NAFSA 2016 Denver Conference: A milestone conference

I will be attending NAFSA annual conference in Denver with my partner and co-founder, Di Hu, an expert in intercultural training and global program management. While I have delivered over 100 presentations at international education conferences, this is a special one for me on both personal and professional fronts.

I had some of the most important life changing experiences during my doctoral education at the University of Denver. Coming from India with engineering and business degrees, I socialized into a very different culture to pursue a PhD in Higher Education. It shaped my passion and commitment for international higher education and also shaped my interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.

Rahul Choudaha NAFSA Denver Pathway Hot Trends Insights Metrics on International Student Recruitment Enrollment

– At this conference I have the privilege to introduce Dr. Frank Tuitt, Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at University of Denver. As my dissertation advisor at DU, Dr. Tuitt mentored, guided and prodded me to stay on course and have a fulfilling experience. He will be delivering an invited session on “Making Excellence Inclusive: Building Capacity for Institutional Transformation” on Tuesday, May 31, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.

– I have an opportunity to collaborate with two key connections from DU, who supported me with their advise at the critical junctures of my career. Michael Elliott, was director of ISSS and Marjorie Smith, was director of international admissions at DU. I am looking forward to co-presenting with both of them at this conference.

– This is also the third and final year of my engagement as the Chair-stream of NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC). IEL KC offers programming and networking opportunities for Senior International Officers. I had an opportunity of collaborating with and learning from an amazing group of professionals.

– I’m excited about the research we are pursuing for NAFSA on the “Landscape of Pathway Providers in the US.” NAFSA commissioned the research to understand the characteristics of pathway partnerships, develop a definition and typology and understand the experiences and decision-making processes of institutional stakeholders. We will be discussing the findings of the Phase 1 and conducting focus groups for Phase 2 at Denver conference. Here are two opportunities of engaging in a discussion on research findings:

SoundstageThursday, June 02 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Room: CCC, Hall A, Soundstage Area
NAFSA PavilionTuesday, May 31 9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Room: CCC, Hall A

Wednesday, June 01 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM Room: CCC, Four Seasons Ballroom 1
Defining metrics helps institutions to track, monitor, and assess their international enrollment strategies from the lens of what matters most—student success. This session brings together experts from diverse institutional settings to discuss strategic approaches to defining and achieving metrics of international student success.
Co-presenters:
– Marjorie Smith, Associate Dean, University of Denver
– Michael Elliott, Director, International Student and Scholar Services, University At Albany-SUNY
– Andrew Disbury, Director, Leeds Beckett University, UK

Wednesday, June 01 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Room: CCC, 505-507
What are the 2016 strategic priorities for senior international officers (SIOs)? How are SIOs addressing them? This interactive session will share the findings of a survey conducted by NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community and discuss the implications for SIOs in achieving their internationalization goals.
Co-presenters:
– Dlynn Williams, Department Head, Political Science and Int’l Affairs, University of North Georgia
– Downing Thomas, Associate Provost and Dean of Int’l Programs at the University of Iowa
– Dorothea Antonio, Senior Director, Internationalization Services, NAFSA

I look forward to connecting with fellow international educators in Denver and on Twitter.

-Dr. Rahul Choudaha