Education Abroad (EA)


100,000 Strong in the Americas: Developing a Breakthrough Proposal

Wednesday, May 31
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
LACC, Room 501

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund public-private partnership is continuing robustly into the new U.S. administration. The needle is moving on student mobility in the Western Hemisphere. This session provides practical guidance to help institutions that are new to the initiative as well as those that wish to leverage its power further.

Learning Objectives:

Melissa Golladay

Vice President, Education and Global Citizenship
Partners of the Americas

Melissa Golladay is the Vice President for Education and Global Citizenship at Partners of the Americas. She has over 12 years of professional experience working in Latin America and the US on citizen diplomacy, volunteerism, leadership and community development.

As Vice President, Ms. Golladay leads programs that connect volunteers, students, youth, and professionals across borders to collaborate on issues such as workforce development, community-led development, climate change, entrepreneurship, and government transparency. She previously served as Director for Professional Leadership Exchanges and Youth Engagement as well as Program Officer with the Center for Civil Society, where she worked to build the capacity of CSOs and government to increase citizen participation in local decision-making. Ms. Golladay has co-authored four publications on civil society participation in the Inter-American System and case studies of successful programs.

Ms. Golladay is a trained facilitator and has led sessions for more than 900 youth and adults in volunteer management, proposal development, and leadership skills. Ms. Golladay has given presentations at the Youth Service Institute, the Conference on Higher Education and International Volunteer Service, and the National Conference on International Citizen Diplomacy. In addition, Ms. Golladay has planned numerous conferences including the International Youth Ambassador Summit and the Conference on International Volunteering and Higher Education. Ms. Golladay served as the Chair of the Agenda Committee for the 2nd World Summit on Youth Volunteering in 2011. In addition, Ms. Golladay served as mentor and facilitator at the Youth Forum of the Americas preceding Sixth Summit of the Americas in 2012 and led a delegation of youth leaders at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in 2009.

Ms.Golladay serves as Treasurer of the Board for the Building Bridges Coalition, a coalition over 300 organizations, private sector corporations, and universities working to scale up and improve the quality of international service.

She earned a M.A. in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, concentrating in Social Development and a B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.


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Mark Farmer

Director for Higher Education & Public Policy
NAFSA Office Public Policy

Mark Farmer is Director for Higher Education and Public Policy at NAFSA: Association of International Educators, where he works primarily on study abroad and global learning issues, including the Obama administration’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative. Prior to joining NAFSA in 2011, Mark worked on Capitol Hill for Representative Walt Minnick (D-Idaho) and for the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in French from the University of Idaho; during his junior year, he studied abroad in France at the University of Pau.


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David A. Hodge

Director, Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy, Western Hemisphere
U.S. Department of State

David Hodge is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, rank of Minister Counselor. He heads the office of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy for the Western Hemisphere, including educational diplomacy issues for all embassies and consulates in the region. Previously, he served as Counselor for Public Affairs in Bangkok, Thailand and La Paz, Bolivia, and Cultural Affairs Officer in Brasilia, Brazil and Lima, Peru. Also, he was Political/Economic chief in Maputo, Mozambique, Deputy Consul General in Buenos Aires, Argentina, an Economic officer in Brasilia, Brazil, and a junior officer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Lisbon, Portugal. He speaks Spanish, Portuguese, and Thai.

A native of Indianapolis, IN, he graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington and Georgetown University.


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Mavel M. Marina

Student and Scholar Specialist
University of California-Santa Barbara

Mavel M. Marina currently holds a PhD from the University of California in the area of Educational Leadership and Organizations with an emphasis on University Internationalization. She has worked in the field of international education for over 20 years in administrative areas which include, English program admission, issuance of immigration documentation and advisement, authorization of employment within the USA, supervision of cultural assimilation activities/workshops, and international short-term program design for higher education institutions. In addition, she has facilitated the organization of conferences for Latin American educators, chaired the international component of INTELs International Science and Engineering Fair, and collaborated with the USA College Board in introducing US university systems to education advisors from all over the world. More recently she has designed short-term programming funded by Mexican and US government entities such as CONACYT, COMEXUS, CITNOVA, and the US Embassy in Mexico City.


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