Speaker Biographies

Pre-Conference Workshop Facilitators:

Designing a Bridge to Leverage Intercultural Competency and JEDI in Practice

Daniel F. Diaz, Director for the Office of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives & International Student Advisor, Guilford College

For the last 10 years Daniel has worked at Guilford College supporting international education, with most recently serving as the Director for the Office of Global and Off-Campus Initiatives & International Student Advisor. With over 17 years of International Higher Education Administration experience that spans over 60 countries, Daniel is an avid practitioner of international engagement and intercultural development. He is an active member of NAFSA, NCAIE, and serves on a handful of non-profit international organization boards. Daniel holds a B.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in Anthropology, and an M.A.I.S in International Higher Education Administration from East Carolina University (ECU).

Rich Kurtzman, Founder & CEO, Barcelona SAE

Rich has been working in EA since 1998 but began his journey by studying in St. Petersburg and Madrid, interning in Milan, and leading groups of students in Spain. He moved from Chicago to Barcelona in 2002 to begin working with students in a variety of capacities, including Academic Director, Intercultural Consultant and as a professor of intercultural studies. In 2009, Rich founded Barcelona SAE and has been the Director ever since. Some past presentations at conferences include: Increasing Cultural Awareness in Short-term Programs: A Toolkit of Activities, and Helping Students Make the “Right” Decisions: Using Choice Architecture and Nudge Theories, and Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained: How to Support Failure and Build Intercultural Competence. Rich earned an M.A. in Spanish Applied Linguistics and Second Language from the University of Il-Chicago. Rich’s book – a cultural guide for students studying abroad filled with activities and anecdotes to further help them grow abroad when they go abroad – will be available in early 2022.

Kory Saunders, Assistant Director for Strategic Marketing, Diversity, & Inclusion, North Carolina State University

Kory (she,her,hers) is a lifelong learner of culture and has a keen interest in the connection we as people share between each other and the cultures in which we live. Kory specializes in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as programming in global higher education. She is currently the Assistant Director for Strategic Marketing, Diversity, & Inclusion at North Carolina State University. Kory was the 2020 finalist for the Diversity Abroad, Excellence in Diversity & Inclusion in International Education Rising Star Award. Kory was the recipient of the NAFSA Region VII 2020 Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in International Education Award. She was also the recipient of the NC State African American Culture Center’s Ebony Harlem 2021 Nkonsonkonson Staff “Sticks in a Bundle Award.” Kory is the creator of Kultural Kurators, a platform to amplify and uplift BIPOC folx who have had global experiences.

Christina Thompson, Director of Partnership Development and Diversity Initiatives with Barcelona SAE

Christina (she/her/hers) is the Director of Partnership Development and Diversity Initiatives with Barcelona Study Abroad Experience (SAE).  At Barcelona, SAE, she pioneered TODOS (The Outcomes-Based Diversity Outreach Strategy) and worked closely with faculty and partners to develop inclusive academic programming. Christina is also the Founder of Compear.org consulting with partners around the globe to implement strategic diversity and intercultural interventions. She has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education, directing best practices in international education, diversity, equity, and inclusion at public and private universities. She has instructed intercultural pre-departure and reflection courses for education abroad experiences.  Christina serves as a NAFSA leader for Region IV, a NAFSA mentor, and is frequently invited to present at WISE, NAFSA, Diversity Abroad, and FORUM on Education Abroad.  Christina received her MA in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Global Studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ramping Up from Theory to Facilitation

Annette Benson, Senior Public Relations Consultant, Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentoring and Research (CILMAR), Purdue University

Annette (she/her) serves as the Senior Public Relations Consultant for the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) at Purdue University. She oversees external communication outreach for CILMAR and manages the Intercultural Learning Hub (hubicl.org), a searchable digital repository of intercultural learning tools and research. She holds an MS in Strategic Communication with an emphasis in global communication from the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University.

Aletha Stahl, PhD, Senior Intercultural Learning Specialist, Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentoring and Research (CILMAR), Purdue University

Aletha is a senior intercultural learning specialist at the Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research and an affiliated faculty member in Comparative Literature at Purdue University. Following two decades as a professor at a small liberal arts college, she now partners with faculty on curricular needs assessments and intervention design, manages the faculty/staff program Growing Intercultural Leaders, facilitates Worldview Workshops, and develops curricula.

An Enriched Teaching Toolkit: Maximizing Critical Reflection in Education Abroad

Mary F. Price, PhD, Director of Teaching and Learning, The Forum on Education Abroad

Mary works with scholar-practitioners, students and community members as a thought partner and critical friend to strengthen practice, deepen learning and co-create actionable knowledge through learning partnerships. She brings over 20+ years’ experience designing and assessing experiential learning including service-learning (domestic and international), study abroad and faculty-mentored undergraduate research. Prior to joining The Forum in 2022, Mary led faculty development at the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning for 16 years. Mary’s current scholarly interests emphasize the influence of community-academic partnership relationships on learning and community outcomes, the socialization and success of publicly-engaged faculty as part of campus equity, civic and student success agendas, and the use of program planning theory to strengthen learning partnerships in local and global contexts. She is a co-developer of the SOFAR Partnership Model, the Transformational Relationship Evaluation Scale (TRES II) and the Democratically Engaged Assessment Framework and is currently part of a working group sponsored by Elon, CILMAR at Purdue, & AAC&U inquiring into effective mentoring models that remove barriers to full participation in global learning through undergraduate research in global contexts (MURGC).