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Alan Mashen

Junior studying Finance, Investment and Banking

Alan is a second-year student at UW, studying Finance, Investment, and Banking. He comes from Almaty- Kazakhstan’s largest city. Alan is involved in several organizations that enrich his life professionally and socially, including the professional business fraternity called Delta Sigma Pi, where he held several leadership positions organizing events in collaboration with Goldman Sachs, KPMG, and Wisconsin Badgers. In the Business School he is also involved in Wisconsin Consulting Club and is proud to be a International Reach Ambassador through ISS to represent his home country to the Madison community. He currently has two jobs: as a tutor for Russian Flagship Program and a SOAR Intern at the Center for the First Year Experience. He looks forward to his academic journey for the next two years, and after graduation, hopes to pursue a career in the public sector or international organizations.

Speaking in

We are here: UW-Madison from an International Student Perspective

Day 2: November 15, 2023 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Breakout Option 1

This session will be a fishbowl style conversation featuring a group of international student leaders having a discussion around the question: “What do you wish people knew about what it’s like to be an international student at UW-Madison?” Students will have an uninterrupted discussion while the audience listens and observes. By giving students a prompt and allowing them to take the conversation where it naturally leads, we think that participants will get an honest, candid view of common issues and experiences, as well as differences in experiences within our incredibly diverse and intersectional international student population. The discussion will be followed by an opportunity for the audience to reflect and ask questions of the students and for the student participants to respond in a “challenge by choice” approach. We hope that this cross-cultural dialogue will leave the audience feeling energized and empowered to advocate for and support international students on campus.