24-25 ISAB



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.

Applying to ISAB

Recruitment Timeline

Off-cycle recruitment coming soon (August)

2024-2025 ISAB Commitment

See ISAB's new structure. 

Must be available for two full-day retreats. 

Retreat dates: Saturday, August 31, 2024 & Saturday, January 25, 2025

  • Graduate board members must attend bi-weekly graduate board meeting (1 hour)
  • Undergraduate board members must attend weekly undergraduate board meeting (1 hour)
  • 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


Graduate Board

Koushani Biswas

Akash Choudhuri

Akalanka Ekanayake, Cabinet Director

Ganrong Fu

Nanle J Gusen, Grad Board President

Srividya Grama Bhagavan

Kshitija Kale

Alicia Maiz Alonso, Grad Board Communication Director

Jasmin Msuya, Grad Board Vice President

Nandita Nair

Cynthia Okafor

Nico Sheck

Ayushi Sood

Krishna R Venkatapur, GPSG International Affairs Director, liaison to ISAB

Jeff Lai 

Undergraduate Board

Fascha Aryasa, Undergrad Board President

Monserrath Borja, Undergrad Board Vice President

Bageshree D Joshi, Undergrad Board Communication Director

Kahyun Kang, Social Media Director, USG International Constituency Senator, liaison to ISAB 

Minchae Kim

Shelley Mishra

Ariadna Orbe Vivero

Nitan Tantawichian

Jiahao Xu

ISAB in the News

Katherine Lyu holding Student of the Year Award

Congratulations to IP's Katherine Lyu, recipient of 2024 UI Student Employee of the Year and Tom Rocklin Awards

Monday, May 6, 2024
Lyu has served as the International Student and Scholar (ISSS) peer assistant for the last two years.
Khyathi Gadag

Khyathi Gadag, ISAB member and public health PhD candidate, awarded Mental Health Champion Award

Thursday, May 2, 2024
Gadag was one of four who received this award at the university’s first annual Faculty and Staff Awards ceremony.
Fulbright top producer graphic 2023-2024

Dean's Message: Travel to the Middle East, France, and ISAB's 10 year anniversary

Monday, April 1, 2024
Dean Ganim discusses recent trips to the Middle East and France and the celebration surrounding the 10th anniversary of UI's International Student Advisory Board (ISAB).

Other Resources

What ISAB has done

ISAB Bylaws

Connect with ISAB