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Professional student services staff assist students with their adjustment to life in DC outside of class. Our staff in DC is responsible for assigning and maintaining housing, managing the residential facilities, planning activities, and seeing to the general well-being of the student body.

Being away from home and familiar surroundings can sometimes be disorienting, and the student life staff is prepared to respond to any questions or concerns which may arise throughout the semester. Our full-time professional staff is always available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on an emergency cell phone to respond to any unexpected events that may present themselves during off-hours.

As with all of NYU’s Study Away Centers, NYU Washington DC is fully integrated into the University’s Security, Emergency Response, and Health & Wellness systems.

In addition to student life, NYU Washington, DC has a staff to coordinate external partnerships, connected the center to the city's many organizations and businesses.  This staff is also responsible for special events at the site, exposing students to a wealth of experts and practitioners in their fields of study.

NYU Washington, DC

1307 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20005

Phone: 202-654-8300


Director, NYU Washington, D.C.

Michael Ulrich became Director of NYU Washington, DC
after over eleven years at the University of Maryland.  For most of that time, he directed study abroad and taught several short term courses for premedical students in London, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid and Cape Town.  In the most recent national rankings, Maryland was #17 for study abroad participation among doctoral institutions, up from #43 when he began his oversight of the program.  NYU is #1 in this ranking.  Prior to his tenure at Maryland, Michael was on the biology faculty at Elon University where his duties included co-chairing the department, teaching biology and interdisciplinary courses and developing new study abroad programs.  He received a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics from Washington University and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Iowa with a BA in biology.  While in graduate school, Michael's first international experience was in El Salvador during their civil war volunteering at an orphanage and later in Jamaica performing similar service. 

In Washington DC, he mentors astudent through Jan's Tutoring House and lives in Capitol Hill with his husband Paul, their new AussieDoodle puppy Boomer, their elderly cat Bunny and a well-stocked Koi pond.

Assistant Director, External Relations and Special Programs

Tom McIntyre coordinates the student internship program at NYU Washington, DC and facilitates external relations at the newest site of NYU's Global Network University. In this role, he coordinates and executes the Center's public programming schedule and maintains relations with alumni of the University. Tom is also the Assistant Director of New York University's John Brademas Center where he oversees the Center's program agenda, acts as the Congressional liaison and coordinates its Congressional Internship Program. Recently, with Tom's leadership, the Brademas Center has partnered with the Edward M. Kennedy Institute to create the Young Leaders Network, connecting today's young leaders to established policymakers, experts and mentors in Washington, DC.

Prior to joining the Brademas Center, he acted as the office administrator for New York University's office of government and community affairs. From 1999 until 2004, Tom worked in the U.S. Senate for Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD), and was the Senator's Director of Correspondence. Tom received his B.A. from The Catholic University of America with minors in Philosophy and Religious Studies and earned his Masters of Public Administration with a specialization in management of public and nonprofit organizations from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Tom enjoys running along the Potomac and exploring DC nightlife. He is an avid traveler having visited 37 countries and has flown enough miles to circle the earth 30 times. He looks forward to working with students on their professional career goals while they live, study and work in the city he calls home.

Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Global Leadership Scholars

Kerstin Sorensen is the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs and Global Leadership Scholars, and joined NYU Washington, DC in August of 2015. Prior to NYU, she served as the Director of Academic Programs at NAFSA: Association of International Educators. At NAFSA, she designed and executed educational programs in global learning across numerous academic disciplines. Kerstin also served as a faculty member at Elon University from 2003-2012, where her responsibilities included teaching political science and international studies courses, directing interdisciplinary research projects, leading a study-abroad program, and publishing work on comparative public policy, pedagogy and global issues. She received a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. in political science from Hunter College, City University of New York.

Kerstin enjoys hiking, biking, running, and other outdoor activities, as well as the multitude of cultural offerings in DC. Her greatest joy and challenge is raising her 10-year daughter, Sylvie. Kerstin lives in Woodley Park with her daughter and two awesome cats. 

Manager, Finance and Administration

Caroline is the Manager of Finance & Administration for NYU Washington DC, overseeing and managing the administration of the center in coordination with the Director. Her path to a career in finance began with a background in the humanities. She studied visual arts at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Houston, and received a B.A. in comparative literature from Brown University. Her love of languages, cultural exchange, and giving back inspired her to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Moldova. This experience taught her about the importance of education and sustainability in development efforts, and led her to the International Center for Research on Women, where she worked in finance for over five years prior to joining NYU.

In her free time, she volunteers as the Finance Manager for love.fútbol, a grassroots organization dedicated to building simple soccer fields for children in impoverished communities to have a safe place to play. She also continues to pursue creative forms of expression, making digital art and writing fiction.


Academic Program Coordinator

Mark assists the Site Director with management of the curriculum and academic and co-curricular programming, coordinates aspects of the internship program, and provides on-site advising to students.

Mark has had several advising roles at NYU, including working with both Business and Political Economy (BPE) and Business students at the Stern School of Business, and with pre-health and pre-law students in the College of Arts and Science. He was also an advisor for Honors students at the George Washington University. He received a M.A. in Higher Education/Student Personnel Administration from NYU and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Michigan State University with a B.S. in Microbiology.

Mark enjoys exploring DC, tech, study abroad (three stints in various parts of Europe), reading, and baking.  

Administrative Program Coordinator

Alexis Nicholson is the Administrative Program Coordinator for NYU Washington DC. In this position, she supports the Center with public events coordination, social media promotion and other administrative responsibilities.

Originally from Chicago, Alexis left the Windy City to study in the nation’s capital. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the George Washington University with a B.A. in political science. During her years at GWU, she interned with the Global Europe program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, served as a student staff assistant at GWU’s Office for Study Abroad and worked as a legal recruiting assistant at Mazie & Company. Her passion for travel and international education brought her to England her junior year where she studied at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

On weekends you can find Alexis trying out new restaurants and cheering on her favorite Chicago sports teams. Alexis is thrilled to continue her stay in DC and looks forward to introducing NYU students to all of the richness and diversity the city has to offer!  

Program Manager, Student Life

Born and raised in California, Brian spent 8 years living in San Diego where he first attended UC San Diego and earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Science. He then worked at UC San Diego in both Residential Life and Student Affairs before moving to New York in 2011 to begin a graduate program in Educational Leadership, Politics, & Advocacy at NYU Steinhardt.

While earning his Master of Arts at NYU, Brian was also the Residential Life Assistant (RLA) at 2nd Street Residence Hall and was very involved in several organizations and programs, including NYU Alternative Breaks, the Steinhardt Graduate Student Organization, NYU Intergroup Dialogue, America Reads, the Graduate Leadership Council, and the Focus Mentorship Program.

Brian is interested in both experiential/service learning and social justice. Additionally, he enjoys reading, recreational activities, photography, and vegetarian food. After initially joining the NYU Washington, DC team as the Residential Life Coordinator (RLC), Brian is excited to continue as the Program Manager for Student Life, learn from all of the students who attend the NYU Washington, DC center, and support the development of the NYU Washington, DC center into a flourishing NYU Global Program!

Residential Life Coordinator

There is something special about Washington DC which is what brought Gillian Scott to the Nation’s Capital. Gillian spent over 17 years growing up on the Jersey Shore running along the boardwalk in Spring Lake, Avon, and Belmar. For the love of mountains and sea, Gillian moved to Durham, New Hampshire and completed her BA in Communication – Business Applications and a minor in Outdoor Education. While living in New Hampshire, Gillian took on trail running and mountain biking as additional hobbies.

One year after commencement, Gillian returned to the University of New Hampshire as a Residence Hall Director where she found her passion for working with international students and student development/leadership. Simultaneously to her work for the Department of Residential Life and the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership, Gillian completed her MEd. in Counseling.

Gillian’s favorite educational philosopher, John Dewey claimed that “genuine education comes about through experience but not all experiences are genuinely or equally educative.” As the Residential Life Coordinator (RLC), Gillian is excited about collaborating with the Residential Life Administrators (RLA) and other NYU Washington, DC team members to provide the best experiences and facilitating reflection so that each student’s experience is genuinely and equally educative.

Residential Life Administrator

Viviana serves as one of the Residential Life Administrators at the NYU Washington, DC Center. She shares the responsibility of addressing resident concerns and harboring an open community amongst residents.

Viviana was born and raised in New Jersey where she then graduated high school and moved to Miami to study Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Chaplin School of Hospitality at Florida International University.  Viviana was a Resident Assistant during college and developed a passion for higher education.  She received her bachelor's degree in May 2014 and moved to the Costa Rican rainforest  to experience a different way of life before moving back to the States and working in Washington, DC.  Viviana enjoys traveling, getting to know people from around the world, and stepping out of her comfort zone.  

Residential Life Administrator

Ernest serves as one of the Residential Life Administrators at the NYU Washington, DC Center.  He shares the responsibility of addressing resident concerns and harboring an open community amongst residents.

Ernest is a two-time graduate of North Carolina A&T State University.  He completed a Bachelor of Science in Sports Science in May 2012.  Shortly after completing his Bachelors, Ernest returned to North Carolina A&T State University to pursue his Master of Science in Adult Education.  During his time at North Carolina A&T State University, Ernest served as a Graduate Hall Director to both undergraduate and graduate students.  He also had the privilege of serving as Vice President of Events for the Graduate Student Advisory Council.

Residential Life Administrator

Brianna serves as one of the Residential Life Administrators at the NYU Washington, DC Center. She shares the responsibility of addressing resident concerns and harboring an open community for residents.

Brianna graduated from Temple University in May 2014 with a degree in Media Studies and Production.  During her time at Temple, Brianna served as a Resident Assistant to undergraduate freshman.  In conjunction with her Residential Life experience, Brianna worked as a tour guide for Temple admissions welcoming new and prospective students with their families.  From her experience working with undergraduate student development, Brianna discovered a passion for Higher Education and Student Affairs.

Brianna is excited to join the NYU DC Center and experience life in her dream city with amazing students.

Ian was born and raised in metropolitan Detroit until he moved to Greenwich Village to attend NYU.  He recently was graduated in May 2015 with a degree in Social and Cultural Analysis.  Having worked as a Resident Assistant at the Palladium Hall and an Office Assistant at the LGBTQ Student Center, Ian is excited to continue work in higher education and student affairs at NYU Washington, DC’s campus.  Ian is passionate about diversity, culture, and his dog, Wallace.

NY Site Representative

Luis Peña is the site representative for NYU Washington, DC. From the NYU Office of Global Programs in New York, Luis assists students through admissions and pre-departure procedures, helping them transition into their semester/year in Washington DC.

Phone: 212-998-4433
Fax: 212-995-4103

Mailing Address:
NYU Office of Global Programs
110 E 14th Street, Lower Level
New York, NY  10003

Email with any general inquiry regarding NYU Washington DC, and a member of our staff will reply at our earliest opportunity.

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