International Programs and Services

Staff Listing


Machel Borsum

Machel Borsum

  • Manager of International Student and Scholar Services

More About Machel

  • Machel joined Michigan Technological University in 2014 and currently serves as the Manager of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)
  • In her free time, Machel likes to travel, spend time with family, and enjoy the great outdoors. Over the years, Machel has become the American mom to numerous students. If you ever need a shoulder to lean on or a hug, Machel will make sure she's available.


  • -- anything OPT related should be emailed to this email address
  • 12 Month OPT
  • 24 Month OPT
  • Parade of Nations Chair
  • International Student Advising
  • Assists with International Student Transfers 
  • Assists with International Student Arrivals 
  • Assist with reduce course load requests
Laura Givens

Laura Givens

  • Department and Programs Coordinator

More About Laura

  • I love spending time with my family and activities such as hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing and traveling. I enjoy the outdoors and I am always up for a new adventure.
  • One of the most amazing things about my job is getting to meet so many amazing people from around the world.  I love learning about other cultures and ways of life. My door is always open so please stop by to chat.


  • coordinate International student arrival and orientation
  • Life@Michigan Tech 
  • International student advising 
  • Project development/management and department activities
  • Passport to the World
  • Oversees department finances
  • Administers e-mail alerts/announcements 
  • Website management 
  • Parade of Nations Co-chair
Janey Pindral

Janey Pindral

  • Staff Assistant


  • Coordinates J-Scholar Program
  • International student SEVIS registration
  • Processes new I-20s for student program extensions, address changes, changing financial support, change of major, change of level, and adding dependents
  • International student transfers in and out
  • Processes newly admitted undergraduate I-20 and DS-2019 forms, acceptance letters, and scholarship letters
  • Assists with international student arrivals
Kellie Raffaelli

Kellie Raffaelli

  • Assistant Dean of Students
  • Director, of International Programs and Services
  • Director, Center for Diversity and Inclusion

More About Kellie

  • I was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. After studying cultural anthropology and education, I’ve found the perfect home at CDI & IPS.
  • I love to travel and be outdoors. My family and I love camping, hiking, and kayaking. I am dedicated and deeply invested in seeing students succeed, not only academically and professionally but also as human beings.

Student Staff

Morgan Drumm

Morgan Drumm

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Morgan

  • Third-year materials science and engineering major from Marshall, MI
  • She loves binge-watching TV shows. Some of her favorites include: CSI, Criminal Minds and Survivor
  • Morgan is involved in multiple student organizations on campus like Advanced Metalworks Enterprise, MUB Board and Materials United.
Via Kumar

Via Kumar

  • Student Staff Assistant

More about Via

  • The fourth-year double majoring in management information systems and marketing from Chennai, India loves trying new food from different cultures and meeting people from different countries. If you see her on campus say Hi!
  • Via is really into TV shows. Some of her favorites are Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Rec and Stranger Things.
  • She's also a Potterhead and loves to read.