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.

Community Highlights

Leading IZN Network
Explore resources and a discussion forum to actively engage with colleagues.

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Symposium on Leadership
Internationalization leadership topics for SIOs in a NAFSA Signature Event.

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Hot Trends
Discover the most pressing issues Senior International Officers are facing in 2018.

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IEL Leadership Team

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

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

  • Sonja Knutson, Past Chair
    Director, Internationalization Office, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Victoria Jones, Co-Leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team
    Assistant Vice Chancellor, Global Engagement, University of California-Irvine
  • Ivor Emmanuel, Co-Leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team
    Director, Berkeley International Office, University California-Berkeley
  • Christina Sanchez, Co-Leader, Conference and Symposium Planning Team
    Associate Provost for Global Engagement, California Lutheran University

Jane Gatewood, Chair-Elect
Vice Provost for Global Engagement, University of Rochester

  • Rick Lee, Member, 2018 Annual Conference Committee
    Director, Programs and Partnerships, Rutgers University 
  • Samira Pardanani, Co-leader, Resources and Networking
    Executive Director, International Education, Shoreline Community College
  • David Di Maria, Co-leader, Resources and Networking
    Associate Vice Provost, International Education, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Kate Jennings, Leading Internationalization Network Leader (LIZN)
    Director, International Student Services, Vancouver Island University 

2018 Regional Liaisons

  • Region I: Heather Lukashin, Olympic College
  • Region II: Amy Rell, Regis University
  • Region III: Karl Anderson (region chair), University of Arkansas
  • Region IV: Ryan Dye, St. Ambrose University
  • Region V: Karin Christoph Brown (region chair), One Earth International Credential Evaluations
  • Region VI: Ji-Yeung Jang, Ohio University
  • Region VII: Angie V. Edwards, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Region VIII: Kristin Spiker, Community College of Allegheny County
  • Region X: Robert J Sanford Jr., New York University
  • Region XI: Patricia McKinney Bergantino, Providence College
  • Region XII; Kati Bell, Dominican University of California