Students’ organizations play very important roles in delivering the knowledge, the impression, and the spirit of Indonesian nationalism under the umbrella of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity). One of the challenges currently faced by Indonesian students’ organizations is their capabilities, or lack thereof, to protect their noble intentions from the interests of certain parties that take advantage of the students’ activities and lead them towards something that in fact hurts the motto. In this context, the selection and orientation process is important in creating and strengthening the spirit of nationalism. Moreover, the emergence of religious students’ organization contributes their own characteristics that are interesting to be studied further. Therefore, this research looks closer at how the concept of selection and orientation process in religious students’ organizations, especially Islam Students’ Association. In this article, the researcher sees that the selection and orientation process in religious students’ organizations, such as Islam Students’ Association have its own uniqueness and strength. It can be observed from the big number of members of Islam Students’ Association who work in government offices, non-governmental organizations, private sectors, and other types of employment. They welcome differences and subscribe to the ideology of unity and what it entails, such as pluralism, democracy, as well as state administration and law enforcement. The three championed programs are the determinant factors in preserving Indonesia that unites in its diversity.
Darda Abdullah Sjam, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
Dasim Budimansyah, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
Encep Syarif Nurdin, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
Elly Malihah, Indonesia University of Education, Indonesia
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