International Education Town Hall
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April 14, 2020 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm TBD Registration Closed
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Over the past few weeks, international educators have had to quickly adjust and shift to a different environment to support their students and scholars and manage expectations due to the impact of COVID-19. This Town Hall features a public health expert and an IIE researcher alongside seasoned international educators. The speakers reflect on public health trends that affect our work, current “triage” plans, and lessons learned. They also shared their thoughts on what’s next and helpful tips on managing future change. The Town Hall concluded with a panel discussion.

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Wilbur Chen, MD

Wilbur Chen
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Wilbur Chen, MD is an adult infectious disease physician-scientist with a specific interest in developing vaccines of global health importance. He is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM), director of the UMB (University of Maryland, Baltimore)...

Mihaela Metianu, EdD

Mihaela Metianu
Florida Atlantic University
Mihaela Metianu, EdD, currently serves as the assistant provost for global engagement at Florida Atlantic University. She joined FAU in 2006. As the senior international officer at her institution, she is responsible facilitating and coordinating the global strategic platform and for leading a wide...

Mirka Martel, PhD

Mirka Martel
The Institute of International Education
Mirka Martel is IIE’s Head of Research, Evaluation & Learning (REL) and has been with IIE since 2012. Martel brings more than 16 years of experience managing research and evaluation projects in international education, leadership, and development. Her oversight of key resources in the international...

Ravi Shankar

Ravi Shankar
University of Rochester
Ravi Shankar has been in the field of international education for more than 20 years and has worked in various types of institutions, ranging from small professional institutions and community college to a major research institution. He was recently the director of the Office of International...


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