Category: Orientation Programs as an Integral Support Service

Transitioning Beyond American University: A Re-Entry Program for Graduating International Students

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 73

This poster presentation examines a unique re-entry program to help international students transition to the job market and or return to their home country.

Senem S. Bakar

Director
American University International Student & Scholar Services
Washington, DC

Senem Bakar has more than 20 years of experience in international education, ranging from international recruitment to advising international students and scholars. Bakar provides leadership to NAFSA’s Embassy Dialogue Committee to promote international education exchange. Bakar serves on NAFSA’s Trainer Corps for advanced J-1advising and foreign credential evaluations. She served on the scholarship selection committees of the Boren, Fulbright, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program and the U.S. Department of State Critical Languages Scholarship Program. Bakar has been interviewed by the US Department of State, various sections of the VOA, NBC, ABC, WETA, WAMU, NPR and several foreign media on international education matters. Bakar managed international recruitment and admissions between 1994 and 2000 at American University prior to joining student services. Senem Bakar received 2015 NAFSA award for "outstanding contributions to international education".

Katie Pettet

Advisor, Immigration & Compliance
American University
Washington, DC

Katie Pettet is an advisor for immigration and compliance at American University's (AU) International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). Katie joined ISSS in August 2015. Prior to coming to AU, Katie worked for several years at the American Council on Education (ACE). At ACE, Katie managed several leadership programs for senior campus leaders who focused on internationalizing U.S. college campuses. Katie moved to Washington, DC from the Midwest in 2010 to pursue a master's degree in international education at The George Washington University. During her time at GW, Katie worked in graduate admissions and exchange programs at the Elliott School of International Affairs and in academic program administration in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. Katie discovered her passion for working with international students while an international student herself in both Russia and the Czech Republic. She believes in creating an environment of welcoming and support for AU's international students and scholars, providing them with the best possible service once they walk through the doors of ISSS.