The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) is an active member of the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA). Recently, UFIC staff attended and presented at the AIEA annual conference held in Washington, DC. Members of the UFIC delegation included: Dean Leonardo Villalón, Susanne Hill, Sandra Russo, Angela Miller and Julie Fesenmaier.

Under the theme, Internationalization Imperative in Turbulent Times, the 2018 AIEA Conference attracted hundreds of senior international officers worldwide. Dean Leonardo Villalón moderated a session on Determining Outcomes of International Research Partnership. The panelists included Nicola Kernaghan (Queens University of Belfast), Chad Hoseth (Colorado State University) and Sandra Russo, Director of the UF Office for Global Research Engagement. This panel explored approaches for universities to leverage their international partnerships to advance research, scholarship and creative activity. Panelists shared their best practices for tracking partnership activity and documenting successful outcomes.

UF Study Abroad Director, Angela Miller, along with colleagues Alice Yang, Associate Director for International Education at Saint Mary’s College in Indiana and Mary Machira, Director, International Student and Scholar Center Weber State University in Utah, led the discussion: Diversity Matters: A Frank Discussion on Navigating Leadership as Women of Color in International Education.

Participants discussed the intersectional ties of race, age, and gender in leadership, challenges faced by women of color, and strategies to advance their careers in International Education. Facilitators gathered stories from women leaders in higher education across the country. Mary Kay Schneider Carodine, Assistant Vice-President for UF Student Affairs, and Rosana Resende, Undergraduate Coordinator for UF’s Center for Latin American Studies and Associate Director of Florida-Brazil Linkage Institute were interviewed to help discover common themes across their experiences and strategies to advance women of color in higher education leadership.

Source: Dr. Angela Miller