The international student advisory board reports directly to the director of International Student and Scholar Services. It advises about services and programs such as the peer mentor program, writing labs, field trips and recreational programs, and the overall international student experience at the University.
Role and Responsibilities:
Agendas will be constructed to foster discussion around key topics focused on international student academic and cultural integration, ISSS services and programs, and the overall UO international student academic experience. As the international student advisory board has been newly created, a portion of time will be dedicated to constructing bylaws and developing a strategic plan. The work of the board is advisory only, and is a body tasked with making recommendations. It does not have the authority to legislate, or to set or regulate international student fees.
Description and Composition of Advisory Board:
The board meets monthly for two hours throughout the academic year. The board will be advised by Abe Schafermeyer, director of International Student and Scholar Services. The 9 member board includes the following representatives:
- Abdullah Alshobiky – Undergraduate
- Abdulrhman Aljaafari – Undergraduate, ISA
- Caitlin Sherman – Domestic, ISA
- Duyi Li – Undergraduate
- Julian Gakwaya (Board Chair) – Undergraduate
- Junjun Wang – Undergraduate
- Makoto Kurokawa – Law
- Michelle Chun – Domestic
- Yue Shen – Graduate
Requirements and Qualifications:
OIA international student advisory board members must be currently enrolled UO students in good academic standing. Board members must be available to attend monthly meetings , and should expect to dedicate at least 5 hours per month (10 hours for the chair).
Benefits to ISAB members:
Board members will have an opportunity to shape the international student experience at the University, and will develop valuable leadership skills. In addition, ISAB members receive a stipend of $250 ($500 for the chair). Lunch is provided at meetings.
Appointment and Commitment:
Board members are appointed to 1 year terms and meet once per month.