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International Student Advisory Board

Part of the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC), the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) informs and advises the International Resource Team (IRT) on intercultural programs, services and issues that concern undergraduate international students (broad definition) at Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science. The term of board service is one academic year.

Board members will:

  • Be an accessible and visible resource for the international student community.
  • Foster a supportive intercultural learning community among international students.
  • Keep the University accountable and responsive to international students and their concerns.
  • Act as campus leaders in encouraging discussions, collecting feedback, advocating for the needs, and raising the visibility of international students.

ISAB is composed of 7-10 undergraduate international students from Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science. The application process, which is open to all undergraduates in Columbia College and Columbia Engineering, is competitive and seeks to seat a board that is highly diverse and broadly representative of the University's international student body.

Responsibilities of ISAB Board Members

  • Attend a weekend Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council (MAAC) retreat and ISAB planning meeting at the beginning of each semester
  • Attend weekly ISAB meetings on Fridays from 2-4 pm.
  • Undertake special projects or events within the purview of ISAB’s responsibilities and under the direction of the International Resource Team.
  • Determine to hold at least one open forum per year to discuss international community issues or to seek other venues for community input.

Membership Rules

  1. Must meet and maintain the shared standards of the Multicultural Affairs Advisory Council. 
  2. A student may not maintain membership with ISAB if s/he plans to study abroad during the academic year or has other obligations that prevent participation in Friday meetings.
  3. More than two unexcused absences from regularly scheduled ISAB meetings are grounds for dismissal from ISAB.
  4. Board membership is effective for one academic year but is renewable for one additional year with the discretion of the Associate Director of International Student Support. 

Highlights of Leadership Possibilities as ISAB Board Members

  • During the first ISAB meeting, ISAB board members will vote for two co-chairs. Co-chairs of ISAB will participate in selective International Resource Team meetings.
  • ISAB board members who complete one year of service and wish to become International Student Orientation Program (ISOP) coordinators, Head Orientation Leaders (Head OLs) or Orientation Leaders (OLs) during the following year will be given priority consideration.
  • ISAB board members who wish to take on leadership roles in select programs hosted by Multicultural Affairs (MA) will be given priority consideration.
  • ISAB board members who wish to assist with free International at Columbia field trips to various New York City sights will be given guaranteed slots.

We expect for all members to be open to discussing challenging topics and campus issues; be collaborative advocates; be willing to challenge and be challenged; actively contribute to meetings and activities of the board, and be passionate about working toward a truly inclusive and just campus community. 

To contact ISAB, click here.

Multicultural Affairs


505 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: 212-854-0720

Fax: 212-854-6972

Office Hours
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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