International Studies Leadership Council

The International Studies Leadership Council (ISLC) is comprised of students who work directly with the program director and associated faculty with the purpose of bringing greater unity and direction to the IS major and program. The ISLC acts as a liaison between students and faculty, works to organize events, listens to student opinions and recommendations, and works to publicize news, information, and opportunities across campus and around the world. They also have the chance to share their thoughts on and experiences with the International Studies Program at Hopkins. To be eligible to serve, you must be a declared international studies major or a freshman intending to declare a major in international studies.

The ISLC also coordinates the International Studies Program membership with the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs.  As a member of the BCFA, international studies majors are entitled to the following privileges:

  • Attendance to all programs free of charge
  • Invitations to all “dutch treat” Leadership Dinners
  • Receipt of a quarterly newsletter and notification of each program
  • Guaranteed reservations for all events
  • Guest privileges for all programs and Leadership Dinners
  • Substitution privileges for all programs and Leadership Dinners

For more information about the BCFA or to attend one of their events, contact the ISLC leadership.

advISor Mentorship Program

The ISLC’s advISor Mentorship Program was created in fall 2020 as a way to give more experienced International Studies majors the opportunity to become mentors to first-year pre-majors and new transfer students. Mentees can also be any other student majoring in or seriously considering majoring in International Studies who believes having a mentor could enhance their undergraduate experience.

Mentors provide academic, professional, and extracurricular guidance to mentees on a regularly scheduled basis or when called upon by their mentee. Through this venture, the International Studies Program hopes to maintain its enriching and cohesive identity whether it be in a virtual or in-person setting. International Studies majors interested in becoming a mentor and prospective majors wanting to be mentored should fill out the advISor Mentorship Program application by September 10, 2020.

2020-2021 ISLC Committees

Carmela Irato, Co-President
Avi Kirpekar, Co-President

Speakers Committee

Anna Sargeantson (Co-Chair)
Celia Lane (Co-Chair)

  • Alanna Margulies
  • Amanda Yuen
  • Julia Wang
  • Cassie Oranzi
  • Leo Xie
  • John Strezewski
  • Alison Bader
  • Jeremy Giles
  • Thifany Braga
  • Carlotta Lizcano
  • Suzy Schlosberg
  • Irene Kang
  • Emily Mehler

Social Committee

Nathan Felmus (Chair)

  • Lexi Jaramillo
  • Kevin LaMonica
  • Leonard Lee
  • Declan Goulding
  • Jessica Liu
  • Krutika Patel
  • Rachel Huang
  • Jane Slaughter
  • Madison Bates
  • Victor Aldridge

International Studies Research Initiative Committee

William Leister (Chair)

  • Cammie Berman
  • Hritamber Chakraborty
  • Madi White
  • Lance Kotler
  • Jayden Chiu
  • Irene Kim
  • Dohyun Park
  • Michaela Paugh
  • Larkin Gallup
  • Dianne Strauss
  • Nessa Trombetta

Foreign Affairs Review (FAR) International Studies Journal

Gabriela Baghdady (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Maria Camila Garcia (Co-Editor-in-Chief)

  • Sabrina Sussman
  • Peter Huang
  • Ava Kelley
  • Haadiya Ahmed
  • Lydia Long
  • Dominique Eric Varier
  • Rowan Houlihan
  • Qiaoxin Lin
  • Claire McCrea
  • Noel Knott
  • Daniel Quezada
  • Nicole Zehner
  • Romy Koo
  • Henry Bergles
  • Cherise Kim
  • Avnika Dubey
  • Mia Aleman

Communications and Marketing

Megan Cohen (Chair)

ISLC Mentorship Program

Louis Burns (Chair)