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IPOG: International Partners Outreach Group

The International Partners Outreach Group (IPOG) is comprised of Penn administrators from key
stakeholder offices and academic units within the Penn community. The purpose of IPOG is
to advise ISSS on policies and practices. It was also created to provide the Director of ISSS
and other Penn administrators with advice and guidance to help make the university a more warm,
welcoming and respectful environment for international students and scholars. IPOG also
explores opportunities for partnerships among the members to enrich the internationalization of
Penn.

How to Join

Membership to IPOG is through an invitation from the ISSS director. If you are committed to
furthering campus internationalization at the University of Pennsylvania and would like to serve
on IPOG, Penn administrators are invited to be part of this partner and outreach group. Please
contact Rudie Altamirano, ISSS director if interested.

Members' Roles and Duties

  • Attending one (or two) meeting(s) per semester to review initiatives, and explore partnership opportunities for the enhancement of the academic and personal lives of the international community

  • Sharing critical information from each unit that will impact the lives of international students, scholars and faculty

  • Supporting units' programs, processes, policies, and procedures in partnership with the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) as they are implemented across Penn

  • Advising ISSS on disseminating information and obtaining University-wide compliance on immigration policies and processes

  • Helping, promoting, and providing feedback on several ISSS initiatives (e.g., satisfaction surveys, focus groups, open forums, programs) per year, as well as on a periodic basis

  • Participating in working groups, task forces, and subcommittees to share their strategies and ideas with administrators, and then communicate with their fellow administrators

  • Engaging in dialogue with students (International Student Advisory Board) about their experiences on campus and about their ideas for improving our campus atmosphere for international students

  • Members of the International Partners Outreach Group are encouraged to submit suggested agenda items or topics for discussion in advance of meetings to Rudie Altamirano, Director of ISSS

"IPOG provides a forum to bring awareness to and discuss the issues facing international students and scholars." 
Deanna Cheung,
Penn GSC
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IPOG Contact

  • Rudie R. Altamirano – IPOG Founder and Coordinator
    International Student and Scholar Services
  • Academic Resource Guide for International Students
  • Through the concerted and collaborative efforts of both IPOG and ISAB subcommittee members on academic performance and integration, the online resource guide is now available for use for new and current international students. It is our hope that this will provide a tremendous benefit to the international population.

    Click here to navigate to the Resource Guide