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International Student Leadership Team

What is ISLT?

The International Student Leadership Team works with ISSS and other departments to develop and promote events and programs for international and domestic students. With a variety of cultural, academic and social events, ISLT provides an environment to build a sense of belonging at UK. Get involved on campus by attending an ISLT event or contacting someone on our team. For more information, please email Seth Hall ( 

Vibz Chitkara

Home Country: Russia

Major: Computer Engineering/Electrical Engineering

Graduation Date: May 2018

Languages: English, Hindi, Bits of French and Spanish

What I Love About UK: The great friends that I have been able to make and the support that I have gotten from friends, colleagues and professors.

New Student Tip: Make sure to try out new things and new experiences, don’t let anything stop you. Try talking to people and get to know them and their stories, like what brought them to Kentucky.

Dream job: Working in a multinational company which will allow me to travel around the world.

Favorite Quote: “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” –Colin Powell

Sally Baorigele

Home Country: China

Major: Arts Administration, Theatre

Graduation Date: May 2018

Languages: Mongolian, Chinese

What I Love About UK: Being involved in a basketball community and attending arts events.

New Student Tip: Make friends, attend events around campus as much as possible and go to class.

Dream job: A dancer, an arts administrator.

Favorite Quote: “Be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

Ines Elena

Home Country: Spain

Major: Psychology and Communications

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: English and Spanish

What I Love About UK: The people.

New Student Tip: Study a lot and enjoy what this campus has to offer to you, as well as its people.

Dream job: Clinical psychologist at a hospital

Favorite Quote: “Just keep swimming.”

Edward Ojini

Home Country: Nigeria

Major: Electrical Engineering

Graduation Date: May 2020

Languages: English, French, Igbo, Yoruba

What I Love About UK: The exuberant, yet affable demeanor of the students and professors. I also love the conducive atmosphere Lexington provides both for living and studying.

New Student Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask anything. We were all once like you: confused and filled with questions. College life is undeniably tough, but always remember: pain is temporary, GPA is forever.

Dream job: A job at a lucrative engineering/technology company where I can turn my imaginative creations into reality.

Favorite Quote: “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” -Thomas Edison

Wonjin Kim

Home Country: South Korea

Major: Public Health

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: Korean, English

What I Love About UK: The library. It is the place to socialize, study and just hangout for me.

New Student Tip: Explore the campus as much as possible, go outside the campus from time to time, hang out with other nationalities besides your own and know your resources on campus.

Dream job: I don’t have a dream job at the moment.

Favorite Quote: “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Sofia Gonzalez

Home Country: Venezuela

Major: Chemical Engineering

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: English, Spanish

What I Love About UK: The diversity it offers.

New Student Tip: Get involved. You’d be surprised the amount of groups that UK offers.

Favorite Quote: “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.” -Saint Augustine

Grace Kim

Home Country: Canada

Major: Biology

Graduation Date: May 2019

Languages: English

What I Love About UK: How there is so much available on campus and that there is something for everyone, or at least the potential and resources for it to happen.

New Student Tip: Put yourself out there, because UK is a big campus, and nothing will happen unless you put in the effort first.

Dream job: Doctor or veterinarian

Favorite Quote: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Dana Pangburn

Home Country: Alexandria, Kentucky

Major: Japan Studies and Economics

Graduation Date: May 2020

Languages: Korean, English, Japanese

What I Love About UK: There is a place for everyone to get involved in something that they are interested in.

New Student Tip: Remember to find a blance between studying and recreational time.

Dream job: Food critic

Favorite Quote: “Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.” -Spirited Away