ISA Executive Board 2013-2014 Applications
Applications are now open. Please download the link HERE for the application.
The President, along with the rest of the Executive Board, keeps ISA on track in achieving its vision of being a “home away from home” for all international students at Northwestern by overseeing all ISA events and activities. The President is the main liaison between ISA and our student group adviser from the International Office, and it is his or her role to represent ISA in a positive light to all other student groups and university offices. It is also the President’s responsibility to get to know every single ISA member and be a welcoming figure in accepting all international and non-international students into the ISA community.
The role of the Vice President is to support the President in decision making and fill in for the President when necessary. She is expected to use her experience and provide guidance to her fellow exec members. She should also be used as a ‘supersub’, filling in for exec members whenever in need, or helping them out with their duties. The Vice-President will also work with the Treasurer in order to book meeting rooms, take minutes during meetings, and make sure the organization runs smoothly. Finally, she may take on the role as senate representative to reflect the collective concerns of international students to ASG and school administrators.
ISA Treasurer will be in charge of all the monetary issues for ISA and ISA World Cup. The Treasurer will be the main liaison with the SOFO and SAFC for funding processes, and will write financial reports at the end of the year. Collaboratively with President and Vice-President, the Treasurer will be in charge of budget allocations to all the committees in ISA. It it the responsibility of the Treasurer to coordinate ISA’s fundraising efforts and continuously seek to expand the discretionary budget.
Internal Relations Chair (co-chaired):
It is the responsibility of the Internal Relations chairs to ensure that one’s involvement in ISA remains a worthwhile experience. As the leaders of the IR committee, they should ensure that committee members find their deeds highly rewarding as the committee strives to organize successful events and keep all members connected to each other through various social events. It is the chairs’ responsibility to create a space that will encourage all international students to get to know one another and build a sense of community among the organizing committee members of ISA. The IR chairs are also responsible for gathering feedback to see how ISA meetings and events can be improved. Beyond this, they are responsible for quarterly bonding activities. Their efforts will result in unforgettable memories and lifelong friends for many members. This co-chair position is ideal for those of you who are keen to coordinate events, enthusiastic, creative, organized and responsible. Examples of social events: ISA Formal, ISA Senior Banquet, ISA Potluck, Bonfire, WhirlyBall, etc.
(For past reference, this is a combination of Team Development and Social.)
External Relations Chair:
The External Relations Chair (ER Chair) will be in charge of reaching out to the wider Northwestern community, as well as extending ISA’s reach beyond the confines of the university. This committee will work to collaborate with other student groups and foster ISA’s university connections. Moreover, the chair should aggressively pursue connections beyond the university, such as collaborating with the University of Chicago, reaching out to philanthropic organizations with regards to our Peru trip, or connecting to professional organisations with regards to pre-professional programming. Beyond this, the ER chair is responsible for all pre-professional programming within ISA, such as career panels, visa discussions, etc. We are looking for a highly-motivated, agressive chair willing to expand this position in the future.
Cultural Affairs Chair:
The responsibility of the Cultural Affairs Committee chair is to lead the Cultural Committee in promoting and celebrating the cultural diversity of students within Northwestern University. The chair would play a key role in events such as International Food and Film Festival (IFFF) and International Dance Day, encouraging people from different parts of the world to showcase their unique cultures and traditions in a fun and meaningful way. The chair should aim to increase campus-wide awareness on the dynamics of world cultures, by promoting the presence of interactive cultural displays, holiday decorations, and art and crafts exhibits around campus; by taking quarterly trips to Chicago’s dynamic cultural neighborhoods, the chair should hope to involve students in a hands-on experience of the lifestyles and practices behind each community. Finally, the Cultural Committee chair is the liaison between different cultural groups and the student body, promoting events organized by each cultural groups and creating cultural unity within the Northwestern community.
Global Engagement Chair (co-chaired):
The responsibility of the Global Engagement Committee chairs is to lead the GE Committee in cultivating a sense of awareness in global current events and issues and fostering a commitment to global citizenship. The Global Engagement chairs should strive to empower both ISA members and the broader Northwestern community to think, question, participate and become agents of sustainable change, whether abroad or in the US. They should have a key role in organizing dinner discussions, global events in the news posted in ISA’s weekly newsletter, and a spring break service trip (to Peru), and provide a means for students to learn, discuss and engage in events occurring all over the world (such as through ISA’s monthly Food for Thought series). The Global Engagement Chair is also responsible for leading fundraising and planning efforts for ISA’s Spring Break service trip to Peru.
PR and Merchandising Chair:
The Pubic Relations and Merchandising Committee chair leads a group of ISA members committed to spreading the word about ISA’s presence and events on the Northwestern campus. This chair is solely responsible for ISA’s publication efforts around campus through Facebook, Twitter, photos, videos, posters, flyers, chalk, or from our very own vocal chords. The chair of the Public Relations committee is passionate about letting people know how wonderful this organization truly is. This chair position is perfect for anyone with an interest in marketing/advertising, visual arts, merchandising, business/interacting with sponsors, communications, and basically an enthusiasm for promoting ISA.
The technology chair’s role is to provide support for ISA, ISA committees and various ISA events. The tech chair will also lead his/her committee in exploring creative uses of technology for ISA with the goal of utilizing technology to facilitate communication and interactions within ISA community and also keeping ISA up-to-date with current technology. The chair also handles the development and maintenance of the ISA website as well as distribution of the weekly announcements. The website and the weekly newsletter serve as platforms for ISA committees to reach out to the ISA members, the Northwestern community and the general public to disseminate information about various ISA events. The tech chair also collaborates closely with the Pubic Relations Committee and provides any assistance required with regard to graphic designing or online media platforms.
The Media Specialist’s role is to record and document all ISA events. The goal is to create a photo and video archive of all programming to allow events to have greater public impact. The media specialist would also be responsible to help create content for the ISA website to induce web traffic and spark conversations. Applicants with photography and videography skills are preferred. The Media Specialist will work closely with the PR committee and Tech. This being a new position, the chair’s responsibilities will be defined precisely throughout the recruitment process. We welcome new ideas with regards to this position.