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NAFSA proudly presents its flagship diversity, equity and inclusion program: the NAFSA RISE (Representation, Inclusion, Support and Empowerment) Fellowship. The RISE Fellowship provides access and funding for NAFSA's Academy for International Education and has the following goals:

  • Provide representation of international education professionals from underrepresented minority backgrounds
  • Ensure the inclusion of participants into established professionally recognized NAFSA programming and networks
  • Support the continued learning and sustained engagement of participants as they establish themselves in their professional journey
  • Lead the empowerment of participants with resources and tools to help them give back to their institutions and communities, and the field at large

Meet the RISE Fellows!

Program Design
What's Included?
The NAFSA RISE Fellows
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Reasonable Accommodation

The RISE Fellow Mentor guides Year 2 Fellows through an exploration of NAFSA's IE Comptencies. Under the RISE Fellow Mentor's guidance Fellows will hone their leadership skills, build connections amongst their cohort, and receive indizidualized feedback on their goals.

Roopa Rawjee, EdD

Roopa Rawjee
Illinois State University
Inaugural Mentor, NAFSA RISE Fellows
Roopa is the Executive Director of the Office of International Engagement at Illinois State University. As the senior international officer, she is responsible for all internationalization efforts at ISU. Previously, she was the Assistant Vice President, Office of Global Services, PDSO/RO at...

Terms and Conditions of Fellowship

Participants must agree to the following terms and conditions which are part of the application.

NAFSA's Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Learn more about NAFSA's commitment to Diversity and Inclusion.