Adrienne Kim Bird is assistant Director of International Students and Scholars Program at UVA. At the start of a new academic year, she spoke about the new programs and transitions at the International Students and Scholars Program.
ISSP has recently implemented zoom on boarding for new international students. How did that go and how many students accessed it?
Kim Bird: This summer we piloted a Virtual Pre-Arrival Series with six Zoom sessions on topics we identified as being most important to new incoming students. Panels of experts comprised of students and staff from around Grounds gave presentations and answered questions on: Immigration, “What I wish I had known…,” Parents/Guardians Q&A, Academic Culture, Health & Wellness Q&A, and Finding Your Community.
We had over 600 participants in our live sessions and a lot of burning questions were answered! For those unable to attend, all sessions were recorded and are available on our newly designed website for approximately six months. We are pleased with how this first year went and we have already begun planning for an even better series next year.