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Student Affairs ~ International Students ~ Registration ~ Retention
Staff Leadership ~ Student Engagement & Advising ~ Student Advocacy
Collaborative, self-motivated, and approachable with demonstrated strengths in student advising, college-level programming, classroom instruction, strategic planning, public speaking, and student services.
Continuously build and maintain a respectful and inclusive learning environment conducive to academic success and a positive school reputation.
Possess 15 years experience assisting and guiding International students with limited knowledge of English language and US education system.
Outstanding talents in workshop facilitation, personnel supervision, and data management.
Committed to promoting educational mission and vision, student advocacy, and cultural diversity.
Able to forge community partnerships and relationships to advance and support success of students.
Exemplary project management expertise; successfully led education, diversity, health-related, and training projects in Egypt, Madagascar, Senegal, Zimbabwe, and United States.
Bilingual (French and Wolof [dialect of Senegal and the Gambia]).
Northern Virginia Community College, International Student Office, Student Development Division, 2012 - Present
Assistant Coordinator & Designated School Official
Advise, assist, and support international students with academic, immigration, personal, and social adjustment issues.
Apply strong leadership attributes toward supervising and directing team of front desk staff, student ambassadors, international student advisor, and work study students.
Devise and implement strategic plan to optimize student development and campus internationalization.
Coordinate and deliver workshop series to assist international students in transitioning to U.S. including academic success, employment, and campus activities.
Actively promote benefits of exchange programs by facilitating annual International Education Week.
Join forces with representatives from Intensive English Program to effectively engage English as a Second Language students.
Winner of 2015 award for Outstanding Performance in the Classroom and Service to the Alexandria Campus.
Nominated as member of 2016-2018 Alexandria Campus Forum Council charged with identifying and addressing concerns, ideas, and updates from student, faculty, and staff.
Established opening fall and spring convocation programs for faculty and staff and serve as co-moderator since 2014.
Collaboratively coordinate college-wide International Symposium Planning Committee tasked with developing fall and spring symposium for new and transfer international students across six campuses.
Streamlined college-wide new international student symposia registration and evaluation systems and implemented modifications to enable student feedback and collect critical demographic data.
Northern Virginia Community College, Student Development Division, 2013 - Present
Teach five sections of Student Development: College Success Skills , and leverage wide range of instructional tools, technologies, and approaches to maximize student comprehension, interest, and engagement.
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Northern Virginia Community College, Student Development Division, 2016 - Present
Co-Chair, Student Development (SDV) Cluster Work Group
Plan and prepare required in-service training session for SDV instructors and mentor new SDV100/101 faculty in aligning course objectives with defined goals and desired outcomes.
University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC, 1999 - 2012
Coordinator, International Programs & PDSO
Provided influential guidance, direction, and support to international students on F1 visas.
Orchestrated innovative and diverse programs and workshops to provide enriched learning experiences which strengthened cultural understanding between U.S. and international students.
Contrived and presented workshops to assist international students in acclimating to U.S. higher education while also providing linkages to employment and social opportunities.
Served on college-wide Leadership committee focused on identifying and executing strategies to maximize international student engagement and development.
Demonstrated solid managerial skills in supervising enrollment management team and SEVIS Coordinator.
Selected, recognized, and awarded as Outstanding Staff Member by university in 2009.
Proactively teamed with regional historically-black colleges and universities to design and facilitate annual conference focused on student retention.
Additional experience includes role as Program Manager (West Africa Region) with National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; fostered and nurtured cohesive partnerships with women s groups in Senegal, West Africa, and National Union of Eritrean Women in Eritrea.
Ed.D., Educational Leadership & Higher Education Administration, West Virginia University
M.Ed., College Student Personnel Services, Ohio University
B.S., Communications, Ohio University
The X-Factor: Transitioning to a New World Requires More than a Passport
Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference, January 2017
Virginia Community College System Student Services Peer Conference, Virginia Beach, VA, November 2015
Alexandria Campus Fall Convocation, August 2015
Celebrating 50 Years of NOVA Fall Convocation, Alexandria Campus, August 2015
International Student Admissions: A Whole New World , Alexandria Campus Day of Learning,
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, VA, September 2014
Phi Delta Kappa International Education Association (former president)
Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
National Peace Corps Association
Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Omicron Theta Zeta Graduate Chapter (former president)
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