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.
You can view the full TODOS Sounding Board Webinar Series & Community Discussion schedule here.
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.
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.
Daniel Díaz has worked in international education for the past 10+ years, 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).
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.
Katherine Mary "Kate" Meyer (she/they) has worked in international education as an EFL instructor and various roles within education abroad at land grant and private institutions. Through experiences as a first-generation college student from a rural, "free lunch club" background, it has become her career mission to aid similar students and others from underserved populations in exploring the opportunity of taking their academics global- both at home and abroad. She believes that education and, more specifically, transformative education experiences such as study away/abroad are the key to building up students and creating in them a future generation that can face our most striking global challenges. Kate studied and interned in Tokyo, Japan, and ended up back in Japan teaching on the Japan Exchange & Teachers Program (JET). After nearly five years, she returned to the US and obtained her Master's in cross-cultural communication and higher education policy at the University of Minnesota, where she worked in the financial aid office. She will be the first to receive a doctorate in her family, being "ABD" as of summer 2022 at Hamline University.
Andre' P. Stevenson is Director of the Office of International Programs (OIP) and Professor of Social Work at Elizabeth City State University. As director of OIP, he consistently assists students with being awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad. In addition, the OIP developed partnerships with various organizations through which students study abroad. He was selected as a Fulbright-Hays Scholar in 2020 to study in Taiwan. In addition, he was selected as a Council of American Overseas Research Centers Fellow to study in Myanmar. He is active in NCAIE for which he serves as a Board Member. He was selected as member of the inaugural Gilman Scholarship Advisor Ambassadors Program. His current research involves, among other things, scholarly work related to study abroad among HBCUs. He holds a PhD in Social Work Research, Master of Public Health, and Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. He also holds a Bachelor of Science from South Carolina State University.