Southeast Asian Studies Student Organizations

  • Southeast Asia Club (Affiliated with the Center for Southeast Asian Studies)
    The primary goal of the Southeast Asia Club or SEA Club is to bring knowledge about Southeast Asia to the NIU community and greater Chicago land area. Established in 1969, SEA Club has become instrumental in providing various outlets for students and other members of the community to learn about Southeast Asia. SEA Club organizes annual culture nights that involve performances from the various Southeast Asian countries and an annual student conference that brings in a guest speaker to lecture on Southeast Asia.  SEA Club assist the Center for Southeast Asian Studies to further strengthen our ties in K-12 schools around the area. SEA Club members volunteer at non-profit organizations such as Hope Haven and are involved with Rotaract to help the DeKalb community and beyond.  SEA Club faculty advisor is Prof. Judy Ledgerwood, jledgerw@niu.edu, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies. SEA Club is a Student Association-recognized organization at NIU.
  • NIU Rotaract Club (Affiliated with the 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.  SEA Club faculty advisor is Prof. Judy Ledgerwood, jledgerw@niu.edu, director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies.
    The NIU Rotaract Club is getting a little help from that other professor Jones (not CSEAS associate Eric Jones) by hosting a three-night film screening in April to raise funds for an international service project. The first three Indiana Jones films—Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, The Last Crusade—will be shown April 3, 10, and 24 respectively in Room 110, Campus Life. Admission is free; refreshments for sale; the cause is good.
  • Burma Interest Group (Affiliated with the Center for Burma Studies)
    The vision of the Burma Interest Group (BIG NIU) is to foster greater understanding of the history, culture, society, economy, politics , and other aspects of Burma to the academic and non-academic community. BIG NIU is a group of students who are passionate about and interested in the country of Burma/Myanmar. Our group plays an active role in the NIU community, bringing speakers to the Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ weekly lecture series to talk about Burma,assisting with the International Burma Studies Conference, and hosting regular social get-togethers to discuss research and interests. BIG NIU faculty advisor is Prof. Catherine Raymond, craymond@niu.edu, director of the Center for Burma Studies. SEA Club is a Student Association-recognized organization at NIU.