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[Newsletter] Yonsei GSIS Clubs and Associations: Building Community and Fostering Diversity
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2024.05.07
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 The clubs and associations at GSIS, Yonsei University, boast of inclusivity as well as diversity.


By: Shreya Mishra
Junior Editor, Yonsei GSIS Newsletter 


Yonsei GSIS boasts of several clubs and councils that successfully organize various interactive and informative events to make the students, especially the freshers, feel at home and comfortable around their peers. Some of the clubs and societies that you can find at the GSIS are:

 

1. Graduate Student Association (GSA)

 

The GSA is a student representative body at GSIS whose aim this semester is to create a sustainable foundation for itself as an organization and foster cultural exchanges between the five majors at GSIS. It has been a very active student body, immersing itself in making the school a fun and more interactive space for all. 

 

More information: https://www.instagram.com/yonseigsis_gsa/ 

 

2. Human Rights Hub (HRH)

 

The Human Rights Hub, established in 2023 by Alexander Rivera, Thyene Moreira, and Sara Taibi and guided by advisory professor Joanna Hosaniak, is a student organization dedicated to advancing human rights principles and practices. 

 

The hub strives to promote, protect, and defend human rights for all through various activities such as lectures, field trips, and campaigns. Some notable activities hosted by the hub include special dialogues with ambassadors and representatives from organizations such as the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights, as well as field trips to significant sites like the War and Women's Human Rights Museum and the DMZ. Through these initiatives, the Human Rights Hub contributes to the personal and professional development of its more than 90 members while making tangible strides toward a more just and equitable world.

 

More information: https://www.yonseihumanrightshub.com/home

 

3. Korean Studies Council (KSC)

 

A study association exclusively for Korean Studies majors, the KSC is a platform that helps one learn more about the major and fellow peers in the department. It hosts several events throughout the semester, like ‘Tea Time’ with professors, to help students navigate their academic life. The council’s more academic-centric events are the ‘TOPIK Workshop’ and ‘Study Together,’ held around the TOPIK exams and the semester examinations, respectively, to learn the exam tactics and get some calm nerves before the test dates. Apart from these, the council also hosts excursion events throughout the semester, which are usually open for students from other majors too.

 

The council elects a new cohort of members every semester and also offers an intern position for other students to participate in the council’s activities. 

 

More information: https://www.instagram.com/ygsis_ksc/

 

4. Iyagi Hour

 

Established to help international students make new friends while simultaneously providing them with an opportunity for a Korean-English language exchange, Iyagi Hour is a famous club at the GSIS of Yonsei University. However, it does not restrict itself to the boundaries of GSIS. Instead, it invites students from other schools to participate in its fun events. 

 

As far as the club's activities are concerned, Iyagi Hour aims to host events that are not only fun but also creative and interactive. Collaborative events like those held in collaboration with the language exchange clubs of other universities (for example, KLECA—the language exchange club of Korea University) help students get to know people from other prominent universities as well. The club believes such activities “may inspire them to know more about Korea and their fellow international peers.”

 

More information: https://www.instagram.com/iyagihr_yonsei/


5. Global Business Hub

 

A cool attraction for ITFM major students, especially, is the Global Business Hub. In this club, members can learn a lot about Korea's global business culture and trends. Established to provide students an opportunity to network in business circles, GBH invites speakers such as the GSIS professors and alumni who have already made their name in the professional world and share the intricacies of the business world with future businessmen and women. All the events provide students with a unique opportunity of networking. It also gives them a chance to learn the recent trends in the job market from the insiders themselves. 

 

More information: https://www.instagram.com/yonsei_gbh/

6. Wildlife Welfare Society (WWS)

 

Yonsei GSIS has a club for students who are passionate about the environment and wildlife. WWS works to help the environment by holding events like plogging along the Han River, motivating the students to denounce acts of littering, and encouraging them to create awareness about environmental and wildlife issues. WWS invites people to speak about the environmental organizations that appeal to them and also creates opportunities that can help students immerse themselves in the tranquillity of nature and appreciate the beauty of the same. 

 

More information: https://www.instagram.com/wws_yonsei/ 

At GSIS of Yonsei University, there is something for everyone. So look out for what appeals to you, and make sure to join a club of your liking to make the most of your time on campus.