Jessie Jiang Recognized for Accomplishments in International Student Affairs
Program coordinator at The College of Wooster receives Brickman New Professional Award
WOOSTER, Ohio – Qiu "Jessie" Jiang, program coordinator for International Student Affairs at The College of Wooster, received the Dorothy Brickman Award for Outstanding New Professional at the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) Region VI Meeting in Cincinnati earlier this month.
This award, which was established to recognize the achievements of new professionals and encourage them to remain actively involved in the organization, is presented annually to an outstanding individual in the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana region. Nominees must be a member of NAFSA and must have made significant contributions to their campus, the regional organization, and/or the field of international education. The award includes a complimentary registration to attend the following year's regional conference.
“As a former international student from China working in higher education, Jessie represents everything that NAFSA stands for,” said Yorgun Marcel, director of international student affairs at Wooster. “She has served as the program coordinator for the office of international student affairs for a year, and has been a key contributor to our efforts to serve and retain our growing number of international students in such areas as cultural adjustment, academic difficulties, and social adjustment.
“She has been an advocate for international students by sharing her knowledge and passion about leadership development, cultural conflict management, cross-cultural understanding, and community building,” added Marcel. “In the past year, she has initiated two very successful programs: the Intercultural Partnership Program, which pairs domestic and international students together and encourages them to participate in cultural exploration through various activities organized by our office, and the Cornerstone Project, which brings Chinese students at the College to the local elementary school to assist children of Wooster’s growing Chinese immigrant community with their cultural adjustments in the school system.”
Wooster has seen a significant increase in its Chinese student population in recent years, and Jiang’s personal and professional experience have been critical to the College’s retention initiatives, particularly those aimed at Chinese students who encountered difficulty in their first year, and her efforts have dramatically improved the performance and morale of these students.
“Jessie’s contributions as a young new professional are quite noteworthy,” said Jill Munro, director of international student and scholar services. “She is able to reach out and do significant work because of her fluency in Chinese. She has demonstrated a strong desire to learn and wants to help others in any way that she can, all of which makes her very deserving of this award.”