Discussing Issues of U.S. Diversity with International Students and Scholars


Join us on June 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. EDT for a conversation on discussing issues of U.S. diversity with your international student and scholar population. Participants will be introduced to important language and skills that are beneficial when discussing complex issues of diversity in the U.S. We will consider how the various backgrounds and worldviews of international students and scholars impact their perceptions of U.S. diversity and inclusion. A panel of experts will recommend approaches to discussing diversity issues with international students and scholars in individual conversations and during programs. The panelists will share resources - books, online tools, programs, and more.

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Mamta Accapadi, PhD
Vice President for Student Affairs
Rollins College

Rodolfo AltamiranoRodolfo Altamirano, PhD
Director, International Student & Scholar Services
Director of Immigration and Integration Services
University of Pennsylvania
Rudie Altamirano is the director of international student and scholar services (ISSS) at the University of Pennsylvania. His main responsibility is to provide overall leadership in determining and implementing organizational and campus-wide strategies for ISSS including the delivery of quality services and programs to international students, scholars, faculty, staff, exchange visitors and community members. Dr. Altamirano has a doctoral degree in international resource development with a major in cross-cultural communication. He has held regional and national leadership positions in NAFSA. Altamirano was an elected national representative for the Council of Foreign Student Advisors (CAFSS) and then was elected national chair of KCISSS (Knowledge Community for International Students and Scholars). He has presented and conducted more than 300 immigration, cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution workshops nationally and internationally.

Winsome Chunnu-Brayda, PhD
Associate Director, Multicultural Center
Ohio University

Ismail WarsameIsmail Warsame, MEd
International Student Case Manager, Office of International Services
Oregon State University
A native of Somalia and multilingual, Ismail Warsame had lived and or travelled through more than a dozen countries and over 30 states in the USA. Since joining OSU in 2010, Ismail has been charged with serving as the primary contact for urgent cases, and assume responsibility and oversight for difficult student care, crisis or conduct-related situations. As part of his responsibilities, Ismail manages student cases that could lead to—or have already resulted in—academic and/or immigration consequences, some of which could be severe. Additional responsibilities include providing outreach to victims or family members of students who are struggling or have allegedly violated university guidelines and/or federal/state regulations. He currently serves on numerous campus committees including, but not limited to: Infectious Diseases Response Team, Suicide Prevention Workgroup, Student Care Team, and is a member of OSU’s Faculty Mediation Team. Ismail holds bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a master’s degree in education from the University of Maine. He studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, Egypt as an undergraduate student.