NAFSA Global Learning Lab
Tools, Practices, and Integration

NAFSA’s 2019 Global Learning Lab was a one-day professional development program for international educators designed to build awareness and strengthen skills in advancing global learning.

Global learning prepares students for the interconnected global economy, a top priority for universities and professional programs around the world. To meet the challenge, on-going institutional and program changes are necessary in curriculums, partnerships, faculty competencies, and much more.

The NAFSA 2019 Global Learning Lab brought together deans, faculty members, senior international officers, and scholar-practitioners from around the world to discuss strategies for incorporating global competencies into learning across the curriculum. The lab format provided participants with the unique opportunity for a deep dive into integrating global learning into their programs and across the campus.

Participants Gained

  • Examples of desired student outcomes for intercultural and global learning;
  • Insights on how to engage faculty in internationalization and promote global learning strategically across programs and across campuses; and
  • Awareness of accreditation challenges when developing international partnerships

Return to your institution with knowledge of best practices and new strategies on ways to prepare students with essential intercultural and global learning competencies for the 21st century.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain global learning definition(s) to build awareness and establish acceptance
  • Encourage the integration of global learning into curricula using practical strategies and tools
  • Promote interdisciplinary research and partnerships through the lens of global learning
  • Identify global competencies and relevance to workforce development
  • Highlight the urgency and benefits of global learning integration into the curricula
  • Provide tools to assess global learning outcomes and student outcomes

Participants furthered their understanding of opportunities offered by internships, fieldwork, and education abroad and gain access to strategies, tools, materials, and on-campus resources to help them plan for integration of global and experiential learning into their programs.


Karen Marrongell, PhD

National Science Foundation
Karen Marrongelle is the assistant director of the National Science Foundation (NSF)’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). She leads the EHR directorate in supporting research that enhances learning and teaching to achieve excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and...

Ilir Miteza, PhD

Ilir Miteza
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Ilir Miteza is the associate provost for graduate, global, and digital education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He previously served as associate dean in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters at the university. Prior to joining the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2001, Dr. Miteza...

Mohamed Abdel-Kader

The Stevens Initiative, The Aspen Institute
Mohamed Abdel-Kader is executive director of the Stevens Initiative at the Aspen Institute. He previously served in the administration of President Barack Obama as deputy assistant secretary for international and foreign language education at the US Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary...

Kenneth Ball

Kenneth Ball
George Mason University
Kenneth Ball currently serves on the Academic Advisory Council for ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology). He also serves as commissioner of the Engineering Accreditation Commission; and on the Executive Board, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering Deans...

Diana Cvitan

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Diana Cvitan is the director of global learning and partnerships at Fairleigh Dickinson University and oversees the University’s international education programs and global partnerships activities. She joined FDU in 2001, coming from a career in international marketing in the travel industry. Diana...

Stephanie Doscher, EdD

Florida International University
Stephanie Doscher, EdD, is a higher education leader who partners with colleagues and institutions to achieve bold goals for learning and visions for change. She is co-author of Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus & NAFSA, 2018), a comprehensive...

Hilary Landorf, PhD

Hilary Landorf
Florida International University
Hilary Landorf is the founding Executive Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University (FIU). In this position, she oversees FIU’s university-wide initiative, Global Learning for Global Citizenship, recipient of NAFSA’s 2021 Paul Simon Award for...

Reyes L. Quezada, EdD

Reyes L. Quezada, EdD, serves on the board of directors for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the board of directors for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and as chair, board of directors for the International Council for the...

Amir Reza, PhD

Amir Reza
Babson College
Amir Reza is the dean of the Babson Academy for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurial Learning (Babson Academy), a dedicated unit within Babson College that inspires change in the way universities, specifically their faculty and students, teach and learn entrepreneurship. In this role, he is...

Janette Samaan, PhD

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Janette (Jenny) Samaan, PhD, is currently the senior director, Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She joined the AAMC as the founding director of Global Health Learning Opportunities (GHLO) in 2010 following an extensive career in...

Patrice Twomey

University of Limerick
Patrice Twomey is the director of cooperative education and careers at the University of Limerick (UL). She has responsibility for leading employability provision at UL, which has one of the largest undergraduate work placement programmes in Europe. Her professional interests are in the areas of...


NAFSA thanks New York University for its generous support of this event.

New York University