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Campus leadership and activities serves as the hub for all student group related activities on campus. Our primary goal is to build community among Hampshire College students and to help student groups put their ideas into action. Whether you’re planning a conference or booking a weekly meeting, we are here for you. Every year, campus leadership and activities give support for annual events on campus ranging from Hampshire Halloween to the Ingenuity Awards. Below, you can find info about each annual event, when they are, and what to expect.

CLA Annual Events

Block Party 

September 5, 2016
5-7 p.m.
Solar Canopy

Join us for an evening of dancing and musical performance by alumni Kids Choice! Dance or relax at a table while chatting with friends, listening to music, and enjoying delicious snacks.

Welcome Dance Party
September 9, 2016
10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Red Barn
Celebrate the start of a new year and dance the night away at the Red Barn with Boston's DJ Ness!

September 15, 2016
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Solar Canopy
Hampfest is Hampshire College's student activities fair, held at the beginning of each semester. It is an occasion for student groups to present themselves to the wider Hampshire community and to involve members of the community in their organizations.

Town of Amherst Block Party
September 15, 2016
5-9 p.m.
Amherst Town Commons
A celebration of the downtown Amherst community.

Signer Seminar

September 18, 2016

Signer Seminar is designed to be a valuable opportunity for signers to re-energize for the new year, take advantage of knowledge gained in various workshops, and network with other signers to create programming partnerships. Get energized and excited to start the semester strong with your student group. Learn skills for successful student group organization, planning, and programming. ALL RECOGNIZED STUDENT GROUP SIGNERS need to attend this leadership training. Bring your programming ideas to share! Your Great Ideas + Our Resources = Successful Student Groups! Come early, food will be served!

Community Carnival

September 22, 2016
2-4 p.m.
Library Lawn

Student Life collaborates with the academic programs, faculty, and other academic affairs partners on the event, and in doing so, we introduce students to a variety of resources which help familiarize them with Hampshire, aid in their education and community building, as well as provide opportunities for them to complete their CEL-1 requirement!

Hampshire Halloween

October 28, 2016


Hampshire Halloween usually occurs the Friday before Halloween. In collaboration with other campus departments such as Residential Life, CLA, and other student groups, the HYPE Committee helps to organize this event. There are concerts from a diverse range of performance artists, haunted houses, and arts and crafts. Hampshire Halloween ends with a midnight breakfast in the dining commons.

Winter Graduate Division III Showcases

December 16, 2016

1-4 p.m.
East and West Lecture Halls of Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH)

Join the CLA office as we showcase student div III work that include academic presentations, readings, and film screenings.

Welcome Dance Party
January 27, 2017
10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Red Barn

February 1, 2017
Robert Crown Center
Hampfest is Hampshire College's student activities fair, held at the beginning of each semester. It is an occasion for student groups to present themselves to the wider Hampshire community and to involve members of the community in their organizations.

Hampshire Goes to the Eric Carle Museum

February 16, 2017
Eric Carle Museum

Join the CLA office at the Eric Carle Museum for crafts, chocolate, and a night of color.

Ingenuity Awards
April 12, 2017
Red Barn
The Ingenuity Awards honor students who have made a significant contribution to our community.

Spring Jam

April 29, 2017

Underneath the Solar Canopy

Afternoon activities, including bouncy houses, carnival games, Zumba, and many more will typically take place Greenwich and library lawns. The evening concert will go from 9 p.m.-1 a.m., location and performers to be announced in the spring.

CLA Sponsored Trips

Randall’s Farm Corn Maze
September 24, 2016

Apple Festival at Yankee Candle
October 1, 2016

New England Scare Fest Trip
October 15, 2016

Boston Bus Trip
November 5, 2016

Bowling and Pizza at Sparetime Northampton
November 10, 2016

Smith College Chrysanthemum Show Trip
November 20, 2016

Bright Nights
December 11, 2016

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