Shared Interest


Research, Case Studies, and Changing Practices at Community Colleges

Thursday, June 2
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Room: CCC, 403

This session will share three examples of how research is being used to change internationalization practices at U.S. community colleges. Presenters will focus on how to enhance international student and education abroad programs that further faculty engagement and student success.

Learning Objectives:

Rosalind LATINER. Raby

California Colleges for International Education & University of Phoenix
Chatsworth, CA

Rosalind Latiner Raby, Ph.D. is a Senior Lecturer at California State University, Northridge in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department of the College of Education, an affiliate faculty for the ELPS Ed.D. Community College program and is a Lead Faculty at the University of Phoenix. She also serves as the Director of California Colleges for International Education, a non-profit consortium whose membership includes ninety-two California community colleges. Dr. Raby is the past-NAFSA Education Abroad Knowledge Community College chair for NAFSA, and the past-NAFSA Region XII Community College Coordinator. Dr. Raby received her Ph.D. in the field of Comparative and International Education from UCLA and since 1984, has worked with community college faculty and administrators to help them internationalize their campuses. Dr. Raby has numerous publications on the topic of international education and community colleges.


Sharon Miller

International Operations Manager
Millennium Tours
Austin, TX

After studying abroad in Australia and living and working in England, Sharon developed a passion for education abroad, which led her to pursue a Master of Arts degree in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute. Through her coursework at SIT and her position at Austin Community College, Sharon’s interests shifted to focus on international student and scholar services as well as education abroad. Specifically, Sharon became intrigued by the social experiences of international students studying at community colleges, an interest which informed her research study. Currently, Sharon is the International Operations Manager at Millennium Tours, a company that specializes in the logistical planning of large group, international travel, including short-term, faculty-led study abroad programs.


Janice M. Thomas

Director, International Education Center
Brookdale Community College International Center
Lincroft, NJ

Dr. Janice M. Thomas currently serves as director of the International Education Center at Brookdale Community College. Janice received her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in music from Moravian College in 1984, and her M.A. in Education Policy and Leadership from The Ohio State University in 1991. In addition, she visited Germany under a Fulbright seminar for U.S. administrators in 1995. Her Ph.D. in Educational Administration was granted in 2002 by the University of New Orleans. Janice has served on a number of local, regional and national NAFSA committees and is a frequent presenter at regional and annual meetings.



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