The Office for the Dean of Graduate Education (ODGE) and the MIT International Students Office (ISO) are very pleased to announce that Ms. Dana Riechman will be joining our team in a new position as International Student Programming Administrator and Advisor in the ISO, beginning January 11th, 2016.
Dana brings to MIT a strong commitment to international student programming and support, having most recently served as an International Student Advisor in the Office of International Students and Scholars at Boston College. While at BC, she advised, coordinated and collaborated extensively with departments on cultural adjustment programs and cultural activities, including the initiation of a Spouses and Families support group, establishing a Third Culture Kid/Global Nomad network on campus, international student orientation and a Conversation Partners Program. Dana has a Master’s degree in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University here in Cambridge, MA and a double major Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and German from the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina.
No stranger to MIT, Dana was part of the MIT Community as an Interim Program Manager and Program Assistant with Spouses & Partners @ MIT, as well as Office Assistant in the MIT International Scholars Office, between 2009 and 2012. Her varied programming experience working with international student communities, and her specific background at MIT, have Dana poised to make an immediate impact in her return to the Institute.
In her new role at MIT, Dana will focus on cultural acclimation and adjustment programming for international students as articulated in a recent report of the Working Group on International Student Support, building on collaborations across the Institute, with offices and MIT international student and culture clubs and organizations, to enhance global perspectives in orientation, mentorship, and other campus events and programs. She will also serve as an international student advisor on issues that affect a student’s stay in the U.S. We are very excited to have Dana join the ISO and ODGE. She will be based in the ISO (E39-278) and we look forward to connecting her with our partners across the Institute after her arrival.