About Us

Qiwei Zhang 

Assistant Director, Intercultural and International Student Services

I grew up in China and earned my bachelor’s degree in English literature in 2007 from Ginling College (Ginling Women’s College of Nanjing Normal University). I worked as English interpreter and editor in China for a non-profit organization, and then I came to the US for graduate school in 2009. After I earned my Master’s degree in higher education from Grand Valley State University (Michigan, USA), I moved to Eau Claire, Wisconsin with my spouse, and we were there until 2015. Between 2011 and 2017, I worked as a culture advisor and voice talent coordinator for Brightworks, Inc. In 2017, I started my doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at Saint Cloud State University, and worked as graduate assistant (student success advisor and tutoring center coordinator) until December, 2019. As I am still working through my doctoral degree, I feel that I am close in my heart to college students. I’m a first-gen in a lot of ways, and I have to figure out a lot of things by myself. Exploration takes courage, but sometimes it also feels like an isolated journey—but remember the first-gen student support service is here to listen, to support, and celebrate you. As you are like many of us, we are the first in our family to make college happen.