International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)


Roll Out the Welcome Mat: Community Engagement with International Students and Scholars

Wednesday, May 31
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM
LACC, Room 502A

This session explores tested methods in equipping receiving communities to welcome international populations, and empowering students and scholars to engage outside the campus in return. Hear from three institutions with different experiences, and join in the discussion to share your own perspective. Develop an action plan to implement within your own community.

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Joy K. Shantz

International Student Advisor/Community Outreach Coordinator
Michigan State University

Joy Shantz is an International Student Advisor and Community Outreach Coordinator at the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University. She spent her childhood in the jungles of Bangladesh and attended high school on an island in Malaysia before coming to Michigan State University to earn her BA in Journalism and International Relations. Her experiences growing up as a "third culture kid" have instilled in her the idea that the world is a big place made much easier to understand through the valuable help of intercultural communication, education and outreach. Joy worked at the Grameen Foundation in Washington, D.C. and the Office of Study Abroad at MSU before diving into the world of international student services. She is passionate about getting international students off campus and engaged in the Greater Lansing community, and educating the community in return to be excited about and accepting of international students.


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Amanda Enriquez

Intercultural Program Manager
Northwest College

Amanda Enriquez is the Intercultural Program Manager at Northwest College. In her role, Amanda oversees the recruiting and admissions process for all international students as well as the the international student academic and immigration advising. In addition, Amanda coordinates international retention activities, international student orientations, and helps with the planning and execution of various intercultural programs and cultural events. She is a co-adviser to the Multicultural Club, co-chair of the Intercultural House Committee, and chair of the Internationalization Committee. Amanda has lived and traveled extensively abroad and has received her Master of Arts in Education from the University of Wyoming.


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Leanne Tsuruda

Senior International Student Advisor
New York University

Leanne Tsuruda has worked as an international student advisor at New York University's Office of Global Services since 2011. She specializes in both initial document issuance and also advising for short-term, non-degree F and J programs at NYU. She received her Master's degree in International Education at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, Culture, and Human Development and was also a founding member of the International Education Student Board.


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