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 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!
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.