University of Iowa

International Student Advisory Board

Mission

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

History/Background

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:

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.

Program Facilitation - ISAB will facilitate programs to connect international student groups with domestic student groups to increase engage and cross-cultural interaction on campus.

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

What ISAB has done

APPLY FOR isab 2020 - 2021 now! 

2020 - 2021 Application is open now! Application deadline extended to March 15, 11:59pm. 

ISAB Member Time Commitment for 2020 - 2021

  • August & January: 
    • All members: Full-day retreats on Saturday, August 29 & Saturday, January 23 + 1 board meeting
  • September & February:
    • All members: 1 full-day NCBI training on Saturday, 1.5-hour joint meeting on Saturday, February 20, 1:00pm-2:30pm
    • Undergrad members: Weekly 1-hour meeting + project time
    • Grad members: Bi-weekly 1.5-hour meeting + project time
    • Leadership team members: Additional weekly 1-hour leadership team meeting + 1:1 with advisor (adjusted based on individual/board needs)
  • October, November, March, & April: 
    • All members: 1.5-hour joint meeting on Saturday, October 10, November 7
    • Undergrad members: Weekly 1-hour meeting + project time
    • Grad members: Bi-weekly 1.5-hour meeting + project time
    • Leadership team members: Additional weekly 1-hour leadership team meeting + 1:1 with advisor (adjusted based on individual/board needs)
  • December & May: 
    • Undergrad members: One 1-hour board meeting
    • Grad members: One 1.5-hour board meeting
    • Leadership team members: One leadership team meeting + 1:1 with advisor

Leadership Positions (2020 - 2021) 

  • Board Chairs (1 Undergrad & 1 Grad)
    • Maintain communication with advisors, liaisons, and external stakeholders
    • Coordinate retreats for ISAB members with advisor
    • Oversee all ongoing projects to ensure progress
    • Facilitate board meetings 
  • Secretaries (1 Undergrad & 1 Grad)
    • Take meeting minutes & manage internal documents
    • Facilitate internal communication 
    • Maintain shared document platforms, including ICON page & OneDrive
    • Lead recruitment & selection 
  • Communication Director (Undergrad)
    • In charge of raising awareness of ISAB projects
    • Lead Global Roundtable
    • Maintain communication with international student organizations 
    • Facilitate a collaborative network with multicultural and domestic student organizations 
    • Work with social media coordinator to manage ISAB social media accounts
  • Get To Know Us Director (Undergrad)
    • Meet with the Get To Know Us team regularly
    • Oversee the operation and continuing development of Get To Know Us program
    • Meet with stakeholders of the Get To Know Us program as needed
    • Compile report for progress and accomplishments of Get To Know Us program 

ISAB Bylaws

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