FFIS Guiding Principles

As an organization, FFIS is welcoming, supportive, inclusive, and fun. We value open- mindedness and respect for the richness of cultures around the world. FFIS asks that anyone participating in our activities comply with the following Guiding Principles:

  • Keep the welfare of UO international students, scholars and their dependents foremost.
  • Follow through on your commitment as a volunteer.
  • Demonstrate awareness of, sensitivity to, and respect for other values, beliefs, viewpoints, systems, and cultures.
  • Recognize the cultural orientations and values of others, and be aware of how those orientations affect their interactions with people from other cultures.
  • Be accepting and inclusive of others no matter their race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, age, political opinion, immigration status, or disability.
  • Accept and embrace others of all religions and political beliefs without proselytizing. Proselytizing is defined as unsolicited, coercive, manipulative, and/ or hidden persuasion that seeks to influence others to adopt another way of thinking, believing, or behaving, particularly in relation to religion or politics.
  • Do not exploit, threaten, coerce or sexually harass others.
  • Seek appropriate guidance and direction when faced with ethical dilemmas.

Please help us ensure that FFIS is a place where international friendships can truly flourish. If you are aware of someone involved with FFIS that does not respect the above Guiding Principles, please contact FFIS at ffiseugene@gmail.com. Alternatively, the UO liaison can be reached at ffis@uoregon.edu.

If you prefer to raise your concerns anonymously, please write to:

FFIS, 5209 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403


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