(in order of program appearance)

You may also view/download a .pdf of panelist information by country:
MEXICO    I    PERU    I    CUBA    I    ARGENTINA    I    COSTA RICA      THE CARIBBEAN    I    COLOMBIA    I    BRAZIL        

Salvador Jara Guerrero was appointed as Undersecretary of Higher Education in Mexico on October 16, 2015. Prior to this position, he was interim governor of the state of Michoacan, his home state, from June 2014 to September 2015.  Undersecretary Jara was founding director of the Council of Science and Technology of the State of Michoacan and President of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. 

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead Tertiary Education Specialist and Coordinator of its Network of Higher Education Specialists. He serves as the coordinator of the internal thematic group on higher education, which helps facilitate the exchange of ideas on higher education initiatives across the globe. Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a network of more than 160 higher education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona, where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At the University of Arizona, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies.


Panel Moderator: 
Dr. Salvador Jara Guerrero
Undersecretary of Higher Education, Mexico

Presentation Summary: Presentation Summary: Drawing from his experience in both academic and government leadership roles, Dr. Jara will discuss the importance of workforce development and social mobility in Mexico. 

Bio: Salvador Jara Guerrero was appointed as Undersecretary of Higher Education in Mexico on October 16, 2015. Prior to this position, he was interim governor of the state of Michoacan, his home state, from June 2014 to September 2015.  Undersecretary Jara was founding director of the Council of Science and Technology of the State of Michoacan and President of the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo. 

Ing. Héctor Arreola Soria, General Coordinator
Coordinación General de Universidades Tecnológicas y Politécnicas  - CGUTyP

About CGUTyP: The General Coordination of Technological and Polytechnic Universities in Mexico sets normative and administrative regulations that support the development of top level professionals and their incorporation into the national workforce.

Bio: Ing. Héctor Arreola Soria currently serves as the General Coordinator of Technological and Polytechnic Universities where he has driven continuity and fostered internationalization within the field of engineering. He has been working in public administration for more than 30 years. He is an Industrial Engineer and received his degree from the Durango Institute of Technology. His postgraduate studies are in the area of Education Planning from the National Polytechnic Institute and Public Administration from the Universidad del Valle de Mexico.
M.C. Raúl Martínez Hernández, ANUT President
La Asociación Nacional de Universidades Tecnológicas - ANUT

About ANUT: ANUT represents 113 Mexican Technological Universities. Among its activities,  ANUT explores and establishes incoming as well as outgoing student, teacher and researcher mobility programs in technology-oriented fields as a means to strengthen bonds between international technology-oriented institutions. ANUT also promotes the learning of foreign languages and cultures as a means for effective global relations.

Bio: M.C. Raúl Martínez Hernández is currently president of the National Association of Technological Universities in Mexico. He also serves as president of the Technological University of Torreon in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. This state shares borders with the USA. He has held various tertiary education leadership positions in the public sector in Mexican states such as Coahuila, Sinaloa, and Morelos. He holds a BA and an MS in the field of Agronomy from the Agrarian Autonomous University in the state of Coahuila, Mexico. 
Rebecca B. Thompson, Acting Public Affairs Counselor
Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico)

Presentation Summary: Rebecca Thompson's presentation on "Mexico and the United States: Connecting Tomorrow's Leaders Today" will cover how the U.S. and Mexican Governments are collaborating with partners in academia and the private sector to increase academic mobility, strengthen collaboration among universities, and develop a workforce toward an even more integrated, competitive, and prosperous North America.

Bio: Rebecca Thompson is Acting Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Before arriving in Mexico over one year ago, she served in Washington in the State Department's Public Affairs Bureau. Rebecca has also served as Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassies in Manila and San Salvador, in public diplomacy positions in the State Department's Bureaus of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement and Western Hemisphere Affairs, and in cultural affairs positions at the U.S. Embassies in Buenos Aires and Seoul.
Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development
Alamo Colleges (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Presentation Summary:
 The U.S. and Mexico have worked for many years to meet labor and economic needs by improving academic and technical programs. Many binational initiatives have been designed to the bring together government, the higher education community, the private sector, and civil society to promote workforce development, educational and research-based cooperation, and to encourage broader access to quality post-secondary education for traditionally underserved populations in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.  This presentation will focus on the role Alamo Colleges has played in building collaborative initiatives with the Universidades Tecnológicas system and the Bilingual model throughout Mexico.  

Bio: Dr. Federico Zaragoza has been the Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) since 2004.  Under his leadership, ACCD received the prestigious American Association of Community College Trustees’ 2005 National Workforce Excellence Award for ACCD’s role in developing exemplary job training programs for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin. He is a distinguished lecturer in technical and industrial education and has lectured throughout the United States and in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua, and Mexico.


Pilar Sotelo Neyra, International Services & Advising Manager
ICPNA - Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano (Lima, Perú)

Poster Summary: 
Globalization and Binational Centers: new opportunities for International Education Partnerships.
Binational Centers are teaching over 80,000 students how to speak American English and celebrate American Culture. Being the share of cultural knowledge the main goal of a Binational Center, they have become a cornerstone to promote partnerships between the host country and American Community Colleges and Universities. We build bridges for the exchange of language and cultural knowledge creating significant opportunities to grow as a unified village. Join this Poster Session and learn how Binational Centers in Peru promote exchange of language and cultural understanding between the U.S and Peru.

Bio: Pilar Sotelo is the International Services and Advising Manager at ICPNA. She has been in the English and Spanish Teaching Field for over 20 years. She holds a bachelor´s degree in Law and in English-Spanish Teaching from San Marcos University. She has postgraduate studies in Business Administration. Additionally, she was certified as an Oral Proficiency Interviewer and Rater by the United States Peace Corps and as an Oral Language Proficiency Rater by ACTFL.
Dr. Richard F. Johnson, Director of the Office of International Education
Harper College (Palatine, Illinois, USA)

Poster Summary: In collaboration with Unearth the World, Harper College offers students the opportunity to participate in a service project through the Light and Leadership Initiative in the Huaycán community outside Lima, Peru. Service learners work with women, children, and teens through workshops and classes teaching English, math, sciences, and art. Through intentional service-learning programs such as LLI, students acquire linguistic and intercultural skills highly prized in the global workforce. This poster will cover the genesis of our collaboration, the vision and design of Service Learning opportunities, the mission and goals of LLI, and the difference between “service learning” and “volunteering.”

Bio: Dr. Richard F. Johnson is Professor of English and Humanities, and Director of International Education at Harper College. Rich oversees the college’s Global Focus initiative, study abroad, campus programming, faculty development, and graduation Distinction in International Perspectives. The son of a career diplomat, Rich grew up in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Romania, and Brazil. He attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University before serving with the U.S. Peace Corps in Burkina Faso.

Panel Moderator: 
Dr. Mario Masvidal Saavedra, Professor
The University of the Arts in Havana (Havana, Cuba)

Presentation Summary: The Teaching of the Arts in Cuba: Cuba has a state-funded, tuition free, system for the teaching of the arts, that is, to teach and train future professional artists, beginning at the elementary level, through the intermediate level, both in almost all the provinces, to the University of the Arts in Havana, with subsidiaries in three provinces inland. This system encompasses music, performing arts, visual arts and media art. At present, The University of the Arts in Havana is the chair of an international net of schools of arts in Latin America and Europe. This presentation intends to describe such system and explore possibilities for exchange.

Bio: Mario Masvidal Saavedra (Havana, 1953) graduated from the Faculty of Languages, University of Havana in 1974, since then he has taught in several universities such as the University of Havana, the University of the Arts, the International Film School of San Antonio de los Banos and others. He is a PhD and a full professor of the Linguistic Studies Department at the University of the Arts and has published on Linguostylistics and other topics.
Dr. Mark Marotto, Director of Choral Activities, Associate Professor
Lone Star College (Houston, Texas, USA)

Presentation Summary: This presentation will share highlights of a recent study abroad trip that I led to Havana, Cuba focused on Cuban music and dance. I will begin by describing my process for organizing a study abroad experience including my exploratory trip. The study abroad featured daily exchanges with Havana community-arts groups including the Children’s Choir of Fábrica del Arte, La Castellana Rehabilitation Center and the National Choir of Cuba. I will conclude with reflections on the impact the trip has had on my students gleaned from post-trip interviews, and I will discuss our next steps for future cultural exchanges.

Bio: Dr. Mark Marotto is the Chair of the Music Department at Lone Star College-Montgomery where he also heads the choral-vocal area. He has lived and worked in several countries including Switzerland and Romania, and most recently led a study abroad program focused on music and dance in Havana, Cuba. He holds a doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Michigan a master's degree in orchestral conducting from the National Music University of Bucharest.

Dawn Wood, Director of International Programs
Kirkwood Community College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA)

Presentation Summary: 
Kirkwood Community College successfully developed and delivered two short-term faculty-led study abroad programs to Cuba in the past Academic Year.  Kirkwood sends over 160 students on short-term faculty-led study abroad programs each year.  Cuba is experiencing an upsurge in the number of small group study abroad programs visiting its borders.  In this presentation, Dawn Wood, Director of International Programs at Kirkwood, will talk about how the Kirkwood programs were developed, challenges and successes as well as important lessons learned from these two recent experiences.  

Bio: Dawn Wood serves as the Director of International Programs for Kirkwood Community College.  With close to 20 years of experience in international education, Ms. Wood is currently responsible for forwarding the international vision and global commitment of Kirkwood Community College.  The International Programs area at Kirkwood requires her direction in the area of international partnerships, international student services, international admission and recruitment, study abroad programming, intercultural exchange, international grant management, and international curriculum and faculty development.  
Kaitlin Bresee,  Program Coordinator
MetaMovements Latin Dance Company (Boston, MA, USA)

About MetaMovements & Summary: 
MetaMovements is an entrepreneurial Artist Collective dedicated to using dance, music, & other art forms as tools for positive transformation. Working on over 20 travel programs in Cuba since 2013, Kaitlin has had the unique opportunity to connect with this island right in the midst of change. With close friends and colleagues experiencing this new era right on ground, she has stories of Cuban & American relationship building to share -- as well as her own personal transformation in her business, philosophy, and community since regularly visiting the island.

Bio: Kaitlin Bresee is currently a program coordinator for Metamovements Latin Dance Company. She obtained her masters degree in Public Health from Boston University in 2014. During that time she concentrated her coursework in Social Behavorial health and had the exceptional opportunity to put this coursework into practice while at MetaMovements -- implementing programming in Boston while also traveling to Cuba to research the intersection of arts instruction and health.


Panel Moderator: 
Pablo Javier Zardini, Director of the Office for International Education Exchange 
Carlos Ríos y Asociados (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

Presentation Summary: 
CR is an international education consulting firm located in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Since 1995, CR has designed and led international exchange and academic mobility programs for faculty, researchers and students within Latin America and also with the US & Europe in partnership with universities & colleges.  Lic. Zardini has been involved with CCID since 2006 and will present about CR 's work with CCID members. He will also share information on new program and academic exchange opportunities between Argentinean Higher Education Institutions and community, technical and vocational institutions across the US, Latin America, & the Caribbean.

Bio: Pablo Javier Zardini is the Director of CR & Associates.  He has worked with governments, foundations, universities and institutes from all Latin America and Caribbean countries in areas such as global education, international cooperation, mobility, fundraising and strategic planning. He has consulted for Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), the World Bank, and USAID, among others. He holds a BA in Business Administration and has completed graduate work in finance, international cooperation, and university fundraising.
Ukiah Busch, Senior Strategic Affiliations Officer, Communications and Membership
Partners of the Americas (Washington, D.C., USA)

Presentation Summary: Partners of the Americas, through the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, is in the planning stages for a 2016 innovation competition for U.S. community colleges and technical and vocational institutions of higher education in Argentina. Join the session to learn more. Information will also be available soon at, or you may join the Innovation Network for 100,000 Strong in the Americas on the same webpage to receive updates.  

Bio: Ukiah Busch is currently the Senior Strategic Affiliations Officer in the Membership and Communications Unit at Partners of the Americas, a non-profit organization focused on development and social issues in the western hemisphere and dedicated to connecting people and organizations across borders to serve and change lives through lasting partnerships. Mr. Busch earned degrees in Italian, French and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a Masters of International Relations from American University in Washington, DC.  

Dr. Manuel A. González, Associate Dean for the Center for International Education
Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA)

Presentation Summary:
Dr.González will be presenting about Northampton Community College's work in Argentina, sharing best practices and outcomes of two CCID exploratory trips, one presidential and one faculty, that he took to meet with the Colegios Universitarios in Argentina.

Bio: Manuel A. González is the Associate Dean for the Center for International Education at Northampton Community College, and he has expanded international exchange and study opportunities. NCC hosts about 200-300 international students on its campus annually. Manny has been instrumental in expanding NCC's engagement throughout the world. In 2012, Manny was awarded the Warner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. Through his efforts, NCC has been awarded numerous grants and contracts for international programs.

Panel Moderator: 
Andrés Morera, International Relations Director
Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, Laureate International Universities (San Pedro | San José, Costa Rica)

Presentation Summary: Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, a Laureate International University, is the largest private university in Costa Rica, with 7 faculties across ten campuses around the country, ULCR is home to 24,000 students and nearly 1,500 international students between short term study abroad and degree seeking internationals. Learn how this university with one of the lowest tuition in Latin America has evolved from a small private college to a member of one of the largest international networks of universities. Universidad Latina´s mission is to develop, inspire and aid ethical, innovative, and entrepreneurial leaders to reach their potential in order to take an active role in today's world.

Bio: Andrés Morera is currently the Director of International Relations for Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. He holds a BA  in Advertising and two Master’s degrees, one in Marketing & Communications and another in Spanish Teaching. He has also received a Virtual Teacher Program Certification. Andrés has researched Promoting Students Engagement and Language Proficiency through Technology Enhanced Instruction, and is also co-founder of, a virtual platform for teaching and tutoring Spanish to students from around the world.
Gabriela Lücke, International Trade Specialist
US Department of Commerce / Global Market Agency
US Embassy (San José, Costa Rica)

Presentation Summary: The U.S. Department of Commerce is a government agency located in the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica. One of their main sectors is education. Their expertise in building partnerships with international colleges and universities while fortifying their national institutions has allowed them to uphold their highly regarded reputation. Their multifaceted approach is unique in that it combines market analytics with a mutual selection process for high school level students that are categorized in certain market tiers. Learn about this strategy that has provided a realistic scenario for Costa Rican families to participate internationally in the community college system which provides a clear avenue to state universities and Ivy League schools.

Bio: Gabriela Lücke has been working in the Commercial Service for nearly 8 years as a Commercial Service Specialist, her main industry sectors are Education, Hotel & Restaurant Equipment, Medical Equipment, Travel & Tourism to the U.S.  Services. Gabriela  has a Master’s Degree in Project Management from the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, one of the best public universities in Costa Rica. She started actively promoting the U.S. community college system in 2014 by developing an innovative strategy to promote the U.S Community College in the Costa Rican Market, she works closely together with Education USA.
Andrea Keith, Executive Director
La Asociación CREAR (Playa Sámara, Costa Rica)

Presentation Summary: CREAR is a non-profit organization dedicated to supplementary educational opportunities for the youth of Playa Sámara. 210 days a year, CREAR provides English, Art, and Technology classes, Girl’s Empowerment activities, among others; all to improve the holistic education of our youth. CREAR additionally aims to educate global citizens through our GAP year and internship programs. Students can gain valuable work skills and give back to the community via our safe and organized student travel/volunteer options. Find out how to bring a group of students, or support CREAR’s mission by promoting our internship programs at your campus.

Bio: Andrea Keith, Executive Director of Asociación CREAR, is originally from Texas, where she attended Austin College and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Psychology and Spanish. She moved to Costa Rica in 2009 to serve as the Program Director for Asociación CREAR. Since then she has made CREAR a sustainable program, and has spearheaded multiple new projects including the Girl’s Empowerment program. Andrea was the recipient of the Yo Creo Award in 2015 for her work as a social entrepreneur.
Christine Yaroch, Coordinator of World Languages & Cultures and Assistant Professor of Spanish
Delta College (University Center, MI, USA)

Presentation Summary: Christine and a colleague at Delta College have created and established an Honors Academic Travel Study (HATS) program to offer academic international travel opportunities targeted for honors students. As a part of HATS, Christine has led two student groups on service-learning trips to Playa Samara, Costa Rica partnering with Asociación CREAR. Students earn 3-credits and the course fulfills the service-learning graduation requirement. Christine will discuss the logistics of planning the trip, student course work pre and post travel, and other best practices for travel to Costa Rica.

Bio: Christine Yaroch is an Assistant Professor of Spanish at Delta College in mid-Michigan and also the Coordinator for the World Languages and Cultures Discipline. She grew up near Detroit, MI. She earned her BA from Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI and an MA at Bowling Green State University, OH. Christine has been very involved in international travel initiatives at Delta College co-leading trips to Costa Rica, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, and Ecuador.
Dan Creed, Global Studies Coordinator & Professor
Normandale Community College (Bloomington, MN, USA)

Presentation Summary: I will review a successful language immersion semester program that Normandale and other community colleges in MN have hosted over the past 20 years in Costa Rica.

Bio: Dan Creed currently serves as Director of Normandale Community College's Global Studies programs and Business and Hospitality Department Chair. He also teaches business and hospitality classes at NCC. Before teaching at Normandale he served as Executive Director of the Governor’s Residence in MN. He worked for an International Foundation for 21 years before that. He holds a master’s degree in organizational management.

(Bahamas, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic)

Panel Moderator: 
Dr. Robert W. Robertson, President
Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (Nassau, Bahamas)

Presentation Summary (Building Workforce Skills in the Bahamas): We live in turbulent times. The economy is global and based increasingly on knowledge and technology. To compete in these changing times requires that we develop and maintain a skilled and competent workforce that is a prerequisite for any company. Governments are more active in structuring workforce development support mechanisms and specific training opportunities to assist employees and businesses. In that regard, community colleges have a key role to play in these economic development efforts.

Bio: Dr. Robert W. Robertson is the President of (CCID Member) the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute. In 2016, Dr. Robertson was named a Fulbright (Specialist) Scholar by the United States Department of State. In addition, he is a Visiting Full Professor at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia (2006-  ) and a Scientific Adviser (2006- ) to the Global Universities in Distance Education.He has more than twenty five years of experience leading and managing organizations in the public sector, the private sector and in academia in Kazakhstan, Canada and the United States.
Dr. Naomi R. Boyer, Associate Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives & Innovation/CIO
Polk State College (Winter Haven, Florida, USA)

Presentation Summary: Polk State College has worked collaboratively with the International Field Station, Forfar, on the Andros Islands, Bahamas to develop an interdisciplinary program that targets both science lab based courses and the arts. A rugged, hands-on experience that is integrated with online coursework has been instrumental in changing student perspectives, while satisfying key general education requirements. Despite the apparent divergent course content, the partnering of physical and biological sciences with painting/arts has provided the required enrollment and has resulted in an art show, which generated proceeds for education abroad activities.

Bio: With over seventeen years of higher education and K-12 experience, Dr. Naomi R. Boyer, Associate Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives & Innovation/CIO, is responsible for all institutional and instructional technology, K-12 partnerships, innovative program development, and international initiatives at Polk State College. Dr. Boyer spearheads educational robotics programs and maintains scholarship activities through research and publications.
Dr. Geoff Bradshaw, International Education Director
Madison College (Madison, Wisconsin, USA)

Presentation Summary: Madison College is the home to the Community College Sustainable Development Network (CCSDN), a collaborative group that promotes faculty-led service learning programs related to sustainable development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Madison College and collaborating CCSDN institutions have partnered with the Blue Mountain Project to offer renewable energy, nursing, and education programs in the Hagley Gap region of Jamaica. Bradshaw will discuss CCSDN cooperation in Jamaica, examples of projects, and issues to consider when exploring partnerships or engagement in the region    

Bio: Geoff Bradshaw, Ph.D., is the Madison College International Education Director and Director of the CCSDN network.  Bradshaw has more than 15 years of experience in international education leadership and was recognized by CCID in 2011 with the Werner Kubsch award for outstanding achievement in international education, and by the Wisconsin Association of International Educators in 2015 with the Hong Rost Leadership Award for International Education Student Service.  He has presented and provided consulting for numerous colleges on issues of study abroad risk management.
Jorge Huayhuaca, Associate Vice President for Global Initiatives
Tompkins Cortland Community College (Dryden, New York, USA)

Presentation Summary: Throughout its 23 years history, the Global Connections program has been the flagship international initiative of Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3). In that period well over 3,000 students have acquired Associate Degrees from TC3 while continuing their studies toward a Bachelor's degree at their home university. About two thirds of international students at TC3 come from the Dominican Republic and other Caribbean countries. Jorge Huayhuaca will speak about processes and systems that have facilitated TC3's activities in the Region.

Bio: For the last 23 years Jorge Huayhuaca has worked in the development and management field creating a variety of collaborations and exchange programs between Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) and many partner colleges and universities around the world. Mr. Huayhuaca is also a board member of the Mutis Network of Universities, UAOTEC in Colombia, and has worked as a consultant in the Latin American region focusing on curricular development in hospitality management.


Alicia Martinez, Assistant Vice President for Programs, Services and International Affairs
HACU National Headquarters (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

About HACU's Commission on International Education: The HACU Commission on International Education was first established in 2005 and, on any given year, is composed of 10-12 college and university administrators from HACU-member institutions. The purpose of the Commission is to provide guidance, advice and support to HACU on the following:
  • Providing HACU members with orientation, information and appropriate contacts to establish international programs;
  • Expanding opportunities for students, faculty, and staff from member institutions to participate in international programs.
  • HACU’s role in facilitating the establishment of international programs
  • Potential sources of support for international programs
  • HACU’s advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. to secure federal support for the establishment of international program opportunities for member institutions e.g., Title VI in HACU’s Legislative Agenda
Bio: Alicia Martinez is the Assistant Vice President for Programs, Services and International Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). In this role, Martinez oversees the offices of membership, student services and PreK-12 activities, along with international initiatives for the association’s more than 450 member colleges and universities located throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Europe. Martinez has worked at HACU for nearly 10 years and been involved in a variety of initiatives for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and programs focused on Hispanic student success. She has more than 23 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Prior to her position at HACU, she served as capital campaign director and director of Development and Communications for St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco, Calif. Past positions also include serving as the director of grants program for Santa Marta Hospital Foundation and program director for the Los Angeles House of Ruth both in Los Angeles, Calif. Martinez has a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and has done graduate-level work at Phillip’s Graduate University in Calif. 

Dr. Richard F. Johnson, Director of the Office of International Education
Harper College (Palatine, Illinois, USA)

“So Hwaet? The Value of International Education (according to a medievalist)”

We’ve all come to the important work of global education by various paths. We know global learning builds linguistic and intercultural skills highly prized in the global workforce. We believe global learning fosters compassion, empathy, and cultural sensitivity.  In the present climate of global violence and political unrest, the world could use a whole lot more of all of these qualities. Join me for an affirmation and celebration of the vital work we do. 

Bio: Dr. Richard F. Johnson is Professor of English and Humanities, and the Director of the Office of International Education at Harper College. As Director of International Education, Rich oversees the college’s Global Focus initiative, study abroad program, campus programming, the Faculty International Field Seminar, and the graduation Distinction in International Perspectives. His primary teaching duties include courses in freshman composition, Early British Literature, World Mythologies, Introduction to Western Civilization, and African Humanities. This coming year, Rich will lead a group of students on a study abroad program to Uganda.  Rich holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from Northwestern University. He is the author of Saint Michael the Archangel in Medieval English Legend (Boydell & Brewer, 2005) and numerous articles on Anglo-Saxon hagiography. An aficionado of bluegrass music, Rich also plays banjo for Sartre’s Dog and  the Third Friday Band.


Panel Moderator:
José Julián Prieto, International Relations Advisor
Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (National Training Service) - SENA (Colombia)

About SENA: Vocational education in Colombia was initiated by The National Training Service- SENA back in 1958. Back then, the productive sector, unions and the government joined forces to create an institution that could train the workforce of Colombia. Since then SENA has been the main Vocational Training Institution with 98% coverage across the country. Currently SENA has 490 certified programs (technical and technological) in all the different productive sectors. In addition, the Ministry of Education recently promoted a law focused on developing tertiary education with the aim of validating different types of certifications.

Bio: José Julián Prieto is a Political Scientist from Los Andes University in Bogotá Colombia, with wide experience in Human Rights and Peace Building. After completing a Masters in Development and Good Governance and a Second Masters in Public Policy in Germany, Mr. Prieto joint the International Relations Group in SENA, where he has been leading the implementation of the 100.000 Strong in the Americas initiative and a Volunteers program for promoting bilingualism within the institution.
Dr. Manuel A. González, Associate Dean for the Center for International Education
Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA)

Presentation Summary:
Dr.González will be presenting about Northampton Community College's work in Colombia.

Bio: Manuel A. González is the Associate Dean for the Center for International Education at Northampton Community College, and he has expanded international exchange and study opportunities. NCC hosts about 200-300 international students on its campus annually. Manny has been instrumental in expanding NCC's engagement throughout the world. In 2012, Manny was awarded the Warner Kubsch Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Education. Through his efforts, NCC has been awarded numerous grants and contracts for international programs.
Diane Burke, Executive Director of Global Education Initiatives
Central New Mexico Community College (Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)

Presentation Summary: Design and development of workforce-focused student/faculty exchange in the Fall of 2016 with CNM Community College and SENA Medellin: The challenges of building competency and capacity for student mobility across institutions in different countries will be discussed in relation to a 100k Strong grant. The program is focused on an exchange of information technology students from the Cisco Networking Academy at both institutions. Students will have completed their coursework in order to participate in an intensive test preparation for CCNA exam, an international industry credential. The program includes job shadowing at employers, contextualized English language conversation and cultural activities. 

Bio: Diane is currently the SIO on Internationalizing the Campus including education abroad, workforce education, international student and scholar services, English language proficiency and internationalizing the curriculum at CNM Community College. As Dean of Workforce and Economic Development, she worked with employers investing in employee professional development and working adults staying competitive in their industry. Before that she was Dean of the School of Applied Technologies, providing associates degrees and certificates for 20 programs in transportation, manufacturing, construction, and design. 
Luis Quijano, Program Coordinator for the Office of International Education
Miami Dade College (Miami, Florida, USA)

Presentation Summary: Miami Dade College (MDC) was the recipient of the Reto Tech SENA 2015 Competition # 8 as part of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grant. MDC joined forces with SENA Centro de Comercio y Turismo in Armenia, Colombia as the official partner for this grant, and will share best practices used during the implementation, delivery and sustainability stages of the program.

Bio: Luis Quijano is the Program Coordinator for the Office of International Education at Miami Dade College (MDC), which serves 165,000 students throughout eight campuses in Miami-Dade County. In his role, Mr. Quijano manages study abroad, exchange programs and other international grant initiatives at the College-wide level. He represents MDC on the NAFSA Subcommittee on Diversity and Inclusion and also functions as MDC's Fulbright Advisor for the Student, Scholar and Specialist Programs.

Panel Moderator:
Prof. Marcelo Bender Machado, President
Conselho Nacional das Instituições da Rede Federal de Educação Profissional, Científica e Tecnológica (Brasil)

About CONIF & Presentation Summary:
 The Federal Network of Institutes for Education, Science and Technology in Brazil (CONIF) is composed of 41 institutions. In the past 15 years, there has been significant progress in vocational education in Brazil, specially since 2008, when a new project for the country was designed focusing on innovation and social inclusion. The Institutes developed a strong network which offers innovative programs and a wide range of possibilities for Brazilians, proposing inclusive strategies and providing opportunities for students to get prepared for the globalized world. Internationalization became part of the project and this presentation will focus on how this happened.

Bio: Prof. Machado is the president of the Association of Federal Institutions for Professional, Scientific and Technological Education - CONIF. He is also the chancellor at IFSul, a 14-college district in the south of Brazil. He has experience in academic administration, having worked as the Head of the Academic Department and as President of colleges at IFSul, before taking office as chancellor. He has a Master´s degree in Electrical Engineering and initiated his PhD Studies in microelectronics.
Chet Shaw, Dean of Student Services
Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, Illinois, USA)

Presentation Summary: Chet Shaw will be presenting on Moraine Valley Community College's collaboration with the USA Community College Consortium recruitment efforts in Brazil. In addition, the presentation will also focus on the efforts of increasing awareness of American community colleges as an option for students in Brazil.

Bio: Chet Shaw is currently the Dean of Student Services at Moraine Valley Community College. He has served in the field of Higher Education for approximately 16 years and has held various leadership roles in both the Community College and University institutions. Chet has also served as an Adjunct Faculty role teaching courses in various disciplines and has led efforts to support the success of International Students at the college by increasing enrollment, retention and completion.
Carol Fimmen, District Director of International Programs
Alamo Colleges (San Antonio, Texas, USA)

Presentation Summary: 
The Alamo Colleges – Institutos Federales of Southern Brazil partnership is characterized by unique human resources and training and educational traditions. The foundation of the relationship is a body of faculty prepared to educate and train students with certifiable skills and programs that have a multiplier effect throughout Rio Grande do Sul and Santa Catarina. This presentation focuses on the overarching goals of the partnerships including enhancing and improving faculty and student knowledge; providing support to help students identify and develop leadership skills; fostering active learning opportunities; encouraging and supporting diversity; and challenging students to explore activities leading to lifelong growth.

Bio: Carol P. Fimmen is the District Director of International Programs at Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas.  In this capacity, she is responsible all aspects of international affairs.  She has extensive experience in collaborating on the future of international education with colleagues from colleges and universities around the world.  She has worked on a number of projects dealing with international education, global engagement, capacity building and leadership in higher education.