ISAB transition meeting members


The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) seeks to voice international student concerns and to advocate for international student needs in order to improve the international student experience and create a more inclusive campus environment for international students.  


ISAB, established in 2014, is a joint initiative between University of Iowa Student Government, Graduate & Professional Student Government, International Programs, and the Division of Student Life.

Board Functions

To fulfill the mission, ISAB serves the following functions:

Advocacy - ISAB serves to raise concerns from international students collectively and formally, and to educate the campus about issues related to international students. 

Sounding Board - ISAB provides recommendation to assist university departments on improving services or programs to better serve international students. ISAB also gathers feedback from international students formally or informally. 

Relationship Building - ISAB continues to build relationships with individual students, international student organizations, as well as other organizations on campus to hear their stories, needs, and concerns.

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Applying to ISAB

2022-2023 ISAB Commitment

Must be available for two full-day retreats (7 hours each). If the pandemic continues and the group cannot gather in person, the fall 2022 retreat will be held on Zoom.

Retreat dates: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. / Saturday, January 21, 2023, 9:00 a.m. -4:00 p.m.

  • Must attend a full-day NCBI training in the fall semester (7 hours)
  • Must attend 2 joint meetings from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2022 and Saturday, April 22, 2023
  • Graduate board members must attend bi-weekly graduate board meeting (1.5 hours)
  • Undergraduate board members must attend weekly undergraduate board meeting on Fridays, 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Members are expected to devote roughly 10 hours per month (for meetings, outreach, projects, email or in-person communication, etc.)
  • Maintain communication between board meetings
  • If members are interested in implementing new initiatives, additional meeting will be needed


Khyathi, Grad Board Chair

Jeff, grad member

Manisha, Grad Communication Director

Yeji, grad member

Sailee, grad member

Raaman, grad member

Ya'u, Liaison to Graduate and Professional Student Government

Ikechukwu, grad member

Sylivia, undergrad member

Jay, undergrad member

Ziyi, grad member

Xinyi, Grad Secretary

Divija, Undergrad Board Chair

Ariadna, Undergrad Secretary

Fay, Undergrad Communication Director

Vivian, undergrad member

Nafisa, undergrad member

Fascha, undergrad member

Mengqi, undergrad member

ISAB members 2022

ISAB in the News

Frankline Matanji

Q&A with Frankline Matanji

Friday, October 21, 2022
International Programs
Frankline Matanji, a PhD student in mass communications with a focus in international/development studies, is a recipient of the 2022 Global Student Award.
Ya'u Adamu

Student spotlight: Ya'u Adamu

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
International Programs
When the plan to return to his homeland in Nigeria was interrupted by COVID-19, Ya’u Adamu decided to join the University of Iowa to start his doctoral studies in interdisciplinary human toxicology, which has been a great experience for him in many ways. Learn more about Ya’u.
Khyathi Gadag

Student spotlight: Khyathi Gadag

Friday, April 22, 2022
International Programs
After completing a bachelor's degree in dental surgery and a master's degree in health administration from Bangalore, India, Khyathi Gadag chose to apply to the University of Iowa after conducting comprehensive research on the university’s rankings, principles, and community. Learn more about Khyathi.

Other Resources

What ISAB has done

ISAB Bylaws

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