International Services


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Office Location

Office of International Services
Post Hall, Room 203
1 South Avenue
P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530

 Meet Our Staff

Wendy-BadalaWendy Badala
Director of International Services and Interfaith Center, PDSO/RO
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Wendy Badala is currently the Director of International Services and the Interfaith Center at Adelphi University.  On behalf of the university, she serves as the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) with the Student Exchange Visitor Program, and the Responsible Officer (RO) with the Department of State.  Wendy’s responsibilities in this role are: to oversee and maintain the regulatory program oversight for students and scholars, assist with campus internationalization, support students and faculty with relevant program support, structure, and cultural activities and to advocate for the needs of international students and scholars.  Wendy is also responsible for the religious and spiritual support services and needs to foster spiritual growth in leadership and development within the university.  

Wendy has served in the field of international education since 2001.  She began her career as the international admissions counselor at Mohawk Valley Community College, the State University of New York, in Utica, New York followed by the Assistant Director of International Advisement at the Julliard School in New York, New York.  Wendy has been at Adelphi University in her role since August 2007 and currently serves as the student organization advisor to the International Student Society, South Asian Student Association and the Korean Entertainment Club.  She is also a member of the following university committees: DACA, International and Immigration Task Force; Campus Activities and Programs; International Leadership Coordinating Committee; University Housing Committee; LGBTQ+ and Allie Committee; and the New Student Club Committee.

Wendy is expected to receive her Master of Art’s Degree in General Psychology and a Human Resources Management Certificate in August 2019 from Adelphi University.  She has previously received her Bachelor of Arts Degree studying Criminal Justice and Political Science in 2001 from Plattsburgh State University, State University of New York in Plattsburgh, New York.  Wendy understands what the international student experience is like as she enrolled and lived at the University of Chester in Chester, England during her studies.  Wendy also has served as an intern with the New York State Assembly. 

Wendy considers herself to an advocate and deeply committed to her role as a mentor, advisor, leader and supporter to the international student and scholar community.  Her passion and dedication to this role come from her personal and professional experiences with the global community.  As a mom of three, Wendy is focused on the importance of cultural competency in our global world.

Rachel Nelson
Assistant Director, DSO
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Rachel Nelson is the Assistant Director for International Services at Adelphi University where she first began as the Graduate Assistant for the International Services Office and Interfaith Center. Rachel has experience working with our international student body for the past year. She has coordinated the Campus Orientation Workshop Series, International Orientation, and has supervised the International Mentor Program. Rachel has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Dowling College and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Social Work at Adelphi University. When she is not in the office, Rachel is an avid traveler, book worm and fitness enthusiast. She can assist you with any of your immigration or academic advisement needs.

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