International Student Advisory Council
The International Student Advisory Council (ISAC) is a team of individuals throughout all campuses and offices committed to enhancing the international student experience and helping with students' transition to the United States. Our students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership, and we hope you will share your unique background, thoughts, and experiences by joining an ISAC Subcommittee.
If you are interested serving as a volunteer on any of the subcommittees, please email the Chair of the Council and Director of the Office of International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty Support and Professional Development (FSPD)
Chair: Anthony Ahn
The committee will work to identify partners in providing culturally inclusive pedagogical practices. Committee members will work to design engaging opportunities for faculty to receive on-going professional development that aims to better support and aid international students.
International Recruitment and Admissions Subcommittee (IRAS)
Co-chairs: Randi Redman and Nicole Serleto
The committee will review existing recruitment and admissions practices and make recommendations towards the improvement of admissions efforts. The committee will focus on the following areas: prospect and contact sharing, standardization of data collection to address compliance issues, new case management software implementation, and enrollment reporting.
International Student Academic Success (ISAS) Subcommittee
Co-chairs: Marissa Davis and Antonia Leonid
The committee will reconcile the international student's academic preparation to his/her acclimation to U.S. higher education. In particular, faculty will discuss the rigor of Pepperdine's general education requirements and varied levels of familiarity with Western civilization, U.S. history, political science, and religion. Other topics such as academic integrity, English language support, and equipping at-risk students will also be addressed.
Student Involvement and Engagement Subcommittee (SIES)
Co-chairs: Angélique Stevens and Corrie Zachariah
The committee will work to identify best practices in engaging international students in the campus community & student life. Committee members will make programmatic recommendations to assist in fostering student involvement and design event(s) that meet this objective.
International Student Support and Orientation (ISS&O) Subcommittee
Co-chairs: Genesis DeLong and Scot McClamma
The committee will review existing practices concerning the onboarding and orientation of international students. The committee will be encouraged to focus on the following areas: academic, emotional, spiritual, and physical support beginning from recruitment to initial student transition into the University.
Pepperdine is known for our community, which comes from our Christian heritage and commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence.
ISAC Volunteers attend Subcommittee meetings are arranged by each chair on a monthly basis during the academic year. Twice a year, all of the members are gathered at the ISAC Bi-Annual Council meeting, where initiatives are shared across subcommittees, offices, and campuses.
Please find below some of the products of the collaboration of ISAC: