International Student Council (ISC)

International Student Council Photo

The primary objective of the International Student Council (ISC) is to bring together students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds who share the common thread. The ISC provides a base for awareness and appreciation of world cultures. Any student or faculty member of the University of Louisville or their immediate family, as well as those interested in multiculturalism, may join the club. Membership is free. Inquire in the ISSS office of how to join.

Meet your Council Board Members

 

Uddalok Jana, President

"After the completion of my MS in Bioinformatics from India, I entered UofL to explore my passion for genetics and computational biology. Besides my primary research interest, I am a wanderer for new places, people, and their cultures thus excited to be a part of ISC to meet and greet students/fellows around the globe."

Khalid Bello, Vice-President

Khalid Bello is a Ph.D. student in the Industrial Engineering department at the University of Louisville and a Graduate Research Assistant at Aqlan Lab. Khalid received his bachelor's degree in Industrial and Production Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He currently serves as the Vice President of the International Student Council where he gets to work with other members of the council in promoting mutual understanding across cultures and addressing the issues and needs of international students. Khalid’s research interest lies in the application of optimization and system simulation techniques for healthcare, supply chain, and manufacturing systems.

Julia Kachanova, Secretary 

"My name is Julia, and I am from Russia. I am doing a PhD in Biology and a GTA at the same department. It is my 3rd year in the US, and I love it so far! I hold an undergrad degree in Forestry from Russia and a MSc in Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management from University of Padua, Italy. It is my first year as a Secretary at ISC and I am honored to be a part of it: challenges, associated with living abroad and adjusting to new life are very close to my heart personally. Me and my colleagues will do our best to assist the UofL's international community and help with any transitions."

 

MD Al Amin, Event Coordinator

"I'm originally from Bangladesh. My doctoral studies are in chemistry. My position as vice president at the Chemistry Graduate Student Association is another responsibility. As an event organizer for ISC, I will be able to organize a range of international sporting events as well as cultural events. Being able to help academics and talents from all around the world makes me happy to work with ISC."

Yuan Zhao, PR/Social Media Coordinator

Yuan is originally from China. Before coming to UofL, he used to live in Hong Kong for five years. Now, he is a second-year MA student and a GTA in English Department, exploring writing studies and literature. He hopes to promote the ISSS platform to connect more international students and to build a community full of vitality. He enjoys sunshine and reading continental philosophy. 

Saif Almutairi, PR/Social Media Coordinator

"My name is Saif, and I am from Saudi Arabia , so I have been in Louisville for a year, and I came here to study master's in physics. I joined ISC because I would like to meet new friends from around the world and I have a little experience abroad : I lived in two countries and ,one of them, I lived in two states so I can transfer my experience to new students and I would like to learn from international students, like their culture and some information about their countries.

Usually, I spend my free time to practice a variety kind of sport , so I love to do a lot of activities : CrossFit, Soccer, Volleyball , Tennis, and weight training.

Taraka Satya Krishna Teja Malisetti, Treasurer 

"At UofL, I became an ISC Treasurer. I would meaningfully apply my professional and international experience to the ISC body I am assigned to. Considering my credentials and my ability to attract the top overseas pupils.

Hobbies: Traveling, playing cricket, cooking, gym, watching movies, dance & music."