African American Student Union (AASU)
The purpose of this organization is to increase the visibility and awareness of African and African American students. AASU prides itself on developing influential cultural educational programs related to defying the myth, stereotypes, preconceived notions, and stigmas of African Americans. Specifically, we aim to address the misconceptions of African American students at Buena Vista University. Additionally, the purpose of this organization is to unite all students to commemorate the social history of African Americans.
Asian American Pacific Islanders Alliance (AAPIA)
The purpose of this organization is to promote and educate the understanding of Asian American Pacific Islander affairs to the Buena Vista University campus community. Additionally, AAPIA serves as a safe haven for students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent. In doing so, AAPIA's primary functions is to address stereotypes and misconceptions of Asian Americans and the like. One of the ways AAPIA accomplishes this goal is by celebrating Asian Awareness Month.
D.I.M.E.S (Divine Inspirational Mature Exquisite Sisters)
D.I.M.E.S was established in 2006, under the direction of Junior Jaren Greene of Chicago, Illinois. D.I.M.E.S is a Gospel initiative designed to provide opportunities for students to praise and worship in song and dance. In addition, D.I.M.E.S gives students the opportunity to continue in the traditions rooted in their religious background and lifestyle. In addition, D.I.M.E.S is a campus and community outreach organization that takes pride in introducing praise dance to individuals unfamiliar with the genre of dance.
International Club (IC)
The International Club promotes international/intercultural awareness and interaction for the students of BVU. Moreover, the International Club serves as a safe haven for international students providing methods and strategies warranted to navigate thru the first year experience. The International Club sponsors several cultural educational programs to address the misconceptions and stereotypes related to foreign countries.
Multicultural Club (MCC)
This organization strives to promote an understanding of multicultural affairs. Specifically, MCC focuses on diversity programs that address common misconceptions of domestic and foreign subcultures. Taking this approach one step further, MCC sponsors service learning opportunities for students to strengthen their perspective on local and regional affairs.
RAICES (Spanish - "roots")
RAICES is a student organization designed to increase the visibility and heighten the awareness of students of Latin descent. Additionally, the focal point of RAICES is to promote diversity, while serving as a safe haven of expression of thoughts and freedom of speech. Moreover, RAICES is dedicated to dispelling the social myths of Latin Americans today.
The name Souldahs was selected because of the militancy, discipline, unity, and aggressiveness of the art form of "Stepping." Stepping was first introduced in Black Greek fraternal order in the early 1900's. Stepping is a combination of African ritual dance combined with primarily foot stomping, hand clapping, and patting to form unique rhythms and beats. The purpose of this organization is to present a new cultural dynamic of dance. Most importantly, this group is designed to educate its audience on the history of Stepping.
Time Out (TO)
Time Out is a student-led organization that works with the university and community to raise awareness about Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Straight Alliance issues (GLBTSA). The organization furthers its mission through ACES events, campus and community builders. Time Out hosts a pride week in both fall and spring semester, which consists of entertainment and educational venues that both serve a learning experience with the enjoyment of being together with people and having fun. Time Out welcomes all members, regardless of sexual orientation. Time Out strives to help improve the quality of life for Buena Vista University students, faculty, staff and members of surrounding communities.
Voices of Praise (VOP)
Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, formerly Good View Music Association, is a student organization designed to celebrate the Gospel in song. Specifically, VOP's mission is to encourage the discussion, study, and performance of Gospel music. Additionally, VOP provides the campus with opportunities to worship at the winter and spring concerts. The organization is non-denominational.
West African Dance (WAD)
West African dance is a dance group under the umbrella of Students of Diverse Populations (SDP). The purpose of West African Dance is try to preserve traditional African dance while incorporating new works that build on African, Caribbean, and African-American cultural traditions. West African dance also strive to increase the level of knowledge, awareness, and appreciation for African culture.
Women of Color (WOC)
This is an organization in which women of color are encouraged to discuss issues related to student engagement and involvement on campus and in the community. Additionally, WOC focus is to develop programs that contribute to the consciousness and well being of all women on campus.
Danse Du Coeur (DDC)
Danse du Couer is a dance organization that teaches various types of dance including ballet and jazz. Danse du Coeur means "Dance from the Heart. This organization was created to provide more opportunities for students interested in strengthening their skills and talents of dance. Moreover, this group was designed to broaden the perspective of the campus community on diversity. Accordingly, Danse du Coeur serves as the bridge that draws together people, culture, music, and dance.
Men of Character (MOC)
Men of Character are a voluntary support group for males, boys, and men. This organization is designed to celebrate the lived experiences of men of all ages and backgrounds. As Men of Character, we are accepting the responsibility of leading our community with dignity, respect, and love for all beings. Men of Character understand the dire need of male leadership and the importance of a connected community.
CHOICE Peer Mentoring Program
The C.H.O.I.C.E (Connecting Holistically On Issues Concerning Education) Peer Mentoring Program is designed to support the retention efforts of the university. Moreover, the C.H.O.I.C.E Program Specifically, the CHOICE Program mission to improve retention by assisting freshmen, sophomores, and transfer students in their social, academic, and personal development at Buena Vista University
Student Commission on Retention
The Student Commission on Retention (SCR) is a student organization that focuses on providing academic insight, direction, and resources while advocating a healthy environment for students to earn high achieving learning outcomes. SCR is a first year student initiative that primary function is to address the issues related to the difficulty transition into college.
The purpose of Senior Advisors is to provide mentoring and tutelage to students in the following areas: academics, personal growth, goal-setting, career planning, internship, campus culture and curriculum, graduate school process, among others. The Senior Advisors are responsible for planning the annual Black and White Ball that recognizes the success and achievement of Students of Diverse Populations. This group is voluntary.