ISSS Services for LGBTQIA+ International Students

ISSS supports and welcomes all international students that identify as LGBTQIA+ at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

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We provide private services for international LGBTQIA+ students, including:

  • Counseling
  • Support
  • Information & resources
  • Referrals

We will not disclose any of your information or identity with anyone without your permission, except in very limited situations. Learn more about the limits of confidentiality.

ISSS Staff

Chirayu Dongre (he/him/his)

Chirayu Dongre

Chirayu is our designated counselor for international LGBTQ+ students. He arrived in the United States as an immigrant while a high school student. He received a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Chirayu has worked with very diverse student populations, including LGBTQIA+ students, throughout his career.

You are welcome to contact Chirayu at [email protected] or (612) 626-7100 of you would like to talk to someone at ISSS about:

  • Questioning and/or exploring your gender or sexual identity
  • Coming out
  • Looking for connections and support for your LGBTQ+ identity
  • Relationship advice
  • Family related concerns
  • Physical, mental, or sexual health resources

Peiying Shi (she/her/hers)

Peiying is an international counselor at ISSS. She was an international student from China at the University of Minnesota, and worked for the Gender and Sexuality Center as the International Student Outreach coordinator during her undergraduate and graduate programs. She has worked with LGBTQIA+ students and young adults, providing outreach, programming, counseling, and resource referrals. If you would like to get connected with Peiying, please feel free to contact her at [email protected].

Last updated: August 4, 2021