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International Student and Scholar Services introduces student leadership, intercultural programs for 2023-24
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Members of the Emory International Council and the Emory Intercultural Leadership Program cohorts developed their intercultural communication and leadership skills at the annual leadership retreat this fall.

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) — a unit of Emory’s Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives — has selected students for the 2023-24 cohorts of two unique programs emphasizing leadership development, intercultural understanding and community building. While each program has a unique purpose, both share a common goal of promoting student flourishing and enhancing the student experience at Emory.

Cohorts for the Emory Intercultural Leadership Program (EILP) and the Emory International Council (EIC) are selected for the academic year.

According to Shinn Ko, assistant vice provost in ISSS, both programs offer transformative experiences, providing students with valuable leadership skills, intercultural competency development and the opportunity to make a positive impact on the Emory community. Participants can refine their emotional intelligence and intercultural competencies through monthly seminars, which offers a platform to exchange unique perspectives.

“I am impressed with the contributions of these student leaders,” says Ko.

Emory Intercultural Leadership Program

The EILP focuses on inclusivity, collaboration, personal leadership and skillful interaction with diverse individuals.

ELIP brings together international and domestic students from Emory’s undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. The EILP equips participants with a versatile toolkit encompassing global leadership skills, intercultural communication skills and invaluable service-learning experiences.

The prospect of widening perspectives attracted students to EILP.

“I joined the EILP to advocate for diversity and inclusion within the Emory community and because multicultural engagement helps broaden my perspective while enhancing my leadership skills,” says Marco Zgliczynski, an MBA student from Italy.

Leo Applegate, an Emory College student from Michigan, adds, “I joined the EILP in order to broaden my worldview and have the opportunity to immerse myself in cultural experiences that were different from my own.”

Emory International Council

The EIC represents a dynamic group of international students from various Emory programs who serve as ambassadors and advocates for their fellow international peers.

Collaborating closely with ISSS, the EIC’s mission is to understand the needs of international students and create programs that foster meaningful connections between domestic and international students. EIC members play a pivotal role in enhancing the international student experience at Emory.

During fall semester, participants embarked on a journey of self-discovery, exploring their identity, culture and values during a leadership retreat. They will engage in a service-learning project in the spring.

For more information on these exciting programs and to learn about this year's student leaders, follow ISSS on Instagram (@EmoryISSS) for member spotlights.

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