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Global UCF advisor receives UCF’s 2017 Outstanding New Advisor award


The University of Central Florida (UCF) has selected Alina Siddiqui, Global UCF’s student services advisor, as the recipient of the Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor award.

Siddiqui will also serve as UCF’s nominee for the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) New Advisor award in both the regional and national categories.

This will not be Siddiqui’s first time in the spotlight at NACADA. At the 2017 Annual NACADA Conference, she co-presented with Dr. Olga Bedoya, Global UCF’s academic director, a session titled “You Are Welcome Here: Strategies for Improving Retention of International Students.”

Alina Siddiqui, Global UCF student services advisor, 2017 Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor Award recipient.

Alina Siddiqui, Global UCF student services advisor, 2017 Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor Award recipient.

The presentation and corresponding study outlined six factors that are integral to international student success, as well as a support model and success plan to implement with students at risk of falling into academic probation.

Each year, the Dr. Judith Sindlinger Outstanding New Advisor award goes to an advisor who has been employed at UCF for three years or less and has made outstanding contributions to her or his advising office. Rex Roberts, director of advising at The Burnett Honors College, presented Siddiqui with the award on behalf of the Awards Subcommittee of the Academic Advising Council (AAC) at UCF.

Dr. Bedoya wrote in in her nomination letter, “Ms. Siddiqui’s success plan template for monitoring students’ progress towards academic and career goals is now a fundamental part of our advising model. Her success at tracking students biweekly also has become our normal practice. As an advisor, Alina has not only focused on students at risk or with academic challenges, she has implemented new ways to recognize students’ success.”

Siddiqui’s contribution to the advising team has been a key component to student success and retention for Global UCF.

In her Statement of Advising Philosophy, Siddiqui states that there are two theories that have most influenced her advising style: intrusive advising and solution-focused counseling. “I have seen the benefits of the intrusive model and have come to see it as a great strength to my advising toolkit. Whereas, solution‐focused counseling techniques are helpful in creating action items in the limited time I have with the student,” said Siddiqui.

Siddiqui obtained both her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Central Florida.

Originally from Pakistan, she understands the international student journey from a personal level and carries that experience and insight into her research and work as an advisor. Her passion is in discovering ways to be a catalyst for unlocking individual success.

About Global UCF
Global UCF is a first-year program for international students at the University of Central Florida. The mission of Global UCF is to foster cultural diversity, create access to UCF for international students, and promote the University’s internationalization strategy by recruiting talented students from around the world and providing them with comprehensive English language, academic exchange and acculturation programs that lead to student success.

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