Pitt grad returning to lead Nationality Rooms

Double Pitt grad Kati Csoman has been named the new director of the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs at the University.

Csoman (A&S ’89, GSPIA ’96) returns to Pitt from Penn State, where she served as associate director for global program innovation and an assistant teaching professor. She will oversee the operations of Pitt’s 31 Nationality Rooms in the Cathedral of Learning, which celebrate Western Pennsylvania’s ethnic diversity and immigrant heritage.

“At a time when international education is re-envisioning the field, there is no doubt that Kati’s vision for a communal, creative and critical approach to advancing future projects, programs and activities of the Nationality Rooms will make critical interventions that align with Pitt’s mission and strategic priorities,” said Ariel C. Armony, vice provost for Global Affairs and director of the University Center for International Studies.

Prior to her tenure at Penn State, Csoman served as dean of the Center for International Education at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa. She recently completed a three-year term on the board of the Association of International Education Administrators. Csoman, a past recipient of a Hungarian Room scholarship, remains active in the Hungarian American community in the Pittsburgh region and has served as chair and secretary for the Hungarian Room Committee.

Csoman succeeds E. Maxine Bruhns, who directed the Nationality Rooms program from 1965 until her death in 2020.

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