International Enrollment Management (IEM)


Meaningful Pursuits: Recruitment, Advising, and Research of Marginalized International Students

Thursday, June 1
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
LACC, Room 408A

Learn lessons from practice and research on how to make international student recruitment, advising, and policies successful for marginalized communities, particularly in Asia and Africa. Explore how investment by higher education institutions, national governments, and foundations all play a part in ensuring social justice in cross-border mobility.

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Michele Scheib

Project Specialist
Mobility International USA

Michele is a Project Specialist for the National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange and has been at Mobility International USA since 1998. She initiates projects involving the website, database, social media, research, presentations, advising, and writing. Michele completed her M.A. in Comparative and International Development Education at the University of Minnesota, where she did research on students with non-apparent disabilities in education abroad. She has studied abroad with the School for International Training and volunteered as a teacher for Deaf children in Kenya. She has also visited with disability organizations in Northeast Thailand on a Rotary scholarship, and traveled throughout Europe.


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Umair Khan

Country Coordinator

Umair Khan is the Country Coordinator for EducationUSA-Pakistan at the United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan and has been with the EducationUSA network since 2012. Umair received his B.S. in Economics from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL. Umair participated in two Study Abroad Programs through Northern Illinois University at the American University in Dubai, U.A.E. Umair has previously been the Director of Sales & Marketing for a real estate firm in Dubai. Umair also worked for an Education Corporation in Chicago, IL as a Senior International Admissions Adviser.


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Mirka Martel

Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Institute of International Education

Ms. Mirka Martel is Head of Global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (ME&L) at the Institute of International Education (IIE). She works with the IIE Center for Academic Mobility Research and Impact. Ms. Martel specializes in quantitative and qualitative evaluation of international education programs, with a specific interest in literacy, higher education, and international fellowships. She has over 12 years of international research and evaluation experience working with U.S. government clients, NGOs, and private corporations and over 8 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of international education programs worldwide. At IIE she has managed evaluations for several clients including the Alcoa Foundation, Cargill Foundation, Ford Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Ms. Martel is also leading a quasi-experimental study of the comparative effects of IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program in Ethiopia.


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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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