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Angela Shaeffer & Jeremy Gombin-Sperling


Contemporary Educational Exchange: Institutional, Organization, and Governmental Perspectives

Angela Shaeffer & Jeremy Gombin-Sperling

Description: This session will focus on trends, best practices, and future possibilities in international educational exchange from three perspectives: an institution of higher education, a non-profit organization, and a government agency. Panelists will address how advances in technology and the prioritization of experiential and international learning (at the policy level) have changed approaches to international exchange. Panelists will also describe the overlap in their work, and the connections between institutions, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. The audience will be invited to ask questions, and will then participate in an exercise designed to encourage them to think intentionally about their work within the field of international management.

Angela Shaeffer

Director of Program Development, Cultural Vistas

Angela (Angie) Shaeffer is the Director of Program Development with Cultural Vistas, a nonprofit organization dedicated to international exchange. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Ms. Shaeffer began her career as an educator over ten years ago and has served in education abroad offices at both the University of Maryland and Goucher College. Ms. Shaeffer received her Master's degree in International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, where she focused her research on underrepresented populations in international education, a topic about which she is still passionate. Angie serves as co-chair of the NAFSA Underrepresentation in Education Abroad Subcommittee, and is active in professional organizations for international educators as well as mentoring activities for underprivileged youth. As a student, Ms. Shaeffer studied in Germany, Denmark, South Africa, and Mexico. She has recently been published in IIE Networker magazine, and authored a chapter in the forthcoming Guide to Education Abroad (a NAFSA publication). Ms. Shaeffer lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Jeremy Gombin-Sperling

Program Coordinator, Office of Academic Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Dept of State

Jeremy Gombin-Sperling is a Program Coordinator in the Office of Academic Exchanges in the US State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Prior to working at State, Jeremy was a Program Advisor for Education Abroad at the University of Maryland-College Park. There he advised students interested in studying in Spain, Latin America, and Israel, and managed several programs and partnerships including the Education Abroad Peer Mentor program.  He also taught a course that brought international students and U.S.-born students into conversations about their experiences at the university. Before coming to Maryland, Jeremy spent two years as an English teacher in Spain working in public schools on a bilingual initiative in Granada and Madrid. He has been involved with diversity initiatives in international education, having created an LGBT Guide for study abroad for students at New York University (NYU). Jeremy is also an active contributor to the organization, Global Teacher Education having written a recent article on teach abroad programs in addition to maintaining a blog. Jeremy holds a B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology from NYU and an M.A. in International Education Policy from University of Maryland-College Park.