Brenda J. Allen, PhD
University of Colorado-Denver
Brenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion, and Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado-Denver and the Anschutz Medical Campus. During her more than 25 years in the University of Colorado system, Allen has developed a track record for scholarship, teaching, and service related to organizational communication, power dynamics, and social identity, with an emphasis on higher education. Among her numerous publications is Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. She has received numerous recognitions, including the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lectureship from the National Communication Association; the inaugural Ally of the Year Award from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Alliance at University of Colorado-Boulder; and the Elizabeth D. Gee Award from the University of Colorado system.
Lorna Jean Edmonds, PhD
Lorna Jean Edmonds is the vice provost for global affairs and international studies and professor, College of Health Sciences and Professions at Ohio University (OHIO). Before joining OHIO in 2013, she worked in four of Canada’s research-intensive universities, including the University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University and the University of Ottawa.
Edmonds has more than 25 years of leadership experience in the globalization of higher education and international development in more than 60 countries in Asia, the Americas, Europe and Africa. Over this period, her academic interests have shifted from global health to the health of the globe and Earth’s sustainability with a particular interest in space governance and the need for talent and scholarship in this emerging field. She has a PhD at the University of East Anglia, UK; MHA at the University of Ottawa, CAN; and BA in sciences at Queen’s University, CAN.
Jonathan Jansen is the immediate past vice chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State (UFS) and is currently a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. He is a fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), and also president of the South African Institute of Race Relations. His book Knowledge in the Blood: Confronting Race and the Apartheid Past won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize for its contribution to scholarly excellence and transcultural understanding. In 2013, he was awarded the Education Africa Lifetime Achiever Award in New York and the Spendlove Award from the University of California. He holds honorary degrees from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont, and Cleveland State University.
Angela Randolpho Paiva, PhD
Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio)
Angela Randolpho Paiva is associate professor of sociology at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she teaches in the graduate program of social sciences in the Department of Social Sciences. She holds a PhD in sociology and a master's degree in sociology from Instituto Universitário de Pesquisas do Rio de Janeiro, and a master's degree in education from the University of Connecticut. Her PhD thesis, a comparison of religious values in the social construction of citizenship in the United States and Brazil, won the prize of the best thesis in 2000. In 2014, she was appointed the associate vice president for academic affairs for international cooperation. She is in charge of an office with several sectors and a staff of 14 employees who work to meet the challenges of sustainable development of the internationalization of PUC-Rio.
Penelope “Nell” Pynes is Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, leading internationalization efforts, directing the University’s Global Engagement Quality Enhancement Plan and promoting student/faculty exchange. She has recently served as chair of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and is currently the President Elect of AIEA. A regular presenter on comprehensive internationalization and co-designer of several SIO training programs, she has a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Wolfgang Schlör is the Associate Provost for International Initiatives at Georgia State University. Before he joined GSU, he served as the Associate Provost for the Diether H. Haenicke Institute for Global Education at Western Michigan University (WMU) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Previously, he was Interim Associate Provost for International Affairs and Interim Director of International Programs and Studies (IPS) as well as Associate Director of IPS at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He held similar positions at the University of Pittsburgh.
Schlör has held research and postdoctoral appointments at the Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London; and the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. From 1994 to 1996, he served as the US Director of the International Affairs Network, a major project to develop international affairs training capacity in Central and Eastern Europe, based in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh. Schlör holds PhD (Dr.Phil.) and M.A. (Dipl.Pol.) degrees in Political Science from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Gary Younge is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and editor-at-large for The Guardian, based in London. He also writes a monthly column, "Beneath the Radar," for The Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute. After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the United States, and the Caribbean, Younge was appointed The Guardian’s New York correspondent in 2003. He has written five books. In the most recent, Another Day in the Death of America, he finds the families of 10 children and teens shot dead in America in one day and tells their stories. In 2015, he was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year by the United Kingdom's Comment Awards and the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism from Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center. He holds honorary degrees from both his alma mater, Heriot Watt University, and London South Bank University. In March 2017, Younge won the 2017 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project, which recognizes writers of significant work on nonfiction topics of American political or social concern. Younge, recognized for his 2016 book, Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives, will host a book signing at the NAFSA Annual Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 p.m. in the Pavilion. That book and his Who are We - and Should it Matter in the 21st Century? will also be available at the NAFSA conference.