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International Student Support Working Group

The International Student Support Working Group (ISSWG) creates a space where international and domestic students along with university staff from across campus may have conversations to discover and develop resources and events in support of international students.


Current ISSWG Membership

Iriza Baranyanka Vanderbilt International Student   Association (VISA)
Susan Barone Provost Off, Learning & Res Affairs
John Bradley Writing Studio & Tutoring Services   john.bradley@Vanderbilt.Edu
Dave Brown Global Education Office (GEO), Peabody Professional Student
Annette Burris International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Carrie Cargile English Language Center (ELC)
Jim Cracraft English Language Center (ELC)
Jeff Davis Career Center
Somto Dimobi International Student and Scholar Services-Advisory Board (ISSS-AB)
Ethan Fesperman Career Center
Greg Fontus Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competencies (IICC)
Tassany Henderson Transition Programs
Jeff Henley Peabody Prof. Student Career Dev.
Michelle Kovash International Coordinator, Office of Student Affairs, Law School
Jasper Lee International Student Council
Brook Meissner Owen Career Management Center
Hasina Mohyuddin Peabody Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Meaghan Mundy Peabody Office of Professional and Graduate Education (POPGE)
Stella Ngo Ha International Student and Scholar Services-Advisory Board (ISSS-AB)
Andrea Pietrzyk International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
Matthieu Popesco International Student and Scholar Services-Advisory Board (ISSS-AB)
Stacey Satchell The Graduate School
Ruth Schemer The Graduate School   ruth.schemmer@Vanderbilt.Edu
Suzy Wang Global Education Office (GEO)

The group membership may evolve as themes change from year-to-year.

Susan M. Barone, PhD., Executive Director of International Student Programs
Office of the Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs

Current Co-chairs:
Carrie Cargile, Language Teaching Specialist,  English Language Center
Andrea Pietrzyk, Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Academic Year 2018-2019 theme:  Networking

The working group is currently developing materials and workshops (to be held in Spring ’19) around the theme of ‘networking’ to help students explore the cultural expectations and language commonly used in networking situations, such as

  • striking up a conversation
  • making small talk
  • creating and delivering elevator speech
  • closing a conversation
  • following up

A networking event is planned for Fall ’19 in conjunction with Development & Alumni Relations and Parents & Family Programs during Reunion weekend. At this event, students will have the opportunity to apply their developing networking skills with the university community, including Vanderbilt alumni.