International Affairs: Staff Bios
|||Saskia Hofman, Director of International Affairs
Saskia Hofman has 20 years of experience in international student recruitment and advising and education abroad management, spanning the private sector and both public and private higher education institutions. She has been Director of International Affairs at SAIC since 2004, overseeing international student advising and education abroad.
Hofman's master's degree is in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University, where she worked for seven years. She has traveled extensively around the world, both professionally and personally, studied abroad in France (long before the advent of the digital age), and is fluent in Dutch and French. She loves the opportunity she has every day to learn from the students she serves in the SAIC community.
|||Lawrence Rodriguez, Assistant Director of International Student Services
Lawrence Rodriguez received his Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance Music with a Minor in Theatre Arts at Cal Lutheran University. Although his family is from Guam, Rodriguez was born and raised in California. Upon graduation from Cal Lutheran, Rodriguez spent a short time with the Walt Disney Corporation and the Rubicon Theatre Company, before returning to Cal Lutheran and working in the Residence Halls and International Programs offices for three years. He then worked for three years in the Admission Office, recruiting heavily throughout Asia and Europe.
Rodriguez came to SAIC in 2006 and has served as an immigration advisor to incoming and current international students and provides educational and cultural programming here at SAIC.
Outside of the office, Rodriguez cofounded a nonprofit organization, Cheer Los Angeles, which raises money in support and research for people suffering from HIV/AIDS and other life threatening diseases.
|Jessica Wolfe, International Student Advisor
Jessica Wolfe holds an M.Ed in College Student Personnel from Loyola University and a BS in English/Education from Indiana University. She grew up in the Chicago area and has held several varied roles in Higher Education over the past 15 years ranging from Academic Advisor to Associate Registrar to Disability and Veteran Support Services. Wolfe has worked with international students for many years both at Harrington College of Design and the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
As an undergrad at Indiana University, she studied abroad in England where she participated in a student teacher exchange program, co-taught creative writing and American literature in an English secondary school about an hour south of London, and spent many weekends getting hopelessly lost in the English countryside before the invention of smart phones. She has long had an interest in the arts and, according to her academic advisor, was only a few credits shy of a fine arts minor upon graduation from Indiana University. She is also a graduate of the Second City improv program.
|||Leslie Wong Rutt, SEVIS Compliance Coordinator
Leslie Wong Rutt holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from the Chicago School for Professional Psychology, and a BA in Sociology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rutt worked most recently for Asian Human Services as a mental health counselor, serving primarily immigrants and refugees from a range of different countries, a role that also necessitated complex reporting requirements within a government database. As an undergrad, Rutt studied abroad in Umea, Sweden, and after completing her BA, taught English in Iwate, Japan through the JET program.