The International Reach Team is committed to supporting cross-cultural communication and engagement for all international students at UW-Madison.
International Reach Team
Position title: International Reach Program Coordinator
Melissa serves as an International Student Advisor and International Reach Program Coordinator. Originally from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, her travels have taken her to Canada, Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, and the UK. She completed both her bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Prior to joining the ISS team, she served as the International Student Advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Melissa loves getting to know international students and connecting them to opportunities to build their confidence and skills both in and out of the classroom. In her free time, she enjoys all things food related, especially if it involves spending time with friends and family or getting to know new people.
Position title: Reach Assistant
Hello! My name is Yuriko, and I serve as the Assistant for International Reach program. I am from Japan and am a current graduate student in the ELPA Global Higher Education Master’s program. Prior to my graduate studies, I have studied and worked abroad in Canada, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the U.S., and I speak Japanese, English, and some basic Mandarin Chinese and Indonesian. I have a commitment and appreciation for diversity and intercultural education. As an international student myself, I am also passionate about providing opportunities for international students to discuss the aspects of their background or experience that would enrich the diversity of campus and Madison community. My interests include learning different languages and traveling (Travelled to Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, and many cities in China, for pleasure). I took Japanese Calligraphy lessons for 9 years and have 8th dan. I’m looking forward to working with you!
Showcasing Our Work
Each year, our team writes annual reports to highlight the great successes of our Reach Ambassadors. Enjoy!