The NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group is a group of experts and stakeholders from NAIS member schools who serve as advisers to NAIS on international students programs at U.S. independent schools. As a group during the 2017-2018 school-year, the NAIS Global Ambassadors will engage independent school educators in discussions on international student topics; share their story and expertise with our community; and assist with identifying as well as creating products and resources for both day and boarding schools that enroll international students.
The objectives of the NAIS Global Ambassadors are to:
- Serve in an advisory role to NAIS on trends, emerging markets and topics related to international students.
- Engage the NAIS Connect community in discussions related to international students.
- Serve as a resource to NAIS member schools.
- Create and share resources and best practices.
- Conduct discovery conversations with colleagues from independent schools.
- Develop Advisory Briefs or How-to-Guides related to international student topics including regulatory compliance/visa regulations, recruitment/admissions/enrollment, and homestays/residential life.
- Present online webinars and workshops at NAIS conferences.
- Promote independent schools to international families through possibly creating resources specific to that market.
- Advocate for international students through a variety of means: social media, NAIS Connect, articles, blogs, Inspiration Lab, etc.
- Promote global education approaches, mindsets, competencies, programs and skills-building.
- Optional: Participate in NAIS surveys and share relevant research done by other organizations and groups.
NAIS Global Ambassadors
The following experts have been invited to participate in the 2017-2018 NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group:
- Metta Dael: Director of International Admission, Northfield Mount Hermon, Mount Hermon, MA
- Dean Fusto: Head of School and President, Brandon Hall School, Atlanta, GA
- Andrew Garlinski: Director of International Student Recruitment, Director of ESL, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Faribault, MN
- Tara Inman: Dean of Students for Global Education, DSO, Darlington School, Rome, GA
- Amanda Miles: Associate Director of Admission, International Admission Coordinator, PDSO, Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA
- Ann Vogel: International Student Coordinator, Global Summit Coordinator, Charles Wright Academy, Tacoma, WA
View the bios for this year’s NAIS Global Ambassadors.
To view a list of NAIS Global Ambassadors from previous years, click here.
Members of the NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group:
- Have the ability to drive and create change in schools.
- Are passionate about global education as well as the role that international students play in independent schools.
- Have some experience working with NAIS in various capacities.
- Have vast experience with international student programs, preferably in an independent day or boarding school setting.
- Are knowledgeable on a variety of topics as they relate to international students specifically on homestays/residential life, visa regulations, recruitment/admissions/enrollment, student support, fundraising with international families, and acculturation and enculturation.
Benefits of Participation
The NAIS Global Ambassadors will have the opportunity to:
- Engage, network, and collaborate with peers in NAIS member independent schools.
- Be viewed as experts in the field of global education and international student programs.
- Serve in an advisory role to NAIS.
- Initiate discussions and blogs as well as engage the community on relevant topics.
- Present workshops and webinars promoted by NAIS.
- Participate in research initiatives.
- Join a growing network of like-minded professionals that previously served as NAIS Global Ambassadors.
- Have articles and blogs published and distributed by NAIS.
- Receive a modest stipend which will be issued at the end of the program.
- Receive a complimentary full registration to attend one of the following conferences: the NAIS Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, the NAIS PoCC in Anaheim, CA or the TABS-NAIS Global Symposium in New Orleans, LA.
To view a list of resources developed by the NAIS Global Ambassadors (past and present), click here.
Questions? Contact Ioana Suciu Wheeler, director of global initiatives at email@example.com.