We are lucky to have an amazing e-board this year. It is a mix of a lot of cultures and characters. Stay tuned for the amazing things they accomplish!
About ISF
Frequently Asked Questions
E-Board 2006
ECHO Party
Major Events
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. So what’s cool about you?
A. What’s cool about the ISF is that people from varying cultures find a common ground and manage to work so well together. Our different experiences and ideas give us each something unique to share.
Q. What events do you have?
A. We have Diversity Awareness Month (November), a whole month jam-packed with great speakers, intellectual debates on the hottest global topics, and cultural shows. Some events are Community 101 eligible, so freshmen you might as well come and fulfill those points! The International Banquet (January) is very popular on campus—we’ve had everything from Chinese Lion dances, Irish tap dancing, to Flamenco and Hawaiian dancers. The Billiken World Fair (April) is a colorful parade of nations to celebrate the end of ATLAS week, and the coming of spring! There will be outdoor games and cultural performances. And the awesome food, of course—we've got something from baklava to paella. We also have smaller events/gatherings/private parties scattered throughout the year.
Q. Who participates in the ISF?
A. All international students automatically become members of the organization, but a lot of American-born students participate and attend our events as well. The ISF serves as an umbrella organization for six other cultural groups on-campus representing: Africa, Asia, Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean. Not only that, but the ISF receives support from independent cultural groups (namely the Black Student Alliance, Filipino Student Association, Indian Asian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, International Business Club). We also collaborate with other campus organizations and academic departments for our huge events.
Q. But I’m not an international student!
A. Being international doesn’t only mean coming from a different country other than the United States. From the point of view of students from different countries, you’re as international to them as they are to you. This is all about meeting people from all walks of life and sharing your experiences with each other. It’s about learning of a whole new world beyond your comfort zone—and that goes for both me and you!
Q. Okay I'm convinced now....how do I join?
A. You can be active in the ISF as much as you want to. Participation can range from simply attending our events to actually helping us plan them behind the scenes. Just attend one of our general meetings held on Fridays at 4pm (see calendar for specific dates) at the Cross Cultural Center (Suite 240 in the Busch Student Center). Hope to see you there!
For further questions, please e-mail us: isf@slu.edu
Held in September, ECHO is our Fundraiser to show ISF’s commitment and care for the events around the world... Diversity Awareness Month International Banquet  Every January, the ISF offers hundreds of faculty, staff and students a spectacular night of culture at the International Banquet. Several ethnic restaurants cater the event, with many dancing/singing/drumming performances from different cultures. From Egyptian belly dance to Brazilian acrobatics, we seek to present new styles every year. Billiken World Festival  Every April, the ISF organizes the hugely successful Billiken World Fair, which caps off ATLAS Week. Usually held at the break of spring, ISF subgroups put up colorful booths displaying cultural artifacts and sell ethnic finger foods. The Billiken World Fair is the first large-scale diversity program organized on campus, with more than 40 different student groups, and university departments coming together in a celebration of culture. Every November, ISF collaborates with more various campus organizations to celebrate Diversity Awareness Month. From speakers to concerts, every day of the month had a reason to celebrate diversity. Diversity Month also awards nine SLU faculty, staff and students with Kathy Humphrey Awards to recognize individuals who demonstrate exceptional scholarship, service and leadership skills while promoting cultural awareness.
Vice President  : Saradasri Karri
Publicity            : Laila Thampy
President          : Shahida Flores
Senator             : Astha Mor
Senator             : Candace da Silva
Advisor             : Janice Harris
Treasurer          : Danny Rooney