Alison Cho

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Assistant Director of International Student Services

Hopkins Hall


B.A. Bennington College, Anthropology (2014)
M.A. School for International Training, International Education (2017)

I was born in Busan, South Korea but consider myself a “Third Culture Kid (TCK)” having lived abroad for most of my life in the U.S. and Malaysia. In 2010, I came to the U.S. as an international student on a F-1 visa and have been lucky to call Vermont, Connecticut, NYC, and now North Adams, MA my home away from home.

Before joining Williams, I worked at the School of Visual Arts in NYC as an International Student Advisor and at One To World, a non-profit organization for international students and scholars in the New York metro area where I was a Program Coordinator designing social and cultural programs.

My personal experience of being “in-between” cultures has shown me the importance of community in developing a sense of belonging. As a former international student, I’ve experienced first-hand the challenges that international students face in the U.S. throughout their studies and cultural adjustment process. Whether it is navigating immigration regulations or acclimating to a new environment, I am excited to be a resource to international students at Williams and create spaces and programs that are relevant to the diverse and unique identities of this population.

Outside of work, food is my biggest interest. I love trying new cuisines and restaurants and cooking and baking at home. I am a huge donut fan and always look for some version of a donut or fried dough when I travel!