International Enrollment Management (IEM)


Practical Considerations in Admitting and Enrolling Displaced and Refugee Students

Thursday, June 1
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
LACC, Room 403

This session presents research and practice in the admission and enrollment of refugees into higher education. Panelists share their perspectives and experiences working with displaced and refugee students in the United States and Canada, as well as support services that refugees may need following matriculation.

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Bryce K. Loo

Senior Research Associate
World Education Services

Bryce Loo is Research Manager for World Education Services (WES), where he manages major research projects, as well as conducts research, writes, and presents. He has conducted research in the fields of international higher education, student mobility, and skilled immigration. He has published several research reports and articles for WES and external publications, most notably on credential assessment and higher education access issues for refugees and on career services for international students. He has presented at numerous conferences, including NAFSA Annual, NAFSA regional conferences, NAGAP, CIES, EAIE, Metropolis Canada, and the annual WES-Boston College Center for International Higher Education Summer Seminar. Bryce earned a master’s degree in international education development from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a bachelor’s degree in history from California State University, Bakersfield. Bryce served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Mongolia, where he was an English teacher trainer at a rural teaching college, from 2011 to 2013.


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Michelle Manks

Senior Manager - Campus Engagement and Student Refugee Program
World University Service of Canada

Michelle Manks is the Senior Manager of the World University Service of Canada's Student Refugee Program. This unique youth-led program works with the Canadian post-secondary community to fund, place and support refugee students at institutions across the country. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the support provided to refugee youth by student, faculty, and staff volunteers at participating campuses and providing refugee resettlement and integration training. In addition to engaging partners in-Canada, her responsibilities also include oversight of the program’s overseas activities, including the recruitment, admissions, and preparation of young refugees coming from Africa, South-East Asia, and the Middle-East.


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Wesley Milner

Executive Director of International Programs
University of Evansville

Wesley Milner is Executive Director of International Programs and Professor of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Evansville, a comprehensive, private institution in Evansville, Indiana. He oversees the Office of Education Abroad/Harlaxton College (UE’s British Campus), the Intensive English Center, and personnel charged with coordinating scholarships and grants related to student and faculty opportunities abroad. He is also responsible for facilitating collaboration across academic and non-academic offices to advance international engagement of students, faculty and staff on the Evansville campus and at international sites. This involves International Admissions, Cultural Engagement and International Services, Institute for Global Enterprise, Center for Career Development, Alumni and Parent Relations, and the General Education Program. Previously, he served as the Igleheart Endowed Chair of Political Science and Chair of the Department of Law, Politics and Society. Professor Milner’s international experience includes serving as a visiting professor several times at both Harlaxton College in Grantham, England and Tokoha University in Shizuoka, Japan as well with Semester at Sea, circumnavigating the globe in four months. His research on globalization and human rights has taken him to Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern/Southern Africa.


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Jennifer Murray


Jennifer Murray is the Director of the Institute for Liberal Education (IILE) and Bard Abroad at Bard College, where she oversees all study abroad and exchange activity for the college. Jennifer directs Bard Abroad's study abroad programming at Saint Petersburg State University's Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny College); the Al-Quds Bard Honors College, a Palestinian institution; the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan; Central European University in Budapest; and Bard College Berlin. Students from over fifty North American colleges and universities enroll annually at these international partners. Jennifer has worked in international higher education for twenty-five years, and has a BA from Rutgers University and a MS Ed from Baruch College, CUNY.


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