Many of us dream about travelling the world, trying new foods, and experiencing new cultures. What if I told you that you can experience this, right on Indiana State’s campus?
Each month, the International Student Resource Center (IRSC) celebrates a different culture with their International House Parties. These dinner parties are thrown to help students and faculty experience cultural foods from other countries, which they perhaps had never thought about trying before. It also gives an opportunity to those who attend to learn about these different countries and their native cultures.
Experience true Saudi Arabian foods and learn about their culture at September’s International House Party. The event will take place on Thursday, from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center. It is free to attend, and open to the public, so be sure to go – and bring a friend!
Aside from the International House Parties, the International Student Resource Center throws a monthly Coffee Hour or Tea Talk. Each month a topic is picked to be discussed at these hour longs events, with a Q&A session at the end. Attendees can expect lively discussions and to learn more about cultures around the world.
The International Student Resource Center also hosts a variety of events as part of their “Power On” series. These events are workshops that help inform students of cultural differences, gain effective communication skills, receive health services, and more. The next workshop will be in honor of World Mental Health Day.
IRSC also works closely with the International Student Resource Council and is a part of the Office of Multicultural Services and Programs (MSP). These organizations recognize the importance of providing more than just academic resources for international students, and work to provide a safe and affirming environment for international students as well. They work together, as well as with other organizations, to provide access to culturally focused programs and resources. The programs like International House Parties and the Coffee Hour, recognition events for grades and graduates, and a recreation room are only a small part of what these organizations provide for the international students.
For those interested in finding out more about the International Student Resource Center or any of the services and programs it provides, please contact 812-237-2877. The Resource Center is located on the 7th floor of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. They are open 8am-6pm on Mondays through Thursdays and 8am-4:30pm on Fridays.