International Student Association and RSOs

International Student Association Election for President and Vice President 2021-2022

The International Student Association Election Committee would like to announce the 2021-2022 Presidential and Vice Presidential debate happening on Weds., March 31 at 6:30 p.m. on Zoom at https://link.mnsu.edu/isadebate. 

Candidate teams running for President and Vice President include: 

  • Cristian Lopez Calderon as the Presidential Candidate from Ecuador and Jason Taruvinga as the Vice Presidential Candidate from Zimbabwe
  • Waleed Mehmood Sulehri as the Presidential Candidate from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and Moustafa Abdelaziz as the Vice- Presidential Candidate from Egypt

ISA Presidents and Vice Presidents are elected by the popular vote of the international student body. Candidates run in pairs and are counted as one ticket. Voters will select the team of their choice. Campaigning for the election, as well as voting, must be virtual-only for Covid-safety precautions.Voting will begin online following the debate and continue until Friday, April 2, which is Election Day. A link to the voting poll will be released shortly. Please plan to join the debate so you may make an informed decision to vote and choose a great ISA team for next year! 

COVID-19 Statement

Please be aware that under the current COVID-19 pandemic, campaigning will be virtual and any election activities that represent a safety and health hazard for others are not permitted by the ISA election guidelines as well as laws and regulations set by the university administration, Blue Earth County, the State of Minnesota, and the Federal Government of the United States. Election activities that are not allowed are but are not limited to:

  • Door knocking
  • Election parties of any kind
  • Huge public gatherings to hold a speech
  • In-person election planning meetings that violate social distancing
  • And others that cannot assure social distancing and show potential for a spread of the virus….

The ISA Election Committee 

Abdur Rahman, Danho Djigbe, Sungjae Oh

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ASSOCIATION (ISA) 

ISA is an “umbrella” organization that brings international Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) together and seeks to serve the Minnesota State, Mankato campus and community by: 

  • Sponsoring events and activities designed to promote connection, interaction and understanding across international, cultural and domestic groups; 
  • Enhancing students’ experiences to feel included and engaged on campus; 
  • Increasing awareness of world cultures to celebrate diversity 
  • Ensuring equal opportunity to participate in its activities for all persons, regardless of race, religion, status, gender, nationality, disability or any other group distinction as set forth by state or federal anti-discrimination sanctions. 

The International Student Association had an especially memorable 2018-2019 by hosting weekly ISA Connect events, collaborating with Greek Life and the LGBT Center, hosting International Mingle Night, collaborating with the Multicultural Center for the popular World’s Got Talent event and bringing the first-ever international prom! 

Leadership 

Like many student organizations, ISA is composed of student leaders who assume various roles:  

  • President 
  • Vice President  
  • Secretary  
  • Treasurer 
  • Public Relations Office 
  • Events Coordinator 
  • Community Engagement Officer 
  • Student Government Liasion 

Every Spring, the student body elects the ISA president and vice president, who then select their board members to serve together. ISA team members meet every week and devote many hours to meet their goals. 

General Assembly 

One of the other most important purposes of ISA is to bring together the international student organizations previously mentioned. The “General Assembly” is comprised of ISA board members plus representatives from the various international organizations. The Assembly meets regularly with ISA (once a week) to promote interactions across cultures, support each other’s initiatives and explore how best to make a difference at Minnesota State, Mankato. 

International Student Association Office 

The ISA office is a great space meant for you! It is located in CSU 264. If you know where the computers are outside the Keraney Center, room 264 is in that direction – just keep walking! Students are heartily encourage to enjoy this casual space where students can meet new friends, enjoy some coffee or tea, watch tv, play video games and just feel at home! The office is open during normal business hours. Stop by! 

 

RECOGNIZED STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS  

Students on the MSU campus are actively engaged in more than 200 Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs). Getting involved in activities you enjoy, goals you believe in and meeting people similar and different to you, will expand your life in ways you may not expect!  

Among these organizations are an increasing number of international Student Recognized Organizations (RSOs). Throughout the year, and during Orientation, you will be able to connect with members of these organizations. Find them on their Facebook pages or in Engage 

There will be opportunities during orientation and other times when you will see the groups on MavAve to highlight their organizations and events. They would be delighted to meet you!