Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Culture and Language

African Nations Club

The African Nations Club aims to be an inclusive platform for MIIS students and the MIIS community to engage in discussions on Africa, enjoy and promote the rich and diverse African cultures represented on campus. It also aims to foster strong networking between the MIIS community and the African diaspora in Monterey.

President: Tatenda Kunaka

Treasurer: Yvonne Tangang

Arabic Conversation Club

The Arabic Conversation Club is intended to create a platform for students and members of the MIIS community to practice their Arabic language skills, discuss current events and participate in cultural activities related to the Arab world. 

President: Zsofia Baumann
Treasurer: Chris Loopesko

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.

President: Terra Nicoll
Treasurer: Neil Hetrick


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Dabke Dance Club

The Dabke Dance club aims to encourage an exchange of Arab culture on the MIIS campus through instruction and performance of a traditional Levantine dance style.

President: Brandon Rapoza

Treasurer: Chris Loopesko

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.

President: Alan Massey
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.

President: Steven Silbert
Vice President: Clarissa Stewart
Treasurer: Amy Russo

Club Email: japanforum@miis.edu

Kazakhstan Student Association

The Kazakhstan Student Association’s primary goal is to introduce Kazakhstan, its culture, language and traditions to the MIIS community, through meeting forums and various events. By joining the Kazakhstan Student Association, everyone will have an opportunity to learn more about Kazakhstan’s past and present, and future goals. The club is open for everyone who is interested in Kazakhstan. During the meetings, three languages (English, Kazakh and Russian) will be used.   

President: Kuanysh Agaidarov
Treasurer: Assemgul Talaspayeva

Korean Culture Club

The purpose of this club is to promote Korean culture, language, music, food, literature, television shows, and much more through various activities. Those who want to share their love of Korean culture and those who want to learn are welcome to attend. Activities and events throughout the year will promote a better understanding of Korean culture and serve as an opportunity for those who may not otherwise learn about Korean culture. 

President: Donna York
Treasurer: Sarah Whitley

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.

President: Ashley Gora
Treasurer: Rachel Faith

Club Email: LDance@miis.edu

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.

President: Chi-Chang (Marcos) Lin
Treasurer: Frances Paofang Chang