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Pamela Serota

Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives

Pamela Serota, Ed.D., is the Project Manager for Strategic Initiatives at the Cranwell International Center.  She has been in the field of International Education for 23 years.  Pamela grew up in New York City.  She received her bachelor’s in French from Oberlin College, her master’s in Counseling from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and her doctorate in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. She lived abroad in France for two years, first as a study abroad student and then as a Fulbright Teaching Assistant.  Pamela has worked in diverse higher education settings including a classical music conservatory, a law school, a women’s liberal arts college, and a research university. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, she served as the Director of International Education at Roanoke College, just up the road in Salem, VA.

Pamela’s areas of expertise include but are not limited to: intercultural competency training; digital storytelling; F-1, J-1 and H-1B visa advising; international student mentoring; student academic and grant advising; education abroad program development and administration; international risk management; and diversity, inclusion and global programming. She is also an artist - creating mosaic artwork out of her home studio in her free time - and enjoys applying her creative touch to the student programs she develops.   

Pamela is grateful for the extensive personal and professional opportunities she has had to travel abroad, including most of Western Europe, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea, and Japan.