Education Abroad (EA)


Expanding Roles of the Education Abroad Adviser - (WS01)

Sunday, May 28
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
LACC, Room 501C

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

Examine six critical roles comprising the adviser’s day-to-day work and improve strategies and effectiveness in moving from role to role. Intended as an introductory workshop for education abroad advisers, study abroad providers, or others, who have been in the field for fewer than three years.

Learning Objectives:

Sora Friedman

Professor and Chair, International Education
SIT Graduate Institute

Dr. Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education for 35 years, focusing on the administration of adult exchanges, public diplomacy, international training programs, high school exchanges, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty full-time in 2005. At SIT, Sora supports new IE professionals as they develop their skills and find their way into new professional opportunities. She teaches IE policy, theory, program design, research, and advocacy, and serves as Chair of the IE degree program. In addition to her work at SIT, Sora serves as Chair of NAFSA's Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community. Previously, she served in NAFSA's Region XI Chair-stream and in several national leadership positions including as Chair, Training Coordination Subcommittee and as the first Chair of Trainer Corps. Sora's current research explores careers in International Education and gender parity in senior leadership positions throughout the field. She just published a book on careers and is writing a chapter on gender parity in the forthcoming "International Handbook of Gender Equity in Higher Education." Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies, as well as a master’s degree in international administration and a certificate in distance education. She lived in England and Latin America, and is fluent in Spanish.


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Randall Salisbury

Director, Programs in Europe, Latin America and Middle East-North Africa
CET Academic Programs

Randall Salisbury is the Director of Europe, Middle East, and Latin America programs at CET Academic Programs. Working with his team, Randall is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and growth of CET's portfolio of programs in Italy, Jordan, Brazil, Colombia, and the Czech Republic. His professional interests include staff management and training, enrollment and retention, student identity, and best practices for incident management. Committed to increasing access to study abroad, Randall is very involved with the Fund for Education Abroad. He serves as a member of the DC Greater Area FEA leadership committee, and plays an active role in organizing the annual scholarship gala.

Randall earned his degree in Political Science from Dickinson College, where he spent his junior year abroad in Bologna. After graduation, he returned to Bologna where he served as the Program Associate for the Dickinson in Bologna program for two years. During his ten plus years at CET Academic Programs, Randall has focused on program development, overseas partner management, marketing, and staff management. He is a member of NAFSA's Trainer Core and has participated in and presented at NAFSA and the Forum.


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Kristen J. Mallory

Claremont McKenna College Office of Off-Campus Study

Kristen Mallory, Director of Off-Campus Studies at Claremont McKenna College, manages all study abroad academic opportunities as well as CMC’s Washington Internship Program and the Silicon Valley Program. She has held additional International Education positions at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and with the Forum on Education Abroad (ForumEA). She is a NAFSA Trainer Corps Member, and co-wrote the NAFSA CEP Workshop Health and Safety in International Education. She is currently a member of the ForumEA Council, the ForumEA Data Committee, and the IFSA Butler National Advisory Committee Executive Council. She has previously held positions as a QUIP Reviewer for the ForumEA and as the Chairperson for the ForumEA Annual Conference. She has sat on the National Advisory Board for the College of Global Studies, Arcadia University, has been a member of the Academic Council for IES Abroad, and she has chaired the IES Abroad Nominations Committee. In spring, 2013 she was awarded the Claremont McKenna College Employee Exceptional Service Award and in October, 2014, she was presented with the IES Abroad Professional Development Award. She received her Masters Degree from the School for International Training (SIT), and her international experience includes Peace Corps, Chad, and study abroad Paris. She has led many workshops on the topics of Health and Safety, Home Institution and Program Provider Relationships, and Language Policy in Study Abroad. She was an accountant for the U.S. federal government prior to entering the field.


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Lauren Ruszczyk

Assistant Director
University of Maryland-College Park OIA-Education Abroad

Lauren Ruszczyk is the Assistant Director for Advising and Outreach in Education Abroad at the University of Maryland. With over 10 years in the field, she oversees the recruitment, admissions and student support services for over 2,000 students studying abroad each year and works closely with her team to develop and lead initiatives that support broader access to study abroad for UMD's diverse student body. Lauren holds an M.A. in International Studies from the Institute for International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland with a concentration in business, language and culture.


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