Students for International Development is a club for students interested in learning more about poverty alleviation efforts globally and locally. We see injustice and inequality in the world, people who aren’t allowed the dignity and self-respect that are human rights, and we want to be a part of the solutions that empower them in a healthy, sustainable way.
- Increase understanding about development issues and best practices,
- Connect students with opportunities to engage in the development field, and
- Raise awareness about development on campus and in the community.
Weekly activities include guest speakers, panel discussions, film viewings, advocacy campaigns, projects with local organizations, and community service.
One of our largest projects is the Hunger Banquet, an annual winter semester event to raise awareness about poverty and fund sustainable development.
We see international development as a holistic process. Rather than proposing one single solution to other people’s problems, our club explores approaches that draw on all disciplines and cultures. SID is affiliated with the International Development Minor but welcomes students from all majors and minors on campus, regardless of past experience or future plans in the field of international development.
SID requires no club dues or fees for membership.
Want to learn more about international development? Check out the International Development minor website for courses, faculty, internships, information on local and international organizations, and much more.
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For twenty-seven years, Students for International Development has worked with the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies, the international development minor, the Ballard Center for Economic Self-Reliance, and BYU Dining Services to host an annual Hunger Banquet to raise awareness within the BYU community about global poverty and wealth inequality. This year, we are continuing the tradition and are excited to add the BYU Refugee Empowerment Club to our list of co-sponsors.
The banquet “Together We are Stronger—Building a Community with Refugees” will highlight different solutions to the refugee crisis. It will be held on Saturday, 25 February 2017. An involvement fair with local NGOs will start at 6:00 p.m. and the banquet will be 7–9 p.m. in the in the Wilkinson Student Center ballroom. The keynote speaker, Nathaneal Molle, founded SINGA, an international NGO in Paris that develops collaboration between refugees and their host societies, and focuses on refugees’ personal, professional, cultural, and entrepreneurial plans and goals. Tickets are $10 and donations are encouraged. Buy tickets at hungerbanquet.byu.edu.
All event attendees are randomly seated and served a meal representative of high, middle, or low-income areas of the world. Because we want to create a visual representation of the global distribution of resources, most attendees (about 70%) will sit on the floor and share a meager meal of rice and beans with those sitting around them. Some (about 20%) will be seated in chairs and eat a modest, one-plate meal. A few attendees (only about 10%) will be seated at fancy tables and served a lavish meal. Live, culturally diverse entertainment and a guest speaker further enhance the evening’s experience.
Banquet funds are given as grants from the Kennedy Center to various development organizations overseas, as well as in the United States. Over the past two decades, we have granted tens of thousands of dollars to sustainable projects that strive to reduce poverty and empower individuals. This year the Sorenson Foundation is generously matching all donations up to $8,000. All proceeds go directly to an organization with a refugee focus within the community.