Welcome to Gateway Spotlight

Gateway Spotlight is a bi-weekly, live interview show designed to highlight diverse perspectives, next generation initiatives, emerging trends and innovative thinkers in the international higher education community.

Our host, Brooke Roberts, will engage in thoughtful and deep-diving conversations with thought-leaders and movement-makers representing a diverse array of topics, initiatives, and ideas from around the world.

Gateway Spotlight aims to inspire, educate, and motivate our community to look beyond the status quo and embrace a new era of international education.

Our Host

Our host, Brooke Roberts is a seasoned international education professional and founder of Inside Study Abroad, an innovative career development and training platform for aspiring global educators. A Kansas farm girly, Brooke has lived, worked, and traveled across the world. Connect with her at @thenewdorothy.

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Brooke Roberts

Brooke Roberts has nearly 20 years of professional experience in international education. She’s the founder of Inside Study Abroad, an innovative career development and training platform for aspiring global educators.

She currently serves as Director of International Education at Johnson County Community College. Formerly, she was Senior Vice President of GoAbroad.com, Director of Operations & Advising for Global Educators/CISabroad, and founding director of global learning at the University of South Dakota. She’s presented at numerous NAFSA, CIEE, and Forum conferences and been the keynote speaker at Lessons From Abroad conferences across the US. She received her BA from Northeastern University in International Relations with a focus on Middle East Studies and her MA in Higher Education Administration from Bowling Green State University. Brooke has lived, worked, and traveled to 54 countries on six continents including an 18-month journey as a digital nomad living in a new country each month. You can connect with her across the internet as her alter ego @thenewdorothy, an homage to her Kansas farm girl roots.

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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.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training