2020 has taken us down an interesting path. We have been forced to adapt and change our practices to find ways to support our international students best. Unfortunately, this means that we must adapt the great work of our core engagement programs for fall 2020.
ISS has decided the following for our three international student engagement initiatives for fall 2020.
- The BRIDGE International Peer Mentor Program will be suspended for fall 2020. This program has been a valuable source of support and engagement since 2002 and we hope to bring back a refreshed BRIDGE program as we work through the global pandemic.
- International Reach, our Cross-Cultural Speakers program will attempt to engage with the community by training a few dedicated leaders who are interested in sharing their culture and experience through a virtual format this fall. We have a dedicated team at ISS that will attempt to provide cross-cultural sharing through limited opportunities this fall.
- The International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) continues to hold virtual monthly meetings. ISAB members are helping our ISS team learn more about the international student experience and encourage us to improve our services daily.
I truly apologize for any stress these developments may cause. Please know that ISS continues to support you and will find ways to continue to engage with you throughout the upcoming fall semester.
Thank you all for being part of the Global Badger community!
Sharece M. Bunn
Assistant Director of International Student Engagement
Dear International Student Graduates,
ISS is in the planning stages of building a virtual graduation celebration to recognize your many accomplishments at UW-Madison throughout your program.
We are gathering nominations of students, faculty, and staff that have positively impacted your college career, or your time in Madison. If you would like to nominate someone, please fill out the Google form for the individual to be given a shout-out during our celebration. If you are interested in giving a short speech as an international student speaker for one of our two virtual sessions, please fill out the Google form.
While we cannot hold an in-person ceremony, we hope to conduct a formal livestream celebration to congratulate all of our international student graduates on Saturday, May 9th starting at 9:00am CST (Madison time). More information on how to access the ceremony will follow in the next few weeks. Additionally, ISS plans to host an informal Instagram takeover on the last day of classes – Friday, May 1st at 9:00am CST- to both congratulate graduates and to give encouragement for finals week. Please follow @uw_iss on Instagram in preparation for our graduation celebration activities. Feel free to share your favorite Madison memories with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with the hashtag #GlobalBadgerGrad20 for a chance to be featured on our social media or in our graduation ceremony!
International Student Services