Category: Increasing Diversity Outreach and Support in International Education

Recruiting and Retaining Students Displaced in Conflict Affected Areas

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 23

This poster presentation will identify strategies to recruit from conflict areas and underserved populations through facts, trends and stories. Understand recruitment, retention practices, academic preparedness and credentials

Karen MARIE. Bauer

Regional Educational Director for the Middle East and North Africa
REAC EducationUSA
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Karen M. Bauer is the Regional Education Advising Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa. She is based in Dubai, UAE where she and her staff work with thousands of students going to the United States for study. She presents often on government scholarship programs, challenges and opportunities in the Middle East and recruiting in the region. Previously, Karen lived and work abroad in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. She received her BA in international affairs from Holy Names University and her MA in international education from the School for International Training. Her research at SIT focused on “Crisis Management: Post-September 11,” offering support to Muslim and Arab Students.

Lorna Middlebrough

Education Specialist for Iraq
U.S. Department of State
Silver Spring, MD

Lorna Middlebrough is the Education Specialist for Iraq at the U.S. Department of State where she strives to advance U.S. public diplomacy by engaging with Iraqi academics and students. She works to increase the number of Iraqi students studying at U.S. universities by strengthening the capacity of the Iraqi scholarship programs and higher education offices, supporting U.S. universities in their recruitment and retention activities, and creating pathways to facilitate admission for Iraqi students. Previously, she was the EducationUSA Advisor in Iraq for two years, where she organized the first EducationUSA university fairs and initiated social media outreach to Iraqi scholarship holders. Lorna has taught ESL in the United States, China, and Turkey. She has also worked in public relations with USAID/Sri Lanka and the private sector. She has a BA in Public Communication from American University and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language from Johns Hopkins University. Lorna is a contractor with OBXtek, supporting the U.S. Government.