Mission

The MISSE areas provide intra- and cross-cultural education, leadership and organizational development opportunities, social justice education and change, a "home away from home" for students, and a safe space for cultural and psychosocial development. The Centers compliment the academic mission of the University by enhancing students' experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Vision

The International Student Support and Engagement, or ISSE, focuses on supporting international students and international student organizations' development to enhance international students' experience within and outside of the classroom.

History

In spring of 2016, two students, Akash Bhalerao and Brian Leal advocated to add a staff member to support international students within the Division of Student Life. A spilt position was created between former Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) and the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). In 2017, this position officially became part of the Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement (MISSE) team as the International Student Support and Engagement area.

Location

152 IMU, 125 N. Madison Ave, Iowa City, IA

Hours

In compliance with the University of Iowa, all MISSE areas will be physically closed until further notice.

Professional Staff

Portrait of Shuhui Lin

Shuhui Lin

Coordinator, International Student Support and Engagement

Upcoming Events

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Life in Iowa: Work Visa Options After Graduation

Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Virtual
Experienced immigration attorneys, David Gluckman and Jonathan Moore of McCandlish Holton will discuss work visa options for international students after graduation, including Optional Practical Training (OPT) and H-1B. They will offer practical advice on job search strategies and how to deal with the H-1B quota, as well as options other than H-1B for those who qualify. For more information, contact Lin:  isss-peer@uiowa.edu.
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QUEERation ft. Daniel Arzola

Thursday, October 21, 2021 5:30pm to 8:00pm
Petersen Residence Hall
QUEERation is an annual event that celebrates art for and by the LGBTQ+ community. This event will start with a 30-minute reception (5:30-6:00pm) including light snacks before diving into the program. This QUEERation will feature a workshop led by Daniel Arzola.   Daniel Arzola is a visual artist, human rights activist, and lecturer whose contributions to the LGBTQ community were recognized with the Trailblazer Honor Award given by Logo TV. The American publication…
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Hawks of Color: Uplifting Our Excellence with Dr. Rusty Barceló

Friday, October 22, 2021 11:30am to 1:00pm
Virtual
Join Dr. Rusty Barceló for our upcoming Hawks of Color virtual gathering!   Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barcelo is nationally known for her work on equity and inclusion and is recognized nationally for speaking and conducting workshops addressing DEI.  She has served as the President of Northern New Mexico College, and multiple leadership positions across the country in higher education.  An alum of the University of Iowa, Rusty holds an M.A. in Recreation Education and a Ph.D. in Higher Education…
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Hawks of Color

Friday, November 5, 2021 11:30am to 1:00pm
Virtual
Save the Date for Hawks of Color! Stay tuned as we develop another engaging Hawks of Color discussion on November 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. over Zoom.  Be sure to register in advance below to save your spot. Hawks of Color is a place of welcome and community building while celebrating excellence! Formerly Faculty and Staff of Color, Hawks of Color is a re-envisioned community space to support and promote conversations among historically underrepresented, global majority, and/or…
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Hawks of Color

Friday, November 19, 2021 11:30am to 1:00pm
Virtual
The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Diversity Councils, the Graduate College, and the UI Libraries are pleased to host another engaging Hawks of Color discussion on November 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. over Zoom.  Be sure to register in advance below to save your spot. Hawks of Color is a place of welcome and community building while celebrating excellence! Formerly Faculty and Staff of Color, Hawks of Color is a re-envisioned community space to support and promote…
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Hawks of Color

Friday, December 10, 2021 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Hawks of Color is a place of welcome and community building while celebrating excellence! Formerly Faculty and Staff of Color, Hawks of Color is a re-envisioned community space to support and promote conversations among historically underrepresented, global majority, and/or marginalized faculty, staff, postdocs, and students at the University of Iowa. In addition to uplifting our voices and brilliance, attendees will have an opportunity to gather with others. Mark your calendars today to hold…