NAIS Global Ambassadors Advisory Working Group

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.

Objectives

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:
  1. Metta Dael:  Director of International Admission, Northfield Mount Hermon, Mount Hermon, MA
  2. Dean Fusto:  Head of School and President, Brandon Hall School, Atlanta, GA
  3. Andrew Garlinski:  Director of International Student Recruitment, Director of ESL, Shattuck-St. Mary's School, Faribault, MN
  4. Tara Inman:  Dean of Students for Global Education, DSO, Darlington School, Rome, GA
  5. Amanda Miles:  Associate Director of Admission, International Admission Coordinator, PDSO, Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA
  6. 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

Selection Criteria

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.

Resources

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 wheeler@nais.org