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International Studies Student Council (ISSC)

The Program in International and Comparative Studies (PICS) manages the International Studies Program at the University of Michigan. The International Studies Student Council (ISSC) is a board consisting of four officers who are elected each year to represent student interests within the program, and may coordinate activities such as social events, career panels, lectures, an annual conference, and a graduation reception. They created and maintain the international studies concentrators Facebook group and a Google calendar of events relevant to students interested in international studies.Now available also is a Linked in group where concentrators and alums can keep in touch and network.


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Student Council 2013


Allison Punch is focusing her studies on international security and norms, with a second major in political science. Her interests include peace and conflict studies, genocide prevention, international development and human rights, with a particular regional focus on Eastern and Central Africa. Her interests in East Africa have led her to take five semesters of Kiswahili language at Michigan and to travel to Kenya three times. She is a recipient of the 2013 Fulbright-Hays Group Project Abroad and will spend seven weeks studying Kiswahili in Arusha, Tanzania in summer 2013. Allison is a member of Human Rights Through Education, and an alumna of the Michigan in Washington program where she interned with the Enough Project, at the Center for American Progress, an advocacy organization dedicated to ending genocide and crimes against humanity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan and South Sudan, and other areas of Central and Eastern Africa.Contact Allison.

Vice president

Emma Carlson is focusing on global health and the environment, with a second major in psychology. She has participated in a service trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, during which worked closely with Ecuadorians and learned about a culture and way of living different from her own. Emma has also increased her Spanish proficiency be studying abroad in Madrid, Spain during the Winter of 2013. She believes that if more people traveled with open minds rather than judgmental attitudes we could make great strides in global health. Contact Emma.


Sana Kagalwalla is an international studies and economics major with a focus on Arabic and the Middle East. Born and raised in Chicago, she and her family also spent a few years living in Singapore. Sana's internship experience includes development work with an NGO in India and a position in the Bureau of International Organizations at the U.S. Department of State. Her career plans focus on the fields of foreign policy, international development, or international business. This is Sana's second stint with the ISSC, which she previously served as Secretary. Contact Sana.


Sidrah Najam's studies center on global health and environment, with a language focus on Urdu, and a specific interest in health situation in Pakistan from a public health and medicinal perspective. Concerns about the accessibility of safe drinking water led her to become a member of the Global Water Brigades—where they plan to travel to Honduras and help implement a secure water filtration system to provide potable drinking water to a small community there. In addition to her international studies curriculum Sidrah is also taking science classes to complement a potential career in Medicine. In her spare time, she works as a docent at the Museum of Natural History, giving tours to kids from ages K-12 and sharing with them her love for science. Contact Sidrah.