International Student Services

Division of Student Services

Who We Are

Dana Lawson

Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services

Hello and welcome to the ISS office's web page! My name is Dana Lawson and I serve as the primary staff contact for international students within the college's Student Services division.

In my role I oversee the different programs in the office; work on immigration-related matters; liaise with other campus departments, faculty, and staff on issues relating to international students; and supervise office staff. If you are a prospective student and decide to attend Reed, we will get to know each other very well.

I grew up in the Portland area but went south to San Antonio, Texas for college and graduate school. I earned a BA in Art History from Trinity University and my Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I love working with international students and enjoy learning something new about each of you each day.  In my free time I enjoy traveling, going out to the movies, cooking, trying out new Portland restaurants, volunteering, camping, and hanging out with my family, friends, and my dog, Rosco. If you have any questions about the ISS office or international students at Reed, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Cancy Chu


Hi! My name is Cancy and I'm a junior studio art major. After hanging out with the ISS over the past two years, I'm excited to actually join the office this semester! My family is from Hong Kong, and I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, after which I spent 10 years in Singapore. I'm into painting, video-making, book-binding, typography, and any sort of art really - I just love making things. I'm a part-time world traveller and an aspiring library-devourer, and you'll rarely catch me without a song stuck in my head. You'll hear from me most often reminding you about the events happening around the ISS, and I'll also be doing updates on the website and facebook pages. Do ask me any questions you might have for me about Reed and student life, and say hi if you catch me in the office! 

Yuka Esashi


Photo of YukaHi! My name is Yuka, a freshman and a potential Anthropology or Sociology major. I’m from Kyoto, Japan but I’ve also lived in Oxford, England for 4 years. During high school I really enjoyed the experience of organising events for people of different backgrounds to interact, so through working at the ISS I hope to achieve that here at Reed as well. I’m also a member of the ISAB too!

In my free time I always like trying out different activities, so for example I play badminton and do theatre stage management. Whether you are a prospie or a current student, please feel free to contact me!

Vladislav Mankov

Intern - ISAB Program Coordinator
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My name is Vladislav Mankov and I am an international student from Bulgaria. Currently I am a sophomore and have decided on majoring in Economics and Mathematics. I have always enjoyed meeting and talking to people coming from different parts of the world and in this way learning interesting facts about the customs and traditions of their culture. Since I want to contribute to the development of the international community in Reed and in the same time to get to know its diversity more closely, I have decided to join the ISAB.

Aside from volunteering for the ISAB, I am working as a language resource assistant in the language lab and as a circulation desk worker in the library. In addition, I am proficient in Bulgarian, English and German and exhibit strong interest in international political, historical and economic issues. I also try to keep myself fit by playing practicing different sports such as tennis, volleyball, biking etc. If you have any questions relating to the role and work of the ISAB and the events we organize, feel free to contact me.