Office Space: Christian DiGregorio, Director of International Recruitment
The way a person decorates can say a lot about them. In the Office Space series, we go beyond the résumé and get to know York College faculty and staff members through the objects they like to keep close.
Christian DiGregorio has been in the field of enrollment management for over 20 years. During that time, he has overseen student recruitment for bachelor, master, doctoral, intensive English, and pre-collegiate programs. He initiated international recruitment programs at previous institutions and is now working to increase international enrollment here at York. Not surprisingly, many of his office items highlight his passion for visiting other countries.
1. Silk Worms
DiGregorio briefly visited a silk factory in Fergana, Uzbekistan and was shown how silk is harvested and made into fabric. He was given several cocoons by the factory with silk worms still inside.
2. Pictures of His Travels
He has traveled extensively and this is well illustrated by the wall of pictures from his adventures abroad, which also offer encouragement for future trips.
3. Kurdish Baby Carrier
The baby carrier was given to DiGregorio by his former students. He says children can be placed in the carrier when the weather is cold. This is a common sight, especially in the mountainous region where it snows in the winter.
4. Diwali Candle Holders aka Diyas
Diyas are popular during Diwali, or the “Festival of Light,” a popular holiday celebrated by Hindus. The diyas and colorful Rangoli powder are used to decorate homes. Many sweets are made from dried fruit and eaten during the celebration. It is common to see fireworks in the evening. This year, Diwali will be held on Monday, October 24, and generally lasts five days.
5. Sand Globes
These were given to DiGregorio by students from Saudi Arabia. He says they are their answer to the snow globe.
Christian DiGregorio is a frequent presenter for the Association of International Educators (NAFSA), EducationUSA, and other organizations. He graduated with a B.F.A. in pre-Art Therapy from Kansas State University and later attained an M.S. in Secondary Education Counseling from Marywood University.