Diversity Impact Program Participant Reflections


Each year, NAFSA is excited to partner in the growth of Diversity Impact Program (DIP) participants. Review what participants have shared about their time in the program.

2016 Participants

Venita RossVenita Ross
“The most helpful aspects [of DIP] were participating in networking opportunities and customized sessions for the DIP group, working with my mentor and being a part of the professional group of NAFSA’s business group meetings. All these aspects have helped me to learn from my peers about many new resources and best practices and to gain support and a sense of belonging that have helped me throughout the past year.

The smaller sessions geared toward developing the participants were very helpful and gave room for a lot more discussions, questions and answers. The panelists in the sessions were very resourceful and gave great insights into the work that they do and can do within the organization as well as avenues to grow in the field and lots of additional resources and opportunities.”

Venita Ross is the international admissions adviser at Salt Lake Community College.

Stacye Fraser ThompsonStacye Fraser Thompson
“The community college networking was amazing. I was able to find many contacts who could help me with my initiative to develop study abroad. The feedback and direct networking through the DIP events made the national conference seem more intimate than it might normally.”

Stacye Fraser Thompson is the coordinator of international student services at Jefferson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama.

Freda GippFreda Gipp
“The program is amazing. I had no idea what to expect and I have been pleasantly surprised from the first email to the orientation videos to the star treatment at the conference. DIP will foster the continued growth of NAFSA and enhance the rich diversity and ongoing efforts to be inclusive!”

Freda Gipp has worked in various capacities for more than 20 years at Haskell Indian Nations University located in Lawrence, Kansas.