Fostering cultural exchange and unity, the Iranian Heritage Foundation is dedicated to promoting the diverse tapestry of Iranian culture through the mediums of art and music. Our mission is to cultivate understanding, appreciation, and connections within within the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign community and Champaign County. We strive to we empower individuals to embrace their heritage, contributing to a more inclusive and culturally enriched society.”
The organization is non-profit and registered under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a tax-exempt entity.
The earliest records of the Daily Illini in 1907 shows enrollment of an unidentified student in college of Agriculture from Persia, since then Iranian students have been attending the University of Illinois. Since at least 1961, Iranian students have formed at least 6 student organizations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The earliest records shows establishment of Iranian Student Association (1961-1982) which was a resource group for students from Iran. Since then other organizations, Iranian Moslem Student Organization (1978-1985), Iranian Cultural Association (1988-1991), Iranian Student Association (1989-1995) ,Persian Cultural Association (1999-2012), Iranian Cultural Association (2012-2022), Iranian Music Heritage (2020-2022) and currently Iranian Heritage Foundation (2022-current) promotes the awareness and exploration of Persian or Iranian arts and cultures.
Iranian Orgs Publications at University Library Archive
Iranian Illini Since 1907
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Abbas Bataleblu, Ph.D. Student in Systems and Entrepreneurial Engineering
Somaye Babaei, Ph.D. Student in Bioengineering
Faeze Borhani, Community Member
Ali Ebrahimpour, Ph.D. Student in Computer Science
Zahra Heydari, Ph.D. Student in Civil Engineering
Mehrdad Mohammadi, Ph.D. Student in Statistics
Mahsa Rahimi, Community Member
Mehrnoosh Zohourian, Community Member
Erfan Namaki, Ph.D. Student in Music Education
Sheeva Sheikhfarshi, Ph.D. Student in Urban Planning
Hamed Razavi, Master’s Student in Urban Planning