NAU Communications sat down with Priscilla Palavicini, assistant director in the Center for International Education’s Interdisciplinary Global Programs. Read our questions and her answers below.
Tell me about a significant childhood memory and how it has impacted your life today.
I was born and raised in Costa Rica, surrounded by a combination of latino family members (with both European and native ancestors) and a diverse group of international teachers/classmates, which made me who I am today! Growing up with cultural awareness and diversity at the center of my values and goals, gave me the tools needed to become a professional in higher education and specifically in the field of international education. I will be forever grateful for the opportunities my parents gave me growing up, without which I wouldn’t be where I am today.
Getting this job! I’m very excited to go back into the field of international education. I want to make sure we develop study abroad programs with a DEIJ approach and help make these opportunities available for our wonderfully diverse student population.
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
I would start with brunch at Tourist Home All Day Café, then I would walk around downtown and stop by small shops and bookstores. In the afternoon I would go on a walk with my husband and puppy, Indie, at one of our favorite trails. At the end the day, I would get some take out Thai food and watch a movie in the comfort of my couch at home.
What are three things on your bucket list and why?
Aside from being a juror in a high-profile murder case, my bucket list is less of a list and more of a bucket full of plane tickets! I want to travel as much as possible; seeing different places and learning about different cultures is a passion of mine.
What is your philosophy in life?
I’m a glass half-full kind of person. I like to stay positive, and life has taught me to be resilient as well! I like to go with the flow and adapt as needed, without losing focus or ambition towards my goals.
If you could pick one piece of advice to give someone, what would it be?
‘Failure is medicine’. We should take the lessons learned from our mistakes and from the challenges endured and find ways to heal and be happy and fulfilled. So, if you fall, dust yourself off and carry on!
What is your favorite part of your workday?
Interacting with students and colleagues! Seeing students grow and learn is very gratifying to me, and I love the conversations I have with them because they teach me a lot too. Overall, I really enjoy that my professional path has given me the opportunity to create impactful relationships and partnerships with colleagues across NAU and other higher education institutions.