International Education Leadership Knowledge Community


The International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC) supports senior international officers and internationalization leaders who provide the vision and build commitment for comprehensive internationalization. To that end, the IEL KC coordinates the delivery of a comprehensive set of sessions, workshops, networking opportunities, and resources for senior leaders, including Hot Trends for SIOs and the Symposium on Leadership, a NAFSA Signature Program.

Connect with the Community

Leading Internationalization NetworkThe Leading Internationalization Network (LIZN) supports senior international officers (SIOs) and other international education leaders by providing helpful resources and a discussion forum to actively engage with colleagues. Additional NAFSA resources are available on the Leading Internationalization page.

Join the IEL KC at the Annual Conference in Los Angeles! We have many sessions tailored for SIOs Icon PDF 16!

Connect with senior international officers on Twitter using #nafsaSIO .

Leadership Team

NAFSA members may contact leaders through the online membership directory Members Only. Not a member? Click here to submit your request.

Sonja Knutson, Chair
Director, Internationalization Office, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Erich Dietrich, Chair-Elect
Assistant Vice President for Global Programs & Associate Dean for Global Affairs, NYU Steinhardt, New York University

  • Dlynn Williams, Past Chair
    Department head, Political Science & International Affairs, University of North Georgia
  • Victoria Jones, Co-Leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team
    Assistant Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement, University of California-Irvine
  • Katherine Hammett, Co-leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team, and Member, 2017 Annual Conference Committee
    Senior Director of Global Programs, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Ivor Emmanuel, Co-Leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team
    Director, Berkeley International Office, University California-Berkeley
  • Sammy Spann, Co-Leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team
    Assistant Provost, Center for International Studies and Programs & the Center for Experiential Learning and Career Services, University of Toledo
  • Downing Thomas, Co-leader, Resources and Networking
    Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs, University of Iowa
  • Samira Pardanani, Co-leaeder. Resources and Networking
    Director, International Admissions & Student Services, Shoreline Community College
  • Simon Chu, Leading Internationalization Network Leader (LIZN)
    Director, International University of Otago-New Zealand

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Symposium on Leadership

Gather with higher education leaders to examine the global demands on international higher education and share comparative perspectives and lessons learned.

Internationalization & Diversity and Inclusion
May 30, 2017
Los Angeles, CA