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Find a current club that interests you.

Clubs are organized by the following themes:


Awareness and Issue-Based

Culture and Language

International and National Organizations

Sports and Recreation


Cyber Security Student Working Group

The Cyber Security Student Working Group (CSWG) strives to build cyber capability among the next generation of international policy professionals. To this end we are working with experts in the community and the region to educate, empower and entertain the student body, faculty and staff.

President: Joe Shepard

M-Force / Net Impact

M-Force is comprised of dedicated student leaders with a strong interest in introducing Social Entrepreneurship professional and academic activities to the campus (e.g. Microfinance, B-Corporation Consulting, Impact Investing, and Lecture Series). Student leaders partner with the Middlebury Institute chapter of Net Impact in order to mobilize a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change on campus, in the workplace and the world.

President: Courtney Kemp

Monterey International Trade Association

Through conferences, speakers, and informal forums, the MITA provides opportunities for students and faculty to discuss issues not covered in the classroom in order to increase the knowledge and understanding of current trade-related affairs in the community and worldwide.

President: Alexandra Calloway-Nation

Terrorism Studies Club

The Terrorism Studies Club (TSC) seeks to enrich its members through a series of educational, professional, and social events. By providing a positive and multifaceted support environment, the Terrorism Studies Club aims to assist students in fulfilling their highest academic potential and embarking on successful careers as security and counter terrorism professionals.

President: Johnathan Miller

Awareness and Issue-Based

Fair Traders at MIIS


The Fair Traders at MIIS makes a commit to the education and propagation of Fair Trade awareness though the activities it conducts and the events it holds. We as a club will commit to bringing the issues associated with free trade and the global trading system as a whole front and center on the MIIS campus as we represent Fair Trade USA as a Fair Trade designated graduate school.


President: Celina Lima

Geospatial Skills and Analytical Tools (GSAT)

Provide a collaborative club forum for student members to explore, discuss, and utilize geospatial skills and relevant analytical tools. Club shall work with student members, school faculty and staff, and select professionals and institutions to develop opportunities aimed at increasing knowledge and proficiency with geospatial tools, analysis, and application. Club shall prioritize collaborative dialogue and projects among student members. Club shall encourage participation and relevant dialogue with international students. Club shall pursue affiliation with a professional association or society as determined by Officers and student members. Club may also raise awareness of geospatial tools and relevant applications among the general student body and public through outreach events organized and hosted by Club.

President: Christopher Fagioli

MIIS Ocean Club

Our vision: A MIIS community connecting with and connected by the ocean.

Presidents: Joshua Morris and Siobhan Gibbons

Our Green Thumb

Our Green Thumb Community Garden is just that—a community garden shared between MIIS students, MIIS faculty and MIIS neighbors. We’re proud to offer free garden space to anyone interested in digging in the dirt and dedicated to doing his/her fair share of the upkeep.

In addition to vegetable plots, Our Green Thumb hosts the campus composting system (including several worm bins) and offers free workshops to everyone in the MIIS community. A few of our projects this semester will be building raised beds and holding a vermiculture workshop to harvest worms for the worm sale.

Note: Our Green Thumb is not technically a student club, but is run out of the Office of the VP and Dean of the Institute.

Veterans Organization

The VO is open to all students and exists to empower its members to create professional opportunities and develop robust relationships that enable student veterans to achieve their academic goals, to increase overall competitiveness in the workforce and to foster camaraderie. We aim to be a highly regarded student club trusted by veterans and club collaborators for visionary club leadership, and commitment to excellence in our activities.

President: Justin Loza

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

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 BUILD Blog

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

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. More than just a social club, Japan Forum connects Japanese students (MIIS, and special guest students alike) with the community of Monterey, creating a fun and peaceful atmosphere for everyone.

President: Steven Silbert

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

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, reenergize and continue to succeed in their academic pursuits.

President: Ashley Gora

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

International and National Organizations

CTBTO Youth Group—Monterey

The CTBTO Youth Group ("the MIIS Chapter") will serve as the MIIS chapter for the parent organization based in Vienna, which was established in 2016 to promote the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT).

President: Sylvia Mishra

I.N.M.M (Institute of Nuclear Materials Management)

The Institute of Nuclear Materials Management is the premier organization in the field of protection and management of nuclear materials, and as such offers students unique learning and networking opportunities. The purpose of our club is to students broaden their understanding of the nonproliferation field through our club events and activities.

President: Anthony Musa

Model United Nations

Model UN of MIIS will provide members with an opportunity to practice and showcase their professional skills, develop social and professional networks, and demonstrate the abilities of MIIS students to a larger academic community.

President: Jacques Belval

Red Cross Club

The American Red Cross club at MIIS works in collaboration with the International Services office of our local chapter, American Red Cross Monterey Bay (ARCMB). The mission of the club parallels that of ARCMB International Services, i.e. to "advocate for the relief of human suffering and for the education, support and development of impartial relief efforts, including the promotion of International Humanitarian Law."

President: Cody Minnich

Amnesty International

The MIIS chapter of Amnesty International serves to support the organization's advocacy goals and also focus on particular human rights issues that are local and/or important to the MIIS community. Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people in over 150 countries and territories who campaign to end abuses of human rights.

President: Jacques Belval

Peace Corps Club

This is a place for all RPCVs, Fellows, and students considering Peace Corps to join together as a Peace Corps community to exchange experiences, thoughts, and organize events promoting the Third Goal.

President: Amelia Arnold

Society of Wetland Scientists

  • To build a sense of community among students, faculty, staff, and professionals in the field of wetland ecology, practice, and policy.

  • To promote student participation in community service pertaining to wetland related issues and research activities among members and interested parties within the greater Monterey Bay area.

  • To provide a greater insight into the applied nature of environmental policy coursework and stimulate intellectual curiosity

  • To support, encourage, and provide opportunities for students to engage in individual service projects, advocacy campaigns, and research as relevant to the field of wetland science and practice and their career interests.

  • To provide opportunities to educate individuals in both public and classroom environments on the topic of wetland ecology. Section 2. To promote ethical leadership and academic achievement, and to cultivate civic responsibility. Section 3. To provide students with opportunities to associate and interact with faculty and community members in a professional arena.

President: Steffanie Munguia

Toastmasters International

The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club’s purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.

President: Shannon Nolan

Sports and Recreation

Climbing Club

The Climbing Club serves to unite the Institute climbing community of all levels. Experienced members serve as encouraging mentors for novice climbers. The club offers a supportive space where climbers of all backgrounds can hold each other accountable for getting outdoors during busy academic moments and growing together through a mutual love of the sport.

President: Katy Wilson

Futbol Club: Globadores

The Futbol Club (aka The Globadores) is a competitive soccer team that is made up of students of the Institute in Monterey, California. Players come from all over the world to be a part of the "Globadores" MIIS soccer team. The team plays in the Monterey Peninsula Soccer League during fall and spring semesters. Games take place Sundays at Pacific Grove High School in Pacific Grove (a 10 minute car ride from campus), and are great social and school pride activities.

Captain: Jared Carvalho Facebook Page

Ping Pong Club

MIIS Ping Pong Club welcomes everybody who just want to get some exercises at the ping pong table. It is a great way to relieve stress, stimulate your brain, develop quick reaction, and, of course, make friends. Come and have some well-deserved fun!

President: Kuanysh Agaidarov

Softball Club -The MIISFits

The purpose of the MIISFits softball team is to provide a recreational outlet for the MIIS community, without excluding based on gender or ability. Students & alumni will practice and compete against local teams, providing entertainment to other MIIS students in an alcohol-free environment.

President: Alicia Dominick

Tabletop Club

The Tabletop Club means to provide a friendly environment in which students can enjoy a wide collection of board games, card games and role-playing games. We want to promote socialization, creativity and allow students to unwind in a friendly environment.

President: Edson Reyes-Horta