Imsa Students and Family
IMSA Students and Family (IMSA Students - in short) is a home for the Indonesian International Muslim Graduate Students pursuing their graduate degrees in the United States. The word “Family” reflects the inclusion of students’ spouses. IMSA Students aims to serve the religious and academic needs of the students to succeed in their academic, professional, and personal life while studying in the U.S.
In 2021, IMSA Students has two divisions: Academic and Islamic Development (AID) and Student Care and Family (SCF). AID focuses on external affairs (i.e., IMSA Students and other organizations), whereas SCF focuses on serving the internal affairs (students and their spouses).
Prior to 2021 (from 2017 to 2020), IMSA Students was a unit under the Department of Outreach that serves students and outreach. During that time, IMSA Students was named IMSA Students Outreach (ISO). ISO was later reformed to an independent department under IMSA called 'IMSA Students and Family' to focus on serving students and their families. Starting January 2021 to date, IMSA Students is a new department and led by a Director.
Meet The Team
The mission of IMSA Students is to assist Indonesian Muslim graduate students and their families in North America in pursuing to enhance its intellectual and spiritual capacity for the merit of Indonesian students at large, both in North America and Indonesia.
The objectives of IMSA Students are:
To connect with fellow international graduate students both for social and professional benefits.
To smoothen the transition to living as Muslim in the West, to preserve the faith during our time in the U.S.
To make the American education experience transformative not only intellectually-professionally but also religiously-spiritually
To encourage more Indonesian Muslim students to pursue graduate education in the U.S.
As a forum for students’ spouses
To develop and strengthen the network among IMSA, IMSA Alumni, and Indonesian academics in Indonesia and the U.S.