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Cultural Dinners

As a means to celebrate and educate on diversity, University Housing Services began coordinating Cultural Dinners in the early 1980’s. The exciting tradition of these dinners continues today and is meant to expose students to the rich cultural diversity of our society as well as expand their knowledge of the world in which we live. Originally held in residence hall conference rooms, they are now held in larger University banquet rooms to accommodate the increasing interest in our programs. The interest has been sparked by greater access offered over the years to national opinion leaders and performers at the top of their craft.

Cultural Dinners are open to the ISU community (student, faculty and staff) as well as the Bloomington-Normal community. They generally draw up to 600 people. Cultural Dinners take place once or twice a semester and include an address from a keynote speaker, a meal, and entertainment specific to the culture being celebrated. The planning and execution for these events is done, not only by University Housing Services professional staff, but also by students in order to encourage the development of leadership skills.

Our goal is to get the you as close as you will ever get to compelling individuals of national and international acclaim, while enjoying some fabulous entertainment and the awesomely delicious foods prepared by Campus Dining Services’ award winning chefs.


If you have questions about Cultural Dinners, please contact Delaney Hardman by phone at (309) 438-5399, or email University Housing Programming.