OISS Event Videos

Watch recordings and/or view the slides of past OISS events and other WashU events relevant to international students and scholars here.

Future events are posted on our Eventbrite page, Instagram or Facebook.

If you have a suggestion for an event, please contact your OISS advisor.

Anti-Asian America: Panel Discussion hosted by the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, March 2021

The Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity, Women Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Asian American Studies Minor invited leading scholars to talk about how we can understand Anti-Asian America. The Center hopes to expand conversations around race that center the Asian experience and take up imperative questions about how intersectionality—of gender, of sexuality, of immigrant experience—complicates and amplifies racial supremacy.


  • Shefali Chandra, Associate Professor History; Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Asian American Studies (minor)
  • Robert S. Chang, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law
  • Chris A. Eng, Assistant Professor of English, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Lynn Itagaki, Associate Professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at University of Missouri Dina Okamoto, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at Indiana University

View Anti-Asian America panel discussion

St. Louis Governance: A Workshop for International Students & Scholars, March 2021

Join Gephardt Institute & OISS to learn about St. Louis City governance, the City/County relationship, and the upcoming 2021 St. Louis mayoral election. By the end of this session, participants will gain a basic understanding of the St. Louis City government structure, identify influential offices and departments in the St. Louis City government, and learn more about the spring 2021 municipal elections.

View St. Louis Governance workshop video

The U.S. Presidential Transition and Insurrection at the Capitol, January 2021

A virtual panel event to discuss the events surrounding the U.S. presidential transition and attempted insurrection at the Capitol. Featured panelists included:

  • Mark Kamimura-Jiménez, Ph.D., Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Karolyn E. Senter, Ph.D., LPC, Staff Counselor/Wellness Consultant for Graduate and Professional Students, Habif Health and Wellness Center
  • Rose Shapiro, Civic Education Fellow, Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • India Baker Hudspeth, International Student and Scholar Advisor, Office for International Students and Scholars

The U.S. Presidential Transition and Insurrection at the Capitol panel

U.S. Election 2020: What Comes Next?, November 2020

OISS and Gephardt Institute discussed what we know about the outcome of the 2020 US Election two weeks after the polls closed, and what comes next procedurally for the Presidential Administration and the outstanding senate and house races.

View U.S. Election 2020 workshop slides
View post-election timeline

Protest and Free Speech in the U.S., November 2020

Join OISS to learn about these important topics. Protesting is a tradition and a protected right in the United States. Is there a right way to protest? What’s the difference between free speech and hate speech? What do all those chants and slogans mean?

View Protest and Free Speech workshop slides and notes/talking points

U.S. Elections 101, October 2020

This workshop hosted by OISS and the Gephardt Institute covered U.S. election basics, including the different levels and branches of the U.S. government, the Electoral College and its significance for campaign strategies, and voter eligibility. We also went over some of the people and issues that were on the Missouri ballot this election year.

View U.S. Elections workshop video

How to be an Ally in the Fight for Racial Equality in the U.S., June 2020

This OISS event will equip international students and scholars with the knowledge and tools to be an ally, and help attendees understand: How does this political movement impact you as an international student or scholar? How do you explain the protests to friends back home? What barriers do you face to being an active ally and how can you overcome them? How do you respond when someone says or posts something you think is racist or misinformed?

View Ally workshop slides and notes/talking points

Further Ally further resources

Understanding the U.S. Context of Current Political Protests in the Wake of George Floyd’s Death, June 2020

Join OISS staff to learn about the historical context, why people are protesting and what they want, as well as understanding key terms such as Black Lives Matter, police brutality and White privilege. We also explore the international student experience and role at this moment in history.

View U.S. Context Political Protests workshop slides and notes/talking points