Vice President of U.S. Intern & Trainee Programs – Shaina Katz

International Student Employability: Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies from Global South Students

International Student Employability: Narratives of Strengths, Challenges, and Strategies from Global South Students examines how international undergraduate and graduate level students use their agency to make sense of what they are learning and how to apply that to employability in career pathways.

This book shows that understanding employability from a range of perspectives is important because governments need graduates with skills ready for the labor market, higher educational institutions are measured by the number of graduates to have gainful employment upon graduation, and international students use study abroad to gain the skills and competencies needed for employability. The chapters critically examine several themes including how students use their capabilities to navigate host country national political policies that define and re-define work permits, visas, and immigration. This includes awareness of national and international employment patterns, wicked problems from globalization, demands of changing labor markets, and adaptability for transversal job sectors. Finally, and of most importance is that the chapters use the lens of diverse student groups, including undergraduates, graduate, and doctoral students, international and domestic students, students who study in different HEI sectors (aka, TVET Colleges and universities), and in different academic programs, (aka STEAM, nursing, and humanities), and different geographies of where students come from and where they study. Such diversification showcases those experiences and relevance to employability are fundamentally different.

The Half Yet to Be Told: Study Abroad and HBCUs

Many Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are engaged in education abroad and have been for decades. Like other institutions, study abroad at HBCUs offers a variety of options for traveling to different areas of the world for students, while seeking to advance toward obtaining a degree. However, much of the literature regarding study abroad at HBCUs focuses on barriers that prevent students from participating at comparable levels as other institutions.

How can we celebrate the work of education abroad practitioners at HBCUs?

What can other institutions learn from the experience of HBCUs engaged in study abroad?

This edited book will highlight the extraordinary and innovative contributions of HBCUs to education abroad as a whole, with special emphasis on historical perspectives of global education, opportunities for global engagement, stories from faculty, staff, and alumni and how study abroad fosters a sense of belonging in the world.

International Student Support and Engagement in Higher Education

International Student Support and Engagement in Higher Education examines innovative practices in campus, academic, and professional support services which serve the various and unique needs of international students seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Divided into three sections pertaining to campus, academic, and professional support services, the authors present case studies and original research that examine strategies for how institutions of higher education can operate to promote international student success beyond the classroom. The international range of contributors showcase research from across Canada, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Senegal, Thailand, and the United States. Foregrounding support services with innovative and successful methods for collaborating with one another, the book crucially addresses how the myriad support services available on campuses can work together to support international students and foster a sense of belonging and connection, rather than maintaining a focus on acculturation. It examines the origins of these partnerships, asking whether the services are designed to support the international student community specifically, or to serve the student population more generally.

Identifying new emerging trends and with a view to establishing a broad and global context for best practices in international student support, this book will appeal to faculty, researchers, scholars, and scholar-practitioners with interests in higher education, student support services, and international and comparative education.

An Obvious Equity Blind Spot in International Education Practice 

Equity has been central in international education discourse over the years, yet our impact on global justice is limited, at best. The approach to international education that is oblivious of the inequitable global power relations constitutes an obvious blind spot international education professionals need to address.

Episode 29: Cultural Lens on U.S. Higher Education: Analyzing International Perceptions of 'Anti-Woke’ Discourse

Dive into a nuanced exploration of the global discourse surrounding higher education in the United States. Join us for a panel discussion with esteemed international educators as we embark on a journey through the lenses of culture and international perspective, examining how global audiences interpret and engage with the ‘anti-woke’ discourse within the context of U.S. higher education. This engaging panel discussion will delve into the intersections of culture, ideology, and education, and the complex landscape of how international audiences perceive the ‘anti-woke’ narrative that has emerged within U.S. academia.

Whether you’re a senior international officer, or simply curious about the diverse viewpoints shaping U.S. higher education, this podcast episode will provide an invaluable space for critical analysis and insightful conversations.

Speaker Biography:

Fanta Aw is a distinguished leader in international education, renowned for her extensive contributions to global learning, cross-cultural understanding, and educational equity. With a deep commitment to fostering connections between diverse cultures and promoting educational excellence, she has significantly impacted the international education community.

Fanta Aw’s career has been characterized by her dedication to advancing global education initiatives, promoting diversity and inclusion, and nurturing partnerships that transcend borders. She has held influential roles in various organizations, advocating for the importance of international collaboration and learning experiences that empower individuals to navigate an increasingly interconnected world.

As a thought leader and visionary, Fanta Aw’s insights and expertise have shaped discussions on the future of international education, emphasizing the significance of equitable access, cultural exchange, and lifelong learning. Her work has not only elevated institutions but has also inspired countless individuals to embrace the transformative power of global education.

Date: September 14th, 2023
Time: 12 noon ET

Sponsored by:

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.