Here are descriptions for some of our clubs and organizations on campus. This list will be updated to a include more clubs as the year progresses. Please come back to check it out.
Native American Student Association
The Native American Student Association (NASA) works to bring cultural awareness to campus and the surrounding communities. NASA hosts several events throughout the year, including the All Campus Convocation and Thanksgiving Feast, Native American Awareness Week, and Northland’s longest running event, the Northland College Annual Spring Pow Wow, now in its 35th year. Each year the Spring Powwow draws people from across the country together in a vibrant celebration of Native American cultures.
Roots for Change
Roots for Change (R4C) is a student led organization that focuses on activism in the community and nation. They work on issues they feel warrant more awareness, such as international and local social justice, environmentalism, and animal rights. R4C is also an umbrella club which sponsors larger events such as the annual trip to protest the SOA (a U.S. training facility, many graduates of which have been found guilty of grievous human rights violations in South America) and the Obama Campaign.
Since 2000, the Northland College Dance Team has performed at the half times of the men’s and women’s home basketball games. Dance Team is supported by the Northland College Student Association and has a faculty advisor, but the choreography, practice, and fundraising is run by students. In the winter of 2006, the dance team competed for the first time in the United Performance Association’s National Dance Competition held in Minneapolis, and placed 7th in the Collegiate Open division. They do not hold tryouts, and welcome everyone to join them in supporting Northland’s athletics.
United Cultures at Northland
United Cultures at Northland (UCAN) is a student group that celebrates ethnical, cultural, and geographical diversity. Members work to educate the Northland community about different cultures through such aspects as traditions, customs, or food. Students in this club have an active inclination to seek out and learn about the world at large and to share their experiences with their peers. UCAN’s largest event is the annual Multicultural Fair which features tables showcasing cultures and countries with information, factoids, travel tips, food and more. This free event, which is also open to the wider community, also features free music, dance, and entertainment. UCAN raises funds for their efforts with an Ethnic Food Sale, in which UCAN members sell traditional meals, and a multi-cultural cookbook. UCAN has begun efforts to raise enough money to sponsor a cow for an impoverished family through Heifer International, an effort they hope to make an annual tradition.
American Fisheries Society
The members of the Northland College American Fisheries Society Sub-unit work to provide students interested in pursuing a career in the fisheries field with opportunities to gain experience and learn more about the different aspects of the fisheries field. They also help local agencies by volunteering their time for related projects and activities.
National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society
The Northland chapter of the National Weather Association and American Meteorological Society (NWA/AMS) serves as Northland’s on-campus weather organization, working to make the community better aware of local weather. Students in the group run the Northland College Forecast Lab and provide automated local weather forecasts over the phone at 682-1488. The group also strives to educate the local community about weather hazards and safety by sponsoring the annual Skywarn™ class. NWA/AMS Volunteers also support the annual Book Across the Bay event by providing up to date weather information and an hourly forecast for the race.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally (LGBTA) Alliance works to bring understanding of LGBTA issues to the Northland community. The Alliance hosts many events throughout the school year: weekly discussion topics ranging from Prop 8 to Trans terminology to HIV/AIDS, National Coming Out Day, Drag shows every semester, and LGBTA Awareness Week. Whether gay, straight, bi, trans or questioning we welcome you to our meetings, all we ask is that you bring an open mind.
Because the arts are important for healthy community, Art League’s focus is to bring creativity, and fun art-activities to the Northland Campus. Every year we organize a very successful Empty Bowl, take fieldtrips to see art and culture in Minneapolis and Duluth, host free Life Drawing every Tuesday, have workshops, collaborate on group art projects, and much more. Art League is ever changing depending on the strengths its members bring to the group. We are all about fun, creativity, and art for EVERYONE!
For information regarding other clubs and organizations, please contact club leaders directly on the Clubs and Organizations page.