Jennifer Marks-Gold, Director of International Student Services
Jennifer Marks-Gold is the director of international student services and has been the Primary Designated School Official at Swarthmore College for more than eight years. In addition, she has provided consultations relating to international student programs and Student and Exchange Visitor Program compliance with 10 additional colleges and universities.
Marks-Gold is a member of the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) and the Philadelphia Area International Educators’ Network, where she also serves as co-treasurer. She is also a member, co-founder, and current treasurer of the Main Line Adviser Group. She has presented workshops on immigration topics at NAFSA national and regional conferences. Further, she was part of a team that presented on "How to advocate for undocumented students on your campus: steps and resources," which was the highest rated Recruitment, Admissions & Preparation session at a NAFSA Region VIII Conference. Marks-Gold has also planned seminars for groups wishing to learn more about diversity, culture shock, and immigration topics.
Marks-Gold has a B.S. degree from Drexel University and a M.Ed. from Cabrini College. She also has a Professional Development Certificate from the Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany for Cultural Diplomacy and International Relations. Prior to her current role, she has worked as an adjunct professor at Drexel and Cabrini.
Reshma Ajayan, International Student Coordinator
Reshma Ajayan was born in India and moved to the United Kingdom when she was 15. She grew up in London and attended Kingston University, where she received her Bachelor of Laws (LLB). Her international experience further includes studying abroad in the United States, where she pursued a Master of Laws (LLM). Prior to joining Swarthmore in 2016, Ajayan worked in top law firms where she gained extensive knowledge in all areas of immigration law. She speaks English, Hindi, Tamil, and Malayalam. As an ardent traveller, she has been to Norway, England, Scotland, France, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Canada.
The experience of traveling, studying, and living in different countries influenced her interest in working in the field of international education. She is enthusiastic about helping our international students to fully experience life on-campus and in the U.S.
Personally, Reshma is a trained Indian classical dancer and enjoys cooking, photography, and traveling to new countries.