Religion and Culture Clubs

Religion and Culture Clubs

Religion and Culture Clubs

Expand your horizons by learning about a new culture or get a taste of home with one of our many Religion and Culture Clubs!

Bangladeshi Students Association (BSA)

The Bangladeshi Student Association (BSA) is a student group of the SSMU (Students Society of McGill University) committed to showcase the rich culture and history of Bangladesh both in McGill and to the Montreal community at large. This group is open to not just those who are Bengali, but also to those that have a love and appreciation for the country and it’s culture. Various events and activities shall be held throughout the year to promote BSA as well as to foster a vibrant Bangladeshi community on the McGill campus, leaving everyone involved with a plethora of fond memories.

British Society McGill (BritSoc)

The British Society (BritSoc) is a student group of the SSMU (Students’ Society of McGill University) whose purpose is to provide an atmosphere where British students can feel at home as well as to educate the wider Montreal community about Great Britain. This group is open to not just those who are British, but also to those that have a love and appreciation for the great country and would like to learn more about its culture. Various events and fundraisers shall be held throughout the year to promote BritSoc as well as to foster a vibrant British community on the McGill campus. 

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the British Society McGill (BritSoc) in their club constitution.

Caribbean Students Society of McGill University (CSS)

We are a culture club at McGill that seeks to promote, foster, encourage, share and celebrate Caribbean Culture in the McGill and Montreal Community.

Chabad House Student Society

Chabad at McGill aims to connect the McGill Jewish community with social programming, community building programming and opportunities to experience Jewish holidays and events.

Chinese Students and Scholars Association at McGill University

McGill University Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), is the only student community certified by the Chinese Embassy on campus, and it is the only cultural club dedicated mainly to students and scholars from Mainland China. The CSSA executive committee is comprised of 2 presidents, 8 vice-presidents, and around 30 executive members. Currently, it has evolved into one of the most influential non-profit student communities at McGill University, which consists of over a thousand active members, and almost 10k CSSA weekly newsletter subscribers.

CSSA aims to provide Chinese students overseas with useful assistance to help them quickly adapt to the new learning and the living environment, as well as organize a variety of amazing events to enhance their overall experience both on and off-campus. Visioning itself as a progressive student community, not only does CSSA seek to increase recognition within the university, but also to amplify broader influence through actively undertaking its social responsibilities. In order to attain this long-term objective, CSSA is devoted to bridging its members with multiple well-known enterprises, NPOs, and local businesses. Nonetheless, as an inheritor of Chinese culture, CSSA is committed to make the world aware of the richness and uniqueness of the thriving Chinese cultural heritage and innovation by fostering better cultural connection, interaction, and exchange with students from other countries.

Egyptian Students Association

We are a group of Egyptian students at McGill University aiming to represent our rich culture and heritage on various levels, and to motivate the study body to be actively engaged as well as integrated in the community. We are a student group of the SSMU, an undergraduate students’ society at McGill University.

The Egyptian Students’ Association at McGill aims to:

  1. Gather the Egyptian students within McGill University.
  2. Help Egyptian students to integrate within the McGill environment.
  3. Organize and build social and cultural events representing the Egyptian culture and heritage.
  4. Enhance the relations between the Egyptian and non-Egyptian communities.

Hillel McGill

Hillel McGill is your one-stop shop for Jewish life on campus. Representing the vast and diverse Jewish community here at McGill, we offer a wide variety of programs, events, internships, and connection opportunities for everyone to take part in. From socials to Shabbat services, fashion to politics, Hillel’s vision is that every student is inspired to take part in Jewish life on campus!

Hong Kong Student Network (HKSN)

McGill Hong Kong Student Network is an organization founded in 2006, that connects McGill student body to the Hong Kong community for all purposes, including travel, entertainment and work. We plan a wide variety of events, from dim sum outings to ski trips, to get the student body involved.

Indian Students Association (ISA)

The Indian Students Association is a student-run organization that upholds Indian culture by celebrating various festivals throughout the year. These events are inclusive, unique, and energetic and will always leave you with a plethora of good memories. The ISA aims to provide the Indian community at McGill University with a microcosm of rich Indian traditions. With an emphasis on cultural diversity, we ensure the events allow anyone to learn more about the tapestry of the Indian tradition that has evolved in one of the most mystical countries. We are the bridge for anyone who wishes to get more involved with Indian culture. Be it Indian food, music, dance, Bollywood, or volunteer projects, and provide a sense of home away from home.

Indigenous Student Alliance

The Indigenous Student Alliance (ISA) is a community of Indigenous students and allies based at McGill University. The ISA aims to foster Indigenous community growth, unite Indigenous students and allies, and develop relationships with other marginalized communities. The ISA’s work is in constant conversation with the ideas and hopes of Indigenous students, with the goal of bringing them to life in our community. In recent years, this has led to concerted efforts in advocacy work, allyship with other marginalized groups, and Indigenous community-building. Before the pandemic, the ISA could be found selling their bannock on campus, organizing or attending demonstrations and community events, contributing to panel discussions, crafting at First Peoples House, and just hanging out and building community! They intend to continue efforts like these in a safe and hybrid-virtual environment this year.

Japanese Students Association (JSA)

We are a student association based at McGill University that intends to:

    1. Raise awareness of traditional and modern Japanese culture.
    2. Create opportunities for both Japanese and non-Japanese students to practice and learn the language.
    3. Aid students in finding opportunities to work or intern at Japanese companies or global companies based in Japan.
    4. Raise funds for charities in Japan that support the well-being of the country e.g. the Tohoku relief.
    5. Provide students with opportunities for socializing and involvement, through social events and volunteering, from which friendships and community are built.
    6. Create a local Japanese community and Japanese Alumni network for the purpose of sharing information and resources.

We are a very diverse group of students and although some of our members are indeed Japanese, there are many non-Japanese members as well. Even though we have varying backgrounds, we all have a common interest in Japanese culture and language.

Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association (MASSA)

MASSA stands for the Malaysian and Singaporean Students’ Association. We are located and based at McGill University in the vibrant city of Montreal, Quebec (Canada). That being said, we are very multi-cultural and you are more than welcomed to join us even if you are not from Malaysia or Singapore, as long as you are interested in South East Asian culture, and food.

McGill African Students Society (MASS)

The McGill African Students Society (MASS) is a full status club whose mandate is to promote and present the diverse and rich African cultures to the McGill community and the greater Montreal area. We are a diverse group of students who are not solely African but who are passionate about African-oriented topics. We host a range of events each semester, each targeting different facets of African culture and life, and hoping to spread knowledge and inspire passion about African culture and issues both on and off campus.

McGill Armenian Students Association (MASA)

McGill Armenian Students Association (MASA) aims to unite McGill students and advance multiculturalism and academic progress by promoting Armenian culture, heritage, and history. Through engaging cultural events, historical presentations, and charitable promotions, we hope to extend our wonderful culture with our fellow McGill students. MASA is not only for Armenians, and we welcome all students to join the club and take part in our events!

McGill Chinese Students Society (MCSS)

MCSS, McGill Chinese Students’ Society is the largest and most influential cultural student organization in Eastern Canada. With over 15 events per year and 40 years of history, we provide a variety of events to our over 1,500 active members and help our members succeed in school and life. Our short-term goal is to provide our students with valuable events to make their student life more meaningful, while our long-term goal is to motivate and encourage our students to give back to their community and excel academically by providing them with helpful services including seminars, lessons, and talks. MCSS is a non-profit organization registered under the Students’ Society of McGill University. All our proceeds either go to charity or are used to provide our students with more valuable services. Our events range from largescale shows to career planning and information seminars. In addition, we organize dinner outings, networking opportunities and parties for our members.

McGill Christian Fellowship (MCF)

All are welcome to McGill Christian Fellowship (MCF), a community where students are invited to love one another and be loved by God. Through weekly Bible studies and fellowship-wide events, we encourage students to uncover what it means to serve others and follow Jesus, both on campus and in the greater Montreal community. As part of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Canada, MCF gathers undergraduate and graduate students, in all their ethnic diversity, to grow in their relationship with God. Through prayer, worship, and fellowship, we are a community that walks by faith and seeks to make God known on campus. Our community is open to people of all faith backgrounds and those who are interested in exploring faith for the first time.

McGill Dharma Society

MDS seeks to serve as the official campus representation for students belonging to Hindu and other Dharmic traditions, and aims to allow students of all backgrounds to collectively learn and participate in our spiritual and cultural practices. Our goals are providing religious and spiritual resources to practicing students, encouraging education and awareness of Dharmic traditions on campus, and maintaining an inclusive community that both represents students of Dharmic faiths but also remains open to all who are interested.

McGill ICON

ICON is a Christian club at McGill open to everyone looking for a spiritual and social group. We have around 30 regular attendees. Our purpose is to offer a religious group on campus and to create a community that is friendly and welcoming to everyone. We encourage people to share opinions about their faith and develop enlightening discussions. We hope that through this, people learn more about the Christian faith, if they wish to do so. Meetings take place on a weekly basis at the Newman Centre of McGill University. Our club is very people-oriented, so not only do we go to dinner together on a weekly basis after our meetings, but we also offer various social activities throughout the semester in order to promote fellowship and introduce a fun side to spirituality. These events bring our members together and are instrumental in harboring a spirit of friendship at ICON.

McGill Iranian Student Association (MISA)

The McGill Iranian Student Association is a non-religious, non-political, and non-profit organization dedicated to hosting a variety of cultural and non-cultural events year-round and creating greater public awareness about the Iranian culture.

McGill Italian Student Society

McGill Koreans Educational and Cultural Association (MECA)

The McGill Koreans’ Educational & Cultural Association (MECA) was established in 2011 in order to promote Korean culture within McGill and provide students with academic support, networking opportunities, and fun events throughout the year.

McGill Lebanese Students Association (LSA)

We operate to facilitate the integration of Lebanese students into the McGill environment and Montréal. We aim to represent, unite and promote the Lebanese Community through cultural, educational and social activities and introduce our culture to students of different nationalities and backgrounds.

McGill Polish Students’ Association (MPSA)

The McGill Polish Students’ Association (MPSA) is an initiative looking to: 1) Provide a source of social and cultural contact for McGill Polish Students (either being the roughly 50 international students from Poland that visit the university each semester or the hundreds of full-time students identifying as Polish or of Polish descent); 2) Serve McGill students at large with a place to uncover more about Polonia or Polish language, culture, or history and 3) Connect the greater McGill community with the little known McGill affiliated Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in Canada which has served the McGill and Polish-Canadian community since 1943. As a McGill affiliate all students and faculty at McGill can use its library free of charge.

McGill Sikh Students’ Association

Sikhs are identified by their turbans and strong egalitarian values. Our community at McGill, albeit small, is strongly knitted and welcomes everyone – our kirtan (congregational singing), charity and Sikhi awareness events are a joy to attend! If you appreciate Guru Nanak’s message of Oneness, connect with us as we can work together to make the world a better place! The ongoing pandemic might have hindered us from from our usual in-person events this term, but we are always here to listen and help! See you soon!

McGill Students Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF)

Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF) is the official collegiate campus ministry program under SCOBA (the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas). Our mission is to support fellowships on college campuses, whose members experience and witness to the Orthodox Christian Church through community life, prayer, service to others and study of the Faith. Join us for bi-weekly discussions and Bible studies and hangouts as well as other special events including retreats, monastery visits, and fellowship events! When not meeting in person, join us on our Zoom calls! All are welcome! Email us to join our Listserv and to stay updated on our events and gatherings!

McGill Thaqalayn Muslim Students’ Association

The McGill Thaqalayn Muslim Students’ Association (TMA) grew out of a desire to provide a space for Muslim students, especially those who identify as Shi’i, to practice their faith and rediscover their values. We hold special programs for Islamic occasions, arrange lectures and panels, network with other Muslim and non-Muslim clubs to host collaborative events, and most importantly, provide an environment for Shi’i students to interact and discover a sense of community.

Learn more about our mandate and structure in our club constitution.

McGill Ukrainian Students Association (MUSA)

The McGill Ukrainian Students’ Association (MUSA) represents a diverse group of students with a passion and interest in Ukrainian culture. We welcome students of all cultural and educational backgrounds. Each year we host a diverse number of events, from the traditional to the political, from cultural to the academic. At MUSA, we understand that youth has a key role in supporting the culture and sustaining the tradition. We are a group of individuals who cares about the past, present and future of Ukraine and are passionate about our culture. We welcome any student or member of the community who shares our values, regardless of the motive.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the McGill Ukrainian Students’ Association (MUSA) in their club constitution.

 

McGill University Filipino Asian Students Association (MUFASA)

MUFASA stands for McGill University’s Filipino Asian Students’ Association. Our club was founded in 1997 and is in its 21st year running. MUFASA is for Filipinos and Non-Filipinos alike!

Our mission is to establish and create a network of Filipinos across McGill’s campus to educate and raise awareness of Filipino culture. We organize cultural fundraising events in support of different Filipino organizations -every little bit counts! Anyone can join: Filipinos, Non-Filipinos, Undergrad, Grad students!

Maligayang pagdating sa lahat! Welcome everyone!

McGill Vietnamese Students Association (MVSA)

Founded in the 1970s as Hội Sinh Viên, the McGill Vietnamese Students Association (MVSA) has been active and strong for over 25 years! Temporary dissolved in the mid 2000s, MVSA has come back in full strength in 2014!

As one of the most dynamically cultural and social clubs on campus, MVSA is here to help you make the most of your university experience!

Multi-Ethnic Student Alliance

We are a group of multi-ethnic students exploring our identity through events, food, music, and friendly discussions! If you have to pull out a family tree when people ask where you’re from, had trouble filling out the Census, or have never really thought about your cultural identity before – you’ve come to the right place. Besides celebrating our diverse backgrounds, we are also here to be a safe space where everyone can feel comfortable being their unique selves.

Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) brings together Muslim students to provide resources, essential services, and educational tools needed to enhance their university experience. Through the services and events provided, the MSA aims to facilitate the spiritual and social growth of its members, as well as the larger McGill community, supporting diverse student needs.

Services provided include: weekly Jum’uah (Friday) prayers, a regularly maintained general prayer space, a student-run Islamic library, halaqas (religious knowledge gatherings), tajweed (Qur’an recitation) classes, social events, community and environmental activities, and the Youth Muslim Leadership Program.

Newman Students’ Society

The Newman Catholic Students’ Society is the Catholic student community of McGill University. Based out of the Newman Centre of McGill University, we seek to make our Christian faith alive through social activities and community life, faith formation and spiritual enrichment, charitable outreach and service, and a strong sense of friendship and fellowship among our members. We also enthusiastically collaborate with our brothers and sisters in other Christian and religious groups on campus. Finally, we are open for any student, regardless of their religious affiliation, to come hang out and take a break from the busy life of a student in a warm, comfy, and communal atmosphere.

Power to Change (P2C)

We are ordinary people seeking to make sense of life in light of Jesus and His very good news. Most of all, we want you to experience Jesus‚ joyful and hopeful life with a diverse community of friends. We’re all about seeing students like you take their next step towards Jesus, regardless of where we’re each starting from. Even during this pandemic, we are still seeking to learn together as we study the Bible and engage with relevant topics, reach out to our campus, and build a community of prayer, worship, and fun. Get connected with us online through our Facebook or Instagram page @PowertoChange McGill and feel free to send us a message to learn more!

Spanish and Latin American Students’ Association of McGill University (SLASA)

SLASA is a student-run organization based in Montreal, Canada since 1989. We serve as a social and professional network for the Spanish-Speaking and Latin students at McGill University.

Throughout the year, we organize many events and activities to celebrate and share our culture, promote the academic success of Spanish-Speaking McGillians, and integrate our members into the greater Montreal community. SLASA is an inclusive organization, and all are welcome to attend our events and participate in our discussions regardless of language, cultural background, or citizenship.

Syrian Students’ Association (SSA)

The Syrian Students Association of McGill is a student group of the SSMU, an undergraduate student society at McGill University. We are a secular, apolitical club that is not affiliated with nor subsidized by any political party or religious group. Our club’s mission can be summarized in 4 main articles: Social, humanitarian, cultural and educational. Check out any of our social media accounts to see what events we have planned or what we’re up to!

Tamil Students’ Association of McGill (TAMill)

Tamil Students’ Association of McGill (TAMill)’s mandate is to promote Tamil culture, language and awareness within the McGill Community, foster and strengthen unity and amity with other community organizations both within and exterior to McGill University, and to help voice the concerns of marginalized and oppressed communities worldwide.

Learn more about the mandate and structure of the Tamil Students’ Association of McGill (TAMill) in their club constitution.

The Korean Students Society (KSS)

McGill Korean Students Society (KSS) is the official student association dedicated to Korean students within McGill. We aim to assist Korean students in building connections and help integrate new students into the McGill community.

Turkish Students Society of McGill University (TSSMU)

Turkish Students’ Society of McGill University is one of the largest student organizations in Montreal area and represents all Turkish students enrolled at McGill University. TSSMU was founded in 1994 with the goal to improve the student experience of Turkish students. We aim to make a beneficial impact through our events by establishing and enhancing student relationships within the McGill community as well as by fundraising for various causes. Every semester we donate a portion of our proceedings to a different charity in Turkey.