Building International Student Integration Group BISIG
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In Tagalog language, the phrase kapit-bisig stands for unity and working together towards a common goal. This phrase is the inspiration for a new initiative from International Student and Scholar Services to work together with members from across campus to successfully integrate international students into the fabric of the Penn community.
International Student and Scholar Services is a critical stakeholder in achieving successful international student integration, however we cannot do it alone – it must be a university-wide initiative.
University resource centers, undergraduate schools and graduate/professional schools, as well as students are invited to be represented at BISIG. Not only will BISIG allow ISSS to compile what is currently in place to support the international student community, but the platform will allow members to have a direct line to each other to better communicate and collaborate with a mission to create a cohesive support network for international students throughout campus.
BISIG Member Roles & Responsibilities
Gain an understanding of the landscape of current international student challenges and advocacy
Explore opportunities for collaborative initiatives with ISSS and with other members
Advise ISSS on integration programming and communication for international students
Connect with colleagues at centers and schools to share information, resources, and coordinate on partnership initiatives
Help to cross-promote events and initiatives to international students
Meet 2 – 3 times per calendar year
For any questions about BISIG, please contact ISSS Assistant Director for Integration & Community Engagement, Ryan Villanueva.