OIA Mission

The mission of the Office of International Affairs (OIA) at Pratt is to welcome, advocate for and serve our international community by  providing high quality and expert service. As international educators, the OIA  enables the Pratt community to appreciate  the wisdom, breadth, and cultural diversity of our international students and exchange visitors.

Vision Statement

  • The Office of International Affairs (OIA) strives to assist international students with cultural, social, and educational adjustments so that they can achieve their educational goals.
  • The OIA endeavors to provide excellent customer service to assist  our students, faculty and exchange visitors about all immigration matters and is responsible for government compliance.
  • The OIA, serving the most culturally diverse population on campus, pursues a safe and inclusive environment for international students regardless of their country of origin, race, religion, gender or identification.
  • The OIA promotes cultural exchange and empowers international students to become lifelong Pratt Cannoneers  who provide valuable contributions to the world and Pratt community.
  • The OIA is committed to the professional advancement of our members and a work environment that emphasizes work- life balance.
  • The OIA is the advocate for  international students’ welfare and rights.

OIA Staff

RosesKristin Oberheide

Kristin relocated to NYC to oversee the OIA in July 2019. She has worked in various roles within international education since 2003, in several higher education institutions and the federal government. Kristin is excited to assist and empower almost 40% of Pratt's student body before, during, and after their studies. She also enjoys working with faculty, staff, and all students to support their interaction with, understanding of, and appreciation for, international students and scholars. Kristin has a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University, a Bachelor of Arts from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Saundra HamptonSaundra Hampton
Associate Director

Saundra is the most traveled individual in the Office for International Affairs having been on all the continents to roughly 70 countries. Saundra processes initial I20s for graduate students, CPT, OPT, change of status, and reinstatement applications. She also processes Exceptions to Full Course of Study, transfers students in and out of Pratt Institute. She also counsels students on how to maintain their status as well as how to acclimate to NYC (her hometown, she’s a very proud New Yorker).


Mia SchleiferMia Schleifer
Associate Director

Mia welcomes all new students with a smile and open heart. She loves hearing stories from students’ home countries and is inspired by their work here at Pratt. She has an art background herself and holds a Master’s degree from Pratt’s Art and Design Education program. Mia helps all students in F-1 and J-1 visa status, including exchange students, GID students, and J-1 professors and scholars. Mia advises the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) and has lived in China, Korea, Sweden, and Germany. She has called Pratt home for over 20 years and hopes students will find it their home away from home.

Allison NicholsAllison Nichols
Assistant Director

Allison is happy to support international students and scholars and help them make the most of their experience at Pratt. She provides general advisement, guidance for CPT and OPT and issues I-20s (Intensive English Programs SCP and CEP, PreCollege and Pratt MWP). She also advises the Pratt International Student Association (PISA) and organizes programming and communications for the OIA. Allison is originally from Massachusetts and studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She holds a B.A. in International Affairs and an M.A. in Higher Education.

Elizabeth MallardElizabeth Mallard
SEVIS Coordinator

Elizabeth issues I-20s for undergraduate transfer and certificate students and assists in issuing I-20s for precollege and Pratt MWP students. She can also assist in authorizing CPT and OPT. She is originally from Arizona and lived there for more than 25 years until moving to Boston for a little over a year. She moved to New York for graduate school in 2015 and hasn't looked back since! She graduated from New York University where she received her master's degree in International Education and studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and Germany. The countries she wants to visit most are Ecuador, Australia, Italy, and Peru, so if you have any travel tips, feel free to reach out!

Zoila DenniganZoila Dennigan

Zoila is the first to see students come through International Affairs, in addition to speaking to them on the phone and corresponding through email. She is able to answer their inquiries and direct them in the right direction on any other immigration issues, helping to ensure a stress free stay in the US while they complete their studies at Pratt. She is authorized to give students travel signatures.