Students at the University of Delaware’s Alfred Lerner College of Business and Economics have almost 30 unique student groups that they can choose to join. In each installment of this series, an executive member of one of these student groups will share their first-hand experience choosing, participating in and eventually leading their group.
Ishita Sarkar, Class of 2021 in the M.S. in business analytics and information management program, is the president of the Lerner International Student Association (LISA) at the Lerner College. Sarkar shared why she joined the Lerner International Student Association, what makes this group unique and more!
Lerner: When and why did you choose to join this student group?
Sarkar: While working as the graduate assistant for intercultural engagement at UD , I became very passionate about supporting international students and I wanted to continue and expand that effort and therefore wanted to join a similar organization that focuses on that.
Lerner: What is the mission/goal of your student group?
Sarkar: The Lerner International Student Association (LISA) aims to bring together Lerner international students. It supports this diverse group with a distinctive set of needs. LISA strives to make it easier for Lerner international students to adjust to their new journey in the U.S., including academic life, cultural adaptation, career development, communication skills and social outreach at UD. It welcomes Lerner international students from all years, both undergraduate and graduate level.
Lerner: When and where does your student group meet and approximately how many members do you have?
Sarkar: As of now we only have two members and we meet on an as-needed basis but we are looking to add more members to fill the other positions.
Lerner: What is your best memory from this student group?
Sarkar: The collaboration that took place on making a video to welcome new students of the UD community is one of the best memories I’ve had with the student group. All our members are very understanding and supportive.
Lerner: What is unique about your student group?
Sarkar: The members of our group bring unique perspectives to help international students.
Lerner: What are your goals for the future of your student group?
Sarkar: We hope to continue our efforts to assist students in whatever capacity possible.
Lerner: How has your student group helped you grow?
Sarkar: It has made me more aware of the things that can be done to help the students at UD and be more of a resource.