Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
Sunday, 11 March, 2018 - 07:30 to 15:30

This interactive pre-convention at the 2018 ACPA Convention in Houston, Texas is designed to explore the role student affairs professionals play in internationalizing our campuses. Recently colleges and universities around the world have a renewed focus on international students and the role of student affairs professionals is critical in their success. Colleges and universities often focus on faculty and their role in working with international students.

The current political climate in the US has had major implications and consequences for the mobility of students both incoming to the US and outgoing. We will spend time discussing how legislation may impact students on campuses and our ability to collaborate across borders. Finally during this session we will explore how student affairs professionals work with international students and help facilitate opportunities for engagement and success on campus.


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Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize the role of student affairs in international student advising, programming, and success
  • Understand how international students engage with the university
  • Explore the opportunities and challenges international students face during their time on campuses
  • Analyze the complex nature of working with international students as they relate to diverse cultural contexts
  • Examine both the multiple roles student affairs professionals play in their work with international students



Dr. Anne Hornak, Associate Professor & Chairperson, Department of Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University & Faculty-in-Residence for ACPA's Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development

Gudrun Nyunt, M.A., Faculty Specialist for the ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence & Ph.D. Candidate in Student Affairs, University of Maryland, College Park & Chair for ACPA's Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development


Dr. Tamara Yakaboski, Associate Professor, University of Northern Colorado

Dr. Yakaboski has been an associate professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado since 2011. Her main research interests include the areas of: US and global student affairs and services; interculturalism and social justice in student affairs; international students and scholars in higher education; and women and gender issues. Yakaboski has experience in curriculum re-design and new course creation that infuse technology, internationalization, social justice and inclusion into and throughout undergraduate, graduate, and study abroad opportunities. She was a student affairs administrator at the University of Arizona in the Arizona Student Unions prior to joining the faculty in 2007. Much of her international research and service interests developed out of her experiences living in India, teaching ESL in South Korea and developing study abroad trips to Kenya and Mexico. Dr. Yakaboski has published over 20 juried articles in both U.S. and international higher education and student affairs venues including, Journal of Studies in International Education, Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. She has presented research across the US and internationally in over 50 presentations to date including the conferences of ACPA, NASPA, ASHE, and AERA. Dr. Yakaboski has been awarded sabbatical leave for 2017-2018 to conduct research in Finland. 

Dr. Darbi Roberts, Executive Director for International Student Services, Southern New Hampshire University

Dr. Darbi Leigh Roberts is the Executive Director of International Student Services at Southern New Hampshire University. Previously, she has held positions within various student affairs capacities at Columbia University and Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, serving student populations with a majority of international students. She has been involved in several professional associations' international work for over a decade, including presenting and writing for a number of national and regional conferences and publications through ACPA, NASPA, NAFSA, AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators), and IASAS (International Association of Student Affairs and Services). Dr. Roberts holds an M.A. and Ed.D. in International & Comparative Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College, and a B.S. in Psychology and European Studies from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Robert Coffey, Assistant Director International Admissions, Michigan State University 

Robert N. Coffey, Jr., Ph.D. is a higher education consultant, faculty member, policy analyst, practitioner, and researcher. He currently serves as Assistant Director for International Admissions at Michigan State University. Robert holds a Ph.D., in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University; a B.A. in Canadian Studies from the University of Vermont; a M.A. in History from the University of Maine; and an M.P.A. (Public Administration) from the University of New Hampshire. Robert’s dissertation investigated the experiences of international students who hired education agents to assist them in applying to college or university in Canada. [NOTE: As a matter of policy, MSU International Admissions does not hire/use agents in support of recruitment activities.] Robert has worked for nearly twenty years across multiple functional areas, including conflict management, multicultural/LGBTQ student services, residential life/housing, and undergraduate research. He has presented at academic, admissions, and professional conferences in Canada, China, Indonesia, the U.K., and the U.S. Robert consults with government agencies, policy centers, and postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

Yuezhong Zheng, Student Engagement Coordinator, Global Scholars Program & Master's Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan

Yuezhong Zheng is a first-year Master's student studying Higher Education at University of Michigan. She works as a Student Engagement Coordinator at Global Scholars Program at U-M, an interdisciplinary living-learning community that focuses on global social justice. She graduated from The College of William & Mary with a BA in History and have interned with the Office of International Students & Scholars at Rice University in Houston before coming to Michigan.