UM Student Advisory Council

The Mansfield Center is committed to supporting UM’s Priorities for Action, including placing student success at the center of all we do. The Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council is comprised of four undergraduate and graduate student representatives who work with us to identify the best ways we can support student success, and the best outreach methods to engage with students.

Applications Open for the 2020 –2021 Council

The Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council meets once a month to brainstorm ideas and outline plans for campus and community outreach related to the mission of the Mansfield Center. Participating students gain the opportunity to build skills in leadership, collaboration, and event planning while learning about community involvement, outreach, citizen diplomacy, and international exchange. This year, the Council will work together to create virtual alternatives to engagements typically offered in person.

A scholarship of $500 toward Spring 2020 tuition and expenses is offered in recognition of this service.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student

  • Demonstrated leadership experience

  • Interest in creative problem-solving, leadership development, and cross-cultural engagement

  • Willingness to learn about and promote the Mansfield Center’s mission and work

  • Time commitment: 25 hours per semester

How to Apply

Email a resume and statement of interest (1 page or less) to Program Manager Heidi Blair at by Friday, September 11.

2019- 2020 Members

Anna KenneyAnna Kenney was born in Billings, Montana, but grew up in Florida. There, she had numerous opportunities to engage with international students in both her school and at home. Her family hosted several foreign exchange students from various countries, and she subsequently developed a deep appreciation for diverse cultures and people. While she is studying Human Biological Sciences here at UM and plans to eventually become a physician, she has always tried to take advantage of the many impressive international programs at UM.

After being involved in many of these programs and studying Japanese for two years, she studied abroad in Japan and will now earn a Japanese minor. Due to the joy it brings her, she will continue to work intimately with the international student groups on campus to promote international cooperation on campus until she graduates in the Spring of 2020.

Sofia ReisSofia Reis is from Lisbon, Portugal. She is a doctoral student at the PJW College of Education, University of Montana, in Missoula. She received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Lisbon and a master’s degree in sciences of education from the New University of Lisbon.

For two decades, she served as associate director of the Portuguese Association of Private and Independent Schools (AEEP) and collaborated with the European Council of National Association of Independent Schools (ECNAIS). She worked with educational organizations, visiting schools in 24 European countries.

Her next steps in the doctoral program are to take the comprehensive exams, to complete the dissertation proposal, and begin research. She aims to focus her research on sustainable growth and organizational development within schools and center it on education and democracy, educational leadership and internationalization.

John BazantJohn Bazant is currently a sophomore at the University of Montana, he is working towards a double major in Philosophy and Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. Prior to coming to the University, he had the opportunity to volunteer with such organizations as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Montana Conservation Corps, and Angela’s Piazza: Women’s Drop-in Center. When not hitting the books, he enjoys spending as much time as possible in the great outdoors.

Bella MeltonIsabelle Melton is a Presidential Leadership Scholar at the University of Montana Davidson Honors College (DHC). She is studying international relations with minors in French and theatre and is also enrolled in the Global Leadership Initiative. Besides serving on the Mansfield Center Student Advisory Council, she is a DHC Ambassador and a member of the Zootown Cabaret.

Isabelle graduated from Capital High School in Helena, Montana, in 2019, and was valedictorian of her class. During high school, she created Soccer Soles, a program to provide soccer gear to needy children, and distributed over 375 pairs of cleats and donated over 600 hours of community service. Her career goal is to find solutions to oppression and ways to help people rise above their circumstances through government policy, expanded economic opportunities, or humanitarian efforts.

Daniel ParsonsDaniel Parsons is a senior-level economics and political science student at the University of Montana. He has been involved in numerous academic and extracurricular activities on campus, having most recently been elected to serve as the Business Manager for ASUM, the student government on campus.

He first became interested in the Mansfield Center upon learning of the distinguished legacy of Ambassador/Senator Mansfield in a political science course. By serving on the advisory committee, he hopes to further his legacy of public service and global inclusion in a rapidly changing world.

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