Migrants and Migration, celebrated at SLU


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Have you ever wanted to debate current events with students from around the world, hear a personal story in a panel discussion, or about humanitarian issues on a global scale through expert guest lectures?

Every year, the SLU-Madrid celebrates Atlas Week, an event that serves as a way to recognize the international dimension of Saint Louis University’s academic programs and to celebrate SLU’s role in international education and service in light of their Jesuit tradition. The primary goal of the Atlas program is to increase awareness of the global issues that confront us today in an effort to not only promote discussion but to inspire and inform action. It focuses on what students can do to contribute to a better life for all and in the future. 

For the ninth annual Atlas Week, Saint Louis University – Madrid organized dozens of events on campus with the theme, “Migrants and Migration: the people behind the numbers.” 

The event

The International Food Festival and Party was a highlight for the attendees. Different members of the school community attended and d their heritage through food and some impromptu performances.

The International Food Festival showcased food from other countries prepared by the students themselves. Some of the native delicacies featured in the event were muhamara from Jordan, bolo de cenoura from Brazil, bourbon balls from Kentucky, mint tea and pastries from Algeria and grenat biscuits from Libya.

 “Sampling foods from other countries taught me a little about their cultures and served as a great conversation starter between people from different cultures,” said Rileigh Cassimatis, a sophomore from the St. Louis campus.

Students of SLU-Madrid are no strangers to helping out the community around them either through social enterprises or events like these.

“A better life for all”

Atlas Week events focus on how global citizens can contribute to a better life for all. While there is time to sample delicacies and learn about each other’s heritage, the SLU-Madrid community also engages in debates, round tables, and more.

At the migration stories panel, for example, guest speakers d their stories of migration. Mariela Perez Rolon, a Paraguayan immigrant who came to Madrid to work as a live-in home assistant d her personal journey to the crowd. Her story showed everyone in attendance how much still remains to be done to improve the lives of those who have left their homes.

The event also showcased multilingual poetry reading, a cross-disciplinary round table on migration and lectures ranging from overpopulation to indigenous communities in Brazil.

Are you interested in becoming a member of a global community and your heritage at Saint Louis University – Madrid? 

Learn more about Saint Louis University Madrid here!


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