Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Culture and Language

B.U.I.L.D.: Beyond yoUrself in Language Development

Our aim is to provide a starting point for those who want to study other languages, but never had the chance to do it. For students we provide a highly informal, but effective language learning environment. For future teachers we provide an opportunity to put all of the theory they have been learning into practice and gain valuable professional experience while honing their teaching skills in a relaxed, nonthreatening environment. Teachers will plan lessons, gather materials, collaborate with fellow teachers, and gain valuable feedback from real-life learners. They will do all this and more with one goal in mind: to provide students with what they need in their language learning while promoting effective cross–cultural communication. Email: miisbuild@gmail.com

Teacher/Event Coordinator: Holly Miles


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German Club

This club shall give students who are interested in the German language and culture the opportunity to get together with Germans and German speakers at the Institute.

Club President: Alan Massey

Club Treasurer: Thomas Ackerman

Japan Forum

The Japan Forum’s goal is to promote interest and awareness in Japan and its rich traditional culture with students and friends of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Beyond than just a social club, we hope to connect Japanese students (MIIS, and special guest students alike) with the community of Monterey, creating a fun and peaceful atmosphere for everyone.

Club President: Steven Silbert

Club Treasurer: Amy Russo

Club Vice President: Clarissa Stewart

Club Email: japanforum@miis.edu

Latin Dance Club

The Latin dance Club will serve as an opportunity for students to forget the stress of school for a couple hours every few weeks so that they can recharge, re-energize and continue to succeed in their academic pursuits.

Club President: Ashley Gora

Club Email: LDance@miis.edu

SGI-Buddhists for Peace

The fundamental purpose of the SGI-Buddhists for Peace is to help students unlock their hidden potential and achieve creative harmony with their environment through the philosophy and practice of Nichiren Buddhism, the teachings of the Nichiren school of Mahayana Buddhism as practiced in the Soka Gakkai International-USA (SGI-USA). This is the ultimate expression of individual empowerment – that each student can transform the inevitable challenges of daily life into sources of growth and fulfillment and become a positive influence in his or her school, workplace, family and community. By promoting an understanding of how Nichiren Buddhism can be applied to the challenges of modern living, our activities contribute to the development of peace, culture and education within society, inspire respect for cultural diversity and human rights, and encourage the protection of nature and the environment.

President: Christian Ciobanu

Club Email: SGIPEACE@miis.edu

Slavic Culture Club

We focus mainly on Russian culture, but also delve into former USSR nations too! Activities will include fundraising to help organizations based in Eastern Europe, movie screenings, cooking sessions, conversation "parties", etc. A great way to share what everyone already knows from growing up, living in, and studying Russian: we all come from different and diverse backgrounds.

Club Co-President: Yula Levchenko

Taiwanese Student Association

The Monterey Taiwanese Student Association promotes Taiwanese culture and language, and are open to all who love or take an interest in Taiwan, its culture, and its people. We hope that people of all nationalities and backgrounds may become better acquainted with Taiwan through us and may come to appreciate Taiwan, its beauty, and the friendliness and helpfulness of its people. We are not a politically motivated association and do not wish to engage in any political bantering, particularly in regards to Taiwan/China relations, although we will not prevent people from discussing these issues amongst themselves in an educated way.

Club President: Chi-Chang (Marcos) Lin