Shared Interest (SI)
Presenters will describe research results that demonstrate the potential of education abroad in fostering diversity and inclusion, promoting student retention and a sense of belonging on students’ home campuses and in their communities.
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
David Wick, EdD, is assistant professor of international education management at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He earned his BA in French, German, and dance at Macalester College in Minnesota, his MSE in educational theory and practice at Arkansas State University-Jonesboro and his EdD in higher education leadership with an emphasis on equity in education abroad at San Francisco State University.
He came to international education from teaching English abroad and teaching French in the United States. He presents sessions and workshops on financial planning for education abroad, diversity, equity, social justice, marketing, advising, credit transfer, exchange management, and professional development at conferences in the US and abroad. As Past Chair of NAFSA's Education Abroad Knowledge Community he oversaw education abroad content for the 2017 NAFSA Annual Conference. Previously, he served as the 2013 NAFSA Annual Conference Content Chair and has leadership roles with Diversity Abroad/Diversity Network and Lessons from Abroad.
Assistant Director, Global Affairs
New York University Steinhardt
Stina Dufour is the Assistant Director of the Office of Global Affairs at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, where she brings several years' admissions, orientation, and communications experience to the development of short-term, faculty-led study abroad opportunities for US and international students alike. Stina earned an MA in International Education from New York University, a BA in Sociology and Scandinavian studies, magna cum laude, from North Park University, and is an alumna of NAFSA's Academy for International Education. She begins an EdD in Higher Education Administration at NYU this fall.
Assistant Professor/ Faculty Director for Internationalization
California State University-Los Angeles
Dr. Tasha Willis is a social work educator with roots in educational equity, international education and intercultural communication. She was appointed to serve as the Faculty Director for Internationalization at Cal State Los Angeles, where she is also an Assistant Professor of Social Work. She strives to cultivate international and global opportunities on and off campus for students, the majority of whom are first generation college students and/or underrepresented students in higher education and education abroad. Thus far, she has herself led courses to Thailand, Costa Rica and Colombia and supported programs in Ghana, Guatemala, and Venezuela and now supports other faculty developing courses for the first time. Her dissertation research used an intersectional lens to explore racial and gender micro-aggressions experienced by Black women community college students who studied abroad. Currently, most of her published work centers on asset-based education abroad for 1st-generation college students and social work students at an Hispanic Serving Institution. Her advocacy to bring access to high quality international learning opportunities to the School of Social Work led her and other colleagues to found Social Work Abroad Program (SWAP), a non-profit organization dedicated to providing enriched, supported, intercultural internships for US social work students who transform both personally and professionally.