#IEW2013 Event: Access to International Education

By: Emily Volpe

yPIE and GWU’s International Education Association present

Access to International Education: A Conversation on Challenges in the Field

Wednesday, November 13, 5:30p – 7:30p

To join the discussion via Twitter, use #yPIE and #IEW2013.

Everyone needs an international Education in order to compete in today’s global economy, but the reality is not everyone has access to it. How can we break down these barriers and improve the future of our field? This event will focus on three topics:

  1. Non-traditional Participants
  2. Experiential Learning
  3. Technology as an Access Alternative

Check back after the event for wrap commentary. In the meantime, read up on our fantastic speakers! Here are their bios:


Karin Fischer, Senior Reporter, The Chronicle of Higher Education

A senior reporter, Karin Fischer covers the business of international education, the globalization of higher education, and the relationship between colleges and the economy.

She previously worked for Kiplinger Washington Editors, Media News Group’s Washington bureau, the Charleston Daily Mail, and the Daily Hampshire Gazette. Her work has appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington Monthly, and George magazine.

In 2010, she was selected for the East-West Center’s Jefferson Fellowship program for reporting in Asia. She also is the recipient of Paul Miller and National Press Foundation fellowships. She is part of reporting teams that have been honored by the Education Writers Association, for the “College Reinvented,” “Asia Rising/America Falling,” and “Town, Gowns, and Taxes” series. A graduate of Smith College, she received the Poynter Institute News Reporting & Writing Fellowship for College Graduates, which recognizes outstanding young journalists.


Bryan Andriano, Ed.D., Director of Global & Experiential Education, The George Washington University School of Business

Bryan Andriano serves as Director of Global and Experiential Education at The George Washington University School of Business overseeing comprehensive international student services, overseas study programs, and experiential learning opportunities.
Bryan’s work in higher education has included the fields of marketing and promotion, admission and recruitment, pre-collegiate programs, graduate education, international student services and study abroad. As a Gilman Scholar Bryan has both a personal and professional connection to issues of accesses in overseas study and advances this work through co-chairmanship of the NAFSA Subcommittee for Underrepresentation in Education Abroad and through publication and lecture on the topic.

Bryan received his doctorate in Education and Human Development from The George Washington University where his dissertation examined the role of the college environment on first-generation student participation in study abroad. He also completed a post-graduate program in Change Management and Organizational Behavior and holds an M.A. in Higher Education Administration with a focus in international education from GWU and an A.B. from Elmira College in French, Spanish, and Anthropology & Sociology.

He is currently an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia and the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University.

LaNitra Walker Berger, Ph.D., Director of Fellowships and the Undergraduate Apprenticeship Program, George Mason University

LaNitra Berger is director of fellowships in the Honors College at George Mason University. Since joining the Honors College in 2010, LaNitra has helped secure 21 prestigious national scholarships and fellowships such as the Boren, Fulbright, Gilman, Truman, and Critical Language Scholarships. She previously served as director of leadership and international programs at the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), where she managed a federal internship program and helped minority-serving institutions develop campus internationalization strategies. LaNitra has been a contributing writer for the American Prospect and has published articles on international education and race relations in the United States. She received her MA and PhD in art history from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in art history and international relations from Stanford University. LaNitra has studied abroad in Paris, was a graduate exchange student at the Free University in Berlin, and conducted dissertation research in Cape Town.

Matthew Meekins, Director of Operations, Online Programs, School of International Service (SIS), American University

Matthew Meekins is Director of Operations for Online Programs at American University’s School of International Service (SIS). He manages administrative and student services functions for SIS’ online Master of Arts in International Relations, and supports faculty in developing and delivering both asynchronous and synchronous content. He works collaboratively with the School and University leadership teams to ensure a high-quality experience for students in the online program that aims to replicate the on-campus experience as closely as possible. He earned an MA in higher education administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, focusing his research on institutional strategic planning and the effects of college rankings on the student experience. He holds a BA in graphic design and a BS in marketing from Salisbury University in Maryland.

Emily Volpe, Senior Program Manager, International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Institute of International Education

Emily Volpe has been with the International Visitor Leadership Program at IIE since May 2005. As a Program Manager, Emily designs and coordinates short-term professional development programs for international professionals. Her professional interests include international security, North African and Middle Eastern studies, economic development, youth leadership development as well as topics dealing with higher education. She also spearheads social media and new technology initiatives for the IVLP at IIE in Washington, including managing the @IVLPIIEDC Twitter. She holds a B.A. in political science and economics from Baldwin Wallace University in Ohio.


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