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Diversity Network Advisory Council
The Diversity Abroad Network appreciates the guidance and dedication of the Advisory Council.
Cynthia Banks has decades of experience in entrepreneurial leadership as Founder/CEO of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a global education abroad organization which helped more than 30,000 students study or intern abroad at 120 programs worldwide. She currently serves as President of the Foundation for Global Scholars, a non-profit supporting globally minded young adults with scholarships and other resources. Her consulting practice, New World Vistas, designs business and leadership strategies with an emphasis on supporting women leaders.
Banks has served as a member of NAFSA’s Board of Directors, is a current trainer for the NAFSA Management Development Program and has held four other significant leadership roles with the Association including Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community and Executive Committee Treasurer, Region 2. She serves as board advisor for the Colorado State University Institute for Entrepreneurship and is an elected member of the International Women's Forum. Now in the faculty for the University of Colorado – Boulder Leed’s Business School, she also travels as an invited keynote speaker and presenter at national and global education conferences. Honors include 2009 Small Business of the Year by Colorado Women’s Chamber, Inc. Magazine Top 5000 Business and the 2013 Top Three Minority/Women Owned Business do by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.
John Christian is the President & CEO of CAPA The Global Education Network. John has a longstanding history in the field of international education spanning more than 25 years. He has been an active and contributing member of the international education industry including NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, and Forum on Education Abroad.
Dr. Leeanne Dunsmore is the Director for Education Abroad at the University of Maryland. She previously served as the Senior Educational Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, and launched the U.S Study Abroad Branch in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Prior to her role in government, she was the Associate Dean in the School of International Service at American University where she created international programs and partnerships throughout the world, building one of the most diverse schools of international affairs in the country. While at American she chaired the diversity initiatives committee for the 100K Strong Foundation, established the Pakistan Women’s Council and developed the first online degree program in international affairs in the United States. She received her B.A in international relations and business from the College of Wooster, her M.A. in international political economy from American University and a Doctorate in Global Education from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Kari Knutson Miller (Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Arizona State University; B.S. and M.S., University of Wisconsin, Madison;) joined Cal State Fullerton in 1999 as an assistant professor of child and adolescent studies. She achieved the rank of associate professor in 2005 and professor in 2010. She served in multiple faculty leadership roles including that as chair of the Department of Child and Adolescent Studies; chair of university planning, resource and budget and strategic planning committees; and academic senator. She was named the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Member/Faculty Marshal for the College of Health and Human Development and received the 2013 Faculty Leadership in Collegial Governance award. As faculty and department chair, she developed, facilitated, and led CAS international internship programs in China, Thailand, New Zealand, and Germany with these transformational learning experiences highlighted in the 2014 Center for Internships and Community Engagement Report.
Daniel Obst is President & CEO of AFS Intercultural Programs, a global network of 60 member organizations with nearly 50,000 volunteers and programs in 99 countries. Before joining AFS in 2016, Daniel served as Deputy Vice President for International Partnerships at the Institute of International Education (IIE) where he provided strategic leadership for many groundbreaking IIE initiatives. Daniel led the launch of Generation Study Abroad, which mobilized 700 international partner organizations to help double the number of U.S. students who study abroad. Under his leadership, partners pledged more than $185 million to support study abroad. He was also responsible for all the activities of IIE’s network of 1,500 member institutions, publications and higher education services, IIE’s Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education, and strategic communications team, including alumni affairs.
Dr. Anthony L. Pinder serves as the inaugural Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs for Internationalization and Global Engagement at Emerson College in Boston, MA. He plays a pivotal role in helping the College determine what it means to be a leading institution in the arts and communication in a global way. As the chief international officer, he is responsible for managing and building on all of the College’s international operations, such as Emerson College’s European Center at Kasteel Well, The Netherlands; its partnerships with the United Nations Development Programme and the Academy of Performing Arts for Film and Television in the Czech Republic. He established Emerson’s Global Pathways Program, which number 15 faculty-led education abroad programs around the world. He provides leadership to Emerson’s Curriculum Internationalization Studio, international student operations, education abroad programming, international agreements, English Language Learning, among other strategies for internationalization.
Previously, he served as the charter Director of Internationalization and Assistant Professor of Education at Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC). In this role he was responsible for the vision, implementation and staffing of GGC’s comprehensive internationalization operation. Dr. Pinder’s research and professional interests focus on the international dimensions of higher education at the institutional, system, national and international levels, student global learning outcomes/assessment and minority serving institutions. His 16 years in higher education have also included serving as the chief international officer at two historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), notably, Executive Director of the Andrew Young Center for International Affairs at Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA) and Associate Dean of Global Studies at Dillard University (New Orleans, LA).
Dr. Jewell Green Winn has over thirty-five years of experience in education. She provides leadership to the office of International Affairs at Tennessee State University as the Senior International Officer, Deputy Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership. Dr. Winn holds the Doctorate of Education, Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration degrees.