As a Leader in Welcoming International Students, Northeastern Plays Active Role at International Education Conference 

May 27, 2015


Faculty and staff at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies are involved in the NAFSA: Association of International Educators conference in Boston, MA, May 24-29, in a variety of roles, as presenters and participants, in line with the scope of the institution’s international engagement.  The conference organizers note on their website, “International education professionals from more than 100 countries have traveled to Boston to learn, to connect, and to explore new horizons in international education.”  Faculty and staff at the College are speaking/moderating at three sessions at the conference, in addition to other roles: 

  • The panel on “A 360 Degree Assessment of International Programs for Freshman Students” will include Lauren Kettler, Director, The Program. During this session panelists will “explore motivations for establishing international freshman programs from three different perspectives: the home institution, the host institution, and the student,” according to the conference website.
  • The panel on “Consortium Model for Recruiting International Students” will include Elizabeth Quinn, Director of Operations, U.S. Pathway Programs. During this session panelists “will reflect on six years of experience as members of the Consortium of North American Universities leveraging experience and sharing resources by participating in this consortium as a strategy for broadening one's recruiting pipeline,” according to the conference’s website.
  • The panel on “It’s a Skype World After All: New Opportunities for International Online Learning” will include Marissa Lombardi, faculty in the Master’s in Global Studies and International Relations program. Marissa will moderate a discussion that “explores how online learning is being used in international education experiences,” according to the conference’s website.    

Watch the video "Northeastern University: A New Model for a Global University," which will be showed at the conference

Additionally, the College will host a post-conference “Ron Moffat Seminar on Peace and the Global Civil Society” session on Friday evening, May 29 on the Northeastern campus.  The session will “bring together thought leaders and practitioners in peace-building and conflict resolution with educators focused on teaching and facilitating transnational education.” John LaBrie, Dean of the College, will welcome attendees at the seminar. Ambassador Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, who is currently the Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, will be one of the keynote speakers. 

The following day, the post-conference session will continue on Northeastern’s campus at the Curry Student Center where sessions and discussions will be conducted and facilitated. Patrick Plunkett, Senior Associate Dean for Global Engagement for the College, will facilitate a small group discussion. 

For more information on the College’s international programs visit:

NU Global

Global Leadership Graduate Program at Swineburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Master’s in Leadership at International University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam