Celebrating International Women’s Day at ISEP

March 7, 2022

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. ISEP strongly supports this year’s International Women’s Day theme to #breakthebias against women by working to create a world free of stereotypes, discrimination, and inequality.

The ISEP Community includes incredible women who are students, ISEP Coordinators, ISEP Staff, and those that serve on our Board of Directors and Council of Advisors. In honor of International Women’s Day, we would like to take this opportunity to recognize the women within the ISEP Community for their hard work and all of their achievements, both big and small, including those highlighted below.

ISEP Students

This year, ISEP’s 7 Annette Kade Fund recipients were all women! Check out their stories and how the scholarship has made an impact.

ISEP Staff

Five women from ISEP’s staff recently came together to record a podcast on how to overcome barriers that marginalized bodies may face abroad. Thank you to Felicia Shelton, Katie Wiggins-Gawlik, Rachel Brown, Gretchen McCarthy, and Nicole Meanor for sharing your experiences with the ISEP Community.

ISEP Board of Directors

Dr. Rajika Bhandari is on ISEP’s Board of Directors and is an expert in international higher education. She is a frequent speaker and widely published author including a recent work entitled, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. Dr. Bhandari also hosts a podcast and has written numerous articles including a blog post about International Women’s Day in 2021.

ISEP Council of Advisors

Léa Senn is the Head Manager of Inbound Programs and International Communications at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan, Italy. She is on ISEP’s Council of Advisors and she has been an active part of initiatives to strengthen ISEP’s mission. Most recently, Léa chaired the working group on faculty engagement at ISEP and helped faciliate the AHEA and ISEP partnership alongside ISEP staff.

ISEP Coordinators

Grace Morales serves as Advisor-International Exchange Programs and ISEP Coordinator at the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates. As a long-standing member of the International Exchange Office (IXO) Team, she has contributed to shaping the wide scope and excellent reputation of the office and facilitated hundreds of study abroad experiences, both incoming and outgoing, to AUS. Grace is also a member of ISEP’s Council of Advisors. Learn more about Grace in an article on