Meet the Program Assistants

Program Assistant Profiles

Freshman Academic Institute

Lan Le
Lan Le

Welcome to FAI/SIIS! My name is Lan and I am an international student from Hanoi, Vietnam. I am a rising sophomore and planning to minor in German. I am a member of Lawrence International. Last month, I had an amazing opportunity to perform in the Cabaret, which is an annual event hosted by LI. I chose Lawrence because everybody here is super nice and helpful. Being an international student who has never traveled abroad before, I thought that it would take me a lot of time to get used to life at Lawrence and in the U.S. in general. Thanks to FAI/SIIS, I made new friends and quickly adapted to studying and living here.




Imani DuheImani Duhe

My name is Imani Duhe. I am from Chicago. I plan to major in Chemistry to pursue a career in Forensic Science and minor in Photography. I am a part of BSU (Black Student Union), SPC (Slam Poetry Club), and I run track. I chose Lawrence because of the opportunity to specialize in both a science and an art. I participated in FAI last year to get accustomed to the campus before everyone else and make the beginning of the school year easy to adjust to.







Kelly VencesKelly Vences

I am Kelly Vences and I am a Biochemistry major from Chicago, Illinois. I chose Lawrence University because it is a Liberal Arts school with an amazing biology and chemistry program. I love to be active on campus as a member of Alianza, the Latin American club that represents many Latino and Hispanic cultures. I am also part of the Black Student Union here at Lawrence. I chose to participate in FAI/SIIS because I was part of it and I saw how much of a good impact my mentors and teachers had on my success here at Lawrence. I learned about a lot of the amazing opportunities this campus has for me.



Yazmin Lara PerezYazmin Lara-Perez

My name is Yazmin and I'm from southwest Chicago. I'm planning to major in Computer Science and minor in Mathematics. I'm also a CORE leader and I go volunteering on the weekends. I chose Lawrence because I wanted to get away from home. I participated in FAI because I thought it would be a good idea to get to know the school beforehand, which helped. I also have a black cat named Pixel!



Zhiri WangZhiru Wang

Hello, I am Zhiru Wang, a rising junior studying Biology and Psychology at Lawrence. I am currently involved in Food Recovery Network, Panhellenic Council as well as working for the Admissions as an International Student Recruiter. I love life at Lawrence, it’s challenging but intriguing and Lawrence really allows one to learn and grow.



Jelani JonesJelani Jones

Jelani Jones is a Freshman in the Conservatory who studies Violin Performance and Music Education. His interests include music, movies, TV shows like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, nature, and so on.








Annyce BrackinsAnnyce Brackins

My name is Annyce Brackins. I will be a rising senior for the 2018-2019 academic school year. I am from Chicago, Illinois. I am majoring in Ethnic Studies and minoring in Gender Studies and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. I was Secretary and Vice President of the Black Student Union. I chose Lawrence because they gave me a good financial aid package. I participated in FAI because I believed that this program will help me transition better in college.








Jack McGeeJack McGee

Hello everyone, my name is Jack. Welcome to Lawrence! Our FAI/SIIS program is such a wonderful experience for our incoming class to get ready for all that Lawrence has to offer. I participated in Fall of 2017 and it really helped me get grounded at Lawrence before the rest of everyone comes. Plus, three free credits! Some other things about me is I am going to be a second year student (or sophomore), I’m Global Studies Major, I am also very involved in our Student Government (Lawrence University Community Council) as I will be the Student Welfare Chair next year, I am also a member of our Committee on Diversity Affairs and our Committee on Community Service and Engagement.



Summer Institute for International Students

Jacelynn AllenJacelynn Allen

From: Saint Louis, Missouri
Majors: Psychology & Ethnic Studies
Clubs/Organizations: Beta Psi Nu, Black Student Union, All is One
I choose to attend Lawrence University because of the size of the school and the great resources they have for students. I participated in FAI two years ago because I wanted the opportunity to adjust to college life three weeks early than everyone else.

Yidi ZhangYidi Zhang

I’m Yidi Zhang, from Beijing, China. I’m majoring in Music Management, which is my designed major, and minoring in Economics. Music is my favorite, so I’m participating in Appletones, which is an A Capella group on campus, as a Soprano. I am also the president of Lawrence International. Fortunately I chose Lawrence that I can actually engage in what I really want to work on in the future. I feel enriched in Lawrence and I want to share my experience and my happiness to more people!