Penn State Harrisburg

Dorca V. Kisare-Ressler

· International Student Adviser; International Student Support Services
· International Student Adviser; Office of Student Life


Dorca's previous work involved advising international students and directing international student offices at a variety of institutions. Most recently she worked at University Park with the International Student Advising Office, Directorate of International Students & Scholars Advising (DISSA), and the University Office of Global Programs. Prior to joining the University Office of Global Programs, she directed a variety of International Student Services Offices at Messiah College, Eastern Mennonite University (EMU), and Gettysburg College. She was involved in programs providing services to the international student population, including advising on F-1 visa status management. Her work included advocacy for building stronger student engagement on campus, as well as between offices providing services to students during their college experience.

In addition, her work also included assisting exchange visitors and students to assimilate in a new environment while addressing transitional and academic adjustment concerns. She provided leadership in developing and implementing programming intended to promote global and intercultural awareness. She supported institutional college-wide initiatives on a variety of long term goals, and promoted and supported initiatives for global awareness education. In her previous role as a Designated School Official (DSO), she maintained and updated records into SEVIS for F-1 and J-1 Students to fulfill the compliance requirements of the Department of Homeland Security.