Culture/Identity Based


The Iranian Students' and Scholars' Association aims to bring together students and scholars originally from Iran, of Iranian heritage, or are interested in Persian culture and language. Our group aims to promote the rich and historied culture of Iran at ISU through group events and celebrations. It aims to be a community network, celebrating and discussing culture of Iran without advocating for or discriminating against political or religious views.


This organization has no affiliations.

Constitution / Tier

File ISSA_Constitution_2022.pdf
Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 38
ISU Members 7
Non-ISU Members 1
Allowed Members
Allowed Officers
Membership Qualifications
Membership Restrictions
Elections/Selection Annually, by the end of the Spring semester
Meetings No scheduled meetings

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

There are no regular meeting in ISSA. Officers usually meet to plan an event in advance.

Description of Special Events

ISSA events are based Persian cultural ceremonies: Nowrus, Mehregan, Yalda night, etc.
Nowrus Cermony: Nowrus is the first day of spring and the first day of Persian calendar (new year). People get together on this day, wish each other a good year ahead. This ceremony has been going on in Persia for more than 2400 years.
Mehregan cermony: Mehregan is an equivalent of thanks giving in West. People get together and thank god for the harvesting. This party also includes gaming and dancing.
Yalda night: This event is held on the night of the winter solstice, which is the longest night of the year. During this night, Iranians traditionally gather together and share special fruits and snacks with family and friends. Other activities during this night would be reading poems, telling stories, dancing and more.