DIVISION OF STUDENT SERVICES
International Student Services
From left to right: Prakher Bajpai '14, Soyon Won '16, Dana Bays, Carol Otero '16, Jason Thu '15Dana Bays
Assistant Dean of Students for International Student Services
Hello and welcome to the ISS office's web page! My name is Dana Bays and I serve as the primary staff contact for international students and language scholars 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 scholars; 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. This is my fifth year working at Reed (first three in the Residence Life department) and my second in the ISS office and working with international students and language scholars. I love working with international students and scholars and enjoy learning something new about each of you each day. In my free time I enjoy traveling, music and concerts, going out to the movies, 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 and language scholars at Reed, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Hi, I’m Prakher. This is my third year working with the ISS and I still enjoy working here as much as I did my freshman year. I am currently a Junior and I originally came from Kathmandu, Nepal. Only last year did I finally declare my major as Physics and I am already looking forward to my senior year thesis. I like playing table tennis and pool whenever I can, and enjoying watching soccer matches, especially the BPL.
Alongside working here I am also a tutor and a lab TA in the Physics department, which is a whole lot of fun. At the ISS you will mostly see me working on the Discover PDX program; however, if you have any questions regarding ISS or would like to learn more about Reed from a student's perspective, then just shoot me an e-mail (or drop by ISS during office hours) and I would be more than glad to answer your questions.
Hey! I'm Carol and I this is my first semester working here in the ISS Office, and also at Reed. If you ask me where I'm from, I'd probably answer Spain, but my mom's side of the family comes from Guatemala and I lived in Hong Kong for two years that made me develop a great love for Hong Kong and China. I'm thinking of majoring in Sociology or Political Science, but it's getting be a lot of work to separate it from my interests in art, literature and philosophy. I love reading, travelling and generally, living fully all the adventures that life grants us. I'm an passionate backpacker, hitchhiker and travelling journal keeper, but I also enjoy a calm conversation with a cup of black tea with milk or a cappuccino. If some of this sounds familiar - or if not - feel free to come by the ISS office to shoot any questions you may have about international students at Reed or if you just want to chat for a while about whatever you're passionate about.
Hey fellas! I am Jason from Burma. I am a junior economics major. I grew up in Burma and spent most of my life there. Made connections with Japanese, Taiwanese, American, and Southeast Asian friends while I was preparing for college, and now expanding my network to other continents as well, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. (I wish I have some friends from Antartica, but unfortunately...)
Serving in the ISAB, I have a vision to provide my fellow international students with more opportunities to engage in Reed community, and experience multiculturalism and global citizenship, which I believe to be foundations of one better world. I am interested in calligraphy, classical music, religious thought, and exotic topics (like UFOs!). I also love to talk with you fellas. Feel free to greet me, contact me, or talk to me!!