Speaker Biographies

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alta Mauro is the founding director of Spiritual Life & Intercultural Education at New York University Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where she leads institutional efforts related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the intercultural competence of students, staff, and faculty. She finds implementing cultural work in the heart of the Middle East both challenging and exciting. This diverse and multicultural society provides a unique backdrop for Alta to consider what it means to be a wife, mother, daughter, sister, colleague, and mentor, educating from the intersection of Black diasporic, critical, womanist perspectives rooted in cultural humility, social justice, and equity.

Alta earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her dissertation, Identity (re)Determination Among Upwardly-Mobile Black Women, focuses on shifting notions of self, identity, and belonging among African-American women who have been acculturated in sociocultural spaces which are markedly different from their home communities. Other areas of Alta’s professional expertise include sustained intercultural dialogue, engaging culturally-relevant pedagogy across academic disciplines, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) capacity-building across student affairs functions. Alta has co-authored two refereed book chapters, additional articles related to DEI and global education issues, and published poetry in a recent higher education anthology.


Facilitators for WISE 2019 Pre-Conference Workshops (alphabetical order)

Iris Berdrow is a tenured associate professor of management at Bentley University (Waltham, MA, USA), has taught at Harvard University Summer School (Cambridge, MA, USA), as well as internationally in France, Germany, Austria, Scotland and Morocco. She holds an MBA and Ph.D. with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and International Management from the Richard Ivey School of Business, London, Canada. Iris has published extensively on her research interests of intercultural effectiveness, globally-oriented pedagogy, effective assessment, employee competencies and competency-based education. 

Porshè Chiles (she/her/hers/ Porshè) is the Assistant Director for Cross Cultural Engagement in the Wake Forest University Center for Global Programs and Studies. Her work is aimed at fostering meaningful intra-cultural and intercultural relationships & understanding from a global context.  Porshè’s experiences include: English Language Teacher,  co-creator and co-facilitator for the Introduction to Study Abroad course at the University of North Texas, where she also served as the Study Abroad Exchange Coordinator.

Robert Cole is currently Acting Provost at Roger Williams University. As Vice Provost he oversaw the core operational aspects of academic affairs, had budgetary planning and oversight, personnel review processes, and primary administrative responsibility for the preparation of accreditation reports. He also provided campus co-leadership on various “High Impact Practice” initiatives, student retention efforts, as well as directing Global and International programs, including study abroad. Robert holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

Shayla Herndon-Edmunds (she/her/hers/Shayla) is Director of Diversity Education at Wake Forest University where she develops and facilitates workshops and interventions that enhance the cultural competence of faculty, staff, and students. As a personal wellness and development professional, she helps individuals and organizations to identify their goals and strategies for moving forward toward inclusive excellence. Shayla is a first-generation college student who has received training and certifications in emotional intelligence, unconscious bias, mindfulness & intercultural development.

Kelia Hubbard is the Director for International Student and Scholar Services at Wake Forest University where she is responsible for providing immigration and visa advice for the international students, faculty and staff that study and work at the university. Kelia focuses on regulatory compliance, cultural programming, training and development for the university. She has been active in presenting at state, regional and national conferences on topics ranging from regulatory compliance to supporting the international population on college campuses.

Alyson Hyman is Associate Director of the Global Business Center at Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She manages the Inclusive Global Leadership courses, which use non-traditional syllabi whereby students develop their global knowledge, intercultural skills and attitudes. She also designs and facilitates creative experiential sessions that help students, faculty and staff expand their intercultural capacity. Alyson holds a BA from Duke University and a MPH from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Julia Kruse, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Global Business Center at the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With over 20 years of experience, she is an innovator in global education and strategy. She oversees the School’s strategic Dean’s Global Education Initiative and Inclusive Global Leadership classes to increase the global competencies of all students, faculty and staff. Julia also designs and conducts global leadership training for corporate audiences.

Susan Lee Pasquarelli earned her doctoral degree in Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies from Boston University and is a professor of literacy education at Roger Williams University. Integrating multicultural literature across the K-12 curricula is the focus of her research and teaching. Since 2005, Susan led successful short term study abroad programs in Rome and Sicily as well as served on the RWU study abroad advisory board to enhance the proposal process for faculty-led programs.

Michael J. Tyson is the Assistant Director for Study Abroad in Wake Forest University’s Center for Global Programs and Studies where he has served as the dedicated representative for all summer abroad programming since 2010. He has led student service trips to both Jamaica and Russia and has also spent time teaching English in Mexico. Mike holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a MEd from the University of South Carolina.


Session Presenters for WISE 2019

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