Student-Led Initiatives

FSI sponsors five Stanford student-led Initiatives that support our mission. These student-led initiatives have established partnerships with different universities in their respective regional focus.

American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS)

AMENDS seeks to identify youth leaders who are addressing social and political issues in their countries and communities and who demonstrate potential to influence American and Middle Eastern affairs. Through collaboration, mentorship, and leadership training, AMENDS hopes to ensure that these student leaders are better equipped to affect positive change in the world.

Stanford Japan Exchange Conferece (SJEC)

Stanford Japan Exchange Conference has promoted exchange between Stanford and Japan for over 60 years. SJEC hosts a one-week cultural exchange program between Stanford students interested in Japanese culture and 15 visiting Japanese exchange students from Keio, Doshisha, and Kyoto University.

U.S.-Mexico Forum for Cooperation, Understanding and Solidarity (US-Mex FoCUS)

US-Mex FoCUS is a student initiative dedicated to promoting US-Mexico relations by bringing together the future leaders from both countries. Students from Stanford University and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) have formed an alliance in order to work together to expand and strengthen the connections between the next generation of leaders in both countries.

Forum for American/Chinese Exchange at Stanford (FACES)

FACES is an international organization based at Stanford University, representing a global network of professionals, scholars, and leaders who are shaping their respective fields in the United States and China. FACES believes that the U.S.-China relationship is the most important bilateral relationship in the twenty-first century, and this relationship can be improved by promoting mutual understanding among future political, academic, and business leaders in U.S.-China affairs.

Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum (SURF)

The Stanford U.S.-Russia Forum is dedicated to bringing students at leading Russian and American universities together for research in public policy, business, economics and many other disciplines. Each year twenty American and twenty Russian students are selected for the program, which begins with a fall conference in Moscow followed by eight months of work on collaborative research projects and a capstone conference in the spring at Stanford University. More than 300 undergraduate, graduate, and professional school students from Russia and the U.S. have participated in the program since its founding in 2008.

AMENDS Conference at Oxford University

Due to the current political climate in the United States, the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) held their 2018 annual conference at the Stanford Centre in Oxford, England. From June 28-July 4, delegates from the U.S. and the Middle East and North Africa will come together to discuss leadership in social, political, and economic change. To the right is a short video about the AMENDS student-led initiative.