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 Regulatory Ombuds for Student Issues, a NAFSA Trainer Corps Member, and 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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    Janice Watson serves as the Assistant Director of International Student Compliance. She is also one of Wesleyan's Designated School Officials (DSO). She began her career at Wesleyan in 2001, working in the President’s Office for Douglas J. Bennet. Janice has worked in the Office of International Student Affairs for over 15 years. 

    She is also a lifelong resident of Middletown, and she is an active member of the Cross Street AME Zion Church. She spends her free time shopping, gardening, and cooking. 

  • Dari Jigjidsuren (she/her/hers)

    Assistant Director of International Student Engagement (DSO/ARO)

    262 High Street, Fisk Hall Room 105, Suite 104

    (860) 685-2967

    jdari@wesleyan.edu

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    Dr. Dari Jigjidsuren was born in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Growing up, she attended the Russian school in Darkhan where she learned Russian and was first introduced to the English language. Dari received her Bachelor’s in English & Russian and Master’s in Linguistics from the University of the Humanities in Ulaanbaatar. In Mongolia, Dari taught English at the university and worked for international organizations including the Open Society Foundation (Soros Foundation), Save the Children-UK, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UNICEF, and USAID. In 2004, she was awarded the Fulbright Fellowship to pursue graduate education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she obtained her Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Public Health, and PhD degrees.

    Upon graduation, Dari worked at the University of North Carolina as an evaluation specialist focusing on early childhood education research, and then as a research consultant for the women’s nonprofit in Mongolia. Dari also worked as an adjunct professor of social work at Mississippi State University and co-authored a book on the assessment of early childhood environments with her former colleagues at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    Having lived in J-1 visa status for 12 years, Dari is well familiar with the many challenges faced by international students in the United States. As a social worker, she feels strongly about social justice, diversity, inclusion, and human rights, and is passionate about supporting and advocating for international students. At Wesleyan, Dari is looking forward to implementing programs that meet the needs of international students and promote intercultural exchange.

    Unprofessionally, Dari practices meditation and likes international travel. Сайн байна уу? Та Монголоор ярьдаг бол OISA дахь миний өрөөгөөр зочлоорой! Здравствуйте! Если вы говорите по-русски, заходите в OISA познакомиться!

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 Tuesdays and Thursdays 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!
  • Marouan El-Asery (he/him/his)

    African Scholars Student Coordinator

    melasery@wesleyan.edu

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    Meet Marouan: African Scholars Student Coordinator

    Languages Spoken: French, Arabic, Moroccan Darija, Tamazight, and English

    Involvement at Wesleyan: Instructional Media Specialist in ITS, Tutor at WELLP Beman Middle School, Circulation Office Assistant at Olin Library, Arabic Tutor in the Dean's Peer Tutoring Program, Member of the Outing Club and Wescode, and part of Wesleyan MSA 

    BioHey, everyone! I'm Marouan, a rising sophomore from Morocco. I am pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Economics, with a minor in Data Analysis. Alongside my academic pursuits, I hold a keen interest in African studies and philosophy. I am also enrolled in the Wesleyan Math and Science Scholars (WesMaSS) program.

    At Wesleyan, I am actively involved in several clubs, including the Outing Club and CodeWes. Additionally, I contribute to the university community as an Instructional Media Specialist; I also hold a position at the Olin Library, where I assist with circulation tasks.

    Beyond my commitments on campus, I find great joy in tutoring students at a nearby middle school. When I'm not immersed in my studies or extracurricular activities, you can often find me riding the waves while surfing, enjoying a swim, or exploring nature through hiking adventures.

Advising Services & Hours

During fall and spring semesters, OISA offers a mix of in-person and virtual drop-in advising services Monday-Thursday for 90 minutes each day. We also offer 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 our Advising Services page for information about our drop-in hours/appointments and our schedule, including modalities, for the current semester.  

International Compensation & Taxation (ICT)

Have questions about your tax filing responsibilities 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 (ICT) office.  

Christine Rodrigue
Sr. Accountant, International Compensation & Taxation (Finance Office)
55 High Street, 2nd Floor, Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: (860) 685-3502
Email: crodrigue@wesleyan.edu
 / ict@wesleyan.edu