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February 8, 2000


New Advisers for Multicultural, International Students Appointed

The Catholic University of America’s office of Multicultural and Special Services has reorganized and hired two new staff members to better serve students with special needs.

Karen A. Williams has been appointed assistant director for Multicultural Students and Special Services. She will advise minority and commuter students, work with student organizations on campus and plan events for culturally significant dates such as Black History Month.

"The basic gist of the job is assisting students in whatever way is necessary to ensure their success from admissions right up to graduation," Ms. Williams said.

Jennie R. Sniderman has been hired as the assistant director for International Student Services. She will work with undergraduate and graduate CUA students as well as international scholars to help secure the appropriate immigration documentation for their academic pursuits at the University. She also will help with problems international students encounter as they navigate a new country and a foreign university setting.

Homesickness and finding housing are two of the big issues international students face, Ms. Sniderman said. She knows from experience, after traveling to Japan early in her career to teach English as a second language for five years.

"I always wanted to go to another country, experience another culture and learn another language," said Ms. Sniderman, who traveled through Australia and Indonesia for a year before going to Japan.

She most recently served as director of the Silver Spring campus of Lado International College. The college, which has three campuses in the greater Washington area, is a school that exclusively teaches foreign students to use English as a second language.

Ms. Williams comes to CUA from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., where she earned her master’s degree in counseling. She went to work in the student activities office, then started an internship in the center for new students. She eventually wound up teaching new students how to adjust to college life in "University 100," a freshman experience course. Ms. Williams has bachelor’s degrees in Black Studies and English.

On arrival at CUA she immediately got to work promoting campus plans to usher in the Chinese New Year. Her next big project will be coordinating CUA recognition of Black History Month.

"I’ll be interviewing students and faculty, trying to find out what is needed from their perspective," Ms. Williams said.





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