Rebecca Johnson (she/her), a Korean-American, shares how she creates more inclusive, sustainable international programs and resources on campus as the only study abroad staff of color across her university.
Krittika Onsanit (she/her), a first-generation Thai-American, shares how her experience as a volunteer English teacher in her parents’ home country inspired her to work to support international students struggling to adjust cross-culturally.
Noora A. Alie (she/her) remembers the struggles of her Arab immigrant parents and uses these early memories to support international students as they transition to their studies in the U.S.
Michael Ziadat (he/his), the proud son of immigrants and a first-generation Arab American, felt a life-calling to support the needs of learners by helping them break through academic, social, linguistic, cultural, and economic barriers. Michael’s decade-long work in international education, ESL, and adult education shines through in his advocacy to highlight the diversity within Arab identity.
Avishta Seeras (she/her), Creator and Producer of the Lingua-Cultura Experience, create multilingual spaces to connect, share, learn from one another, and practice languages.
Tanith Fowler Corsi (she/her), WASAN founder, thrive in cross-cultural and global environments while helping others to do the same.
Michael Ruth (he/his), a global explorer and BIPOC Focused Yoga Studio Owner, shares how his decision to leave the U.S. opened up new pathways of self-discovery and personal healing.
Adrienne M. Waller (she/her), Owner of Worldwide Educator, shares how an 8,000-mile relocation between continents during COVID bolstered her international career and sparked her entrepreneurial energy to help other Black educators do the same by seeking a job abroad.
Elisabet Raquel García (she/they), Global Education DEI specialist, shares how language barriers prevented her from connecting with her family and how her determination to build a relationship prompted her to become a fluent Spanish speaker in five years.
William D. Webber (he/his), Associate Director of Membership at Partners of the Americas, shares his experience becoming fluent in French and Spanish and how it changed the trajectory of his life.