Gang has been working in the field of international education for over 25 years. As Director of the Office of International Affairs (OIA), he works with the OIA team to carry out the mission of OIA: providing transitional services to Pratt international students and scholars; advising them on immigration and visa matters; promoting cross-cultural awareness and sensibility; and assisting them to achieve their educational goals. He enjoys traveling around the world and has been to Peru, Germany, France, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, and more. He loves photography and has taken many pictures wherever he traveled. He has international students’ well-being in his heart and looks forward to helping them in every way he can.
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).
This is Mia. She helps the international students, the exchange students from partner schools, and all international professors and scholars. Mia issues I-20s for new Undergraduate students, students returning from a leave, and visiting students. She also issues the DS-2019 for exchange students, professors and scholars. Mia advises the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA) and lived in Beijing before coming to Pratt. She also lived in Sweden, Germany, and South Korea. She has been at Pratt since 1996.
Elizabeth is the SEVIS Coordinator. She monitors students' data in SEVIS to make sure their records are accurate and up to date. She has previously worked with international students at New York University as well as an English language school in Boston, and is nearly finished with her MA in International Education at NYU. Having lived in Arizona for more than 25 years, Elizabeth loves the warm weather so she can probably be found taking her lunch break outside during the summer. Come say hi!
International Student Advisor
Emilie is the International Student Advisor who is here to help with student questions and needs, along with advice for the future. She is originally from upstate New York, but has kept moving south until she came to Brooklyn. Emilie had amazing study abroad experiences that brought her to the field of international education, and enjoys learning new information from the students about their cultures and traditions. She also is responsible for event programming and cannot wait for you to join us at Food Fair in the Spring semester!
International Student Advisor
Daniel Connor is a DSO / International Student Advisor at Pratt. Daniel previously worked with international students at a university in New Jersey. Daniel lived in China for 2.5 years so he understands the struggles of being a foreigner, how to adjust and understanding visa regulations. If you have questions about OPT, CPT, or any other questions about maintaining your status, Daniel is here to help. Fun Fact: Daniel loves Philadelphia Cheesesteaks and authentic Chinese hand pulled noodles and is open to suggestions of any new restaurants offering this authentic food type.
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.