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SLU Community Celebrates Its Global Bonds, Builds Bridges

Students represent Nepal in the Parade of Nations. Photo by Ellen HuttiStudents represent Nepal in the Parade of Nations. Photo by Ellen Hutti

This year's Sam and Marilyn Fox Atlas Week events celebrated Saint Louis University’s global relationships and the impact of SLU around the world in changing the world for good.

Beginning with a “Stylin’ Around the World” fashion night on Sunday, April 8, the week featured panels, presentations, parades, film screenings, soccer tournaments and more opportunities to experience the myriad cultures that make up the SLU community.

This year’s event, “From Broken Walls, We Build Bridges: Out of Conflict Rises Community,” paid special attention to the ways that SLU students, faculty and staff members have forged connections beyond SLU’s Midtown campus in order to better the world.

These connections included the week’s Keynote Address on Thursday, April 12, by Fred and Milton Ochieng’. Fred Ochieng' is currently pursuing a cardiovascular medicine fellowship training at Saint Louis University. Milton Ochieng' is a gastroenterologist with the BJC Medical Group at Progress West Hospital, having completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Brown University and internal medicine at Washington University/Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO.

The brothers spoke of their paths from their Kenyan community, Lwala, to medical school in the United States and beyond. The pair was orphaned and has used their medical educations to give back to Lwala through the creation of a large community health clinic network.

The SLU community could explore games, cuisine and other customs from around the world at events like the week’s Night Market, lectures and dance performances.

The week culminated with the traditional flag-festooned Parade of Nations and home-style fair from around the planet at the Billiken World Festival in the Center for Global Citizenship.

This year’s event marks the 18th celebration of SLU’s international engagement. 

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