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. 

Nominations for this award are forwarded from NAFSA regions. 

Anna McCreedy, MA

Anna McCreedy
Berkeley International Office
State Rep (Northern California), Region XII; Past Chair, Region XII Northern District
Anna McCreedy, MA, works at the Berkeley International Office at UC Berkeley, where she is an International Student Adviser and the Programming Lead for the office. She is also actively involved in volunteering in the local international education community, acting as the Chair for the NAFSA...

Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn

Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn
Gallaudet University
Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn is the coordinator of education abroad at Gallaudet University. Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts bilingual university in the world that focuses on teaching, research, and engagement communicating through both American Sign Language and English. She is a NAFSA...

Carolyn Becker

Carolyn Becker
Texas Woman's University
Carolyn Becker works as the Director of Education Abroad at Texas Woman's University. She has been able to work directly with a unique and diverse student population to provide support related to education abroad opportunities. In addition, she serves as the President-Elect of her institution’s...
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