I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself...likely you’re wondering who “I am” and what I have to teach you about Integration to your new country.
Hello! My name is Senait.
I have a university degree in Sociology and Anthropology, and a diploma in Bio-Health technologies. I have coached and head coach for a company offering personal development programs for the last 4 years.
In the past, I have worked for government organizations, international non-governmental
organizations and United Nations in Africa.
I have worked on different areas including raising awareness and doing studies on
HIV/AIDS, Gender, Female Genital Mutilation, and empowering youth to use their artistic
I have worn many hats, I have been a project manager, program officer, case manager
and a national consultant for United nation.
Since I came to USA in 2007, I have worked with non profits who work with refugees, asylees, and immigrants in general: my role has been helping new immigrants in their process of resettlement, adjustment and assimilation to the US culture.
I have also been serving as the voice for the voiceless in the US legal system: working with
California superior courts, interpreting legal proceedings for my community for the last 7
I have 10 years experience in coaching new and not-so-new immigrants to assimilate and
integrate to their new Country, achieve their dreams and thrive in their new country.
I also founded a non-profit that helps immigrant parents of special needs children find the
resources that they need and serves special needs children and their parents in Eritrea.
And my biggest credential is: I am an immigrant myself who has built her life from scratch.
Coming to the USA in 2007 with a special needs child who at the time was 4, going through all the cultural shock and integration process as a single mom was the toughest thing I have ever done in my life. Although I spoke the language and had higher education when I arrived in US, I had to start my life from scratch, finding a job, housing, finding services for myself but also for my special needs child. Every morning, I had to get up and learn a new thing, work to survive, take care of my kid and then research and study after I put my child to sleep. However, no matter what I tried, it didn’t seem to push me forward in the direction I wanted to take. The American dream was really far away and unreachable. And then suddenly one day, a light bulb went on.
I figured I could apply what I studied to help me integrate better to the US Culture. As soon as I decide to look at the US Culture from an anthropological point of view my life turned 180 degrees. What I studied back in university wasn’t only useful in offices for work but I could apply what I studied to explore the culture I found so overwhelming. Not to be nerdy here, but I used what is called ethnography, a core modern research method used in anthropology as well as in other modern social sciences. So I immersed myself in the culture, studying it every day using different anthropological field research methods. Within a few weeks, the US culture started making sense, I started having hope and knew exactly what to say to whom, my hope and confidence returned. That’s how I developed my own tools along the way so I can help my family ( that came to US after I did) and my friends. Then, I used these tools later to coach my clients all over USA.
Now, after a decade in the USA, my family and I have a great life that is constantly improving.
So, if I did it, I KNOW you can do it too!
I want to use the same methods I used to teach you how to do what I did and learned through my experience, research, and knowledge, to have the life that you want to build in your new Country, but without all the time-wasting trial-and-error I had to endure while trying to navigate my new Country.