Lauren Nehlsen, PhD, is the director of international education and programs at Elgin Community College and provides oversight and leadership for international student and scholar services, study abroad, faculty and administrator exchange, the International Student Homestay Program, and comprehensive campus internationalization. Lauren previously served two terms as president of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs and has presented at numerous national, regional, and state conferences, workshops, and symposiums. Active in the field of international education since 2003, Lauren has lived in Australia, England, Canada and Russia and traveled to more than 25 countries. She holds a BA in communications from Truman State University, an MA in diplomatic studies/international relations from the University of Westminster, and a PhD in higher education administration from Illinois State University. Lauren is dedicated to developing international partnerships that encourage intercultural awareness and mutual understanding and providing opportunities for community college students and scholars to engage with the global world. Lauren lives with her husband, three kids, and two dogs in Elgin, IL.