Hinda moved to the United States as an international student from France. She earned her BA in International Diplomacy & Cultures and Spanish from Otterbein University. While in college, she worked in the admissions office and was very active with the international students’ organization. She also interned at the Columbus International Visitors Council where she created programs for international visitors and the Columbus on World Affairs before starting her teaching career as a French and Spanish High School teacher. Hinda continued teaching foreign languages but chose to solely focus on teaching ESL after getting her TESOL Certificate from SIT. She earned her MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. As an International Student Advisor and program specialist at CalArts, she was able to continue to offer support and advising to international students as well as design the online international student orientation. Some of her interests are cultural adjustment and emotional health issues experienced by international students, advocacy, empathy building and ESL teaching techniques. Hinda loves to spend time in nature, hiking, eating vegan food and reading. She is excited to be part of the VIA team and look forward to supporting students directly or indirectly.