Rising Star Young Leader Award Recipients


The Rising Star Young Leader Award is given annually in recognition of a professional who has impacted the field of international education during the first five years of the recipient's area of work. The rising star will have demonstrated a commitment to internationalization and an ingenuity of thought that has the potential for having substantial and lasting influence upon global education.

2017 Award Recipient

Luis Legaspi Luis Legaspi is a study abroad advisor at the University of California, San Diego. A native of Sacramento, Legaspi graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Textiles and Clothing, with an emphasis in Marketing. Utilizing his multiple experiences abroad and marketing skill set, Legaspi works on promoting access to higher education and international education to all populations. He is actively engaged with the international education professional community through presentations and participating in committees relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion with Diversity Abroad, The Forum on Education Abroad, NAFSA, and the University of California Education Abroad Program. Legaspi is interested in systemic change in the field of international education to make the field more inclusive for broad student populations and for professionals in the field. Legaspi has recently participated and completed NAFSA Academy Class 13 and has been working in education abroad for the past four years.

Past Recipients

  • Shao Chen (Johanna) Pan-Carr, Fordham University
  • Seth Riker, University of Kentucky