Advising international students

Meet alumna Jasmina Gradistanac

Jasmina GradistanacComing from my homeland of Serbia, where war and conflict are no strangers, I decided to study at SIT and pursue a Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (SLM). Prior to coming to SIT, I worked as an international student advisor in academic settings and educational institutions throughout the US. I chose SIT’s SLM degree as it gave me freedom and flexibility to choose my own courses and to develop and strengthen my skills working with diverse populations of nonimmigrant, refugee, and immigrant populations in the United States.

During my research and field work I traveled throughout the United States interviewing immigrant women. My thanks go to Dr. Nora Femenia, my faculty advisor, who tirelessly led me through my capstone process. As a result, my capstone, “Sociological Effects of Trauma on Immigrant Women in the United States,” was published by Lap Lambert in 2012.

For the past six years, I have been working at Stony Brook University in New York in the position of an educator, trainer, and international student and scholar advisor with some 5,500 international students from more than 93 countries. My goal is to become a director of an international office where I can offer service, leadership, and management to international students, faculty, and colleagues and create an inclusive dialogue in building lasting relations with people from all over the world.

SIT gave me truly needed practice, knowledge, and skills that I am applying in everyday work.

I am grateful to two wonderful mentors, SIT faculty members Dr. Nora Femenia and Dr. Karen Blanchard, who were my capstone advisors and were instrumental in helping me develop skills, knowledge, and understanding of the fields of conflict resolution, intercultural dialogue, peacebuilding, and intercultural leadership. SIT gave me truly needed practice, knowledge, and skills that I am applying in everyday work.