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 in Tunis

In an effort to create a stronger connection with the MENA region, the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) held its 2019 Conference in Tunis, Tunisia. With 19 delegates from 14 countries and over 350 attendees at the public Talks Day, the conference allowed the delegates to share their social change initiatives while inspiring a new generation of leaders.