Program Team

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Program Director

Katie Bell

Director, Yale Visiting International Student Program
Deputy Director, Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

Ms. Bell holds a B.A. from the University of New York at Buffalo in Art, with a French minor, and an M.A. from Columbia University’s Teachers College in Higher Education Administration, with a focus on international education. In addition to directing the Yale Visiting International Student Program (Y-VISP), as Deputy Director of the Center for International and Professional Experience, she is involved with strategic planning for and coordination of the various offices administering international programs for undergraduates.

Program Coordinator

Maya Polan

Program Coordinator, Yale Visiting International Student Program

Maya Polan provides programmatic support for the Center for International and Professional Experience, with special attention to all-things Y-VISP. A native of New Haven, Connecticut, her background in academic administration includes positions at the University of Texas at Austin as a Career Advisor and Student Programs Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts. She holds a BA from the University of Redlands, and an MFA from Oregon State University, where she spent two years teaching and developing writing curriculum.

Steering Committee

The Y-VISP Steering Committee is the governing body of the program. Its members are: 

  • Katie Bell, Director, Yale Visiting International Student Program; Deputy Director, Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)
  • Ryan Brasseaux, Dean of Davenport College, Yale University
  • Surjit Chandhoke, Dean of Trumbull College, Yale University
  • Jane Edwards, Dean of International and Professional Experience (CIPE); Senior Associate Dean of Yale College
  • Jeanne Follansbee, Dean, Yale Summer Session; Associate Dean of Yale College
  • Alfred E. Guy, Jr., Assistant Dean of Yale College; R.W.B. Lewis Director, Yale College Writing Center; Lecturer, English
  • Ann Kuhlman, Director, Yale University Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)
  • Kelly McLaughlin, Assistant Dean of Assessment; Deputy Director, Center for International and Professional Experience; Director of Study Abroad
  • Rebekah Westphal, Director of Fellowships, Yale Center for International and Professional Experience, Yale University

Y-VISP Peer Liaisons

Working alongside the Director, the Y-VISP Peer Liaisons are Yale students who help support the visiting students during their time at Yale. Peer Liaisons assist with all areas of the program’s management, and are critical members of the Y-VISP team. The 2017-18 Y-VISP Peer Liaisons are:

  • Alice Oh, Pierson College '19
  • Janeen Thomas, Morse College '19
  • Maria Melchor, Morse College ‘18

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