Ivy League Experience: Increasing Care, Increasing Engagement


  • Silvester G. Mata, Jr. University of Houston, United States




Codeswitching, crisis team, Elite institution, Engagement


The purpose of this personal narrative is to document initiatives that were designed and implemented to increase engagement and inclusivity for international students. The university campus of focus is a historically elite institution that enrolls one out of five international undergraduate students when compared to domestic peers. Initiatives focused on welcome events (i.e., orientation, campus tours, student panels) were implemented along with initiatives focused on student mental health and student wellness. Successful initiatives utilized campus resources such as university crisis and alert teams in addition to campus resources focused on counseling and student health.

Author Biography

Silvester G. Mata, Jr., University of Houston, United States

SILVESTER MATA is a 3rd year PhD student in the Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies Program in the College of Education at the University of Houston. His major research interests lie in the area of student development, higher education finance and public policy. 




How to Cite

Mata, Jr., S. G. (2017). Ivy League Experience: Increasing Care, Increasing Engagement. Journal of International Students, 7(4), 1104–1112. https://doi.org/10.32674/jis.v7i4.195



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