Program Design Consultation

Gateway is your partner in faculty-directed program design, implementation and assessment.

The fundamental rationales for education abroad programming have expanded over time. For many faculty members, the importance of education abroad programming has long-been situated in language acquisition and cultural knowledge. For others, education abroad should be about developing intercultural competence and producing global-ready graduates who are able to work effectively in intercultural settings. As demonstrated by the growth of faculty-directed programming, an increasing number of faculty members recognize the importance of graduating students who understand the international dimensions of their chosen disciplines and the need to establish and nurture global networks to support future study and/or professional interests.  For institutions, expanding faculty-directed programing enhances student success. Whatever the rationale, Gateway is here to help faculty members and their institutions with developing meaningful and sustainable education abroad programs.

Education Abroad Program Development

Designing and implementing effective education abroad programming has always been an integrated process. Generally, best practices in sustainable programming have focused on establishing an initial purpose supported by measurable goals and objectives that are achieved through effective program design and implementation. Programs are strengthened through ongoing program evaluation and iterative assessment strategies.

Developing high-quality programming for a new generation of learners will require effective utilization of new instructional modalities, new thinking in how best to maximize learning and engagement in both virtual and hybrid contexts, and new ways to assess and demonstrate student learning outcomes that align with the demands of a changing workforce. Gateway is here as your partner in designing and developing effective education abroad programs which meet your learning outcomes. 

Our Services

Gateway’s Program Design Consultation services span the full cycle of program design, development, implementation, evaluation and assessment. Allow Gateway to provide complementary assistance with designing and developing your program and as needed, with introducing you to a reputable partner organization abroad that can assist with implementing your program on-site. Our team of consultants are well-positioned to ensure your programs align with best-practices and industry standards. 

Gateway also offers consulting assistance on all other aspects of education abroad programming and operations. In particular, Gateway can provide cohort training for faculty and education abroad staff on best practices in education abroad program design and development.  We are here to help! 

1. program design & development

Gateway provides assistance to faculty members and others engaged in designing and developing education abroad programs, whether virtual or onsite. Gateway understands the range of program modalities and experience types, programming best practices and the pitfalls to avoid when designing and developing faculty-directed programs. Gateway is here to assist you in developing sustainable and well-designed programs that support students in their international learning and engagement.

Intended Program Learning Outcome: What will students learn? Pedagogical Approaches: How will students learn? Method of Assessment: How will you know if the students learned? Resources Needed: What resources do you need to enhance the learning?
Example: Students will learn to recognize the geological formations which exist across the varied topography of New Zealand.
Example: Lectures will be given on-site of the mountains visited to physically expose students to the sight, smell, and even taste of geological formations.
Example: Students will compose blog posts about pre-assigned formations and give an oral presentation of their knowledge on-site for a grade.
Example: Access to wireless internet for at least a few days.
2. program customization & implementation
Depending on the nature of your program or institutional context, it may be more efficient to partner with an education abroad program provider to customize the development and implementation of your program. Gateway will listen to your needs and provide complimentary introductions to appropriate program providers that may be able to accommodate your programming goals. There are many reasons why you might choose to work with a program provider to customize your program:
There are many reasons why you might not want work with a program provider to customize your program:
3. program evaluation & assessment

Gateway can provide advice and recommendations as needed around best practices in education abroad program evaluation and assessment. We can provide information on the most popular evaluation strategies, assessment tools and tips for avoiding the common pitfalls associated with student learning outcomes assessment. Gateway is here to help answer your questions.

Education Abroad Provider Organizations

The history of education abroad program providers arguably stretches back to the very beginnings of education abroad programming and these organizations have had an essential and influential role in shaping the development of education abroad programming over the decades. Gateway is very familiar with the range and type of providers available and if desired, we can make introductions to reputable partner organizations that can assist with customized programming services. In some cases, your institution may already have an approved partner list and in that case, we will support you with selecting among those organizations.

Gateway referrals are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval of any of the products, services or opinions of the organizations. Gateway bears no responsibility for the services offered by any external organization.

Gateway can assist you with identifying which provider organization would best align with your education abroad program needs. The following are some of the more notable provider organizations that customize faculty-directed programs.

Based in the Czech Republic, GIOBA is a boutique educational company with more than 20 years of international education and global business consulting experience. They specialize in providing experiential learning programs that connect the academic and business worlds which equip graduates with real-world experiences and transferable work skills to succeed in the competitive global job market.

CEPA is a German-based company which specializes in faculty-directed programs. Through expert knowledge of the destinations and close connections to local communities and cultures, CEPA offers high-quality short and long-term programs. CEPA primarily supports programs in Europe but may be able to offer support in other global regions, too. The multi-lingual and multi-national team at CEPA is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of excellence in everything they do.

With locations throughout the world, KEI offers affordable education abroad programming that integrates courses, internships and cultural interaction. KEI programs allow students to complete major-specific and general education requirements, gain practical experience and enhance their understanding of the world through cultural and social immersion.
CET Academic Programs is an education abroad organization that has been operating innovative educational programs abroad since 1982. Today, CET offers a varied portfolio of programs around the world for college, high school, pre-college, and gap year students.
The Asia Institute has a bold vision to become the leading education platform connecting the world to Asia. Today, The Asia Institute has global locations across China and is a host partner for over 50 educational institutions in areas such as short-term education abroad programs, student recruitment, experiential learning, faculty exchange, and career development. The Asia Institute’s interactive program design process will ensure your academic goals are achieved, while much of the heavy lifting is left to their experienced team.
International Center for Development Studies (ICDS) is a well-established education abroad organization based in Costa Rica. ICDS provides experiential learning programs with a focus on sustainability, social justice, business, health, and content-based Spanish language instruction, complemented by cultural immersion opportunities. ICDS designs and implements programs at undergraduate and graduate level tailor-made to the goals and needs of colleges, universities, or other organizations.
NEXSTEP is a cutting-edge education abroad organization operating throughout Asia. It offers internships, faculty-directed programs and innovative learning programming for university students to broaden their horizons, develop 21st century skills to participate in the digital economy, and raise consciousness to help solve the greatest challenges of our times. 
Study Abroad Association specializes in faculty-directed education abroad programs and is committed to continually pushing the boundaries of innovation in international education. With a focus on enhancing education abroad participation, SAA provides faculty development workshops on effectively internationalizing the curriculum. SAA’s 360° Global offer an innovative virtual solution that removes barriers of accessibility. SAA has assisted hundreds of institutions with building a global foundation at their institution and currently works with over 250 colleges and universities across the United States.

WorldStrides Custom Programs specializes in faculty-directed, short-term education abroad programs. WorldStrides collaborates with universities to deliver global experiences to students. Each program features interactive adventures that bring the classroom to life and unparalleled health and safety measures, top-notch logistical expertise, and best-in-class customer support.

ISA (by WorldStrides) is igniting personal growth and cultural discovery through affordable education abroad opportunities with a commitment to exceptional support for all participants and their institutions. ISA offers culturally engaging programs in more than 30 countries, including semester-long study, internships, service-learning, Christian study, research programs, and gap year.
The Education Abroad Network (by WorldStrides) offers international learning opportunities throughout Asia Pacific that help students become locally engaged, civically minded, and globally responsible. Semester, summer, and winter study options available, as well as summer and semester-long internships, with step-by-step support along the way from the experts in Asia Pacific.
Sage Corps is a global career accelerator for college students. All students complete 50+ hours of hard-skill training for trending jobs in our student portal, and then complete internships with global startups online or in-person across select global cities.

Gateway Learning Webinar Series

New Directions in Next Generation Education Abroad Programming

This series of free webinars gives listeners a chance to join the dialogue about the transformation of education abroad since the pandemic, and the renewed focus on anti-racist, equitable, and accessible practices. There have been massive disruptions to education abroad programming, to the profession, and to the partnerships that sustain it all. Programming is starting to resume, students are eager to engage, and we must innovate and create to meet their needs. In this new reality, we must all be innovators: these webinars are an opportunity to see what works for others and tailor those strategies to your unique circumstances. We hope you will take inspiration for your own practice from these conversations.

The Gateway approach is distinctive: in connecting practitioners with policy makers, faculty with program providers, and everyone to each other in the field of international education. We will give a voice to some of the most innovative thinking on how to create 21st-century global learning experiences for students. In this new era, there are no stupid questions.

We invite you to join any of the monthly Gateway Learning Webinars below:

October 2021 - Designing Programs in a Pandemic: Are Programs Different Now?

The pandemic and the crisis in the field of international higher education has altered education abroad programs. In this free webinar, join the conversation with innovative educators actively implementing programs abroad to learn how program design has been impacted by these crises.

Kyle Rausch, Ed.D., Executive Director, Study Abroad Office, University of Illinois at Chicago, Gateway Facilitator
Scott Ozaroski, Associate Director of Program Management, DePaul University
Noah Rost, Director, Global Education Office, Arizona State University
Pavlína Dvorská, Partner and CEO, GIOBA, Prague
David Dvorský, President and Partner, GIOBA, Prague

Date & Time:
Tuesday October 26th, 12:00PM Eastern Time

November 2021 -Advocating for Our New Reality: Strategies for Successful Internationalization

How do you rally support on campus for new modalities of global learning? The future of international education depends on successful conversations with decision makers about the continuing importance of global learning and collaborations with colleagues to translate decisions into actions. Gateway Affiliates who are actively engaged in these conversations at their institutions will speak to this issue.

Martin Tillman, President, Global Career Compass, Gateway Facilitator
Stephen Appiah-Padi, Ph.D., Director, Office of Global and Off-Campus Education, Bucknell University
Donna Anderson, Ph.D., Senior International Officer and Executive Director of the Global Engagement Office, University of Montana
Richard Johnson, Ph.D., Director of International Education and Professor of English and Humanities at Harper College

Date & Time:
Tuesday November 16th, 12:00PM Eastern Time

December 2021 – Not a Bandaid for COVID: Virtual, Online, and Hybrid Programs

This panel will offer examples of new modalities of global learning from the perspective of innovative providers with new program models. The pandemic has expanded our understanding of global learning to encompass many new types of programs, and has given rise to novel ways of collaborating and fostering and sustaining new partnerships across the globe. Panelists will discuss innovative new ways for universities to engage students in global learning.

Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D., Facilitator, Managing Director, Gateway International Group
Denise Wintrich, Director of Virtual Experiences, CEPA
Christian Alyea, Founder & Head of Innovation, Study Abroad Association
Bryan Shuler, Humanities Instructor, Hillsborough Community College, Florida

Date & Time:

Tuesday December 14th, 12:00PM Eastern Time

January 2022 – Fair Trade Learning: Community-based Learning as the Foundation of Best Practices

Fair Trade Learning is a global educational partnership exchange that prioritizes reciprocity in relationships between students and host communities through cooperative, cross-cultural participation in learning, service, and civil society efforts. When international educators carefully consider the impacts of student programs on host communities abroad, and create goals and learning outcomes that align with diversity initiatives, student success and employability, community engagement can be the new win-win foundation for education abroad programs.

Heidi M Soneson, PhD, Facilitator, Affiliate, Gateway International Group
Jorge Nowalski, PhD, President and Academic Director, International Center for Development Studies (ICDS)
Beth M Laux, EdD, Dean of International Programs, Pepperdine University
Daniel Amgarten, Co-Founder and CEO, campus b

Date & Time:

Tuesday January 25th, 12:00PM Eastern Time

February 2022 – Fresh Ideas for Faculty-Directed Programming: A Round Table

Recognizing the many ways in which the pandemic has forced campuses to adjust the design and practice of traditional education abroad programs, this Gateway webinar focuses on the important challenge of rethinking the future of faculty-directed programs. The webinar will be a roundtable discussion and feature a very strong panel of faculty, administrators, and providers to discuss innovative, next generation ideas and programs that would enhance the relevance and vibrancy of faculty-directed education abroad programming for the future.


Martin Tillman, President, Global Career Compass, Gateway Facilitator
Stephen Appiah-Padi, PhD, Director, Office of Global and Off-Campus Education, Bucknell University, Gateway Facilitator
Sora H. Friedman, PhD, Professor and Chair, International & Global Education, SIT Graduate Institute
Nick Gozik, PhD, Dean of Global Education & Assistant Professor, Elon University
Lauren Kardos, Custom Programs Manager, CET Academic Programs

Date & Time:
Tuesday February 22nd, 12:00PM Eastern Time

Our Expertise

Gateway International Group offers highly professional and seasoned international educators who bring years of experience in higher education and have extensive knowledge of education abroad programming and practice. Gateway operates in accordance with the Standards of Good Practice on Education Abroad.

Tina Newton

Advisory Consultant

Tina Newton is an international educator with expertise in conceptualizing, coordinating, and executing international education programming.  She is well-positioned to assist faculty with design, developing and implementing education abroad programs based on industry best practices and student-centered strategies.

Gabriele Bosley, Ph.D.​

Advisory Consultant

Dr. Gabriele Weber Bosley is a long-time international educator, with extensive experience in international partnership development, accreditation, curriculum integration, faculty development, mobility and intercultural pedagogy with outcomes assessment.

Heidi Soneson, Ph.D.

Advisory Consultant

Dr. Heidi Soneson is a seasoned international educator focused on strategic partnerships, innovative program design, effective advising, and increased access for diverse student audiences in education abroad.

Kyle Rausch, Ed.D.

Advisory Consultant

Dr. Kyle Rausch is an experienced education abroad professional whose work has focused on the oversight of faculty-directed education abroad programs, including the development of program leader training and institutional risk management policies and protocols.

Catherine Winnie, Ph.D.

Advisory Consultant

Dr. Catherine Winnie is a respected international educator with 30 years of experience creating successful education abroad offices for U.S. universities. She has enhanced education abroad operations at Smith College, Yale University, the Rochester Institute of Technology and Harvard University.

Nico Evers

Advisory Consultant

Nico Evers is an international education consultant, trainer, and researcher with three decades of experience in the field of internationalization of education, working in Europe, the US, Africa, and Latin America.

Resources on Faculty-Directed Education Abroad Programming

There are a number of excellent resources available on developing and sustaining faculty-directed education abroad programs. Here are just a few well-regarded resources:
Faculty-led 360: Guide to Successful Study Abroad, by Melanie McCallon and Bill Holmes
Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice, Edited by Anthony C. Ogden, Bernhard Streitwieser, and Christof Van Mol
NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad for Advisers and Administrators, 4th Edition, Edited by Magnolia Hernandez, Margaret Wiedenhoeft, and David Wick
The Guide to Successful Short-Term Programs Abroad, 3rd Edition, Edited by Lisa Chieffo and Catherine Spaeth
The International Education Handbook: Principles and Practices of the Field, by Katherine Punteney

This informational resource is made available by Next Step Connections

Next Generation International Internships

Designing on-site and remote internships for a new era of international learning.

International internships have long been a form of experiential learning intended to prepare students for the workplace they will enter upon graduation. Internships allow students to build on their classroom learning, gain professional experience in and valuable career insights about a field of their choice as well as develop employability and intercultural competency skills. For employers, internships offer an ideal opportunity to steward new talent.

The trend, in recent years, towards an increasingly remote global workplace was greatly accelerated at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rather than focusing on which is better or less than, it is perhaps more productive to clearly differentiate and articulate the value of both remote and on-site internships. These are two different modalities that, when well-designed, can lead to significant learning and development and appeal to an increasingly diverse population of lifelong learners.

Our Costs

Gateway’s Customized Education Abroad Program Development services are complimentary for initial assistance. Fees for services beyond initial consulting will be negotiated on mutually agreeable terms. In such cases, Gateway’s consulting prices are flexible and tailored, generally determined on project scope and expectations. (In some cases, Gateway may receive modest compensation from our partner organizations abroad.)

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Gateway stands ready to work with you on designing, implementing and assessing your education abroad programs. Contact us today to start the conversation and learn more about our innovative approaches for next generation education abroad programming.

So that we can connect you with an appropriate educational abroad professional, please complete this brief intake form.

Gateway International Group has made the commitment to allocate 5% of revenue to support traditionally underrepresented student participation in international learning and engagement. We have designated the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) as a recipient of funds gathered through Gateway’s Virtual Education Abroad Office. FEA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides scholarships and ongoing support to students who are underrepresented in U.S. education abroad.

Tina Newton


Accomplished multilingual international education executive with extensive experience in comprehensive internationalization. A
demonstrated success in conceptualizing, coordinating, and executing projects and programs with a high-level of detail and a
complex set of stakeholder interests. Expert communicator and presenter, able to foster positive cross-functional relationships
and a culture of collaboration. Passionate international education advocate with proven history of applying best practices and
developing student-centered strategies with a global and intercultural focus leading to student success and academic

Gateway Service Areas:

Gabriele Bosley​


Academic leader with extensive experience in best practices for comprehensive internationalization of higher education, including student and scholar mobility, partnerships, linkages, curriculum integration, assessment, and faculty engagement. Founding Chair of Bellarmine University’s Foreign Languages and International Studies Department, developed, implemented, and chaired Bellarmine’s Foreign Languages & International Studies Baccalaureate Degree and Minor in International Studies from 1995-2008. Founding Director of Bellarmine’s International Programs Office 1995-2020. As tenured Full Professor and SIO responsible for funding, international strategy and operations across all BU colleges, creating and managing 40+ active bilateral exchange partnerships for long term student and faculty exchanges, and 15+ annual faculty led short-term programs in Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, and Latin America for study, internships, clinicals, student teaching, and service learning. Secured external funding for and guided the 5-year Internationalization QEP from 2008-2013 for the University’s SACS reaccreditation. Co-developer of an asynchronous on-line Intervention Pedagogy for students on long-term study abroad, with pre, during, and post programming with outcomes assessment. Recipient of numerous regional and national grants and awards. Research, publications and presentations focus on intercultural education, intervention theory, assessment, curriculum development and foreign language acquisition. Regular presenter at AAC&U, AIEA, NAFSA, EAIE, FORUM, ISEP, CIEE, IIE et al. Served or serving on the boards of AATG, AIEA, ISEP, CCSA, KIIS, CC-CS, Via Lingua, the KY Department of Education Standards Board, Asia Institute, Louisville Mayor’s International Advisory Council for three administrations, and numerous internal BU committees.

Gateway Service Areas:

Heidi Soneson


Dr. Heidi Soneson has been professionally active in international education since 1983. She has held positions as Executive Director of Office of International Education and Assistant Vice Chancellor for International Education at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls and Program Director in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota, among other positions. In her university positions, she has been responsible for institution-wide international education initiatives, international student services, and education abroad programming. Soneson has served as chair of the NAFSA Education Abroad Regulatory Committee as well as the NAFSA Education Abroad Consular Affairs Liaison Subcommittee and member of The Forum on Education Abroad Council. Soneson has published and presented on a variety of study abroad topics, including study abroad for students with disabilities, visa regulations for US students, ethical visa advising guidelines, GLBT concerns, study abroad in non-traditional locations, and strategies for raising the visibility of study abroad offices on U.S. campuses. Soneson has been responsible for education abroad programs and partnerships in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America, New Zealand, and Scandinavia.

Dr. Heidi Soneson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Comparative Literature from Clark University, a Master’s degree in German Literature from the University of Indiana-Bloomington, and a PhD from the University of Minnesota in German Literature with a focus on travel literature to non-traditional locations.

Kyle Rausch


Dr. Kyle Rausch is an experienced education abroad professional whose work has focused on the oversight of faculty-directed education abroad programs, including the development of program leader training and institutional risk management policies and protocols. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the Study Abroad Office at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Kyle’s experience includes helping institutions build capacity for education abroad, specifically for institutions that serve high numbers of underrepresented students. During his tenure with Arizona State University, Kyle led the faculty-directed programs team to scale programming responsibly, helping move the institution into the top 10 sending institutions as reported by the Institute of International Education. Kyle has also developed institutional risk management policies for international travel, managed the response to emergencies affecting institutional travelers abroad, and taught and led student groups on-site in Europe. Kyle earned a Doctor of Education from ASU with his research focusing on supporting first-generation college students in education abroad. He earned a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in French and International Affairs from Florida State University. Kyle currently serves on the Council for the Forum on Education Abroad and further volunteers by serving on advisory boards for various education abroad organizations.

Catherine Winnie


Dr. Catherine Winnie is an international education leader with over 30 years of experience in higher education. She has built or re-shaped offices of international education at Smith, Yale, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Southern Methodist University. Dr. Winnie has expertise in a variety of areas, including Education Abroad, International Partnerships, Strategic Planning, Program Design and Management, Grants and Fellowships, and Recruitment, Hiring, Team-Building, and Career Development.

She has worked with administrators, faculty, and staff to create and expand education abroad opportunities and establish sustainable international partnerships. Dr. Winnie is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, The Forum on Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad and has served on boards of many study abroad organizations.

Dr. Winnie holds the B.A. in Comparative Literature from Swarthmore College, and the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She received the DAAD grant for research in Berlin, lived in France, Germany and Colombia, and speaks French, German and Spanish.  She and her partner are parents to two adopted Ethiopian daughters and a son. Her commitment to racial justice is deeply personal and informed by years of experience recruiting and mentoring staff and students of diverse backgrounds.

Nico Evers


Nico Evers is an international education consultant, trainer, and researcher with three decades of experience in the field of internationalization of education, working in Europe, the US, Africa, and Latin America. Most recently he worked as Director of Higher Education Services at the Council of International Schools, where he led all aspects of Higher Education membership globally and its interface with member schools. Prior to joining CIS he worked for nine years as Director of International Academic Relations and Professor of Global Internships at EARTH University, Costa Rica. He enjoys contributing to the international education field as a researcher, member of NAFSA’s trainer corps, and peer reviewer of The Journal of Studies in International Education (JSIE), Frontiers journal, and QUIP.

The Gateway Approach

Gateway’s Method for a holistic and formative language learning experience

Effective, sustainable, and meaningful language learning incorporates multiple competencies that allow for a holistic and formative student experience. Gateway’s supplemental instructional modules address both language and intercultural dimensions as determined by our clients. Depending on the proficiency level, Gateways providers will target linguistic, sociocultural, and sociopragmatic (behavioral) competencies:

General Language Proficiency:
Institutions or departments wish to support their undergraduate language programs with supplemental instruction and tutoring support for students most of whom who either fulfill a graduation requirement or are basic novice or intermediate users with the desire to develop higher-level proficiency over time.

Intercultural Learning:
Our clients may wish to support their learners at all proficiency levels in acquiring the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to communicate both effectively and appropriately in a foreign cultural context. Intercultural learning modules are designed to provide instruction and hand-on training both in the institution’s home language, as well as the language(s) spoken in the target country.

Sociopragmatic Competence:
Sociopragmatic competence is a fundamental aspect of language in which speakers are able to effectively adjust their speech based on the specifics of a social situation, such as varying levels of formality, knowing when and how to contribute to a conversation, and being able to incorporate cultural clues into the choice of language used. Gateway clients and their students will have access to learning environments in which realistic language exchange at any proficiency level helps learners develop the ability to transition confidently between various social and cultural situations while using the target-language.

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.