Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development
Thursday, 24 October 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

ACUI IASAS ACPA Webinar Series

Join ACUI, IASAS, and ACPA's Commission for Global Dimensions of Student Development for a series of FREE Webinars featuring well known experts and speakers from around the world. Each Webinar will address a topic critical to student affairs and services, including diversity of structures of student affairs in different regions and countries around the world, different roles and functions of students within student affairs and universities, focussed discussions on mental health, free speech, SDG and sustainability, race and equality, gender and other relevant issues such as counseling, residences and community building and many more.

The series starts in October 2019 and continues through June 2020 with approximately one Webinar each month. 

Webinar #1:

University Services Around the World

Thursday, Oct. 24 at 11 AM EDT

Learn from a panel of professionals from around the world about the structure and current issues in Student Services in their country.

University Services Around the World

Register here. (Please note that this event is FREE. You will, however, need to set up a profile through ACUI to register.)

This Webinar will be recorded. The recording of the Webinar will be posted on our Website under Archived Webinars:

More Information about our Speakers:

Prof. Teboho Moja 
Professor of Higher Education
Extraordinary Professor
University of the Western Cape - South Africa
Visiting Research Fellow
University of Pretoria, South Africa

Teboho Moja

Dr. Teboho Moja is a Professor of Higher Education at New York University, an Extraordinary Professor at the University of the Western Cape - South Africa, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. She is the recipient of the Martin Luther King, jr. Faculty Award (2019) and the National Research Foundation- Lifetime Achiever Award (2019).

She has published extensively on higher education, presented numerous keynote addresses at international conferences on higher education issues, and her research has focused on higher education policy. In 1991/92 she became involved in the National Education Policy Investigation (NEPI), a project initiated by the Mass Democratic Movement in South Africa. The project goal was to investigate policy options for the new government in all areas of education.  In 1992 under the leadership of Dr. Moja as national president, UDUSA produced a higher education policy document for the transformation of higher education. 

In 1993 Dr. Moja was appointed to the Centre for Educational Policy Development (CEPD) as a policy analyst for higher education. The Centre produced policy documents and also proposed implementation strategies for hand-over to the new Minister of Education after South Africa’s first democratic elections. Following the elections Dr. Moja served as a Special Advisor to two Ministers of Education and was appointed Executive Director and Commissioner of the National Commission on Higher Education. She has served on numerous committees and boards of international bodies such as UNESCO and Councils of Universities in South Africa. She has served as Chair on the Boards and continues as a member for the Center for Higher Education Trust and University World News – Africa edition. 

Ms Mirela Mazalu
Secretary General
European Universities and Colleges Association, Brussles

Mirela Mazalu

Mirela Mazalu is the Secretary General of the European University College Association (EucA) in Brussles, a network of University and College Halls of Residences in 12 European countries. Her main responsibilities are focused on 1. research in European project consortia on soft skills learning and assessment in residential settings, quality mobility, youth employability; 2. designing international co-curricular activities for students, and 3. designing professional development events for student affairs professionals in Europe.

Mirela is member of the board of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS).

Prof. Adnan Farah
University of Bahrain, Bahrain

Adnan Farah

Bio coming soon!

Ms. Andrea Strachan 
Director, Student Services
Queensland Univ, Australia

Andrea Strachan

Andrea Strachan is currently the Director, Student Services at The University of Queensland.  Having spent 14 years developing and delivering services to enhance the student experience in one form or another, Andrea’s professional working career has included leadership roles within UK Students’ Union’s; including as Chief Executive of the Students’ Union at University of the Arts London, LSE and the University of Manchester. 

Andrea’s role at UQ includes overseeing the strategic development and delivery of a range of support services including student advice, learning skills, counselling, student engagement and diversity & inclusion. 

More recently, the scope of the directorate has broadened from the traditional focus on first year engagement to assisting in the key strategic challenges at UQ; building a sense of belonging, community and opportunities to enhance the experience and maximise the retention and success of students.  New initiatives such as the establishment of peer to peer support and mentoring, Sexual Misconduct Support Unit and Mental Health Strategy keep the focus on enhancing the student experience through empowering students, enabling them to achieve in their academic and personal endeavour.

Andrea is keen to continue to learn and develop new skills and has served on charitable and commercial boards for 19 years in the UK.

Dr. Matome Mashiapata
University of South Africa

Matome Mashiapata

Bio coming soon!


Dr. Birgit Schreiber

Birgit Schreiber

Webinar #2:

Sustainability Around the World

Thursday, Nov. 14 at 9 AM EST (1 PM GMT)

This webinar addresses sustainability efforts on campus, and what different campuses offer with regard to sustainability promotion and action. 

Registration information coming soon! (Please note that this event is FREE. You will, however, need to set up a profile through ACUI to register.)

This Webinar will be recorded. The recording of the Webinar will be posted on our Website under Archived Webinars:

More Information about our Speakers:

Dr. Justin Mog
Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives
University of Louisville, USA
Justin Mog

Dr. Justin Mog joined the University of Louisville administration in August 2009 as the university’s first Assistant to the Provost for Sustainability Initiatives. He earned his B.S. in Environmental Studies & Geology from Oberlin College (OH) and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Environmental Studies. Justin was a Fulbright scholar to the Philippines in 2001, where he did his dissertation research on developing and applying a framework for evaluating sustainable rural development programs. Before coming to Louisville, Justin served three years in Peace Corps - Paraguay where he and his wife worked with farm families and NGOs to promote sustainable rural prosperity. He seeks an Earth restored and lives his life accordingly. 

Rose Armour
Head of AUS Sustainability
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Rose Armour

Rose holds a Master of Community and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon and a BA in Natural Resource Management from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining AUS, Rose worked with the social Innovation Fund (SIF) in Washington, DC, an initiative of President Barak Obama in which evidence-based programs and interventions were funded to promote social justice and innovation across America. Prior to joining SIF, Rose worked with Peace Corps/Fiji as the Director of Programming and Training, training volunteers to address environmental and health issues facing the country. She also worked with Peace Corps/Burkina Faso, West Africa as a Program Officer for Small Enterprise Development focusing on the economical benefits of sustainable agribusiness and ecotourism opportunities within the country. Rose served as the Assistant Director for the Resource Assistance for Rural Environments (RARE) Program at the University of Oregon, working to increase the capacity of rural communities to improve their economic, social and environmental conditions. Rose began her career with the Near East Foundation working with rural women’s associations in southern Morocco to address environmental impacts through income generation opportunities. Additionally, Rose served with Peace Corps/Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa as an Urban Environmental Management Volunteer. 

Dr. Joe Larragy
Lecturer in Social Policy
Maynooth University, Ireland

Joe Larragy

Dr Joe Larragy, Lecturer in Social Policy, He is PhD programme co-ordinator in Applied Social Studies and  Social Policy subject leader. He studied Economics and Sociology in Trinity College Dublin, and graduated with BA Mod (Sociology). He has an MA in Social Theory from UCC and a PhD in Social Policy from UCD. His doctoral research was on the Community and Voluntary Pillar in Social Partnership in Ireland 1987-2007.

In 2012 he founded Maynooth Green Campus, a major initiative that includes climate justice and sustainable practices. As a result of this work, MU has become the first University in Ireland to adopt a fossil free investment policy and is a leader in the University sector in promoting awareness around Climate Change and its social justice implications and in promoting divestment.



Scarlett Winters, ACUI

Scarlett Winters

Webinar #3:

Mental Health & Well-Being Around the World

Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 9 AM EST (1 PM GMT)

Learn from a panel of professionals from around the world about the issues related to and strategies utilized to address mental health and well-being at universities in their country.

Registration information coming soon! (Please note that this event is FREE. You will, however, need to set up a profile through ACUI to register.)

This Webinar will be recorded. The recording of the Webinar will be posted on our Website under Archived Webinars:

More Information about our Speakers:

Dr. Hind Alrustamani
Acting Dean of Student Affairs
Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Hind Alrustamani

Hind is currently Acting Dean of Student Affairs Deanship (2019) at Zayed University and the Director of Student Counseling Center (2017). Hind has been working in Tabyeen Center for Research and Training in Dubai since 2012. During 2006-2011, she established Aura and Color Center in Geneva and dealt with a multinational community and families in transition.


Hind has a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Webster University, Geneva, and obtained Masters degree in Tropical Medicine and a PhD in Biochemistry from Imperial College, UK.

Mr. Charl Davids
Deputy Director: Centre for Student Counselling and Development
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Charl Davids

Mr. Charl Davids is a registered psychologist with the Health Professions Council of South Africa. He is a former Youth Programme Manager at Selfhelp Manenberg; Training Department Manager (Trauma Centre for the Survivors of Violence and Torture, CPT) and Principal Psychologist (South African Police Services, CPT). He started his private practice in 2003. He joined UWC's Psychology Department in 2006, where he lectured at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In, 2016/17 he held the position of HOD of the Department of Psychology (UWC) and 2013 - 2015 the Deputy Head. He is currently the Deputy Director at the Centre for Student Counselling and Development at Stellenbosch University. Since 2018 he also serves as the SADC regional Coordinator of the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR).

Dr. Christie White
Executive Director, Student Success and Wellbeing
University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Christie White

Dr. Christie White is the President of the Australian and New Zealand Student Services Association Inc. (ANZSSA) supporting professional staff working in post-secondary education to enhance student engagement, participation, wellbeing and development.  A Psychologist by trade, she is also the Executive Director of Student Success and Wellbeing at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia where her portfolio includes health and wellness services to students.

Dr. Sharon L. Mitchell
Senior Director of Student Wellness and Director of Counseling Services
University at Buffalo, USA

Sharon Mitchell

Sharon Mitchell is the Senior Director of Student Wellness and Director of Counseling Services at the University at Buffalo. She is the current President of the Association for College and University Counseling Center Directors.  She has worked as a counseling center administrator, staff psychologist and faculty in higher education institutions for more than 25 years.  She has presented nationally and published research on emerging adulthood, group counseling, racial identity development, interpersonal violence, eating disorders, suicide prevention, international college students and college counseling center organizational structures. 

Additional Speaker Information Coming Soon!


Dr. Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo
General Secretary 
Vice Provost for Student Life
American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Lisa Moscaritolo

Dr. Lisa Bardill Moscaritolo is the Vice Provost for Student Life at the American University of Sharjah.  Before moving to the United Arab Emirates, Lisa served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean for Students at Pace University in New York for twelve years. Lisa has a Doctorate in Leadership from Barry University in Miami. She is the Secretary-General for the International Association of Student Affairs and Services (IASAS) based in Brussels.