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Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma is a national honor society established in 1931. Our local affiliate, Xi Kappa, was established at Drake in 2011. The organization is open to students of all languages offered at Drake. Alpha Mu Gamma engages in activities that promote the study and awareness of world languages in the Greater Des Moines community and beyond. Additionally, it acknowledges the accomplishments of its members. It requires a 3.0 G.P.A. overall and a 4.0 G.P.A. in two semesters of language study.

For more information, please contact Dr. Marc Pinheiro-Cadd or email WLC.

Japanese Culture and Language Association

The purpose of Drake's Japanese Culture and Language Association is to:

  1. provide a place for students to use their Japanese speaking skills in a casual environment outside of the classroom
  2. promote awareness of Japanese culture on campus
  3. provide a setting for students who may not speak Japanese to learn about Japanese culture and engage in both traditional and pop culture events

Through weekly meetings, our club plans fun activities and events that expose members and other students on campus to different aspects of Japanese culture. These activities have included origami workshops, tea ceremony, playing with traditional toys, cooking simple foods, calligraphy, and karaoke parties. JCLA also plays an important role in welcoming Japanese exchange students and professors to Drake and integrating them into campus life.

We have recently made great strides in attracting attention to our club by hosting lecture events, putting up displays in the Olmsted Breezeway, and participating in the campus-wide Street Painting. ​As our group grows in size, we hope to continue to promote diversity on campus and increase interest in Japanese language and culture.

For more information, visit Drake University's Japanese Culture and Language Association on Facebook, Instagram, contact Dr. Chinatsu Sazawa, or email WLC.

La Fuerza Latina

The purpose of La Fuerza Latina is to provide a space for students in solidarity with the Latino community in Des Moines and Drake to foster dialogue around issues impacting the Latinos and explore opportunities to promote a more inclusive atmosphere at Drake University. This will be done by hosting networking events with Des Moines Latino professionals, attending conferences aimed at empowering college Latino students, hosting in state or out of state Latino leaders, showcasing films on campus about Latino culture, visiting schools in the Des Moines metro area to speak with young Latino students, and promoting volunteering opportunities aimed at serving the Des Moines and Iowa Latino community.

For more information, visit La Fuerza Latina on Facebook or Instagram

El Ritmo Latino

El Ritmo Latino is Drake’s Hispanic and Latino Culture Club. Membership in El Ritmo Latino is open to any Drake student, and there are many events throughout the year that are open to students and the public, as well. El Ritmo Latino is a student-run organization that works to promote the learning and celebration of Hispanic and Latino culture. Some events that El Ritmo Latino hosts are: Latin dance lessons (Salsa, Cha-Cha, Bachata and Zouk), a Latin Dance and Music Expo, movie nights, Latin dance socials, an Aztec Philosophy Workshop, and more! To learn more about joining, please visit our booth at the fall or spring activity fair or visit us at

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