The School of International Service (SIS) Peer Advising Program was created as an additional unit of academic support for SIS undergraduates in the SIS Undergraduate Advising Office. Our Peer Advisors are upperclassman who are dedicated to assisting second year students in their transition to SIS from First-Year Advising. Check out a Year 2 at SIS Academic Plan here

SIS Peer Advisors have a wide range of internship, thematic, regional, research, and student organization experience. They specialize in providing second-year students with the tools and resources to plan for and attain their academic and professional goals during their time here in SIS.

These upperclassmen exemplify the attributes of an AU Eagle and have been selected on the basis of their academic and professional achievements, their contributions to the SIS and AU community, and their dedication to helping their peers create the best undergraduate experience possible.

What We Do

Peer Advisors assist second year students in their transition to SIS from First-Year Advising through:

  • the creation of academic plans
  • helping students explore thematic and regional areas
  • providing insight on study abroad
  • hosting various workshops to prepare student for research, internships, and study abroad
  • sharing information on academic policies and procedures
  • making appropriate referrals to campus resources

Meet the 2019-2020 Peer Advisors

Sohrab Azad is an SIS student in the Three-Year Global Scholars Program. His primary thematic is Foreign Policy and National Security with a regional focus in the Middle East and North Africa. He has lived in four countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, and the US) and studied abroad in Brussels and Madrid! In addition to his studies and Peer Advising responsibilities, Sohrab is also currently working as a Sales and Marketing Intern for Foreign Policy and the Islam Awareness Director for MSA.

Diana Roy is an SIS junior from Massachusetts. In addition to International Studies, Diana is a double minor in Justice & Law and Spanish, and is pursuing a Certificate of Translation in Spanish. She formally declared her Primary Thematic Area to be Foreign Policy and National Security and her Secondary as Peace, Global Security, and Conflict Resolution, with a regional focus in Europe and Eurasia. Diana is particularly passionate about international security and intelligence analysis; her interests have led to internships with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State, and she hopes to further her professional work with other government institutions. In addition to her academic and professional interests, Diana is heavily involved in the AU community as a tour guide, a first-year Resident Assistant, a University College Senior Program Leader, and Executive Editor of SIS’s the World Mind. In her free time, you can catch her hanging out on the quad and proudly telling everyone her bad jokes.

Jake Bodenger is an SIS Transfer Student in his Junior year at American University. Jake transferred to SIS from the Catholic University of America and is originally from Pennsylvania. His thematic areas are Peace Global Security & Conflict Resolution and The Global Economy. Jake is interested in applying these thematic areas to a regional focus in Europe and Eurasia. In his free time Jake is involved in AU club basketball, has interned, and enjoys exploring DC!

Peer Advising

The SIS Peer Advisors work with second-year students. Peer advisors help students pick classes that suit their interests, discuss success strategies for major courses, provide information on academic policies and procedures, and make appropriate referrals to campus resources.

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