International Education Leadership (IEL)


Leveraging Innovative University Partnerships in Complex Global Academic Environments

Wednesday, May 31
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
LACC, Room 410

Creating new sustainable institutional partnerships in complex global environments is not easy. Presenters will share lessons learned and insights on working with multiple stake-holders in higher education and government to create and leverage innovative university partnerships that increase regional capacity and student and faculty mobility.

Learning Objectives:

Richard Boyum

University Partnerships Coordinator, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
US Department of State

Richard Boyum is the University Partnerships Coordinator for the US State Department Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, Office of Press and Public Diplomacy. He has also served with the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as director of the Office of English Language Programs, and field officer in Egypt, Brazil, Thailand, India and Chile. Richard has an MA in Bilingual Education from Georgetown University.


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Margaret Hug

U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA)
U.S. Department of State

Maggie Hug is Coordinator for 100,000 Strong in the Americas and Innovation Fund - the leading education initiative at the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA) at U.S. Department of State. Maggie works with multiple stakeholders at NGOs, universities, colleges, private sector, and U.S. Embassies in 30+ countries to increase student exchange and training opportunities between the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean. She collaborates with the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, NAFSA, and the business community in Latin America to facilitate support for and engagement with Innovation Fund grants for higher education institutions throughout the Americas. Innovation Fund grants build institutional capacity for regional education cooperation and provide more opportunities for students and faculty to work together in teams in the U.S. and the rest of the WHA region. Maggie has over 18 years of Fulbright program leadership experience, including her work as the Deputy Director of the Fulbright Commission in Mexico where she managed 12+ distinct Fulbright academic exchange programs for 400+ students, teachers, and professors annually between the United States and Mexico. Maggie has extensive experience managing U.S. government funded programs and working with Fulbright Commissions, Fulbright participants, U.S. Embassies, universities, English-language training centers, NGOs, Ministries of Education, and private sector. Maggie received a Fulbright grant in TESOL to Mexico and has designed and led training programs for Fulbright participants and ESL/EFL educators. She is passionate about facilitating networks and contacts in academia, NGOs, and the business community to provide more opportunities for students and faculty to have international education experiences. She is also honored to have received the 2016 Executive Staff Champion Award from NAFSA.


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Margaret Y. Luévano

Associate Director
University of Texas-Austin International Office

Margaret Luévano has been at The University of Texas at Austin since 2010 and is currently the Associate Director of International Student & Scholar Services. Before coming to UT Austin, she was Director of International Student Services at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. She holds a BA in international relations from St. Mary’s University, an MA in Middle Eastern studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MFA in creative nonfiction from Goucher College in Baltimore. In addition to participating in the Baden-Württemberg Seminar, Margaret has traveled to Turkey, Israel, the West Bank, Jordan, Guatemala, and Mexico.


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James Witte

Director,Institute for Immigration Research & Center for Social Science Research
George Mason University

James Witte is a professor of sociology, Director of the Center for Social Science Research (CSSR) and Research Director for the Institute for Immigration Research (IIR). Witte, who earned his PhD from Harvard in 1991, has been a professor at Clemson University and Northwestern University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center and a lecturer in sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Witte came to Mason in the fall of 2009 to take over leadership of CSSR.

Since then CSSR has grown in the amount and range of funded research it conducts. Major projects include the privately funded Institute for Immigration research and the recently funded University Partnership with the University of Karachi. As a Fulbright Specialist Witte has also taught a series of short courses on research methods at the National University of Sciences and Technology in Islamabad, Pakistan.


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