Meet the Staff
Jenn Christ-- Director, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Jenn is passionate about creating environments to understand and appreciate difference. Jenn graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with a bachelors in Media Communications, a minor in Management and a certificate in International Studies. She earned a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University, where in various capacities over eight years, Jenn implemented international students programs and services and diversity education programs. With extensive training from the Summer Institute of Intercultural Communication, she enjoys teaching others about intercultural sensitivity, learning from others, and encouraging others to explore their identity. Jenn likes to try new things, meet new people and explore the world locally and globally. In her spare time, Jenn loves reading, hiking, and cooking.
Annick Aska--Assistant Director, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Annick is the Assistant Director of the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs. She is a proud graduate of Hofstra University where she earned both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Annick is originally from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia and joined the Hofstra team in 2003. She has played an integral role in international and multicultural student life at Hofstra since her arrival and has a strong passion for working with students. She enjoys travelling and listening to music.
Sonia Fernandes—Assistant Director, Multicultural & International Student Program
Working with the international student population at Hofstra University, Sonia issues immigration documents and advises international students on the specific regulations and procedures pertaining to their immigration status. Sonia has a Bachelors degree in Spanish & French from Immaculata University and a Masters degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University. She was exposed to foreign languages, culture and traveling at a young age because of her Portuguese immigrant parents. This influenced her to continue learning and working in the field of international education. Sonia enjoys interacting with the international students and helping them achieve their dream of studying in the United States. Sonia is eager to help international students and be a part of the this strong and vibrant international resource on campus.
Nubia Quiñones-Rodríguez--Assistant Director, Multicultural & International Student Program
Nubia was born in France and raised in her homeland, Costa Rica. With a Nicaraguan father, Costa Rican mother, Thai sister-in-law, and Iranian partner, she feels very comfortable and happy around peoples from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Nubia has a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in literature from the University of Costa Rica and a master's degree in Student Development in Higher Education with a concentration in multiculturalism from the University of Maine. Nubia worked at the Office of Multicultural Programs and at the Wabanaki Center for Native American students at the University of Maine, as well as an ESL teacher (University of Costa Rica). Nubia helps international students with their immigration issues/concerns and with their cultural and academic adjustment at Hofstra University. Nubia is passionate about other languages (she speaks Spanish, English, and French), cultural sensitivity and communication, mentoring students, identity development, music, food, crocheting, dancing, traveling, animals, and reading.
Evelyn Mackenzie--Senior Executive Secretary, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Evelyn has been working at Hofstra for almost thirty years starting as a stack attendant in the Axinn Library and then working in the Circulation Department for eight years. She also worked in University Advisement for approximately five years before becoming the Secretary in the International Students Office, which is now known as the Office of Multicultural & International Student Programs. Evelyn was born and raised in Uniondale, NY and lived there until 1995 when she moved to Huntington Station, NY.
Carla Proietti—Graduate Assistant, Multicultural & International Student Programs
Carla was born in Italy, and came to the United States at the age of eleven. She is a Graduate Assistant at the Multicultural and International Student Programs Office and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Health Administration. Carla also attended Hofstra University for her undergraduate and received a bachelor's in Psychology and minor in Health along with Italian. As an undergraduate, Carla was a Student Assistant for four years in the Multicultural and International Student Programs Office.