International Student Advisor
Office of Academic Affairs
Chisato Tada came to Lynchburg College in the fall of 2016 from Atlanta, Georgia. Chisato has 9 years of experience in international student service at The University at Albany, State University of New York, which was the home of nearly 1200 international students from more than 80 countries. Growing up in Japan, Chisato came to the U.S. initially as an exchange student, and later as a graduate student where she earned a Master’s degree in Teaching ESL, and later a degree in advanced study at the doctoral level. Most recently Chisato worked for a Japanese company doing business in the U.S.
Bilingual in Japanese and English, Chisato has expertise in teaching both English and Japanese to speakers of other languages. Her philosophy in serving international students is to provide support and guidance to students in order that they are able to adapt and function independently at Lynchburg and the United States generally. She is an educator whose counseling is based in thoughtful teaching.
With a passion for intercultural exchange of ideas and traditions, Chisato thrives on engaging with people from abroad as well as from the United States. She has broad interests in reading, food from around the world, nature, meditation, and diverse forms of exercise.
Chisato is enthusiastic about her new assignment to enrich the experience of international students at Lynchburg.
Lupita Rodriguez received a BA in Psychology with concentration in Dance from Randolph College in 2009, she is now working toward a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (anticipated 2019).
Lupita has worked in various positions in her field starting in 2006. First as a youth counselor in a residential setting at the formerly known Presbyterian Homes and Family Services (now called HumanKind), she did Intensive in-home counseling with Lynchburg League of Therapists, and has spent the last seven years as a therapeutic day treatment counselor for Dominion Youth Services. She has also worked as an independently contracted Spanish/English interpreter throughout her career as needed in various settings. As a native speaker of Spanish and English with her Guatemalan background, Lupita wishes to bridge the gap between U.S. and different cultures.
As a GA for the Global Education Center, she hopes to utilize her skill set to build meaningful relationships with International Students studying abroad here on our campus, those Lynchburg College students seeking to travel abroad themselves, and the Lynchburg College community at large.
In her free time, Lupita enjoys gardening, dancing, and socializing with friends.