ISAB Subcommittees

There are four subcommittees that you can be a part of during your term in ISAB. The subcommittees represent some of the major areas of concern for international students, namely – academic performance and integration, administrative and financial concerns, housing, and student life and cultural experiences. Each of these subcommittees comprise of university administrators as well as ISAB representatives. In the past, administrators and students in various IPOG subcommittee meetings and IPOG meetings have deliberated on student concerns, framed solutions and examined best practices to resolve student issues.

  • Outreach: This subcommittee serves to bring the international student community's perspective to the discussion board.  The Outreach subcommittee will inform the Director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives about the status quo of international students at the University of Pennsylvania using case studies, surveys, interviews and other methods initiated by the subcommittee.

  • Partnership and Expansion: The goal of this subcommittee is to strengthen relationships between existing graduate and undergraduate student organizations, namely the Assembly of International Students (AIS), the Undergraduate Assembly (UA) and the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA). This subcommittee will make suggestions that aim to establish tighter relationships between the different institutions among the international community at Penn.

  • Long-term Planning: The goal of this subcommittee is to plan, together with Penn’s administration, long term goals pertaining to international students. This will include reviewing the vision for the International Student Advisory Board, making it more accessible and working with International Partners and Outreach Group (IPOG) members and other Penn administrators

  • Enhancement and Advancement: This subcommittee serves to review old International Student Advisory Board initiatives and programs. This subcommittees will then suggest any necessary improvements/amendments to projects where necessary. This subcommittee will also work closely with IPOG and other Penn administrators to help them when asked for their assistance.


Previous ISAB Subcommittees 2007-2012

Student Life and Cultural Integration   (2007 - 2012)
Looks at the issues that deal with a student’s adjustment to the cultural lifestyle at Penn. Some issues discussed in the past years include the expansion of an international mentorship program to the graduate level, in-country pre-departure orientation programs, and an intercultural leadership program retreat.

Administrative and Financial Concerns   (2007 - 2012)
Addresses concerns that involve a student’s finances and/or their experiences with administrative processes on-campus. Some issues discussed in the past years include helping students get no-cosign loans, negotiating discounts with airline and cell phone providers, and looking into the acceptance of internationally common credit cards.

Housing and Public Safety   (2007 - 2012)
Makes recommendations regarding a student’s concerns with both on-campus and off-campus housing, as well as public safety. Some issues discussed in the past years include sending out acceptance letters with housing information earlier, the feasibility of housing loans, and providing students with more information on off-campus housing options.

Academic Performance and Integrity   (2007 - 2012)
Tackles issues pertaining to the academic experiences of a student at Penn. Some issues discussed in the past years include class participation, academic integrity, and developing informational materials for students and faculty members/advisors.

ISAB Contact

  • Rudie R. Altamirano – ISAB Founder and Coordinator
    International Student and Scholar Services