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International Student Leadership

International student leadership at PCC aims to support international students as they develop as leaders, students, and cultural ambassadors. The International Student Life Team offers three different leadership programs to get involved with – International Orientation Mentors (IOM), International Peer Leaders (IPL), and International Student Ambassadors (ISA), each made up of positions that must be applied for. International students are welcome to apply for other student leader positions in centers and offices throughout the district as well. These positions allow us to foster international student engagement, retention, and success. In addition, these roles serve to facilitate internationalization of PCC as a whole by integrating a diverse group of international students into PCC culture, programs, and events that create an atmosphere conducive of respect, learning, and community building. Our goal is to foster strong relationships with the PCC community, encouraging appreciation, inclusion, and understanding of international students.

International Orientation Mentors

IOMs are student leaders (international and domestic) from across PCC’s four campuses that work with the rest of the International Student Life Team and Office of International Student Services to plan and facilitate Orientation Week each term. They prepare to welcome our new students, facilitate discussions groups, assist with placement testing and registration, and lead student groups through workshops, ice breakers, campus tours, and Portland tours. IOM selection usually takes place each May for the next school year.

Our 2021-2022 IOMs are:

  • Aicha Konate (she/her/hers) from Ivory Coast
  • Ashley Pirrung (she/her/hers) from the United States
  • Demba Sakho (he/him/his) from Senegal
  • Diana Petrmichlova (she/her/hers) from Czech Republic
  • Emily Dinh (she/her/hers) from Vietnam
  • Jason Pham (he/him/his) from Vietnam
  • Lam Dong (he/him/his) from Vietnam
  • Lexie Pham (she/her/hers) from Vietnam
  • Maddi Mai (she/her/hers) from Vietnam
  • Mohasin Manab (he/him/his) from Bangladesh
  • Parry Sun (she/her/hers) from China
  • Paul Gonzalez Herrera (he/him/his) from Mexico
  • Said Boussaid (he/him/his) from Spain
  • Saki Shiraishi (she/her/hers) from Japan
  • Sam Nguyen (he/him/his) from Vietnam
  • Valentina Castellanos Ramirez (she/her/hers) from Colombia
  • Wilson Cumbi (he/him/his) from Angola
International Peer Leaders

IPLs are student leaders who work in our OISS location at each campus that host Talk Time Cafe each week, collaborate with other student centers, and provide engagement and involvement opportunities for international students at PCC. IPLs work with the rest of the International Student Life Team and Office of International Student Services to plan and facilitate Orientation Week each term. They prepare to welcome our new students, facilitate discussions groups, assist with placement testing and registration, and lead student groups through workshops, ice breakers, campus tours, and Portland tours. IPL selection takes place each May for the next school year.

Our 2021-2022 IPLs are:

                           

Laura Nguyen (she/her/hers) from Vietnam                  TJ Kim (he/him/his) from South Korea

 

International Student Ambassadors

ISAs are international student leaders who work in student centers. The ISA Program is an essential collaborative program that exists to offer international students a wide variety of options for getting engaged as leaders at PCC – at the Women’s Resource Center, Career Exploration Center, Multicultural Center, and ASPCC (student life and leadership). These students work with the rest of the International Student Life Team and Office of International Student Services to plan and facilitate activities, events, and workshops that offer students the opportunity to get involved, connected, and engaged in ways that both challenge and support them. ISA selection generally takes place each May for the next school year.

Our 2021-2022 ISAs have not been hired yet! Watch the International Student Newsletter for an announcement about when these positions are being hired.

 

This page is maintained by the International Student Life Coordinator.