SIT Graduate Institute is excited to welcome two new staff members to our admissions team. They will work with counseling and support for applicants and incoming students, will help strengthen our partnerships worldwide, and will represent SIT at various fairs, conferences, and events.
Graduate Admissions Fellow and International Specialist
Mohammed is serving as the graduate admissions fellow and international specialist at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. Mohammed was born in Kirkuk, Iraq, a multi-ethnic city where people grew up speaking at least three languages. He is a graduate of Kirkuk Technical College in Iraq with a bachelor’s degree in software engineering, and also obtained a master’s degree in computer engineering from Ege University in Turkey. Currently, Mohammed is pursuing a second master’s degree in international education at SIT Graduate Institute.
Mohammed realized his passion for international education while volunteering with international student organizations during his master’s degree program in Turkey. After working as a software engineer for many years, Mohammed changed his career path toward international education, and spent the past four years in the international relations offices of two of the top universities in Turkey – Sabanaci and Ozyegin Universities. Through these experiences, he decided to pursue continued work and an SIT education in international education.
Coordinator, Graduate Admissions and Student Services
Nkenge currently serves as the coordinator of graduate admissions and student affairs at SIT Graduate Institute in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Tougaloo College with a bachelor’s degree in English and the University of Oklahoma with a master’s degree in international/human relations.
Nkenge is pursuing her doctorate of education in higher education leadership with a minor in adult education from Nova Southeastern University. Her dissertation focuses on the failure of performance based funding in higher education and if this is due to the inadequacy related to the specific policies that have been adopted, rather than an inherent flaw in performance based accountability as a general concept.
Her career has included the positions of ESL/English teacher at an international school in Naples, Italy, an assistant director of education for an adult learning center in Italy, an English instructor for international students at a community college, and a high school history and English teacher. Nkenge’s most recent position was as an assistant director of military and veteran student recruitment at the University of Maryland University College.
Nkenge is a member of several associations, including Kappa Delta Pi, Association for the Study of Higher Education, American College Personnel Association, and serves as the public relations director for Fischler School of Education’s Student Government Association.
Nkenge has been married for 9 years and when not working on her dissertation or in higher education, her hobbies include traveling, antique shopping, reading, visiting historical landmarks or locations, blogging on political affairs, and watching an NBA game with her favorite team, the Oklahoma City Thunder.