Mission and Staff

Mission Statement

The Office of International Student Services (ISS) has the responsibility for meeting University federal compliance with regard to international students.  ISS strives to support international student success through the following endeavors:

  • Advising students on immigration regulations that affect their status in the U.S.
  • Providing programs that help promote cross-cultural adjustment
  • Serving as a resource to the campus and international student communities
  • Advocating for international students and international education

Linda Duckworth
Linda Duckworth, PhD

About Linda

Aloha and welcome to UH Mānoa! I have enjoyed serving as an international educator in higher education in both Georgia and Hawaii. Work-related travels have taken me to Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, with Fulbright International Education Administrator grants to Japan and Korea. And even though I do enjoy working with rules, regulations and policies, my greatest joy is working with student leaders who promote international education and watching them gain experience in TLC – teamwork, leadership and cross-cultural communication. Current passions include the study of Hatha yoga, tai chi, and Mandarin Chinese at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa Confucius Institute. Message to international students: The ISS Office is the #1 resource for international students at UH Mānoa. If we do not know the answer to your question, we will help you find it! I wish you all the best in meeting your educational, personal and professional goals!

Ray Allen
Ray Allen, PhD

About Ray

I went to Nigeria, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 1966, and stayed after to work as a principal in a trades school there. In my lifetime, I have also worked as a Sunday school teacher and a firefighter and National Park Ranger for Yosemite National Park. Now I am at ISS and hope that I can help international students while they are here. My advice to students: Don't take a pill; have a laugh.

Viet Ngo
Viet Ngo

About Viet

I was born in Vietnam, raised in Arkansas, went to college in Ohio, and lived in Japan before coming to UH Mānoa to complete a Master's in Asian Studies. Growing up as an immigrant and spending time abroad has greatly shaped my worldview and sensitivity to those who are "strangers in a strange land."

In my spare time, I lead a laid-back lifestyle (i.e., cheap) and try to live out my childhood dreams through my two boys.

Karen Michael-Mikel
Karen Michael Mikel

About Karen

Aloha! My name is Karen Michael Mikel and I am excited about being your international student adviser. I am a proud alumni as I have received both my undergraduate (2003) and graduate (2007) degrees in Asian Studies here. I come from Malaysia but I have been living in Hawaii since 2000. I loved my college years and now I love working with international students. I hope to assist you achieve your academic and professional goals. Outside of the office I enjoy eating out and yoga. I also love to travel domestically and internationally. Attending college is a great opportunity to grow, explore and make connections, make the most of it!