with students, faculty, and the surrounding community, which I love being a part of.”
What do you like about Albion College? “I love Albion College because everyone is very friendly and the community is very positive.”
LGBriTs creates awareness and recognition of lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and gay rights issues. There is both a political function (e.g., increase campus awareness through films, speakers, hall programs, panels) and a social function (e.g., attending lesbian and gay concerts, bookstores, speakers, restaurants) to the group.
This group also serves as a safe space for Gender and Sexual Minority (GSM) students.
Jenna Beemer, ’18
Why are you a part of LGBriTs? “I saw it as an opportunity to step up to a position that would be helping my peers, my friends, and new faces on campus. I also felt I needed a space that felt comfortable enough for me to express myself; Not only did I gain that, but support and friendship as well. What I strive to do, along with LGBriTs' other Co President, is maintain that environment and support while bettering campus for students. This organization has given me a lot and I'm just trying to do the same for others.”
What do you like about Albion College? “I think one of the things I enjoy most about Albion is its size. Sure, it can feel too small at times, but it makes it that much easier to connect with people on campus!”
Muslim Student Association
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a support network for Muslims on campus. It also provides programs that teach about Islam and the Islamic culture. These range from special dinners to religious observances.
President, Muslim Student Assocation
Why are you a part of MSA? “The reason why I chose to be a part of MSA was because I wanted people to see the traditional and non- traditional Muslims and to spread awareness about the diversity in Islam, to show people that there is no prototype for a Muslim, MSA gives us the opportunity to educate people how Islam has evolved and how it means something different for each individual.”
What do you like about Albion College? “One of the things that I love about Albion College is that the faculty and staff are easily approachable and very caring which makes things less stressful.”
Organization for Latinx Awareness
OLA provides programs and services that act as a bridge between students, faculty and the Latino communities around the world. It serves students by fostering a positive atmosphere through the development of educational, cultural and social programs leading to a greater understanding of the Latin American community on campus as well as globally. In its efforts to preserve the Latino history and culture, OLA aspires to instill the significance of Latino/a heritage and raise awareness about issues concerning Latinos, as a means of strengthening the presence and importance of diversity at Albion College. OLA is an organization that allows individuals to explore, experience, and absorb culture through language, traditions, values, and music.
Zeralys Correa, ’20
President, Organization for Latinx Awareness
Why are you a part of OLA? “I am the President of OLA because I love the idea of creating a space where people can and learn about Latinx cultures.”
What do you like about Albion College? “I like the amazing support created with friends, staff, and teachers.”
Power is an organization created to give women on campus (and women's issues) a support network along with resources needed to create proactive solutions with the help of persons of any gender. The group's main event is The Vagina Monologues, and is performed every other February. Other events include (but are not limited to): V-Week (a week of events leading up to The Vagina Monologues), women's shelter visits, self-defense seminars, women's outings, open panel discussions, female speakers, and women's sports attendance.
Aria Moore, ’19
Why are you a part of POWER? “I choose to be president of POWER because I completely support and believe in feminism and the equality of all genders.”
What do you like about Albion College? “I love the opportunities for involvement and the community that Albion offers.”
Secular Student Alliance
The Secular Student Alliance serves as an open forum and support group for students who are nonreligious. The group helps students develop ideas and skills for their future in a religious society and emphasizes making life meaningful by helping others and building long-lasting friendships.
United Voices of Albion College
UVAC is an organization that stands on the foundation of Christian unity, diversity, knowledge, and leadership. UVAC exemplifies African-American heritage through gospel music. The group's main event, United Voices in Praise, is an annual concert involving Albion students and community members. Student leaders in UVAC direct and manage rehearsals, and produce the gospel concerts. UVAC welcomes students of all backgrounds.
Jontaj Wallace, ’20
President, United Voices of Albion College
Why are you a part of UVAC? “I love music, especially Gospel music. I also have a passion for teaching music and helping others understand my love for it; which is why I'm pursuing a degree in Music Education.”
What do you like about Albion College? “I love Albion College because I have met my best friends on this campus. The professors are amazing and also the classes are very thought provoking.”