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Simon Award: Successful Internationalization Strategies

Wednesday, May 31
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
LACC, Room 515B

Join representatives from U.S. institutions that received the 2016 and 2017 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization in facilitated roundtable discussions. Presenters share their successful internationalization strategies, as evidenced in practice, structures, philosophies, and policies.

Table moderators will include:
2016 Comprehensive Winners
Marca Bear, PhD, University of Tampa
Debbie DeBacco, College of William & Mary
Emily Zyko Rukobo, New York Institute of Technology

2016 Spotlight Winners
Kelley Coleman, Texas Tech University
Jami Leibowitz, PhD, East Carolina University
Melissa McMurray, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

2017 Comprehensive Winners
Ariel Armony, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
Cynthia Green, EdD, Florida State University
Georgia Lorenz, PhD, Santa Monica College
Downing Thomas, PhD, University of Iowa

2017 Spotlight Winners
Thorne Anderson, PhD, University of North Texas
Mike Slattery, PhD, Texas Christian University
‘Dijemi Togunde, PhD, Spelman College

Learning Objectives:

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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T'Nia Crutchfield

Senior Coordinator
NAFSA Office - Global Programs and Resource Development

Senior Coordinator for the Internationalization Services department at NAFSA with a background in elementary education and international development in Latin America.


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