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Invest in your Career—NAFSA Academy

Wednesday, October 16
2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Location: Wind River

Learn from current Region II NAFASA Academy members about their experiences in this intensive yearlong training program with extensive networking opportunities. Participating in the NAFSA Academy accelerates your learning process and prepares you for leadership. Come to learn about this investment in your career in International Education.

Learning Objectives:

Grant Hunter

Director of International Programs
Hastings College

I attended Hastings College and graduated with a BA in Business Administration and Human Resource Management. In 2015 I was selected as US Student Program Fulbright English Teaching Assistant where I lived and worked in Kosovo for a year. Upon my return to the United States, I returned to Hastings College as a regional and international admissions counselor in Omaha Nebraska. In 2018 I was named the first Director of International Programs at Hastings College and the lead person on campus for internationalization of campus, building an education abroad portfolio, managing international enrollment, and supporting international student's enrolled on campus.


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Christopher Quinlan

International Program Coordinator
Brigham Young University

Christopher Quinlan joined BYU’s Kennedy Center in 2014, after a decade doing community and international development work in the non-profit sector. As an International Program Coordinator with BYU’s International Study Programs office, he now assists with the administration of study abroad, internship, and direct enrollment programs. He is also an Alternate Responsible Officer and assists students coming to BYU on J-1 visas through direct enrollment programs.


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Barbara J. Velazquez, M.S.

Metropolitan Community College

Barbara Velázquez is the coordinator of international/intercultural education at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska. For over 30 years she has served diverse student needs. For the last 10 years she has guided faculty and students pursuing education abroad experiences. Barbara has served in many volunteer roles within NAFSA including state representative, region treasurer, region Chair and chair of the regional affairs committee.


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