CGDSD Directorate Board members benefit from active involvement with a dynamic group of student affairs and services scholars and practitioners, representing a variety of functional areas, institutions, and jurisdictions. Involvement on the Directorate provides the opportunity for ongoing engagement with colleagues with a shared interest in international education and cross-cultural learning.
The Directorate Board consists of the following members:
Chair: provides leadership and direction to the Directorate Board, serves as representative of the Commission
Chair-Elect: supports the Commission Chair
Past Chair: serves as resource to the Chair and ensures smooth transition of leadership of the Commission
Faculty-in-Residence & Faculty-in-Residence-Elect: organize International Colloquium (pre-convention workshop at ACPA Annual Convention) and oversee research grant selection process
Vice-Chairs for Marketing and Media: oversees content development, production, and distribution of the Commission's e-newsletter and manages the Commission's social media
Vice-Chairs for Educational Programs: facilitate Webinars and other professional development opportunities throughout the year
Vice-Chairs for Sponsored Programs: oversees the process of recruiting and selecting sponsored programs for the ACPA Annual Convention
Coordinators for Membership Engagement
Awards Coordinator: oversee award selection process for commission-specific awards
Website Manager: manages and maintains Commission Website
Global Summit Coordinator: collaborates with IASAS to host an annual global student leader summit that brings together student leaders from around the world
ACPA Video on Demand Coordinator: recruits contributors and manages content for the international channel on ACPA Video on Demand
Blog Editor: recruit contributors and serves as editor of the Commission Blog
Member-at-Large: serves on the Directorate Board and assist with various Commission projects
For general questions, please e-mail us at [email protected]. If you have a specific question regarding an area of responsibility of one of the directorate board members, feel free to contact that member directly. Directorate members are elected to a three-year term by current CGDSD members. They exercise leadership for a specific portfolio within the Commission's mandate.
International Students and Scholars Center Arizona State University
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Yuezhong is currently a Program Coordinator for the International Students and Scholars Center at Arizona State University. Born and raised in Fuzhou, China, Yuezhong's passion for a quality international education led her to pursue her undergraduate study in the U.S. and later into the field of international higher education. She earned her Master's in Student Access & Success in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, where she worked as the Global Engagement Coordinator for Global Scholars Program, a living-learning community focusing on global social justice. Additionally, Yuezhong also gained professional experience from working at the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) at Rice University as well as an international summer program at Stanford.
Yuezhong believes that every student, regardless of their backgrounds, deserves an opportunity to see the world and experience other cultures. Therefore her goal is to make meaningful global learning more affordable andaccessible for everyone. Before becoming the Chair, Yuezhong served as the Vice Chair for Sponsored Program and a General Member.
Student Housing and Residential Life (SHaRE) at University of San Francisco
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Yuan is originally from Bangkok, Thailand with a strong Chinese family background. She is a double alumna from the University Dayton with a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration. Currently, she is working as the Residence Director at the University of the best city ever (University of San Francisco).
Associate Professor in College Student Affairs Program
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Dr. Mindy Andino earned her Ed.D. at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In 2013, Dr. Andino completed a year-long Frederick Douglass Teaching Scholars Fellowship at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and then assumed a tenure-track teaching position in the College Student Affairs program. Prior to teaching, Dr. Andino was employed in various positions in Student Affairs departments, with a specialty in residence life, crisis management, athletic academic advising, disability support services, advising clubs and organizations, student activities and judicial affairs. Her 15 year career spanning a large research one public land-grant institution, a mid-size state university, an Ivy League university, and a private liberal arts university provide her with a unique lens and collection of diverse experiences from which to draw. Andino strives to prepare students for a career in college student affairs by challenging students to think critically, enhance their skills, and go outside their comfort zone to experience different aspects of the student affairs profession. Her research interests include community organization in the higher education setting, drunkorexia and alcohol use and multicultural competency in student affairs practitioners. Her current research looks at the experiences of student affairs practitioners around the world. She is thrilled to serve as the Faculty in Residence for the Global Dimensions Commissions.
Katie Koo is an assistant professor in Higher Education at Texas A and M University-Commerce. With her expertise in counseling and student affairs, Dr. Koo has worked in various university settings and student affairs divisions such as counseling center, residence life, academic advising center, office for international students and scholars, and learning assistant services teaching and providing clinical services, academic counseling, and mentoring to diverse undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Koo’s research focuses on underrepresented students’ mental health and psychological well-being. She is interested in racially minoritized students’ collegiate experiences and mental health issues and international students & faculty members’ adjustment and well-being. Dr. Koo received her Ph.D in Student Affairs at the University of Maryland and Master’s degrees in Counseling from New York University and Michigan State University. She is passionate about mentoring graduate students’ research and professional development. Dr. Koo is recipient of ACPA Emerging Scholar Award 2020-2022.
Chris is a doctoral candidate at McGill University, researching sexual consent and sexual violence. He has researched the safety, risk, and wellbeing of dating app users and is a research assistant on the IMPACTS Project, which aims to address sexual violence at universities in Canada and internationally. Chris has worked in student affairs at the University of Michigan (USA), Singapore University of Technology & Design (Singapore), and McGill University (Canada). Chris' current role is to oversee the training and education of undergraduate students involved in Orientation and Frosh.
Office of Sustainability, William and Mary College
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Qian Yee (AKA Jenny) was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and assisted in international programs and orientation for three years. She is passionate about international students' transition experience to a new culture and global leadership opportunities, which led her to further her studies at William & Mary (W&M) pursuing her Master's degree in Higher Education Administration. At W&M, she is the graduate assistant at the Office of Sustainability, facilitating various initiatives and collaborating with offices across campus to close the gap between environmental, social, and economic sustainability. She is also the Coordinator for the Virtual Conversation Partner Program at W&M Reves Center for International Studies, where she connects new incoming international students with domestic students to practice English conversation skills. Over the summer, she will be working at UC-Berkeley as an Assistant Residence Director for Summer Session, welcoming international students and create professional development opportunities for them. Jenny believes that every student should have access to quality education and abroad opportunity for intercultural experiences. She hopes to work with international students when she graduate, assisting them with their initial transition to prepare them for a successful future at the university.
Central Michigan University
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Kriti Gopal is currently a first year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership (with a focus on higher education) program at Central Michigan University. She is currently the vice co-chair for marketing, social media and membership. She holds a graduate assistantship within the Office of Community Engagement on campus. Her research interests include understanding international student experiences through persistence, retention, adjustment issues, intersectional identities and experiential learning through collegial experiences.
Celia grew up in France and earned a bachelor’s in Travel Management from a French Business School. She moved to the US at 21 as an international student and developed a strong passion for International Education and diverse cultures during that time. After graduating, Celia moved to Finland to start her career and further expand her understanding and experience of the world. There, she gained a strong professional experience with 5 years in the startup industry, focusing on experience, engagement and well-being in diverse workplaces, overall ensuring the best possible experience in the work community. Celia’s passion for introducing students to global opportunities that will expand their understanding of the world and enhance their academic, professional, and personal lives, led her becoming a consultant in International Education.
Elizabeth Coder hails from the great state of Nebraska. She graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and with her Master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She has facilitated service-learning, gap year, and study abroad programs in six countries on three continents, most recently in Oceania. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Education in Education, Policy, Organization, and Leadership, concentrating in Diversity & Equity in Education, from the University of Illinois. She is looking forward to working with the Educational Programs team to provide meaningful opportunities for learning and engagement.
Guicheng “Ariel” Tan is a researcher and Area Coordinator at CSU, Long Beach. Her current study investigates the job search experiences of international student affairs professionals. This project aligns with Ariel’s larger research interest in studying the relationship between cultural integration and identity development. Born and raised in Shenyang, China, Ariel received a B.S. in Psychology with Honors from the UC San Diego, College Counseling Certificate from the UC San Diego Extension Program, and M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs at New York University. Her previous study focused on the effect of sexualization of female video game characters on self-regard, and the relationship between biculturalism and Chinese students’ college adjustment. Passionate about connecting theories with practices, Ariel loves to reflect, to challenge, and to discover narratives using data and dialogues.
Manager, Residential Education & Dispute Resolution
Yale-NUS College, Singapore
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Chinyi currently oversees conduct and sexual misconduct policies in addition to residential curriculum implementation and staff professional development at Yale-NUS College. She spent half her life in Singapore, and calls various places around the world home, including the U.S., Guatemala, South Korea, and Morocco. Chinyi earned her M.S.E. in Higher Education Administration and B.A. in International Studies from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She is deeply passionate about creating human-centred experiences and advocating for equity and inclusion in global engagement, and has worked in study abroad and international education in addition to conducting research in Asia and the MENA region. In her free time, Chinyi enjoys making music, long runs outdoors, and learning new languages.
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Assistant Residence Manager, Indiana University Bloomington (USA)
Doctoral Candidate, Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA)
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Jian (Ken) earned his doctorate in Higher Education specializing assessing and boosting institutional efforts to build culturally engaging environments, to support international and domestic undergraduate students in the U.S. His academic background, extensive overseas study, and work experience have all enabled him to serve as a bridge builder for people from many sectors. He left home (Harbin, China) at the age of 18, and has had 19 plus years of experience as an international student. He studied in England (English as a second language), Scotland (pathway program), Hawaii (undergraduate), Vermont (Master’s), Texas (undergraduate music program), Kansas (non-degree seeking), and Indiana (doctoral program). He started as an English learner in 1998 and earned his doctoral degree in 2017. He has served in various roles in higher education as an instructional consultant, residence life coordinator, and international student services and support coordinator. During this journey, he met his life time mentors and friends, who have had significant impact in his personal and professional development as a scholarly practitioner.
At the national level, Dr. Guan has chaired the committee that recognizes best practices worldwide in international education through NASPA. He also takes leadership role in the development of the International Channel through ACPA video on demand. He is 2018 ACPA national award recipient for his services to the international community.
Cody's drive for novel experiences and interpersonal connections has created a varied educational and professional background. With a BA in French with Teaching Certification and a MS in College Student Personnel Counseling, Cody has lived, learned, and worked in Belgium, China, France, French Guiana, and Hong Kong. This taught Cody to appreciate the experience, knowledge, and points of view of others as a valuable part of human diversity, and he is happy to be part of a community that sees the value as well.
Andrew Crane currently serves as an Assistant Director of the Center for Student Leadership and Involvement at SUNY College at Old Westbury in Long Island, NY. Previously he served in Residence Life both at New York Institute of Technology and at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Andrew received his M.A. in Higher Education and Student Development from Taylor University in Upland, IN. Andrew's love of international affairs began at Taylor where he roomed with an international student as well as was an Resident Assistant on an international floor. He also devoted his Master's thesis to the topic of international and domestic roommate pairing.
Director of Residential Life and University Community Standards
New York University Shanghai
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Nupur currently serves as the Director of Residential Life and University Community Standards at New York University Shanghai. In her role, Nupur oversees the residential experience, housing operations, and university community standards, helping students create an engaging, inclusive, and supportive community at NYU Shanghai. Having previously worked at NYU New York & NYU Abu Dhabi in diverse areas of Student Affairs, Nupur is excited to join the Office of Student Life at NYU Shanghai. Nupur has a PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from NYU (New York) and her research interests include international higher education, leadership development, and career coaching. Nupur is originally from Mumbai, India.
Manager, Students’ Guild Office
The University of the West Indies, St Augustine Campus
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Amanda currently serves as Manager, Students’ Guild Office at The University of The West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine Campus; a position where she supports and guides the development of student leaders. In the last 10 years, she has also led in the creation of programs for student orientation and transition. Amanda worked internationally researching, understudying and influencing best practices in holistic student services. She holds a Master’s Degree in Communication Studies (UWI) and has taught in the University’s Communication Studies program for 13 years.
Lisa Mayorga serves as the Awards Coordinator for ACPA's Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development (CGDSD) Director Board as well as the Professional and Graduate School Advisor at the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) Career Development Center. In this role she works with students interested in pursuing graduate school in law, business, arts, humanities and the social sciences.
She previously worked at the Institute of International (IIE) as a Program Officer for both The Language Flagship and Boren Scholarship programs. She also partnered with the Posse, NSLI-Y, Gilman, and Fulbright programs, as well as many other international education initiatives. Prior to joining IIE she was an Assistant Language Teacher with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, where she taught English and intercultural relations to students in Japan.
Lisa was born and raised in the United States and is a native of California. She is a graduate of the University of California Davis where she earned a B.A. in International Relations, and of American University where she earned her M.A. in International Communications. Lisa enjoys staying active through running, rock climbing, salsa dancing, and baking.
Graduate Assistant, Nebraska Unions
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Xiao Yun is from Penang, Malaysia and is an international graduate student in the M.A. of Educational Administrations (Student Affairs) program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her undergraduate career she was actively involved with new student orientation working with international and domestic orientation. She is currently the graduate assistant at Nebraska Unions where her main role is supervising student employees at the Welcome Desk, and manages all social media and marketing content for the department. She is also the co-advisor for Cultural Ambassadors, a student organization that facilitates conversations to bridge the gap between international and domestic students.
Fort Collins International Center/Colorado State University (Office of International Programs-OIP)
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Gaurav is a volunteer at the Fort Collins International Center and a campus liaison at Colorado State University’s Office of International Programs (OIP). He is an international student from Mumbai, India, and came to CSU in the Fall of 2016 and has since been in connection with the Fort Collins International Center in various capacities. He is currently working on ramping up the social media platforms for the non-profit org that comprises of the community members in Fort Collins working with international communities at CSU to assist them with various acculturative processes. He is also a campus liaison at the OIP and assists with the development of programs and initiatives for the larger international student and family community at CSU. He yearns to apply new theories about global and intercultural understanding, learn about cultures from around the world and close to home while developing a robust understanding of the international higher education space in the U.S. and abroad.
Shasha Cui is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education at the University of Rochester. She has an MA in International and Comparative Education from the George Washington University. She brings years of experience in working in both the higher education institutions and for-profit organizations in the areas of education and human development. Her research interests include the internationalization of higher education, the experiences of international students in American colleges and universities, intercultural communication, and etc.
Katie was born and raised in Minnesota. She received her B.A. from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa and her M.S. in College Student Affairs from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Katie has been fortunate to study and work abroad in Tanzania, South Korea, and France. Her current role as Coordinator for International Orientation and Outreach at Indiana University includes delivering a comprehensive orientation program for incoming international students, and developing cultural and social programming for IU’s international community.
Professor Cecil Bodibe, PhD, is a Consultant at WAMCILT. He was the former Dean of Students at Technikon SA and former Vice-President of Student and Alumni Affairs at Unisa.