Recruiting and retaining a diverse class of students has been a priority within higher education; yet, once enrolled, how does diversity of institutional leadership impact student engagement on campus? Are we inadvertently discouraging our students from studying abroad through a lack of diversity at entry-level positions? In this session we will discuss the commonly held eligibility requirements for new professionals in education abroad and consider ways in which we can balance high expectations for professional preparedness with increased diversity on staff. The outcome of this workshop will suggest a revised approach to hiring and leadership development within education abroad.
- Discuss commonly held eligibility requirements for entry-level positions in education abroad and the potential barriers they present for recruiting a diverse candidate pool
- Identify strategies to confront barriers to entry in education abroad through the recruitment, screening, and hiring processes for new employees within our offices
- Understand how implicit bias may impact our hiring practices and create a space for ongoing reflection
Jaci Czarnecki Thompson, Director, Student Services & Support - New York University
Jaci Czarnecki Thompson is the Director of Student Services and Support at New York University’s Office of Global Programs. She oversees the recruitment, enrollment, and admissions processes for NYU’s thirteen study away locations, manages the online application and reporting systems for 5,000+ applicants annually, and serves on several local and national committees focused on diversity, leadership, and student development. Jaci has undergraduate degrees from Penn State University in Spanish and International Studies, and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from New York University.
Moira Rogers, Ph.D., Executive Director, Education Abroad - University of Maryland
Dr. Moira Rogers, Executive Director of Education Abroad, comes to UMD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Prior to Illinois, Moira was Coordinator of Foreign Language Programs and Professor of Language and Literature at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; Assistant Professor of Spanish at Morehouse College in Atlanta; and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). After earning her BA in Higher Education at UBA, she went on to earn an MA in Biblical Studies at Eastern Mennonite and a PhD in Science and Technology at Virginia Tech. Moira is passionate about establishing global partnerships between the United States, Latin America, Northern Africa and Europe, as well as about building bridges across the borders of culture, language, and institutions. She embraces the opportunities of working collaboratively to prepare students to play a role in solving the intractable global challenges of our times. As a first generation, Latina professional, she is committed to developing and implementing innovative strategies to expand access to international education for underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. She looks forward to continuing to focus UMD's internationalization efforts on developing students professionally through innovation, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and global citizenship.
Lauren Ruszczyk, Assistant Director, Education Abroad - University of Maryland
Lauren Ruszczyk is the Assistant Director for Advising and Outreach in Education Abroad at the University of Maryland. With over 10 years in the field, she oversees the recruitment, admissions and student support services for over 2,000 students studying abroad each year and works closely with her team to develop and lead initiatives that support broader access to study abroad for UMD's diverse student body. Lauren holds an M.A. in International Studies from the Institute for International Studies at the University of Technology, Sydney and a B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Maryland with a concentration in business, language and culture. Lauren studied abroad in Alcalá de Henares, Spain during her time as an undergraduate at UMD and worked and studied in Australia and Chile during her graduate studies.
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