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).
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.