New iGrad Transition Leadership Program

Cathryn Edelstein

August 08, 2012

iGrad Transition Leaders
The iGrad Transition Leaders (from left to right): Gigi Huang, Nikita Sheth, Shan Lu,
CT Nguyen (in back)

During the month of August, the iGrad (international graduate) Transition Leaders will contact all incoming international graduate students before they leave their native countries to come to Emerson College.

Directed by Scholar-in-Residence Cathryn Edelstein from the Communication Studies department, these iGrad Leaders, hired by Dean Richard Zauft of Graduate Studies, will answer questions, provide helpful information regarding preparing to move and live overseas, and meet with students once they arrive in Boston. The iGrad Leaders are international graduate students who have experienced the transition and can offer support and assistance as peer mentors. This is the first year this program is being introduced.

As part of their training, the iGrad Transition Leaders have attended orientation meetings with staff across many departments within Emerson College to become informed about the various needs of these students. If necessary, they will direct the new students to the proper professionals to assure that correct information is being disseminated.

The goal of the iGrad Transition Leadership Program is to make the transition more friendly and less complicated for our new international graduate students.