About ISSS

Since 1929, American University has welcomed thousands of students and scholars to AU. Our diverse staff in International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) is dedicated to a single notion: that all world-minded students deserve a global education, and that education exists here at AU. You may read more about the ISSS Story here

Mission Statement

ISSS builds on American University's traditions of valuing diversity and a global outlook by promoting international student and scholar mobility and serving as a resource for intercultural initiatives to the university community. To cultivate academic success and personal development for international students and scholars, ISSS aims at providing quality services and programs to the university community by educating, advocating and training while complying with federal regulations governing international education exchange.

Dennix Averion Advisor, Immigration & Compliance

Dennix joined the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) in June 2022. Prior to working at AU, he worked in international student recruitment and admissions for over six years, first at his a

  daverion@american.edu

  (202) 885-3522

Senem Bakar Director, International Student & Scholar Services

With over 29 years of experience in international education, Senem is directing International Student & Scholar Services at American University (AU) and providing expertise to other university offices

  sbakar@american.edu

  (202) 885-3352

Shannon Conheady Advisor, Immigration and Programming

Shannon joined the ISSS staff in August 2021. Prior to coming to AU, Shannon worked as a Program Officer at AMIDEAST on the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program and the Fulbright Foreign Stude

  conheady@american.edu

  (202) 885-3358

Jeffrey DeLaitsch Advisor, Immigration and Programming

Jeff joined the ISSS Staff in August 2022. Previously, he worked at George Washington University as the Program Associate for International Student Services where he advised international graduate stu

  delait@american.edu

  (202) 885-3353

Juliana Fernandes Associate Director, Immigration & Compliance

Juliana joined the International Student & Scholar Services in November 2015. Prior to joining ISSS, Juliana coordinated cross-cultural programs for AU graduates and pre and post departure orientation

  jfernand@american.edu

  (202) 885-3355

Yui Itokawa Immigration Data Manager

Yui joined the International Student & Scholar Services in August 2018. Prior to joining ISSS, Yui worked over five years at the Embassy of Japan in Washington DC. At the Embassy, Yui was a national l

  yitokawa@american.edu

  (202) 885-3356

Nicole Powers Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Nicole joined the ISSS Staff in July 2019. Previously, she worked at AUWCL as the International & Comparative Legal Studies Coordinator where she advised international LL.M. students and facilitated i

  npowers@american.edu

  (202) 885-3458

Alyssa Sistare Assistant Director, International Student & Scholar Services

Alyssa joined the ISSS staff in August 2018. Prior to coming to AU, Alyssa worked at AMIDEAST on the Fulbright Foreign Student Program for the Middle East and North Africa. In that position, she focus

  asistare@american.edu

  (202) 885-3351

Anna Tigan Associate Director, Services & Programs

Anna has been coordinating international education projects for a number of global institutions, universities, and organizations in the United States and abroad. Prior to joining AU, she has coordinat

  atigan@american.edu