International Enrollment Management (IEM)


From Access to Success: Admitting, Enrolling, and Retaining High-Achieving, Low-Income International Students

Thursday, June 1
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
LACC, Room 403

With the goal of bringing true diversity and inclusion to international student populations, this session includes the perspectives of a college counselor, admissions officer, international student adviser, and a high-level administrator to discuss admitting, enrolling, and supporting high-achieving, low-income (HALI) students in order to make a positive impact.

Learning Objectives:

Rebecca Zeigler Mano

Education Matters

Rebecca Zeigler Mano is the Director of Education Matters, a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe that matches high-achieving, low-income students with higher education opportunities. Previously, she worked for 15 years as the EducationUSA Country Coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Harare. Rebecca founded the United States Student Achievers Program (USAP) to assist highly talented, economically disadvantaged Zimbabwean students access admission and financial aid to study at top U.S. institutions. USAP has assisted over 300 students to study in the United States. In 2013 a film about USAP won the NAFSA International Education Video Contest. An active NAFSAn, Zeigler Mano served as the chair of the Recruitment, Admissions, and Preparation Knowledge Community and was a member of the 2009 Annual Conference Committee. She won the Marita Houlihan Award in 2005 for her work with USAP. She has presented at ten national NAFSA conferences on a variety of topics relevant to international admission. Her expertise includes working with economically-disadvantaged students, disabled students and those with sporting talent.


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Heidi Gregori-Gahan

Associate Provost, International Programs and Services
University of Southern Indiana

Heidi Gregori-Gahan has been active in the field of international education for over 35 years. She currently serves as Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of Southern Indiana, a comprehensive unit responsible for providing services to international students and scholars; international recruitment; development and implementation of study abroad programs ; Intensive English; and campus-wide programming. Gregori-Gahan is a past presenter at regional, national, and international NAFSA conferences and other professional meetings, and has held several regional and national positions with the association. She received numerous grants to fund international projects that enhanced both the campus and the community. Most recently, USI was one of two U.S. institutions selected to serve as host institution for degree-seeking students from underserved communities who are supported by SENACYT Panama. Gregori-Gahan holds a BA in German from Kalamazoo College and an MA in higher education from Loyola University.


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Ann Kuhlman

Director, Office of International Students and Scholars
Yale University Office of International Students & Scholars

Ann Kuhlman is the director of the office of international students and scholars at Yale University. She oversees the operation of the International Center for Yale Students and Scholars, directing programs and providing services to more than 4,000 international students, researchers, faculty, staff, and their dependents. With a staff of 13 professionals, she plans and manages a variety of activities, including program development, advising services, and liaison with governmental and non-governmental agencies. Before coming to Yale, she was the associate director for the Office of International Programs at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for NAFSA in Washington, DC. Kuhlman received several international travel awards (including a Fulbright to Korea) and has been an active member leader in NAFSA since the late 1970s. From 2000-2007, she served as the vice president of the Connecticut Fulbright Alumni Association.


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Ronald S. Rochon

University of Southern Indiana International Office

Ronald S. Rochon currently serves as provost at the University of Southern Indiana, a position held since 2010.

He previously served as associate vice president for teacher education and dean of the School of Education at Buffalo State College, and director and co-founder of the Research Center for Cultural Diversity and Community Renewal at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse (UW-L). He also directed the Master of
Education Professional Development Program and was interim director of the School of Education and associate dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Teacher Education at UW-L.

He earned his undergraduate degree at Tuskegee University and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). His doctoral work was in educational policy studies. His teaching career includes work at UIUC, Texas A&M University, Washington State University, and UW-L.

Rochon is former chair of the Board of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher


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