Director of International Programs
Dominika Blum was born and raised in Warszawa, Poland, one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities in the world. In 1989, she moved to Chicago and lived there for almost three decades before moving to Aberdeen, S.D. Ms. Blum holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Her career has predominantly been in international business, with an emphasis on team development, client relations, sales, and training. While studying in university, she spent a year as an exchange student at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland. She has traveled to 40 countries and 30 U.S. states, and looks forward to traveling somewhere new every year.
During her first year at Northern, Ms. Blum tripled study abroad participation by developing and initiating a comprehensive study abroad recruitment and marketing plan. At the 2019 Region IV NAFSA Conference, the NSU Office of International Programs received four out of five awards, including Ms. Blum's Outstanding New Professional Award. In 2019 she became the director of international programs. Ms. Blum is avid about her work and the students she serves and continues to inspire a vibrant campus culture of international learning.
In her personal life, her passion for people and travel continues. Ms. Blum has led several trips to Guatemala to build schools using trash and plastic bottles as eco-bricks for impoverished communities lacking educational facilities. In 2020, she co-authored her first inspirational book and became an international best-selling author. Ms. Blum is married to her husband, John, who is an Aberdeen native. She loves to laugh, read, travel, learn about different cultures, and eat ice cream. She believes self-growth and personal development are musts.