The EdGE

The EdGE

The EducationUSA Global Exchange (EdGE) Podcast provides guidance, leadership, and expertise in the field of international student enrollment to U.S. higher education representatives. A space for representatives to network, share stories, and exchange ideas, The EdGE also provides EducationUSA with a platform to highlight its own history, elevate current events within the network, and imagine our future through storytelling. Have any feedback, questions, or ideas for new episodes? Email us at podcast@educationusa.org. Thank you! read less
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Inclusion Series - Ep. 4: Finding Your Diaspora: Identifying New Populations in Established Markets
11-04-2024
Inclusion Series - Ep. 4: Finding Your Diaspora: Identifying New Populations in Established Markets
Summary: In the final episode, “Finding Your Diaspora: Identifying New Populations in Established Markets,” of the EdGE Inclusion series, Karen Bauer, REAC: Regional Manager for the Middle East and Central Asia; Jeremy Coats, Lead, Foundation Programs, Institute of International Education; Fred Johnson, Associate Director of International Admissions, University of San Francisco; and Dane Rowley, Director of International Admission, California Lutheran University discuss the process of identifying, connecting with, and supporting prospective students from diaspora populations. This discussion includes the challenges of advising diaspora students, tips and tricks for finding new populations in established markets, and how diaspora networks are a powerful force for change. Guests Karen Bauer, REAC: Regional Manager, Middle East and Central Asia: With over two decades of residence in the region, Karen Bauer serves as the REAC: Regional Manager for Middle East and Central Asia. Throughout her career, she has worked with an array of countries, including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Iraq, Iran, Lebanon, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Syria, Jordan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Karen joined the EducationUSA network in 2005, and has served as a teacher, coordinator, trainer, and director, contributing to the growth and enrichment of the international education landscape. Jeremy Coats, Lead, Foundation Programs, Institute of International Education: Jeremy Coats serves as Lead, Foundation Programs at the Institute of International Education (IIE). Jeremy leads five programs at IIE including the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York; the Greek Diaspora Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; the Christensen Fund’s Indigenous Biodiversity Exchange Program; and travel learning funds for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Tamalpais Trust. During his time at IIE, he has managed various scholar exchange programs and has supported the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program’s Europe and sub-Saharan Africa portfolios. Fred Johnson, Associate Director of International Admissions, University of San Francisco: Fred Johnson is an internationally recognized leader in higher education with more than 26 years of university admissions and recruitment experience. An active mentor in the Latin America and Caribbean region, Fred works with guidance and university counselors to advise high school and transfer students about higher education. He has living experience in the Middle East (Saudi Arabia), Latin America (Chile & México), and Europe (France & Sweden). Dane Rowley, Director of International Admission, California Lutheran University: Dane Rowley is an experienced international educator and higher education administrator with a demonstrated history of working to promote equity and access for all students. He is skilled in enrollment management, recruiting, counseling, and building bridges between institutional silos. Dane is currently pursuing a PhD in comparative and international development education from the University of Minnesota.
Inclusion Series - Episode 2: Off the Beaten Path: Opportunity for Student Diversity
30-11-2023
Inclusion Series - Episode 2: Off the Beaten Path: Opportunity for Student Diversity
Inclusion Series - Episode 2: Off the Beaten Path: Opportunity for Student Diversity Summary: In the second episode, “Off the Beaten Path: Opportunity for Student Diversity,” of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) series, REAC: Regional Managers Vincent Flores (Northeast Asia & the Pacific) and Lewis Cardenas (South Asia) discuss the rewards of international student recruitment in underrepresented regions and populations. In conversation with Lance Erickson (Public Diplomacy Officer, U.S. Mission to Maldives), the panel discuss the types of diversity found in new populations, the benefits and challenges of building new recruitment relationships and pipelines, and tips for getting started “off the beaten path.” Guests Lewis Cardenas, REAC: Regional Manager for South Asia: With more than 15 years of experience in international student recruitment, admissions, and student support, Lewis Cardenas brings valuable leadership skills and extensive international and intercultural experience across 130 countries, dependencies, and territories. As REAC: Regional Manager for South Asia, he supports the EducationUSA network, working alongside dedicated and inspiring advisers in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. Vincent Flores, REAC: Regional Manager for Northeast Asia & the Pacific: Vincent Flores has worked in the field of education in South Korea for over 22 years. The common threads that tie together his career are: the belief that all students deserve access to information and educational opportunities, a drive to create opportunities when they do not exist, and bringing together people from different cultures to work towards a common objective. As REAC: Regional Manager for Northeast Asia & the Pacific, he works to make international education accessible to everyone. Lance Erickson, Public Diplomacy Officer, U.S. Mission to Maldives: Lance Erickson is currently the Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Mission to Maldives. In his role, he facilitates several academic, cultural, and professional exchange programs throughout the Maldives. He is also responsible for managing media relations, public outreach, and disseminating information about the mission's activities. Since joining the U.S. Foreign Service, Lance has held posts such as Vice Consul at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow; Press Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Sofia, Bulgaria; and Cultural Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan (Astana), Kazakhstan. He has also worked in Kyiv, Ukraine, as Country Director for Sidvim, Inc., a medical training and sales company. Lance has served as Assistant Director for Student Services at Indiana University's Russian and East European Institute and as Assistant Director of Ohio State University's Center for Slavic and East European Studies. He received his master’s degree from the University of Texas in 2001.
Inclusion Series - Episode 1:  Access and Disability in U.S. Higher Education
05-09-2023
Inclusion Series - Episode 1: Access and Disability in U.S. Higher Education
Summary: In the first episode, “Access and Disability in U.S. Higher Education,” of the Limited Series on International Student Inclusion, international student mobility experts discuss the state of accessibility for students with disabilities on U.S. campuses. Share the successes and challenges that international students experience on campus, learn best practices for supporting students, and imagine a future with greater accessibility in student mobility with: Guests: Julie Baer, Research Specialist, Institute of International Education (IIE): Ms. Baer serves as an expert on trends in international education mobility on IIE’s Research, Evaluation, and Learning (REL) Team. She works with diverse stakeholders to coordinate research, providing programmatic insights, and engaging with external clients, such as the U.S. Department of State. She leads the “Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange,” a comprehensive resource on international students and scholars in the United States and American students studying abroad for academic credit, and has also led a research study on “International Students with Disabilities,” supported by the U.S. Department of State. Christine Bilfinger, International Student Adviser, Michigan State University: Ms. Bilfinger is an international student adviser at the Office for International Students and Scholars at Michigan State University. A native of New York state, she completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she also worked in international admissions, study abroad, and as an international student adviser. Laurie Laird, Program Manager of National Clearinghouse on Disability and Exchange, administered by Mobility International USA: Ms. Laird has lived experience with a disability and her career includes positions in higher education, international engagement, philanthropy, and non-profit management, with a focus on advancing human rights and social justice as the constant thread in her work. She has managed programs at the Global Fund for Women, Santa Clara University, and the University of Portland. Resources: Advising Participants with Disabilities: How to Begin: https://www.miusa.org/resource/tipsheet/begin/. International Student Orientations & Disability Access – MIUSA: https://www.miusa.org/resource/videos-and-webinars/international-student-orientations-disability-access/. A World Awaits You - International Students with Disabilities Issue (miusa.org): https://www.miusa.org/resource/books-and-journals/awayinternationalstudent/.
Episode 8: Integrating EducationUSA into Your Strategic Enrollment Plan
10-11-2022
Episode 8: Integrating EducationUSA into Your Strategic Enrollment Plan
Summary This special episode of The EdGE Podcast takes listeners on a step-by-step journey through the international student recruitment and enrollment process, focusing on how EducationUSA can be integrated into strategic enrollment plans. Using the framework of the enrollment funnel, this episode’s guests detail the benefits of working with EducationUSA advisers and REACs and taking advantage of EducationUSA fairs and forums throughout the process. Host Adina Archer and guests Kathleen Joyce, Assistant Dean for Student Recruitment in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University; Petra Marlin, Director of International Recruitment and Admissions at the University of Southern Mississippi; and Daniel Whitmer, Associate Director of Sponsored Student Services at Indiana University Bloomington, discuss how they use EducationUSA to both invest in new international student markets and to strengthen existing markets. In the early stages of the recruitment funnel, EducationUSA helps them to allocate resources, build relationships with schools and students, and understand local academic and social context. For students, utilizing EducationUSA services and expertise can create a world of difference in their ability to better understand the U.S. higher education system and obtain visas in a timely manner, making the transition to your HEI smoother. For recruiters, attending EducationUSA events and building long-term collaborative relationships with advisers, as well as other institutional representatives, are essential investments for promoting higher education in the U.S. and helping students find their best fit. Conversation Highlights 1. Using EducationUSA to build and strengthen your markets (4:43) 2. How EducationUSA advisers connect with local students (12:35) 3. Using EducationUSA to verify student information (15:44) 4. EducationUSA as an advocate for the U.S. and for students (17:41) 5. EducationUSA adviser support prior to on-campus arrival (22:22) 6. Networking and building collaborative relationships with EducationUSA (30:02) Learn More The EducationUSA network: https://educationusa.state.gov/ EducationUSA Fair Portal: https://www.educationusafairs.org/ Open Doors: https://opendoorsdata.org/ Indiana University Bloomington: https://www.indiana.edu/ Syracuse University College of Engineering and Computer Science: https://ecs.syracuse.edu/ University of Southern Mississippi: https://www.usm.edu/
Pilot Episode 1: Resilience
09-06-2022
Pilot Episode 1: Resilience
The premiere episode of The EdGE Podcast takes listeners on a journey across more than two years of the pandemic. Through the development of a new hybrid normal, guests discuss taking the best of virtual innovations and combining them with in-person activities, while looking to build a resilient future. Regional Educational Advising Coordinators (REACs) Melissa Deschamps, based in Doha, Qatar; Maria Mercedes Salmon, based in Mexico City, Mexico; and Luke Yim, based in Jakarta, Indonesia, reflect upon the challenges of transitioning to virtual programming, geographic differences in students’ responses to the pandemic, and unexpected benefits of the online transition. The benefits include the broadening of audiences, geographic reach, and virtual experiences to students from U.S. institutions. As the pandemic continues to impact the globe two years on, pandemic fatigue sets in. A new generation of students is shaped by an uncertain world. It is more important than ever to provide a personal touch for prospective students, while also recognizing that this next generation will be crucial to building a resilient future in the “new normal.” Conversation Highlights 1. The earliest days of the pandemic [2:10] 2. Initial virtual challenges and engagement [5:56] 3. Geographic variance in pandemic impact on students [10:41] 4. Expanding local audiences and institutional visitors [16:14] 5. New programmatic offerings and opportunities [19:11] 6. Uncertainty and evolving priorities in school choice [33:28] 7. Assuring students and families through new forms of communication [36:41] 8. A resilient future [44:32] Learn More The EducationUSA network: https://educationusa.state.gov/ EducationUSA Nigeria: https://educationusanigeria.org/ Register for the 2022 EducationUSA Forum in Washington, DC: https://events.bizzabo.com/Forum2022