Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Awareness and Issue-based

Anti-Human Trafficking Club

Our goal is to promote community awareness and concern of human trafficking in terms of identification and wider international impact.

Presidents: Simon White and Mikki Franklin

Club Treasurer: Thomas Villagomez

Fair Traders at MIIS

The Fair Traders at MIIS makes a commit to the education and propagation of Fair Trade awareness though the activities it conducts and the events it holds. We as a club will commit to bringing the issues associated with free trade and the global trading system as a whole front and center on the MIIS campus as we represent Fair Trade USA as a Fair Trade designated graduate school.

President: Celina Lima

Treasurer: Harrison Gill

Geospatial Skills and Analytical Tools (GSAT)

Provide a collaborative club forum for student members to explore, discuss, and utilize geospatial skills and relevant analytical tools. Club shall work with student members, school faculty and staff, and select professionals and institutions to develop opportunities aimed at increasing knowledge and proficiency with geospatial tools, analysis, and application. Club shall prioritize collaborative dialogue and projects among student members. Club shall encourage participation and relevant dialogue with international students. Club shall pursue affiliation with a professional association or society as determined by Officers and student members. Club may also raise awareness of geospatial tools and relevant applications among the general student body and public through outreach events organized and hosted by Club. 

President: Christopher Fagioli

Treasurer: Christopher Ketponglard

MIIS Ocean Club

Our vision: A MIIS community connecting with and connected by the ocean.

Presidents: Joshua Morris and Siobhan Gibbons

Treasurer: Shaun Richards

MIIS Radio Club

The purpose of the MIIS Radio Club is to coordinate a dynamic group of radio contributors for the Institute via the Digital Learning Commons. Contributors will help to foster student-led communication efforts on and off campus by hosting podcast-based radio shows and promoting them for the good of the MIIS community.

Podcasts will be focused on inter/intra MIIS community affairs, including such topics as: Professor affairs, RCPV/Yellow Ribbon affairs, Environmental affairs, on/off campus event reporting, homegrown culinary recipes, international affairs (like NPR for MIIS), and others. This is a flexible club that will reflect student passions and involvement.

President: Allie Jones

Treasurer: James Walker

Club Email: radio@miis.edu


MIIS T.H.I.S. (Thirst and Hunger Innovative Solutions) is an organization of committed MIIS students and faculty who seek pragmatic solutions to water scarcity and related human suffering. The organization will design and prototype simple water conservation equipment with potential applicability in contexts of poverty and extreme need. The organization will serve as a think tank and sounding board for all community members impassioned to work together toward resolutions in thirst. The centralization and dissemination of knowledge in the field will represent a major component of our activities. As we evolve, the organization will shift to include implementation of ideas with exceptional potential.

Club President: Rebekah Cordell
Treasurer: Tamara Ragan

Our Green Thumb

Our Green Thumb Community Garden is just that – a community garden shared between MIIS students, MIIS faculty and MIIS neighbors. We’re proud to offer free garden space to anyone interested in digging in the dirt and dedicated to doing his/her fair share of the upkeep.

In addition to vegetable plots, Our Green Thumb hosts the campus composting system (including several worm bins) and offers free workshops to everyone in the MIIS community. A few of our projects this semester will be building raised beds and holding a vermiculture workshop to harvest worms for the worm sale.

Garden Manager: Galen Wangberg
Club Email: ourgreenthumbgarden@miis.edu 

Social Democrats Club

The Social Democratic Student club is a forum for students to learn about social democratic political philosophy and spread those ideas. We believe that MIIS students, who often pursue careers in social impact, will greatly benefit from a broad political and philosophical perspective. We hope to empower students by equipping them with a diverse set of tools to help achieve a socially just and democratic society in their future careers. Furthermore, we believe that the finest form of learning is through our peers, and so this club would serve as a forum for us to enrich each other with new ideas, to complement the frontal (and valuable) nature of our respective academic paths.
In addition to our didactic agenda, we hope the Social Democratic Students club will serve as a forum for students who are passionate about raising awareness of current local and global issues. We aspire to hold events to raise awareness about those issues, to educate and inspire other students, as well as make a positive impact on our local community.
Lastly, the Social Democratic Students club is steered by its members. The decision making process, including (but not limited to) agenda-setting, outlining our goals, and event-planning would be done collectively and democratically.

President: Rida Abu Rass

Treasurer: Ezra Halstead

Veterans Organization

The VO is open to all students and exists to empower its members to create professional opportunities and develop robust relationships that enable student veterans to achieve their academic goals, to increase overall competitiveness in the workforce and to foster camaraderie. We aim to be a highly regarded student club trusted by veterans and club collaborators for visionary club leadership, and commitment to excellence in our activities.

President: Justin Loza
Vice President: Joseph Shepard
Activities Officer: Shafqat Manir
Treasurer: Daniel Swinyard