Dawn Wilkenfeld, MA, works as the international student services coordinator at Montclair State University. She also is actively involved in volunteering locally within the international education community, serving as the conference planner for NAFSA Region X. In her daily work, Wilkenfeld serves as a mentor to the international student community and connects international and domestic students through cultural exchange. She graduated summa cum laude from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a New Jersey State teaching certification, and a minor in gerontology. She later earned a master’s degree in educational leadership with a concentration in higher education from Montclair State University. She has experiences throughout student affairs, academic affairs, and enrollment management in new student orientation, student involvement, academic advisement, admissions, and, in her current role, international student services. Wilkenfeld has presented at regional and national conferences in Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Wisconsin. In 2021 Dawn was recognized with the NAFSA Award Rising Star Young Leader. 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.