Exchange Matters / November 17, 2015

Study Abroad, Foreign Policy & You: Putting the Pieces Together

As part of International Education Week, join us at 2pm ET for a live-streaming roundtable discussion with members of the international exchange community. We’ll talk with them about how international educational travel sparked their careers as public diplomats. We’ll also explore the connections between exchanges and international relations, and discuss how to better connect the local and the global to solve the world’s challenges.

Watch a recording of the webinar here.


Shirley Harrison is Interim Director of Jackson State University Global and Executive Director of the International Visitors Center of Jackson. Shirley started her career at Jackson State University as a Data Entry Operator in the Computer Center in 1979. She joined the International Visitors Center of Jackson (IVCJ) as Program Officer in 1986 and continued her commitment to internationalizing JSU, the only CBM located on the campus of a historically Black College or University (HBCU) and the state of Mississippi until 1994. After a five year hiatus of work in the private sector, Shirley rejoined IVCJ as Executive Director in 2000. In addition to her work with IVCJ, in September 2014, she was appointed Interim Director of JSU International Programs Office, overseeing, Translations and Credential Services, English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI), International Scholars and Student Services (ISSS), Marketing and Recruitment and Study Abroad.

Franzi Rook is Program Manager for Membership at Global Ties U.S. Previously, Franzi has worked extensively in international student recruitment, marketing, program design, and community outreach. Her work experience spans three continents and organizations such as the UN World Food Program, HHL – Leipzig Graduate School of Management, and American University. Franzi is a Fulbright Scholar and aside from German (her native language), she speaks English, Portuguese, and French.

Malaika Serrano is Associate Director for Global Communities at the University of Maryland. Previously, she worked for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Critical Language Scholarship Program, and the University of Tennessee. Malaika received her B.A. from the University of Southern California and M.A. from the University of Maryland. Her experiences living abroad in Australia and Venezuela sparked her life-long passion for international education.