With San Francisco comically known as the city of imports, it is no surprise that students come from all over the world to attend USF. The university’s international student population has grown to over 1,300 — and just this fall semester, USF now holds students from 87 countries. To showcase the diversity in our community and to promote cultural education, USF’s International Student Association is hosting their annual Culturescape: “A Night Around the World” on Friday, Nov. 15.
Culturescape is a two-hour event from 6 to 8 p.m., starting with performances from about 10 clubs at the Presentation Theatre. Campus organizations like the Indian Student Organization, Kasamahan (the Filipino student organization), VarCity SF (hip-hop dance club), Hawaiian Ensemble, Viva Brasil, ASUSF Voices, and others will be performing. The second half of the event invites attendees to McLaren Hall to eat food from across the globe.
Megha Gandhi, a sophomore and publicity member of ISA, says that Culturscape is the organization’s biggest event of the year. It takes four committees to organize: performance, post-performance, finance, and publicity. “A lot of planning has been going on for [Culturscape] since August,” Ghandi said. “The [International Student and Scholar Services] office also helped to promote it. We just want as many people to come as possible. From [previous] years, we’re expecting about 300 to 400 people to come.”
Culturescape is the kick-off show for International Education Week (IEW) that takes place Nov. 15–22. During IEW, various programs will take place on campus, like International Trivia Night, Stories from Around the World, and International Cup Soccer Tournament.
ISA also hosts other events throughout the year. “We have other smaller events like movie nights to bring international students together so they know they’re not alone, because sometimes it can be lonely being abroad,” Ghandi said. ISA provides a social community for international students and domestic students for cultural enrichment.
Tickets for Culturescape can be bought online via ISA on USF’s Facebook page, or at the door. Tickets are $12 for students with ID and $18 for general admission.