Our Events

We love to bring our global community together to share stories, make friends and deepen our understanding of other cultures.

A group of drummers performing at the 2024 International Dinner

Our International Dinner and our Thanksgiving Lunch are communal events that highlight great food and global traditions. Our talents nights and community events offer everyone a chance to step out into the community or step up on the stage. We host a large number of events each year, ranging from 5 to 400 participants. We invite you to join us!

More event dates coming soon.


Event opportunities

While always great events to attend, our many International Student Center (ISC) events also provide leadership and community opportunities for both international and domestic students to gain experience in event planning, facilitation, marketing, cooking and more.

Fukuoka Summer Immersion Program

Every summer, the International Student Center hosts Business Law students from Fukuoka University for two weeks. During this time, the Fukuoka Students stay with host families and visit many businesses, courts, and go sightseeing.

As a part of enhancing the experience of these students and challenging them to speak English, we invite Seattle University students to serve as student leaders who plan activities, tours, and connect with small groups of Fukuoka students.

Applications for the Fukuoka Leadership program open up Spring Quarter.

For more information, please contact us at ISC@seattleu.edu.

Minidoka Pilgrimage

Every year, we have the distinct honor of participating in the Minidoka Pilgrimage which takes place from July 4-7 this year. This event honors the people interned at the Minidoka Relocation Center, a Japanese internment camp in operation from 1942-1945.

In 1942, almost 13,000 people of Japanese ancestry, many of whom were American citizens, were removed from their homes and sent to a desolate incarceration "near camp” in Southern Idaho near Twin Falls. Incarcerees spent nearly 3 years incarcerated at Minidoka and other camps during WWII. 

Today, most of the 33,000 acres that once made up Minidoka has been taken over by farms.  However, in 2001, 73 acres along the North Side Canal, and near the entrance to Minidoka has been designated a National Monument. Minidoka Internment National Monument commemorate the hardships and sacrifices of Japanese Americans interned there during World War II.

Also known as the 'Hunt Camp', the Minidoka Relocation Center was massive with more than 600 buildings with internees held there from Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. In 1944, the internees harvested 7,300,000 pounds of produce in the surrounding agricultural fields, making the camp completely self-sustainable.

Today, the site continues to hold a mixture of memories and strong emotions - feelings of denial, distrust, shame, and joy.  The Pilgrimage is attended by former incarcerees, their family members, friends, and allies. The pilgrimage offers an opportunity to revisit the place and the memories amidst family, friends, supporters, and National Park Service officials.  The intent is to honor the first generations of Japanese Americans who suffered most under institutionalized racist laws, to deliver the message of “Never Again,” and to pass on the legacy to anyone who will listen.