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Campus Life

Cultural and Diversity Student Organizations

Cultural and Diversity Student Organizations

  • African-American Student Union (AASU)

    The AASU was established in 1987 to promote unity and cooperation among African-American students and all students with similar interests and/or backgrounds. Membership is open to any Otterbein student who supports and respects the heritage, legacies and cultural traditions of African-American people.
  • Alpha Phi Alpha

    This fraternity was established with the goal of maintaining close association and unified support for African American men. Alpha Phi Alpha's principles include good character, sound scholarship, fellowship and the uplifting of humanity.
  • FreeZone! (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allies Organization)

    Originally founded in 1992, FreeZone! serves gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender students and their allies. FreeZone! provides support, education, and networking opportunities within the context of regular meetings, social gatherings, activist efforts, and various special events. For more information contact Advisor Dr. Suzanne Ashworth or visit FreeZone! on Facebook.

  • Heritage of Latino Americans (HOLA)

    Heritage of Latino Americans (HOLA) promotes a sense of community and pride among Latino American students at Otterbein. The organization promotes friendship and cooperation among all students and fosters encouragement, academic excellence and cultural appreciation of Latino American students.

    The group sponsors events throughout the year including the recent Latin Fiesta Mixer. They also grew a salsa garden this summer. Group outings are also popular.

  • International Students Association (ISA)

    The International Student Association (ISA) is open to both international and American students at Otterbein who have studied abroad, plan to study abroad, or have interest in learning more about foreign cultures. ISA sponsors social and cultural events throughout the year and assists with the planning of the annual Global Dinner and Show. The annual trip to Washington D.C. is a popular trip. They finish up the year with a party in the park.
  • Men of Vision

    Men of Vision is an organization of Otterbein male student leaders. This organization promotes male leadership within the Otterbein community, recognizing the importance of developing and exchanging views and ideas among college men on campus. The goals are to encourage Otterbein males to become active in leadership roles and service on and off campus, in addition to enhancing and further developing the skills and talents of male student leaders. Men of Vision works collaboratively with other student organizations, such as Sisters United.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council Organizations

    National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Organizations are nationally recognized African American Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. Otterbein University participates in city-wide chapters with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, Inc., and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Otterbein Greek Life Advisor: Mr. Michael Stumpf)
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  • Otterbein Deaf Culture Club

    The Otterbein Deaf Culture Club (ODCC) works to promote deaf awareness on campus and in the community through service and events.
  • Sisters United

    Sisters United was established in 2000 as an organization dedicated to the political, cultural and social advancement of women of color at Otterbein University. These goals are fostered by activities and workshops designed to build awareness and friendship among women. The programs are designed to meet the needs and concerns of women of color; however, all students are welcome to attend. The members of Sisters United seek to create innovative, interesting and intellectually stimulating programming throughout the year. 

More Involvement Opportunities in Cultural Engagement & Awareness

Center for International Education & Global Experience
From study abroad to immersion opportunities with Otterbein's international students, you're invited to gain greater insight into the greater global community.

The Office of Diversity Programs & Resources
Whether you consider yourself diverse or simply admire all the diversity the world has to offer, make it a part of your Otterbein experience. The Office of Diversity hosts programs for you to explore diverse populations academically, culturally, and socially-you never know, you might make a new friend!

Gospel Choir
The Otterbein Gospel Choir was organized in the fall of 1990 to give students a medium to express their culture through music, in the form of standard, traditional and contemporary gospel songs. Today the choir is more diverse than ever, and full of students who enjoy singing! The choir performs annually for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation and Gospel Festival, and also accepts engagements for area churches, schools, and other organizations. Contact Choir Director, Mrs. LaJoyce Cain, for more information.

William Henry Fouse House of Black Culture (HBC)
The House of Black Culture was named after Otterbein's first African-American graduate, William Henry Fouse. The HBC, established in 1994, serves as a meeting and social space for African-American students. The house offers living space to five individuals who are involved in the African-American Student Union and/or other diversity organizations on campus. The HBC promotes cultural exchange through programming and discussions for the Otterbein community. The HBC also assists the Office of Diversity in co-hosting various programs throughout the year.

/ Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is located in the Campus Center.

Office Hours
Mon - Fri: 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Contact
Jennifer Bechtold
Director
e/ jbechtold@otterbein.edu
p/ 614.823.3202