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Moving Upward and Onward: Promoting Black and African American Leaders in International Education

Wednesday, May 31
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
LACC, Room 503

This session focuses on empowering African American professionals to stay engaged, increase knowledge and expertise, and be ready to move into leadership positions at institutions and in organizations like NAFSA. It provides a forum for networking with experts in the field. Participants will receive guidance on how to prepare for their next career step.

Learning Objectives:

Marilyn J. Jackson

San Francisco State University Office of International Programs

Marilyn Jackson, Ed.D, is the Director of the Office of International Programs at San Francisco State University (SF State) with more than 20 years of experience in the field of education abroad. She received her doctorate in international and multicultural education from the University of San Francisco. Inspired by her experiences as a study abroad student in Tuebingen, Germany, she wrote her dissertation on the experiences of African American study abroad students. She has presented on issues of diversity and equity in education abroad as well as the influence of media on study abroad participation at several NAFSA national and regional conferences. San Francisco State University received the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization in 2012.


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Vern Granger

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Connecticut-Storrs

Vern Granger is the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Connecticut. In this current role, he works on the worldwide outreach and marketing to high-achieving and diverse students, oversight of the awarding of merit scholarships, implementation and administration of the University’s admission process and policies, the success of new and current students, and the advancement of UConn’s position as one of the preeminent institutions in the country.

Prior to his arrival at UConn, he served at the Director of Undergraduate Admissions at The Ohio State University. Previously, he led the Admissions Office at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. Vern began his professional career at North Carolina State University, where he worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions for eleven years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and his master’s degree from North Carolina State University.


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Angela Guinyard

International Student & Scholar Advisor
Emory University International Student & Scholar Services

Angela Guinyard is an international student and scholar advisor at Emory University. Her past leadership roles within NAFSA are, Region VII chair, the Membership Committee - Member at Large, Trainer Corps, Black/Multicultural Professionals in International Education (BMCPIE) Special Interest Group chair and the HBCU Representative for Region VII. She continues to encourage new and existing professionals to become actively engaged in NAFSA by sharing their knowledge and expertise within the association. Guinyard’s career in international education began in 1995 at Georgia State University and developed the Office of International Student Services at Spelman College. She has presented and led various sessions throughout the years, and served in leadership roles within her state, and at the regional and national level. She is a graduate of South Carolina State University.


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