Southeast Asian Studies Student Organizations

  • Southeast Asia Club (affiliated with Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
    Established in 1969, the Southeast Asia Club, or SEA Club, offers projects and activities for students and campus and local commnities to learn about and experience Southeast Asia. The club organizes annual cultural events, such as a lunar new year celebration and a performance night, and an annual student conference that brings in a nationally recognized keynote speaker. It also assists the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in educational events at local schools and libraries. SEA Club members volunteer at non-profit organizations, such as the local homeless shelter, organize fund-raisers for worthy causes, and sponsor other activities such as SEA film screenings and trivia nights. Club faculty advisor is Prof. Judy Ledgerwood, jledgerw@niu.edu, director of CSEAS. SEA Club is a Student Association-recognized organization at NIU.
  • NIU Rotaract Club (affiliated with Center for Southeast Asian Studies and DeKalb Rotary)
    Rotaract is a service club for young people aged 18‐30 who are dedicated to community and international service. Rotaract clubs are sponsored by local Rotary International Clubs; the NIU Rotaract Club will be sponsored by the DeKalb Rotary Club. Rotary is one of the largest service clubs in the world, with over 1.2 million members in over 34,000 clubs worldwide. Club faculty advisor is Prof. Judy Ledgerwood, jledgerw@niu.edu, director of CSEAS. Rotaract is a Student Association-recognized organization at NIU.
  • Burma Interest Group (affiliated with Center for Burma Studies)
    The Burma Interest Group (BIG NIU) works to foster greater understanding of the history, culture, society, economy, politics , and other aspects of Myanmar/Burma to the academic and non-academic community. BIG NIU is a group of students passionate about and interested in the country of Burma/Myanmar. Our group plays an active role in the NIU community, bringing speakers to the CSEAS weekly lecture series,assisting with the International Burma Studies Conference, and hosting regular social get-togethers to discuss research and interests. Club faculty advisor is Prof. Catherine Raymond, craymond@niu.edu, director of the Center for Burma Studies. BIG NIU is a Student Association-recognized organization at NIU.