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.
|Ana Peterson, International Student Advisor
Ana Peterson, a Wisconsin native, earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Spanish Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She caught the international travel bug while studying abroad in Seville, Spain. After graduation she decided to return to Spain to earn her TEFL certificate and spend a year teaching English in Madrid. Ana recently completed her Master of Arts in Multicultural Communication from DePaul University where she studied the intersections of communication, culture, and international education.
As an International Student Advisor Peterson is able to combine her interests of art, travel, and cultural exchange on a daily basis as she advises on a variety of issues including immigration regulations, intercultural issues, and life at SAIC and Chicago. She thoroughly enjoys encouraging and supporting SAIC students as they take on the life-changing challenge of international study.