ISAB Mission Statement
The mission of International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) is to improve the international student experience at the University of Georgia (UGA) by providing solution-oriented feedback and advice regarding university programs, processes, and services. Further, the ISAB serves as a bridge between the international student body and UGA administration.
Members: The ISAB is composed of approximately 20 members who are recruited at the end of the spring spemester to start serving in the following fall semester. All international degree-seeking and exchange students are eligible to apply.
Chairperson: The Chairperson is selected at the end of each spring semester by the current board and begins their term the following fall semester. The Chairperson is responsible for the overall management of ISAB, including leading the bi-weekly ISAB meetings.
Vice Chairperson: The Vice Chairperson is selected at the end of each spring semester by the current board and begins their term the following fall semester. The Vice Chairperson assists the Chairperson with the overall management of ISAB, including leading the bi-weekly ISAB meetings in the absence of the Chairperson.
Secretary: The Secretary is selected at the end of each spring smeester by the current board and begins their term the following fall semester. The Secretary is responsible for taking meeting minutes and distributing them to all ISAB members. The Secretary also facilitates communication and other relevant ISAB updates to relevant stakeholders on campus.
Advisor: The Director of International Student Life (ISL) serves as the advisor to ensure that ISAB adhere's to its mission. Further, the Advisor individually advises the Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, and Secretary. The Advisor assists ISAB by facilitating connections with other departments and campus administrators, and provides administrative and financial support.
ISAB members will be expected to serve consecutive 2 semesters in an academic year. However, members can choose to serve on the board for more than two semesters through reapplication at the end of each spring semester. The ISAB will meet at least 8 times per semester at mutually decided dates and time. The Department of International Student Life will be responsible for reserving a room for ISAB meetings. Additional meetings may be necessary between some or all of the members. All the meetings minutes are open to the public and available online. Other students or representatives from the university may be invited as guests to the meeting. Other ISL staff members may attend meetings as deemed appropriate.
Responsibilities and Benefits
Roles: ISAB agendas will be created to lead the discussion around key topics focused on ISL services and programs, and the overall international student experience on campus.
Responsibilities: ISAB members are expected to:
• Attend all meetings: Members who miss two meetings will be asked to step-down.
• Communicate between meetings through email or other forms based on the meeting minutes.
• Provide experience, information, perception and support about the international student experience.
• Encourage other international students to give feedback to ISL events through online forms, emails and Facebook group on ISAB website.
• Attend a minimum of two multicultural events every semester.
• Shape the short-term and long-term objectives of ISAB.
Benefits: ISAB members will:
• Improve their leadership and intercultural communication skills.
• Gain advising experience and advocacy.
• Obtain practical experience in student affairs and international education.
• Have opportunities to directly interact and build relationships with diverse groups on campus.
Application Requirement: Undergraduate and graduate students who meet all the following requirements are eligible to apply:
• Holding and F1 or J1 visa
• Currently enrolled at UGA
• Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75
Application materials and information will be made available each March on this site.