Contact Us

For general inquiries, please email oisa@wesleyan.edu.

If you are a prospective student and would like to learn more about the application process, please visit Applying from Outside of the United States page maintained by the Admission Office. Prospective students with questions about undergraduate admission should contact intladmission@wesleyan.edu. Prospective students with questions about graduate admission should contact graduateoffice@wesleyan.edu.

OISA Professional Staff

  • Morgan Keller (he/him/his)

    Director, Office of International Student Affairs (PDSO/ARO)

    262 High Street, Fisk Hall Room 105, Suite 103

    (860) 685-3031

    mkeller@wesleyan.edu

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    Morgan Keller serves as Director of the Office of International Student Affairs (OISA) and Wesleyan's Principal Designated School Official (PDSO) for international students studying in F-1 visa status. He grew up in Mariposa (Spanish for “butterfly”), a small town in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains near beautiful Yosemite National Park. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon where he studied International Affairs and Communications and spent a semester abroad studying Italian and fine arts in Siena, Italy. His other international experiences include a Peace Corps service in Ecuador and an eight-year career teaching English as a foreign language in Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan (his first five years with the JET Program). After returning from Japan, Morgan attended Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) in Monterey, California where he completed a Master’s degree in International Education Management.

    Prior to coming to Wesleyan, he worked in International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) offices at UW-Madison in Wisconsin, Clemson University in South Carolina, and UC Santa Cruz in California. Professionally, his passion is holistically supporting and advocating for international students to foster their success as well as creating meaningful opportunities for intercultural learning and internationalization within campus and local communities. Morgan has presented at regional and national NAFSA: Association of International Educators conferences and is currently serving as the NAFSA Region XI Ombuds for Student Issues as well as a regional editor and copy editor for the Journal of Comparative and International Higher Education.  

    Unprofessionally, his passion is playing and watching soccer, or what most of the world logically calls “football.” Morgan’s partner is Japanese and together they are endeavoring to raise their two daughters bilingually and multiculturally. 日本の方や日本語のできる方、ぜひOISAまで私に会いに来てくださいね!

  • Janice Watson (she/her/hers)

    Assistant Director of International Student Compliance (DSO/ARO)

    262 High Street, Fisk Hall Room 105, Suite 102

    (860) 685-3704

    jwatson@wesleyan.edu

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    Hometown: Middletown, Connecticut

    Favorite Place on Wesleyan's Campus: The outside garden of Russell House

    Favorite Place in Connecticut: The Rose Garden at Elizabeth Park in West Hartford Connecticut

    When not at OISA: When I am not at work, you will find me in my kitchen cooking for family and friends. I especially enjoying making decadent desserts. I also enjoy talking long walks in nature and spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren.
  • Assistant Director of International Student Engagement (DSO/ARO)

    Vacant

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    We are seeking a passionate, collaborative, and innovative professional with programming experience and expertise who enjoys working with international students. The role also comes with DSO/ARO and F-1/J-1 advising responsibilities. Candidates must apply here by Sunday, January 15, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. EST for full consideration for this great opportunity!

    Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut is currently home to 331 enrolled F-1 visa holding international students and the alma mater of 83 F-1 international alumni now working in the U.S. on post-completion employment. The University’s international student community is also inclusive of approximately 85 non-visa holders who self-identify as being from a country(ies) and culture(s) outside of the U.S. 

    The Office of International Student Affairs (OISA), housed within the Division of Student Affairs, holistically supports Wesleyan’s international student community in immigration, orientation, cultural adjustment, intercultural learning, community-building, leadership, and advocacy. OISA provides F-1 and J-1 student visa advising, Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) compliance, employment and travel authorization, and document production services (I-20s, DS-2019s, etc.). The office also administers educational, social, and cross-cultural programs and events that enable community-building, intercultural growth, and academic and career success for international students during their transitions in and out of the University and throughout their academic program. 

    Reporting to the Director of OISA, the Assistant Director of International Student Engagement leads the planning, coordination, and assessment of programs and events that aim to foster international student belonging, development, and retention and enhance Internationalization at Wesleyan. OISA programs that fall within the Assistant Director of International Student Engagement’s purview include International Student Orientation (ISO), the International Buddy Program (IBP), and International Education Week (IEW). 

    The Assistant Director of International Student Engagement also advises F-1 and J-1 visa-holding international students and fulfills Designated School Official (DSO) and Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) responsibilities, including processing requests submitted via Terra Dotta, making student record updates in SEVIS, issuing I-20s and DS-2019s, and assisting with the office’s SEVIS Registration process each semester. 

    As an integral member of the OISA team, the Assistant Director of International Student Engagement supports the office’s mission, functions, and evolution by fulfilling the following responsibilities:

    INTERCULTURAL & TRANSITION SUPPORT PROGRAMMING (50%) 

    -Transition the International Buddy Program (IBP) to a peer mentorship program for incoming international students that will launch in the summer of 2023

    -Hire, onboard, and supervise a student coordinator to support the planning and implementation of the 2023 peer mentorship program 

    -Lead the planning and implementation of the annual International Student Orientation (ISO) program, including hiring, training, and supervising student interns and leaders, with the support of OISA professional staff 

    -Collaborate with colleagues in the Fries Center for Global Studies, the Shapiro Center for Writing, and other campus partners to plan and implement a dynamic International Education Week (IEW) program each fall in mid-November

    -Develop partnerships with various offices and student groups including Pangea, Wesleyan’s international student association, and collaborate on planning and implementing extracurricular and co-curricular intercultural programs, events, and workshops        

    -Build student leadership opportunities into OISA’s programming initiatives, including the 2023 peer mentorship program

    -Provide cohort-building programming and mentorship opportunities for Wesleyan’s inaugural Africa Scholars Program

    -Oversee break programming for international students during Thanksgiving, winter, and summer vacation periods, including hiring and guiding students to serve as OISA Winter Break Coordinators 

    -Participate in Wesleyan Internationalization Team (WIT) meetings and contribute to the strategic planning and realization of the themes and goals outlined in the Presidential Statement on Internationalization at Wes

    -Meet periodically with the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) to discuss and address international student needs related to orientation, adjustment, and community-building 

    -Create and implement formal and informal assessments in collaboration with ISAB, the Office of Institutional Research, and the Fries Center for Global Studies and analyze results to identify international student needs and improve OISA’s programmatic offerings

    -Consult Office for Equity & Inclusion colleagues, Student Academic Resources, ISAB, and other campus stakeholders to ensure OISA’s programming endeavors enhance DEIB and access for international students and are intentionally inclusive of U.S. American students when possible     

    SEVIS COMPLIANCE & ADVISING SERVICES (30%) 

    -Serve as a DSO and ARO and regularly process requests and update student records via Terra Dotta and SEVIS

    -Issue I-20s, travel signatures, and other immigration documents and authorizations for F-1 and J-1 international students and alumni engaged in post-completion employment in the U.S. 

    -Advise international students on federal regulations and institutional policies for maintaining their F-1/J-1 status and applying for benefits such as off-campus employment authorization (CPT, OPT, STEM OPT Extension, Academic Training)

    -Provide intake international student advising support and referrals for non-immigration matters including cultural adjustment, mental health and wellness, English proficiency, housing, academic, financial, and personal concerns, and institutional procedures

    -Elevate complex student cases to the Director of OISA and Assistant Director of International Student Compliance for discussion and problem-solving

    -Maintain accurate student data in Terra Dotta and SEVIS and log advising notes after consultations with students 

    -Collaborate with OISA colleagues and campus partners, such as the Gordon Career Center and Office of Academic Advancement, to plan and facilitate workshops and webinars related to academic and career planning for F-1 and J-1 visa-holding international students 

    -Assist with cyclical federal and institutional reporting requirements such as SEVIS Registration at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and OISA’s annual departmental report

    -Develop a strong working command of F-1 and J-1 visa regulations and Wesleyan institutional policies and regularly utilize resources such as the NAFSA Adviser’s Manual, knowledge communities, and Region XI network to stay abreast of changes and broaden immigration knowledge  

    COMMUNICATIONS (10%)

    -Lead the content development and continued improvement of pre-arrival communications for incoming international students in collaboration with the ISO Interns and OISA professional staff

    -Collaborate with Director of OISA and student employees to identify and implement international student storytelling initiatives 

    -Support OISA’s engagement and compliance-related messaging communicated via email, WISE (OISA e-newsletter), social media, OISA website, and Terra Dotta

    -Work with professional and student staff to improve content, accessibility, and navigability of the OISA website 

    ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES (10%)

    -Attend and engage in weekly meetings with OISA staff and supervisor, biweekly Student Affairs all-staff meetings, and monthly WIT meetings

    -Add updates and new content to OISA’s Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), especially regarding international student engagement

    -Project and track budgetary costs and needs for OISA programming

    -Hire student supervisees in Student Employment System and approve their works hours in Workforce Time System on a weekly basis

    -Make purchases for programs and events, with permission from Director of OISA, and reconcile purchasing card transactions on a biweekly basis in the WFS Database  

    -Other duties as assigned 

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

    -Bachelor’s degree and minimum of four years of professional and progressively more responsible experience working in international student services, international education, international admissions, student affairs, or a closely related field or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

    -Demonstrated experience and expertise in planning, coordinating, and assessing programs and events.

    -Basic understanding of F-1 and J-1 nonimmigrant student visa types and/or willingness to be trained and build knowledge and competency in F-1 and J-1 immigration advising.  

    -Effective interpersonal and intercultural communication skills to work with a wide range of constituents including students, parents, staff, faculty, and community members.

    -Strong organizational and administrative skills with attention to detail and a high level of discretion managing confidential information. 

    -Ability to provide excellent customer service while finding solutions to complex problems and managing competing demands.

    -Demonstrated experience and competency working both independently and collaboratively in a professional setting.

    -Willingness to work a flexible schedule including occasional nights and weekends for programs and events.

    -Ability to meet all the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) requirements to serve as a DSO and ARO. 

    PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

    -One year or more of experience using SEVIS as a DSO and/or ARO and advising a caseload of F-1 and/or J-1 student visa holders.

    -Demonstrated command of immigration regulations for F-1 and/or J-1 student visa holders.

    -Professional experience using Terra Dotta ISSS software and PeopleSoft Student Information System.

    -Knowledge of best practices in program design and experience developing and coordinating orientation and peer mentorship/friendship initiatives for international students.

    -Professional experience developing and facilitating workshops for students, staff and/or faculty and training students to serve in leadership roles.

    -Professional experience hiring, onboarding, and supervising student employees. 

    -Strong understanding of student identity development, intercultural communication theories, and/or student-centered advising practices. 

    -Knowledge of and professional experience incorporating DEIB principles, social justice education, and/or student advocacy into ISS work.

    -Knowledge of and professional experience conducting international student services research and benchmarking to evaluate and improve services.

    -Knowledge of and professional experience using plain language.

    -Participation and/or leadership experience in professional development organizations related to international student services and/or international education such as NAFSA.

    -Proficiency in a language(s) other than English.

    -Experience living, studying, and/or working abroad. 

    -Advanced degree from an accredited institution in international education, intercultural communication, or a related field. 

OISA Student Staff

  • Diana Venus (she/her/hers)

    OISA Intern

    dzhumalieva@wesleyan.edu

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    Meet Diana: OISA Intern 

    Languages Spoken: Kyrgyz, Russian, Italian, Turkish, and English

    Involvement at Wesleyan: FGLI Advisory Board member, Anthro & Independent Activism, Mindfulness circle, Disorientation, ISOL and IBP, Anthro Office Assistant 

    Bio: Salam! My name is Diana Venus '24, and I'm from Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. I'm trying to double-major in Anthropology and Psychology, very passionate about critical theory + advocacy for the low-income and/or international community. 

    On campus, I've held a variety of paid and volunteer positions, from Office Worker to Course Assistant to Social Media Intern to ISO leader to ITCOO performer to IBP and Language partner. This year, however, I'm choosing to focus my energy on advocacy and community-building, as well as healing and nurturing my interpersonal relationships at Wes.  

    You can reach out to me at dzhumalieva@wesleyan.edu with any questions, and also come meet me during my shifts on Mon, Wed, and Friday during OISA office hours (we're doing cool things)!

  • Priyanshu Pokhrel (she/her/hers)

    OISA Intern

    ppokhrel@wesleyan.edu

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    Meet Priyanshu: OISA Intern

    Languages Spoken: Nepali, English, Hindi and a bit of Korean

    Involvement at Wesleyan: Program Intern at Upward Bound Program, Member of Korean Dance Club, Barista at Pi!

    Bio: Hi! I am Priyanshu and I use she/her pronouns. I'm a freshman at Wesleyan all the way from Kathmandu, Nepal.

    I work as an Office Intern at OISA, so if you come by our Fisk 105 office, you'll most likely see me! On campus, I am learning Korean while also pursuing my interests in economics, math, and data analysis. I'm also working in the Upward Bound Program which supports first generation low-income high school students in the community. I enjoy graphic design and content creation as well. Tara Westover's Educated is my absolute favorite book (if I start talking about it, I won't be able to stop!) Additionally, I enjoy watching psychological thrillers and delving into the nuances of filmmaking. 

    I can be reached at ppokhrel@wesleyan.edu, and I hope to see you around on campus!
  • Cristina (Cristi) Gonz├ílez (she/her/hers)

    Communications Intern

    cdgonzalez@wesleyan.edu

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    Meet Cristina: Communications Intern

    Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

    Involvement at Wesleyan: Member of Prometheus (fire spinning club) and Onomatopoeia (acapella group). IMS technician. WesMass integrant (first year). Integrant of the Wesleyan Orchestra.

    Bio: Hi! I am Cristina (Cristi) González, from Caracas, Venezuela, and I use she/her pronouns! I am a second-year student looking to pursue a Computer Science and Music double major.

    On campus, I work as the Communications Intern for OISA (managing our social media and the biweekly newsletter WISE) and as a technician for IMS. When I'm not working, I am a proud member of Prometheus and the acapella group Onomatopoeia. In my free time, I love to jam out to jazz with my friends and play many types of video games!

    Feel free to contact me at cdgonzalez@wesleyan.edu if you have any questions or want to reach out!

Advising Services & Hours

During the Fall 2022 Semester, OISA is offering a mix of in-person and virtual drop-in advising services Monday-Thursday for 90 minutes each day. We are also offering advising sessions by appointment on Fridays in virtual and in-person modalities depending on a student's preference.

At our advising sessions, you can receive guidance from an OISA staff member on maintaining your F-1 status, applying for employment authorization, and other immigration or non-immigration topics related to your international student experience at Wesleyan. 

Please see the Fall 2022 Advising Services announcement on our homepage for information about our drop-in advising schedule and additional guidance on requesting an appointment.  

International Compensation & Taxation

Have questions about filing taxes as an international student? Need support completing your I-9 paperwork to work on campus or obtaining a Social Security Number (SSN)? Contact Christine Rodrigue of Wesleyan's International Compensation & Taxation office.  

Christine Rodrigue
Sr. Accountant, Finance Office
291 Main Street, 3rd Floor
Phone: (860) 685-3502
Email: crodrigue@wesleyan.edu
 / ict@wesleyan.edu