Students from the Japanese Table ISA’s International Food Festival will welcome guests. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Thompson)
On February 1, the Overseas Students Association held an interest meeting in room 117 of the Onsted Bible Research Building from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Students learned what the International Food Festival is, a student-led event, and how they can get involved.
“The International Student Association is a student organization for everyone, but especially for all international students, a home and a place,” said Eva Mel Carrillo, ISA president and senior social work major from Chiapas, Mexico. Stated. “We focus on making them feel welcome and have cool multicultural activities on campus.”
At the interest meeting, the organization discussed what students can do as volunteers and cooks. They explained how the event would work and also provided a budget for the food. There is also a fashion show, so even if you can’t cook, you can participate wearing your country’s costumes. This is also a way for international students to diversify on campus.
“The International Food Festival is an ISA-sponsored event that allows international and non-international students to share their culture through food,” said Emily, ISA executive director and junior kinesiology major from El Paso.・Mr. Ballew said. “Students can sign up for a slot to make meals for hundreds of people, and ISA will provide resources to help them do that.”
The International Food Festival has been running since 2018, but the organization has been around for 15 to 20 years. The food festival will have representatives from around 12 to 15 countries, from Honduras and Mexico to Uganda and Japan. This year’s event will be held at Hillcrest Church of Christ on March 2 from 6-8 p.m., and this year’s theme is street food.
“If people think ISA is only for international students, they are wrong,” Carrillo said. “It’s for everyone. If you want to learn more about other countries and make friends, come and learn more about ISA.”
ISA Chapel meets on Thursdays at 11 a.m. in Room 130 of the Bible Study Building.