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2017 State System Summit

Session 23

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2017 State System Summit

13-15 University Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

Hiram G. Martinez
2017 Summit Chairperson
Phone: 610-436-2433

Creating A Seat at The Table: Helping International Student Retention

  • 4:00 PM – 4:55 PM
  • SYKES ROOM 257

According to the Wall Street Journal, '"American colleges and universities are enrolling unprecedented numbers of international students." In order to best serve our students, it is important to create an environment that is warm, welcoming and meets their needs. As Student Affairs Educators, we need to understand the needs of international students. In many ways, the international student is a 'nontraditional' student. This session will explore some of the unique issues faced by international students, issues that the average American student may not confront. This session will conclude with a discussion on solutions and best practices for creating a welcoming community for international students.


Shelby Kaminsky, WCU Student Volunteer


Ms. Jahmai Fisher, Graduate Assistant in Residential Life and Housing Services at West Chester University
Ms. Fisher is an international student from The Bahamas - soon to be two time alumni of WCU in May 2018.