International Education Leadership (IEL)


Constructing Meaningful Partnerships with Latin American Universities from the Ground Up

Tuesday, May 30
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
LACC, Room 150

Building relationships between Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking Latin American universities and U.S. institutions requires broad-stroke competencies. This session addresses public and private university perspectives, regional distinctiveness, and case studies. U.S. perspectives will include academic student and research exchanges.

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Adria L. Baker

Associate Vice Provost for International Education
Rice University Office of International Students & Scholars

Adria L. Baker, Associate Vice Provost for International Education, Offices of International Students & Scholars and Brasil@Rice at Rice University, is also a U.S. Fulbright Scholar Ambassador. She participated in the 2013 Fulbright Korean International Education Administrators program. She has held national and regional leadership positions in international education including: 1) Texas State Whip 2) Mayor's Task Force for International Visitors 3) Texas Governor's Infrastructure Council 4) led Committee for a Texas International Education Policy 5) chaired NAFSA Region III 6) Regional Affairs Committee 7) on Local Arrangments Team (LAT) for NAFSA's conference in Houston 8) co-chaired the Pre-registration Committee 9) Fulbright selection committee. Baker has presented many sessions at the national, regional, and local level, and has written several articles on international education. Her passion is helping new international educators get involved in the field, as well as encouraging their involvement in advocacy for international education echange. She won the inaugural service awards: 1) KCISS for IE Excellence 2) Advocate of the Year, and 3) Region III Advocacy Day travel grant namesake. She led Rice in the nomination for the Simon Campus Internationalization Award 2015, where they won for their Brazilian initiatives.


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Yorleni Aguilar

Liaison Officer Asia-Pacific, USA and Canada
Universidad De Costa Rica Oficina De Asuntos Internacionales

Magister in Higher Education Administration of UCR. Head of the International Cooperation Section at the Office of International Affairs and External Cooperation of the University of Costa Rica. Liaison Officer of Cooperation Asia-Pacific, USA and Canada. As part of my job, I collaborate in the process of negotiation and formalization of UCR’s international agreements and its participation in international technical and scientific cooperation programs, as well as in the promotion of study abroad opportunities and organization of international delegations visits.


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Rosemary Shinkai

Dean of International and Institutional Affairs
PUCRS - Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul

Rosemary Shinkai graduated in Dentistry from the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil, and was a Research Fellow at the Department of Prosthodontics of USP. She received her MSc and PhD degrees in Dental Clinics from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, and was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and a Visiting Scholar at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA. She is a specialist certified in Aging and Health (National School of Public Health / ENSP/FIOCRUZ), Prosthodontics (Federal Council of Dentistry), Gerontology (Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology), and Geriatric Dentistry (Federal Council of Dentistry). She is currently a Professor of the Department of Prosthodontics and former Dean of International and Institutional Affairs at PUCRS. Roser Shinkai mentors Master's and Doctoral students in Prosthodontics. Her academic and research interests include ageing, oral rehabilitation, research integrity, publication ethics, sustainable development, and internationalization of higher education.


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Ana Villavicencio

Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC)
Education USA

Ana Villavicencio is the Regional Regional Educational Advising Coordinator (REAC) for South America – Andean Region (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela). She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies and International Relations and two Masters in political science and public administration from U.S. institutions. Ana lived 12 years in the U.S. before returning to Ecuador. She has worked both in the U.S. and Ecuador in the public and non-profit sector on issues related to international relations, including international education, for more than 6 years. Her last position was as Senior Advisor for EducationUSA and Fulbright Commission Ecuador for two and a half years. Prior to joining EducationUSA in 2012, she worked as the International Relations Advisor to the Minister of Higher Education of Ecuador.


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