Peer-to-Peer Perspective
Event Date Event Time Registration Deadline Registration
November 1, 2022 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Registration Closed

Join NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community for an informative panel discussion on successful strategies to use when advocating for international education, including best practices for working with a government relations office. Panelists are seasoned professionals with a wide range of advocacy and institutional expertise, including a senior international officer, a federal relations officer, and a NAFSA Advocate of the Year from states representing the full political spectrum. Questions will be addressed, as time allows, at the end of the presentation. The content is relevant to senior international officers and international education leaders working with a government relations office on campus.

NAFSA Peer-to-Peer Perspectives facilitate an online dialogue between international education professionals. Participants should come prepared to listen, learn, and share with their peers.

Kalpen Trivedi, PhD

 Kalpen Trivedi
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Past Chair, International Education Leadership Knowledge Community
Kalpen Trivedi, PhD, is vice provost for global affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is responsible for campus-wide global engagement and exercises operational and strategic oversight of the International Programs Office. He has more than eighteen years of experience in...

Rachel Banks

Rachel Banks
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Senior Director, Public Policy & Legislative Strategy
Rachel Banks is senior director for public policy and legislative strategy at NAFSA. Her portfolio focuses primarily on advocating for U.S. government policies that attract international student and scholars to study or conduct research in the United States, and oversees the production of NAFSA’s...

Shannon Bedo

shannon bedo
Houston Christian University
Advocacy Representative, Region III
Shannon Bedo is the Director of International and Veteran Student Services at Houston Christian University, where she leads efforts for recruiting, admissions, immigration, and programming for the international and veteran student population. She has previously served at Baylor College of Medicine...

Bill Colona

Bill Colona
Fordham University
Bill Colona is a public policy professional with nearly 14 years of combined experience in higher education, the United States Congress, and the nonprofit sector, and currently serves as Fordham University's Assistant Vice President for Government Relations, Federal and Urban Affairs. In this...

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...