Category: Orientation Programs as an Integral Support Service

Success Beyond Orientation: Effectively Partnering with the Graduate School

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 69

This session outlines how the University of Texas-San Antonio Graduate School effectively and proactively partnered with the Office of International Students to hold a combined orientation to ensure student success.

Courtney M. Balderas-Jacob

Assistant Director, International Student Services
University of Texas-San Antonio Office Of International Programs
San Antonio, TX

Courtney Balderas-Jacob, Assistant Director of International Student Services in the Office of International Programs at the University of Texas at San Antonio has been involved international education for seven years. A graduate of Baylor University, she spent a summer semester in Florence, Italy studying international marketing and art history, gaining a full appreciation for the outgoing experience. Her work currently falls predominately within the confines of student issues related to the F-1 and J-1 visa categories although she has worked with H-1Bs, ECFMG residents, and assisted with permanent residency cases. It is her passionate belief that international educators are advocates for all international visitors to the U.S., and finds the work related to ISS both challenging and stimulating. She is an alum of the NAFSA Academy and prior member of the NAFSA Region III team.

Ana Isabel Leos

Associate Director of Admissions & International Student Services
University of Texas-San Antonio, The Graduate School
San Antonio, TX

Ana Isabel Leos is the Associate Director of Graduate Admissions and International Student Services at The Gradaute School of The Unviersity of Texas at San Antonio, she studied Psychology and Sociology at The University of Texas-Pan American in the Rio Grande Valley, Texas, and graduated with her dual Bachelor of Arts degree in 2003. Ana Isabel Leos moved to San Antonio, Texas after living abroad in both Germany and Mexico, where she spend most of her childhood. She began working in Graduate Admissions at The University of Texas at San Antonio where she joined the staff as an admission’s processor and, through her leadership and initiative, eventually became the supervisor of the Admissions team. After discovering her passion for international education, she began to streamline international credential evaluation; she also serves as a liaison between different campus offices that support the international student population from admissions to graduation. Traveling and reading are her passion, as both help foster imagination and the understating of others.