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Staff Accomplishments

Read about the Global Learning Office staff accomplishments.

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Jessica Fetridge served on the Inclusive Excellence Advisory Group for IFSA's National Advisory Council for the 2019-2020 academic year. This is part of her 3-year term on the IFSA National Advisory Council Executive Committee ending in 2020. 

January

  • Catrina DeBord was elected NAFSA Region V Chair for a two-year term.
  • Whitney Bennett served as a poster reviewer for the NAFSA 2019 Annual Conference’s "Orientation, Transition, and Retention Programs as an Integral Support Service" poster fair.

March

  • The following staff members presented at the Diversity Abroad Annual Conference in Boston:
    • Krista Buda Bethel presented Getting to the Gate: Increasing Autonomy by Leveraging Hidden Strengths.
    • Karey Fuhs presented Supporting Faculty: Fostering Brave Spaces for Students and Programs Abroad and facilitated a Faculty Development Task Force Town Hall, which was a continuation of her co-authored resource on the same.
  • The following staff members presented at the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Annual Conference at Wheaton College:
    • Sara McGuinn facilitated a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and an Advising Methods in Education Abroad Workshop.
    • Whitney Bennett and Micki Burton of the Program of Global Health Studies presented Where is My Mind: Organizing Your World with Project Management Systems.
    • Stephanie Kaczynski and Annie Reagan of Kellogg Global Programs presented The Struggle is Real: Realities of On-Campus Study Abroad Marketing and Tips for Success.

April

  • Sara McGuinn was elected External Communications Coordinator for the International Educators of Illinois for a two-year term.

July

  • Jessica Fetridge was selected as a Coach for the Region V NAFSA Academy Class 17 for an 18-month term.
  • Jessica Fetridge presented Making Individualized Learning Inclusive and Excellent! with Dr. David Wick, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, at the IFSA Annual Conference in Indianapolis.
  • Stephanie Kaczynski and Antonia Lortis of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities presented Marketing to Gen Z at the Big Ten Academic Alliance International Marketing & Communication Workshop in Rosemont, IL.

2018-2019 Academic Year

  • The following staff members served on Diversity Abroad's Diversity in Global Education Task Forces for the 2018-2019 academic year:
    • Krista Buda Bethel: First-Generation Students, First Abroad, & High Financial Need Task Force (co-chair)
    • Karey Fuhs: Faculty Development Task Force

January

  • Catrina DeBord was named to the NAFSA Region V Team as an Education Abroad Liaison

March

  • The following staff members presented at the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Annual Conference at Harper College:
    • Catrina DeBord facilitated a Study Abroad 101 Workshop.
    • Sara McGuinn facilitated an Advising Methods in Education Abroad Workshop and gave presentations on the IEI Mentorship Program and Increasing Diverse Participation in Study Abroad.
  • Catrina DeBord and Janka Pieper of Northwestern's International Relations office published an article in the spring 2018 edition of IIE Networker titled The Death of the Info Session: Leveraging Tech to Reach Gen Z.

May

  • The following staff members presented at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia: 
    • Whitney Bennett presented Technology in Transition: Tools for Change in Education Abroad at the Technology Fair.
    • Karey Fuhs and Jenifer Zabel ("JZ") of Northwestern's International Office presented Fiscal Responsibility: Developing and Managing Budgets.

October

  • The following staff members presented at the NAFSA Region V Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois:
    • Whitney Bennett presented It Takes Two to Trello: A Deep Dive into Project Management Systems and Taming the Wild Web: Choosing the Right Systems and Tech Tools
    • Catrina DeBord and Janka Pieper of Northwestern's International Relations office presented Collaborating to Tell your Institution's International Story. 
  • Krista Buda Bethel presented a Community Discussion on International Education Advising for First-Gen & High Financial Need Students for a Diversity Abroad webinar.

2017-2018 Academic Year

The following staff members served on Diversity Abroad's Diversity in Global Education Task Forces for the 2017-2018 academic year:

  • Krista Buda Bethel: First-Generation College Students & First Abroad Task Force
  • Karey Fuhs: Faculty Development Task Force

March

  • The following staff members presented at the International Educators of Illinois (IEI) Annual Conference at Kendall College:
    • Catrina DeBord facilitated a Study Abroad 101 Workshop.
    • Sara McGuinn presented on the IEI Mentorship Program.
  • Krista Buda Bethel presented Creative & Innovative Solutions to Study Abroad Financing for a NAFSA webinar.

May

  • Whitney Bennett presented Learning Management Systems Go Global for Education Abroad Administration at the Technology Fair at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Los Angeles.