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Carleton College Archives: History of BIPOC Student Organizations at Carleton

South Asian Society (SAS)

1997 - 1999

The first student organization organized specifically for South Asian students and cultures, South Asian Society (SAS) provided events and community for South Asian students and for the larger campus community. This organization was only active for a few years but was reorganized into DESI (Dedicated to the Exploration of South-Asain Interests).  


May 9, 1997. page 4. Stop racism towards Asian Americans. 

DESI (Dedicated to the Exploration of South-Asian Interests)

1998 - 2014

Previously South Asian Society (SAS), DESI (Dedicated to the Exploration of South-Asian Interests) was created in 1998 to connect and highlight South Asian students and cultures on campus. Before the creation of MOSAIC in 2013, DESI organized annual Diwali and Holi celebrations along with other events. 


October 22, 2004. page 3. Indian pop musicians make tour stop at Carleton. 

October 23, 2009. front. Co-founder of Hindu America Foundation at Diwali celebration. 

October 28, 2011. page 5. Diwali: Drama, dancing, discussion mark cultural event. 

DESI Photography

MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interest at Carleton)

2013 - Present

Following DESI to celebrate South Asian cultures on campus, MOSAIC (Mosaic of South Asian Interest at Carleton) has hosted Holi and Diwali celebrations since 2014.


May 31, 2019. page 7. Holi festivities...

November 1, 2019. page 2. Diwali/Deepavali: the Hindu Festival of Lights. 

MOSAIC Photography

Coalition of Southeast Asians (COSEA)

2018  - Present 

Established in 2018, the Coalition of Southeast Asians (COSEA), provides a community for Southeast Asian students while celebrating and promoting Southeast Asian culture.