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Fulbright and Mobility International USA: Innovative and Inclusive

Thursday, June 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 304

Utilizing partners such as Mobility International USA and Fulbright Program Advisers is the key to recruiting and supporting students with disabilities, which remains a priority for the Fulbright Program. Discussions will provide innovative approaches to inclusive outreach and efforts to ensure an impactful experience for all students.

Learning Objectives:

Betsy Glans

Vice President
Institute of International Education
New York, NY

As Vice President in the Institute of International Education’s Department of Student Exchanges, Betsy Glans has responsibility for the U.S. Student Programs as well as Departmental financial and contractual oversight for programs such as the Fulbright Student Program, the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program, the National Security Education Program, and other privately funded activities. The Department’s programs have expanded considerably in the last ten years and currently have over 15,000 participants annually with budgets in excess of $400 million. Ms. Glans has worked at IIE in different capacities and times since 1987 first with IIE’s Foreign Language Teaching Assistant program and later as the World Area Manager for East Asia & Pacific in the Foreign Fulbright Programs Division. After nine years of living, working and studying in New York, Singapore and Australia, she returned to IIE in 2006 to serve as the Director of Program Planning and Budget for the Department of Student Exchanges and was promoted to Deputy Vice President in 2011and to Vice President in 2015. Ms. Glans has a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on non-profit management. As part of that degree, in 1990-91, she spent a year pursuing graduate study in Mandarin Chinese at the newly opened Johns Hopkins University/Nanjing University, Center for U.S. and Chinese Studies. More recently, while living in Australia, Ms. Glans pursued a Master’s degree in Educational Administration at the University of New South Wales. In addition to her MPA, she holds a bachelor degree in Chinese Studies from Wellesley College.


Laura Clippard

Honors College Advisor
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN

Laura Clippard has served as the National Scholarships Coordinator at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) since fall of 2008. MTSU is a coeducational regional state college with appropriately 22,000 undergraduates and houses a well-established Honors College of 750-800 students. Clippard directs the Undergraduate Fellowships Office and also acts as an Honors College advisor and recruiter. She completed the Fulbright Program Development Initiative in December 2014 and gained valuable insights that helped develop her own fellowship office. Clippard serves as the fellowship advisor for Fulbright, Udall, Critical Language Scholarship, Marshall, Rhodes, and Goldwater along with other fellowships. MTSU has seen tremendous growth in student applications and success. In 2012, MTSU was named a "Top Producing Fulbright Institution" in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Clippard has made several national presentations including sharing the materials from her Fulbright trainings at the National Association of Fellowship Advisors in 2015 with a workshop called “Creating A Fulbright Culture On Your Campus: Three Perspectives from Beginning to Established Programs.” Typically, she leads about 30 workshops per year to promote fellowships directly to students, staff, and faculty. She believes in creative and innovative approaches to recruiting a pool of diverse students for national scholarships and fellowships. Clippard has been recognized as a staff member who “Makes A Difference” at MTSU through her intensive work with students and also served as a national reader for the Gilman and CLS programs.

Her educational background includes a master’s in Human Resource Development from the University of Knoxville. She has over twenty years in higher education and worked for TRiO programs with low-income, disabled, and first-generation students for a number of years.


Mary Kirk


Monica Malhotra

Project Manager
Mobility International USA
Eugene, OR

Monica Malhotra is a Project Manager with the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange at Mobility International USA, which aims to increase participation of people with disabilities in inclusive international exchange programs. Previously, Monica worked for 10 years at The University of Texas at Austin, where she assisted with admission, immigration, student counseling, and sponsored student programs as the Senior International Student Coordinator for ESL Services and as International Student Advisor at the International Office. Her past experience includes serving four years on the board for the Multicultural Refugee Coalition and interning with the EastWest institute in New York. Monica earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington and her Masters degree in International Studies from the University of Exeter, UK.


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