Category: Internationalizing the Campus

Educational Diplomacy: Confucius Institutes at U. S. Universities

Wednesday, May 31
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 34

This poster discusses the activities of Confucius Institutes (CIs) to globalize college campuses and the surrounding community and explains the benefits and limits of CIs on U. S. campuses.

Ashley T. Simmons

PhD in Higher Education student
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY

Ashley Simmons is a PhD Higher Education and International Education Graduate Certificate student at the University of Kentucky. Previously, she served as director of International Programs at Alabama A&M University, assistant director for International Programs at Indiana - Purdue University Fort Wayne, grant analyst and program development officer at Delaware State University. She is Past Chair of the Study Alabama Consortium for International Education and Economic Development and Treasurer/Registrar for the Alabama Association of International Educators. Ms. Simmons is the Region VI Local Arrangements Chair, Co-Poster Fair Organizer for Intercultural Initiatives, and member of the Membership Engagement Committee with NAFSA. Previously, she served as Region VI Conference Planner, Region VI Conference Planner Apprentice, and Indiana state Registrar and Logistics Chair. Simmons received her MA in International Relations from Syracuse University and BA in Economics & Political Science with an emphasis in International Studies from Tougaloo College. Simmons is also a member of the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and the International Studies Association.