Contact Us

Office for International Students and Scholars
240 Student Center
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734.487.3116 | [email protected]

Hours

Please see our COVID-19 Operation Changes for current hours of operation.

Professional Staff (OISS Advisors)

 

Esther Gunel

Director

Esther Gunel, OISS Director

240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734.487.3116

[email protected]

Jessica Rindo

International Student Advisor

Jessica Rindo, International Student Advisor

240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734.487.3116

[email protected]

 

Jennifer DuChene

Senior Advisor and Immigration Technology Specialist

Jenny DuChene, Senior Advisor

240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734.487.3116

[email protected]

Graduate Assistants

Najd Al Jarba

Front Desk Supervisor and Peer Advisor

Najd Al Jarba, Graduate Assistant

240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734.487.3116

[email protected]

Ibrahim Osumanu

Program and Peer Advisor

Ibrahim Osumanu, Graduate Assistant

240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734-487-3116

[email protected]

Camila Henriquez Mora

Program and Peer Advisor

Camila Henriquez Mora, Graduate Assistant

240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734.487.3116

[email protected]

Akash Pathpi

Technical Support Graduate Assistant

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240 Student Center

Ypsilanti, MI, 49187
USA

734-487-3116

[email protected]

Learn More about our Advising Staff

Esther Gunel

Director

Esther Gunel, OISS Director, is responsible for all administrative operations and functions of OISS. She also acts as the F and J SEVIS primary contact, PDSO and RO for the University. Esther began working in the OISS in February, 2002. Her favorite part of the job is seeing problems solved and supporting students and scholars to achieve their educational and career goals.

Her advice to international students is: “Take advantage of any learning opportunities to enhance personal skills and knowledge, follow instructions and pay attention to details, work hard, and do not give up.”

Jennifer DuChene

Senior Advisor & Immigration Technology Specialist

Jennifer (Jenny) DuChene, Senior Advisor and Immigration Technology Specialist, serves as the senior advisor to all F and J international students here at EMU and oversees the immigration technology compliance with the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). She started working in the OISS in August 2015, and her favorite part of the job is helping students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. 

Jenny’s advice to international students is: “Remember there is more to life than studies and work. Live your life to the fullest and be sure to make some great memories along the way. Take good care of yourself in all aspects (physically, mentally, emotionally). Oh, and ALWAYS check your email!”

Jessica Rindo

International Student Advisor

Jessica Rindo, International Student Advisor, serves as the primary advisor to all F and J international students here at EMU and oversees the United Orientation and OISS programs. She started working in the OISS in February 2022, and her favorite part of the job is seeing students succeed and accomplish their goals.

Jessica's advice to international students is: “Say yes to new experiences and adventures. While studying and working hard is important, allow yourself time away and do something that fulfills you personally. Learn a new hobby, get involved in a community group, or join a sports team-- try new things, but most importantly, do something you enjoy!”


  

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