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:

Club Adminstrative Coordinator: Yiwei Xie

Treasurer: Rae Sterrett


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Campus Christian Fellowship

To provide an environment for Christian and non-Christian students on the MIIS campus to develop lasting and meaningful friendships; to spread an awareness of Christianity and its relevance to students today; to create a safe space for students interested in Christianity, Jesus, and/or other religions to be able to discuss and ask questions; and to be an outreach to the MIIS community through ISI or on-campus events.

Club Presidents: Jia Kang

Club Treasurer: Joy Mullohan

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Family Club

Our mission is to support families with activities and community. The difficulties of MIIS scholarly pressures create a need for parents to ban together over issues such as housing, social support and activities and general camaraderie. We hope to offer this avenue of support for students who are also parents.

President: Terri Pugh

Treasurer: Tim Cunningham

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: Alcide Guillory III

Club Treasurer: Stephanie Harris 

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Khorshid Iranian Studies Society

The Khorshid Iranian Studies Society (KISS at MIIS) is dedicated to provide a forum for discussion of topics related to Iran, providing a venue for students to present research, learn about Iran and the Persian diaspora, and bring persons of interest to campus to expand the Institute's prominence. Focus will be placed upon the culture and humanity of the Iranian nation.

President: Jack Lomicky

Treasurer: Beatrice Maneshi

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La Vaina

La Vaina is a Spanish conversational club open to all levels of Spanish speakers. We participate in fun, social activities in the area and create comfortable, informal environments for anyone hoping to practice their Spanish conversational skills in a relaxed and welcoming setting.  

President: Whitney White 

Treasurer: Omkar Kalaskar

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: Heather Ficke

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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: Satomi Tamura

Treasurer: Kimberly England

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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: Galina Ryabova

Club Co-President: Petri Nurmiko

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Stammtisch 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: Mason Leary

Club Treasurer: Katie Liebert

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: Chin-Wen Chang

Club Treasurer: Christin Chang


Team Peru seeks to promote awareness and begin a dialogue for solutions around development issues in Peru. The club informs the community and thinks critically about issues pertaining to strategic NGO networks, health and wellness, social enterprise, agriculture initiatives, and women and empowerment in Peru. The goal is to actively engage students in an immersive learning experience, inspiring students to apply their educational skills to solving real world problems whether in team meetings, classroom projects, or working on the ground in Peru with the club and a Peruvian based partner, The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development.

Club President: Gaelen Hayes

Club Treasurer: Audrey Metcalf

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