The purpose of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is to provide advice to the International Student, Scholars and Programs (ISSP) office on issues that are important to international students and that impact the international student experience on campus.
Established in 2011, the goal of ISAB is to represent the needs and concerns of international students at William & Mary and to work towards improving the W&M experience for all international students. This will be achieved through cooperative listening and reflection between ISAB and ISSP, the development and refinement of ISSP programming, and by working closely with the university community. Board members will provide feedback for programming, including but not limited to social programming, orientation programs, information sessions, immigration support, and the web site. In addition, board members will have the opportunity to comment on the overall experience of being a student at W&M. International students need to know that their voices and ideas are understood, and ISSP has a responsibility to actively integrate ISAB's feedback, concerns, and ideas into general programming and goals.
About the Logo
The ISAB logo consists of several meaningful components. Created by Lopa Das ’17, and officially adopted by ISAB in 2012, the design incorporates the W&M cypher in the center signifying the meeting of students from around the globe under the same platform of our institution, a seven point star symbolizing the seven continents, and an annular outer shape to convey unity and connectedness. The green, as well as being an official W&M color, represents youthfulness, growth, and friendship while the other official W&M color, gold, also represents warmth and happiness.
The board will be composed of undergraduate and graduate international students from different programs and countries, as well as two ISSP staff members. The International Student and Scholar Advisor will serve as a staff advisor to ISAB. Other students or representatives from the university may be invited as guests to meetings.
Members will be expected to serve one-semester terms. However, students can choose to serve on the board for more than a semester.
ISAB members are expected to attend all meetings and represent the international student population to the best of their ability. Members are asked to help shape the short-term and long-term objectives of the ISSP. While some overlap between personal and group concerns may occur, we hope that ISAB member will not try to push their own personal agendas at the cost of the group's voice.
Rewards of Being a Member
Serving on the ISAB provides members with many opportunities to represent the voices and experiences of international students, develop as leaders, shape ISSP's programs and policies, give back to the international student community and the university, work with other international students and ISSP staff, and learn more about ISSP and the Reves Center. ISSP also provides support for members to attend the annual International Student Leadership Conference in Harrisonburg, VA.
We are not accepting applications at this time.
Fall 2013 Board Members
Lopamudra Das (Graduate, Applied Sciences)
Hua Ma (Graduate, Education)
Shweta Kulshrestha (Graduate, MBA)
Ji Hoon Lee (Undergraduate, Finance)
Melody Qingmei Li (Undergraduate, Art History)
Kate Yifan Lv (Graduate, J.D.)
Adela Roa-Varon (Graduate, Marine Science)
Angel Junnan Zhang (Undergraduate)
Eva Wong (International Student and Scholar Advisor, Reves Center)
Ji Hoon, Lopa, Hua, Eva, Angel, and Kate at the Fall 2013 ISAB Leadership Retreat
2013 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
2012 Meeting Minutes (PDF)
If you have questions about the ISAB, please contact [[ywong, Eva Wong]].