Who We Are
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, reading, learning to sew, doing house projects, cooking, trying out new Portland restaurants, 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.
Graduate Student Intern
Hi there! My name is Rianna. You might see me around the International Student Services office, where I am currently serving as a graduate intern. This internship is the final piece of my Master’s degree in International Education Management through the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. International Education Management is a newer area of study that works to facilitate and support cross-cultural learning in its many different facets: think international student support, study abroad management, and the like. Born and raised a small town in rural Colorado, I moved to Portland to pursue a BA at Lewis & Clark College. There, I majored in Foreign Languages, specifically French and Japanese, and minored in Classical Studies. Traveling and learning languages are my life-guiding passions. When I’m not working, you can often find me reading, playing video games, and climbing, although I also enjoy pulling weeds in my garden, or experimenting with food in the kitchen. Please stop by and say hi!
Hello! My name is Kammy and I’m a second-year Environmental Studies/Economics major. I’m from Hong Kong, and I’m really enjoying my time in Portland as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of the megacity. I love traveling, and a few of my favorite places that I’ve been to include Bhutan, Thailand and Brazil. During the semester, I like to escape campus for good food and music every once in a while. I have also developed a love for ceramics since I got to Reed, so don’t be surprised when you see me with clay all over my face! In the ISS office, you might catch me writing weekly updates, designing posters, or organizing Discover PDX trips. I’m really happy to be part of the ISS office this year, please feel free to drop me a message or come say hi in the office if you wish to connect! I love sharing and hearing about stories from different parts of the world.
Xin chào! I'm Hien from Vietnam and I'm currently a sophomore at Reed. Travelling and photography have given me a kaleidoscopic outlook on life and the willingness to welcome change and embrace the new. On the weekends I enjoy wandering in downtown Portland where I can fully appreciate the artsy look and hipster culture of the city, and the food scene always gets me excited. Other than that I love making messy graphic design and writing random poems. I'm in ISS this year because I would like to learn more about cultures and people all over the world, so catch me whenever to share your stories!
Intern - ISAB Program Coordinator
Hi! My name is Hayfa. I am from Tunisia. I am a rising sophomore majoring in Political Science. I love being part of the international students' community at Reed. I was part of the International Student Advisory Board (ISAB) last year and I am very happy I get to coordinate the program this year. I love being a member of ISAB because I get to work with an amazing, enthusiastic and ambitious team and organize various events for our diverse community. Any international student is welcome to join. We are super friendly and would love to meet you all during our weekly ISAB meetings. I am also an InterConnect mentor, so you might see me hanging out in the office now and then, so come by and let's have a chat!