The International Student Organization (ISO) was formed in 1995 under the umbrella of the Student Government Association at JSU to represent matters concerning international students.
Since then, ISO holds events annually as to enhance cultural diversity and create positive relations in the Jacksonville community.
Some of these events include; the UN Day Tea, which is mainly organized by the Jones International House Program, the Tasters’ Fair, and the Latin Dance, among others.
Jeff Clark, the international programs coordinator, said, “These events are held to celebrate and appreciate different cultures. In this case, the Latin Dance is to appreciate Hispanic culture and enjoy it.”
Each year during the fall, ISO hosts the Latin Dance to showcase the culture of its Latin American people.
The Latin Dance is held on dates between September 15 and October 15 in time to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. Not only do students [at the Latin Dance] gain knowledge on cultural diversity, but they are also treated to free Latin cuisine, soft drinks, music and various dances.
Cameran Powers, who has was the DJ for the event for the last four years said, “Latin music has a musical magic added to it. Whether it is a sad song or a jovial one, it is easy to get your feet moving and dance along to it.”
This year the tradition continues. The Latin dance will be held on September 24 at the Alumni House, between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
All students, faculty and members of the community are welcome to join the festivities.
“It is important for students at JSU, not only Americans but foreign students alike, to attend such functions and share the experience with others,” said Kuvvat Jorayev, president of ISO, “I also don’t think anyone should say no to free food,” Jorayev jokes.
Students are encouraged to share their culture and educate others on different aspects and through the different platforms that JSU has set up.
For more information on the Latin Dance and other ISO activities, follow the ISO under the twitter handle, @ISO_JSU.