We have been brainstorming the next steps after the TODOS Educate, Speak & Act Forum, and after checking in with our community, Barcelona SAE is proud to announce the creation of the TODOS Sounding Board.
The mission of the sounding board is to provide professional development in the area of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a space to share collective challenges and solutions around D/E/I across the field of international education.
The Sounding Board will be focused on the 3 Do’s (Discussion, Direction, and Development). The collective knowledge that is collected will then be broken down into actionable goals to be implemented within Barcelona SAE and shared with the greater community.
MEET THE TODOS SOUNDING BOARD MEMBERS
Nayantee Bailey is an Intercultural Programs Advisor at the University of Michigan. He earned a bachelor's degree majoring in psychology, and sociology, with a minor in African American Studies during undergraduate years at the University of Michigan - Dearborn and a master’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in educational leadership. He is currently enrolled as a doctoral student at EMU where he is studying educational leadership with a focus on organizational change and equitable and inclusive education finance policy. Nyanatee has traveled extensively to West Africa, with his most frequent trips being to Liberia, the country from which his parents emigrated. He has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and the eradication of systemic barriers that prevent equity and justice in society.
Daniel Díaz has worked at Guilford College for the past 10+ years supporting international education, most recently serving as the Director for the Office of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives & International Student Advisor. With over 17 years of International Higher Education Administration experience that spans over 60 countries, Daniel is an avid practitioner of international engagement and intercultural development. He is an active member of NAFSA, NCAIE, and serves on the boards of two non-profit organizations, The Global Opportunities Center, and Companion Community Development Alternatives (CoCoDA). Daniel holds a B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in Anthropology, and an M.A.I.S in International Higher Education Administration from East Carolina University (ECU).
Cristen Casey is the Director of the Center for International Education at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, a small liberal arts institution committed to values of diversity, belonging, and anti-racism. With her 23 years of international education experience, Cristen has advocated for broad student access to global education opportunities and has supervised multiple intercultural competency initiatives. She is passionate about the TODOS mission, and brings her degrees in French Literature, International Studies, and Public Administration, along with experience living in Latin America and Europe, to the task. In addition, Cristen is a Fulbright alumna who taught in France, a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and her passions include travel, hiking, backpacking, and adventure sports like skydiving.
Kyle Keith (he/him/his) is a Study Abroad Advisor at North Carolina State University. A frequent contributor to the field of international education, Kyle co-hairs Diversity Abroad's Education Abroad: Student Support and Advising Task Force and previously served on the LGBTQI+ Task Force. He holds a B.A. from Elon University and a M.A. from Appalachian State University. Originally from the mountains of North Carolina, Kyle had his first international experience in high school when his father’s bluegrass band toured Austria and Germany. As an undergraduate, Kyle was able to study abroad for a semester in Costa Rica through the support of the Gilman Scholarship Program. In graduate school, Kyle participated in a short-term study abroad program in the United Kingdom. n avid runner, Kyle has completed numerous races throughout the Triangle, including two half-marathons this year.
Nina is the Assistant Director of Study Abroad at the University of Miami. While her roles may have shifted over the past 8 years, the focus remained the same - students. Nina has made use of all she learned during her year abroad in China along with her immigrant past to better prepare students for their opportunities abroad. Nina deeply believes in the transformative experience of spending time abroad with different people, cultures, and languages. Through pursuing her Masters in Higher Education, she has been able to better understand the student experience and utilize her new knowledge to facilitate learning. Nina understands that you are never too old to learn, you never know everything, and you can't do it all, which is why she continuously pursues knowledge in her personal and professional life.
Adriana's love of Spanish inspired her to study abroad as an underrepresented, first-generation college student, and once she graduated, she became motivated to assist students in their own study abroad and travel journey. In addition to her professional role, Adriana is the author of "Studying Abroad for Black Women," the first-ever guide detailing the what, where, why, and how for black female college students. Adriana has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology & Spanish from the University of Florida, and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish & Latin American Linguistic, Literary & Cultural Studies from New York University. Adriana describes her adventures as functions that fulfill her passion to mentor, teach, travel, and educate and relishes global and cultural opportunities.