Saint Louis University

The Sam and Marilyn Fox ATLAS program is held every year in the spring, highlighting the international dimension of Saint Louis University's academic programs. ATLAS week celebrates SLU's role in international education and service in light of the Jesuit tradition. The primary goal of the ATLAS program is to increase awareness of global issues in order to inspire and inform action.

Atlas Events in the Department of Political Science

Monday, April 13
11:00 - 12:00 p.m.
Coming to St. Louis: Immigrant Services in Our City
Des Peres Hall International Lounge
Sponsored By: Atlas Week Program and Department of Political Science

It is hard to imagine St. Louis without the plethora of cultural diversity, especially when it comes to flavors, languages, flags, styles and histories; one can't help but wonder about the source of these cultures in our city. Representatives from various local organizations, including the International Institute of St. Louis, Mosaic Project, and Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA), will discuss their work related to serving immigrants and refugees in St. Louis. The panel will focus on the economic, social, and legal struggles that immigrants and refugees experience in the short and long term, upon arriving to St. Louis. The participating organizations will provide an overview of their mission and goals, the services provided, and the various populations served. Along with providing background information on their organizations, the representatives will call students into action and inform students on how they can best serve immigrant and refugee populations in St. Louis.

Monday, April 13
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Life as a TCK: The Identity Crisis of Multicultural Upbringing
Center for Global Citizenship Seminar Room
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science, Center for International Studies, Cross Cultural Center, Center for Global Citizenship, College for Public Health and Social Justice

Have you ever been asked the question: "Where are you from?" and been completely taken off-guard not knowing how to answer? Have you ever felt like you don't necessarily fit in with the main culture you live in, but also struggle to fit into whatever you consider your "home" culture? Welcome to the TCK club! A TCK is a Third-Culture-Kid, which means an individual who struggles to fully identify with one or two ‘home' cultures (at times conflicting), ultimately creating a hybrid- a combination of the two. This identity crisis is common for many multicultural (and racial) individuals both in the United States and abroad. This event aims to introduce the concept of the TCK, explaining the struggles, highlights, differences and experiences through the lenses of current SLU students who identify as such. The event will be a combination of a presentation on multiculturalism and cross-cultural interactions, as they relate to both individuals and communities, with a panel to offer a space for questions. Additionally, this event will serve as a community building event for other students struggling to find answers to the numerous multicultural-identity questions, provide a space to share any frustrations, fears, and stories and ultimately, try to provide wisdom for navigating and finding our true self in a multi-racial and cultural world.

Monday, April 13
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Challenges and Transitions in South Asia
Center for Global Citizenship Seminar Room
Sponsored By: Asian Studies Program, Department of Communication, Department of Physics, Department of Political Science - College of Arts and Sciences; Department of Economics - John Cook School of Business; Department of Neurology and Psychiatry - School of Medicine

Panel presenters will discuss recent developments in Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh, respectively.

Diana Carlin, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Graduate Education and International Initiatives and Professor of Communication
Ghazala Hayat, M.D., Director of Neuromuscular Service and The Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory and Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry
Vijai Dixit, Ph.D., Professor of Physics
Muhammad Islam, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Economics.


Monday, April 13
3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Ukraine and You!
Busch Student Center 251
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science, Department of Languages, Literature and Culture - Russian Division, Russian and Eastern European Area Studies Program

The presenters will describe the current political crisis in Ukraine from different perspectives, including the official Russian government, the official Ukrainian government, the Ukrainian separatists, and the Western perspective. What can the US do? Speakers will include
Sean Canavin, Katie Alvarez, Bethany Glock, Benjamin Baldwin, Katherine Kelliher, Ajay Chatrath, and Safija Avdic.

Tuesday, April 14
11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
NO to Child Marriages
Busch Student Center 251
Sponsored By: The Atlas Program and Department of Political Science

Child marriage is an issue prevalent across countries, cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Child brides can be found in every region of the world, from the Middle East to Latin America, South Asia to Europe.This event will address the issue of child marriages and its effect on millions of girls today. It will address the causes of child marriage, which include poverty, lack of education, and culture. It will also address the effects of child marriages, including death, diseases, depression and premature birth. Possible solutions on the prevention of child marriages will also be discussed.


Tuesday, April 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
From Starvation to Security in 10 Years: A Measurably Successful Program in Bangladesh
Busch Student Center 256
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science and Partners in Sustainable Development International

Partners in Sustainable Development International (PSDI) is a nonprofit organization committed to permanently eradicating poverty among the rural poor in the developing world. The PSDI Model is based on the concept that the poorest people in the world are capable of becoming self-sufficient with a little help. The Model is being implemented in Bangladesh as PEP (Poverty Eradication Program). The PSDI Model is holistic in nature, recognizing that the extreme poor face so many obstacles to their economic recovery that only a comprehensive program can offer them a permanent uplift from poverty. The Model encourages poor families to form partnerships, which allow them to devise creative solutions to their own social, economic and environmental problems, and then helps them to obtain the resources necessary to bring those plans to fruition. Each family member has a role and every program has an educational component. Their successes are measurable due to a system that uses a ground up delivery approach. Through a network of trained, field social workers in the villages, partner families are visited biweekly to monitor their progress in meeting their interim goals. Most families enter the program near starvation and are able to realize their dream of financial stability and independence within ten years. To date, 94,000 families (470,000 people) have been partners and 87,000 children have completed PEP primary schools. Virginia Klein is a co-founder and the Executive Director of PSDI. Ms. Klein will present on the PSDI Model, its implementation and success in Bangladesh, as well as its potential for eradicating poverty around the globe. She will conclude the presentation with a question and answer session on the organization, its endeavors, and the realities of international poverty.


Tuesday, April 14
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
"Documented": A Film by an Undocumented American
Busch Student Center 253 A
Sponsored By: SLU College Democrats, Department of Political Science, Hispanic-American Leadership Organization

"Documented" is a film made by José Antonio Vargas, who immigrated to the U.S. from the Philippines as a small child and has since finished school, gone to college on a scholarship, and become a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist as an undocumented American. The film is about Vargas' life and the wider experiences of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.. It shows viewers an image of immigration different from that which dominates the public consciousness.


Tuesday, April 14
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Political Health Panel
Busch Student Center 254
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science

This panel will consist of various health topics that students enrolled in "Politics of Health" have researched and become experts in. Topics range from religion and physical/mental health to the correlation between obesity and type 2 diabetes. These topics will also have a layer of political examination taking the health issues to a national level. The presentations will revolve around different perspectives in public health.


Wednesday, April 15
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
America's Relationship with Israel and Palestine
Location: Des Peres 213
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science, Middle Eastern Studies Program

Students from the course POLS 393: America and the Middle East will present their research projects to inform their fellow students about issues of importance regarding America's relationship with Israel and Palestine. These projects include videos, podcasts and policy briefs.


Thursday, April 16
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Solea Water: Fighting the Water Crisis While Being a College Student
Busch Student Center 253 B
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science, The Atlas Program

Rachael Burchett is a SLU student who was the founder and CEO of Water for Panama. Water for Panama has merged with Solea Water, where Rachael is Associate Executive Director and Chief Water Officer. She will share how she came to see an injustice in the world and found a way to work against it. Guests will hear her story and will be able to ask for practical advice on how to get involved in any issue while still managing a college schedule. Hannah Vestal, another student, has been working with Rachael. Through Hannah's "small steps" of carrying a jerrycan of water in solidarity with those who must travel tens of miles for clean water, she has raised awareness and now over $3,500 for the cause.


Thursday, April 16
11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
What's The Price of Cheaper Gas?: Global Consequences of Falling Commodity Prices
Busch Student Center 253 D
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science

Speaker: Dr. J.D. Bowen, Associate Professor of Political Science

The price of gasoline has fallen by almost half over the last year. While this is good news for U.S. drivers who now pay much less to fill up their vehicles, it is not necessarily good news for everyone around the world. We will discuss why oil prices have fallen so dramatically, who benefits, who suffers, and what the short and long term consequences of lower oil prices are.


Thursday, April 16
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Non-Traditional Study Abroad: Service Learning in the Global South
Center for Global Citizenship Seminar Room 124
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science, Department of International Studies, Study Abroad Office, Office of International Services

This event will consist of a panel of students who have spent their semesters abroad in non-traditional settings. The purpose of this event is to not only to share our experiences with other students interested in going abroad or doing similar programs, but also to reflect and share about similar but surely different experiences while studying abroad in the "Global South." The panel will include students who went to Morocco, Tanzania, El Salvador, the Philippines, Vietnam, Argentina, and South Africa. Panelists will focus on their incredibly rich experiences that came from combining cultural immersion, academic learning, and social learning with service while upholding Jesuit traditions. In collaboration with the Office of International Services, this event will highlight the questions, challenges, processes, and lessons of choosing to study abroad in a non-traditional setting. These may include questions regarding changed understandings of native traditions, religions, and history; questions on self-identity as it relates to multiculturalism; increases in linguistic capabilities; and exposure to the lives of the poor and disadvantaged on a global scale. Additionally, an overview of available scholarships will be presented by current scholars and advisers, who will provide the resources and details and accompanying links. There will be snacks provided.


Thursday, April 16
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.
Immigrants and Refugees in St. Louis
Busch Student Center 253 B
Sponsored By: Department of Political Science, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Department of Psychology

This session is a presentation of research projects that have focused on the lives of immigrants and refugees in the St. Louis area. A discussion session will follow after the presentation in order for the attendees to provide comments and to learn from each other.

Panelists will include:
● Hisako Matsuo, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
● Kathryn Kuhn, Associate Professor of Sociology and Anthropology
● Emmanuel Uwalaka, Associate Professor of Political Science
● Lisa Willoughby, Associate Professor of Psychology


Thursday, April 16
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Atlas Week Signature Symposium
Featuring Derreck Kayongo
"From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream"
Wool Ballroom, Busch Student Center
Sponsored By: Sam and Marilyn Fox, Center for Global Citizenship, Student Development, Emerson Leadership Institute, Boeing Institute of International Business, College of Arts and Sciences, John Cook School of Business, School for Professional Studies, Department of Political Science, Doisy College of Health Sciences