CGDSD Directorate 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 (currently vacant): serves as resource to the Chair and ensures smooth transition of leadership of the Commission
- Vice-Chair for Marketing and Media: oversees content development, production, and distribution of the Commission's e-newsletter and manages the Commission's social media
- Vice-Chair(s) for Educational Programs: facilitate Webinars and other professional development opportunities throughout the year
- Vice-Chair(s) for Sponsored Programs: oversees the process of recruiting and selecting sponsored programs for the ACPA Annual Convention
- Faculty-in-Residence & Faculty-in-Residence-Elect: organize International Colloquium (pre-convention workshop at ACPA Annual Convention) and oversee research grant selection process
- Awards Coordinator: oversee award selection process for commission-specific awards
- Website Coordinator: 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.
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Visiting Assistant Professor in Higher Education
Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education
Northern Illinois University
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Gudrun holds a Ph.D. in Student Affairs from the University of Maryland, College Park; a Master's in Higher Education and Student Affairs from the University of Connecticut; and a Bachelor in Journalism from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She currently serves as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Higher Education in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education at Northern Illinois University. Gudrun has prior work experience in research and academic affairs (University of Maryland, College Park) as well as 7-years of full-time professional work experience in Residence Life (Miami University, University of North Florida, University of Connecticut).
Gudrun, originally from Bregenz, Austria, has always been interested in the global dimensions of student development and cross-cultural learning. Gudrun studied abroad in Cincinnati, OH, in high school and later returned as an international student to the U.S. Gudrun also served as a Resident Director for Semester at Sea in Fall 2012. Her scholarly work has focused on understanding ways in which educators can intentionally shape learning environments to promote students' development of intercultural maturity.
Ph.D. Student, Educational Leadership
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.
Sean is a doctoral student in Higher Education at University of Rochester, NY. His research interest broadly lies in the internationalization of higher education, international student experience, and LGBTQ issues in higher education. Born and raised in central Taiwan, Sean completed his undergraduate study in Taipei, Taiwan, and more recently, earned his M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass Amherst, Sean was a graduate assistant at the Center for Health Promotion, working with a theater troupe that consisted of undergraduate students who were passionate about educating their peers about sexual health topics through theater and comedy. Sean had also served as an intern for Fulbright Taiwan’s English Teaching Assistant program in Summer 2018. In his free time, Sean enjoys cooking and traveling.
University of San Francisco
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Graduate Assistant, 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.
Patty is an Assistant Professor and the Program Coordinator for the Student Affairs in Higher Education program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership with a minor in Applied Statistics and Research Methods from the University of Northern Colorado, her M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, and her B.A. in Sociology from Occidental College. She held administrative positions in higher education for 12 years prior to beginning her career as a faculty member in areas such as new student orientation, student activities, student organizations, leadership programs, residence life and housing, career services, academic advising, and graduate student support. Her research focuses on the experience of graduate students in student affairs graduate preparation programs, student transitions, and leadership involvement.
Patty spent two years living and working in Japan teaching English. She has infused this experience and her passion for intercultural skill development while teaching and leading short-term study abroad courses, serving as a faculty affiliate for the Global Intercultural Research Center, and researching the influence of study abroad on student affairs professionals as well as the experience of U.S. trained student affairs professionals with professional experience abroad.
Central Michigan University
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Anne is a professor in higher education at Central Michigan University. She teaches courses in theories, ethics, student affairs administration, and social justice. She earned her Ph.D. at Michigan State University in Higher Education Administration and has spent her career thus far in academia. Anne’s research focus is community college leadership, ethical decision-making, and intercultural development.
Chris is a doctoral student at McGill University, studying sexual violence in LGBTQ+ communities and rape culture on dating apps. Chris also works as a research assistant on a grant titled IMPACTS: Collaborations to Address Sexual Violence on Campus, which is a seven-year research project that aims to address sexual violence on university campuses across Canada and internationally.
Chris has worked in student affairs and student services for the past ten years, including at the University of Michigan (USA), Singapore University of Technology & Design (Singapore), and McGill University (Canada). Chris is pursuing a career in university education to offer meaningful experiences for students, to provide opportunities for leadership and personal development, and to advocate for safe, healthy, and consensual relationships.
Assistant Director for Residential Education
George Washington University
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Academic Advisor, Farmer School of Business
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Emily is an Academic Advisor in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. She received her M.Ed from Kent State University in 2013 with a concentration in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel. In her role at Miami University, in addition to her advising caseload, she works with transfer students, coordinates the internal admissions process, and supports the Global Business Programs office with study abroad initiatives.
Outside of higher education, Emily's biggest passion is traveling (most recently to Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam, and Cambodia) and experiencing new cultures. She also serves as a Wish Granting volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and enjoys spending free time with her dogs, Buddy and Jaxson.
Paulina is the Director for the Learning Commons (tutoring) at UNT at Dallas, a small, urban, public institution in Texas. In her role, she manages and oversees all tutoring programs for the university, liaisons with faculty, and works directly with the student tutors to develop their leadership and multicultural and inclusion awareness. Born in Mexico, Paulina is a first-generation immigrant and was the first in her family to attend college as a traditional-aged college student in the United States. Because of her love of culture and languages, she earned her bachelor’s degree in International Studies with a focus in arts and culture and minors in Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies and Italian. She has spent much time abroad in both academic and social contexts and has lived in various European and Middle Eastern countries. Her experience working with college students to develop and improve their academic skills led her to pursue a career in higher education. Paulina also has a M.Ed. in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. She is dedicated to providing supportive and student-centered services that help students achieve their academic success and develop a strong sense of identity, leadership, and cultural sensitivity and awareness so that they can become responsible global citizens who make a difference in their communities.
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.
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Konoka is born and raised in Nagoya, Japan and moved to California as a high school student. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her passion in international education has flourished when she was working with undocumented high school students in Oakland, California where she saw many hurdles and challenges her students were facing on a daily basis because of their immigration status and their identities in the United States. The strong urge she felt to support such marginalized student groups led her to pursue a M.A in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Konoka has been in the field of higher education for four years, working to find the best practices to support both international scholars and students, and foreign-born colleagues.
Education Abroad Advisor
Lo is an Education Abroad Advisor at Babson College outside Boston, MA, where she advises students for education abroad and also supports incoming exchange students. She holds a BA in cognitive science and educational studies from Carleton College in Minnesota and is currently pursuing an MA in international higher education and intercultural relations from Lesley University, where her research focuses on the intersections of international and multicultural higher education.
Lo has studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan; Dubai, UAE; and Malang, Indonesia (the last through the Critical Language Scholarship program); as well as completing 2 years as a Fulbright grantee in Kodiang, Malaysia. She currently serves on Diversity Abroad's LGBTQ+ task force and the planning committee for the Lessons From Abroad New England Conference.