5th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference

Keynote Speaker

Jane Hyun

Global Leadership Strategist
Founder and President, Hyun & Associates
Jane is a leadership strategist to Fortune 500 companies. A trusted coach to global organizations, her expertise in cross-cultural effectiveness and driving high performance by leveraging diversity comes from 25 years of experience in high-stakes business environments. As a researcher on the topic of cultural fluency, she helps organizations leverage diverse teams to drive competitive value an collaboration. She has held management posts at Fortune 500 companies such as JPMorgan and Deloitte. A graduate of Cornell University with a degree in Economics/International Studies, Jane is an advisor to the Center for Talent Innovation, American Heart Association Diversity Council, and Operation Exodus, a NYC-based non-profit that provides academic tutoring and mentoring to Latino youth. She served as research director for The Conference Board’s Cultural Fluency: How Culture Shapes Leadership Styles in Asia study.

Jane appears on media such as CNN, CNBC, Wall Street Journal, HBS WorkingKnowledge, Washington Post, Forbes, and NPR to discuss culture, career development and leadership. She is the author of the groundbreaking bestseller Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling, and co-author of Flex: The New Playbook for Managing Across Differences, which examines the art of switching leadership styles to more effectively leverage differences and drive innovation. Jane is passionate about helping individuals flourish in their workplaces and in their communities.


Tuesday Afternoon Plenary: A Dialogue on the Role of Diversity Leaders in Campus Internationalization

Dr. Aaron Bruce

Dr. Aaron Bruce is the Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University, where he focuses on campus-wide multicultural understanding, social justice, and strategies related to diversity and inclusion. In addition to developing ways improve campus climate, Dr. Bruce helps strengthen the university’s connections to San Diego’s diverse local and global communities. His experience in the advertising and marketing affords him with the creative energy to promote diversity in a variety of ways. He presently is an active member of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Vice President of the Southern California Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (SCADOHE) and is a International Multicultural Institute certified diversity trainer, who has facilitated numerous professional development seminars in the U.S. and abroad.He serves on the National Advisory Council for Saving Students Saving Lives an anti-bullying conference for educators and school counselors.

Dr. Bruce has held management positions in Latin America and Africa. His passion for global understanding has afforded him with opportunities to conduct research on management strategies, public health and education in Cuba, Mexico, and Kenya. Prior to joining SDSU, he served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Rhode Island College, where he developed policies and programming supporting underrepresented students, faculty, and staff.

He holds a BA degree from Michigan State University where he majored in Economics and Political Science, and earned a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from United States International University. Dr. Bruce completed his Ph.D. in Education from the joint Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island Doctoral Program in Education. He is the first African American male to hold such a distinction. He is presently editing his first book titled Beyond the Black Horizon; African American Experiences Abroad. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Dr. Bruce has traveled extensively and is committed to making a difference in the world. He volunteers for numerous organizations and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is an advocate for global education, who lives by the motto “Awaken the sleep, protect the weak, and guide the strong!

Dr. Danita Brown Young

Dr. Danita Brown Young—University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Dr. Brown Young is the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at the University of Minnesota.  She leads an organization of 17 units that provide services, programs, and facilities that advance student success, inspire students to make life-long positive contributions to society, promote an inclusive environment, and enrich the University of Minnesota community. Dr. Brown Young is a member of Provost Karen Hanson’s Senior Leadership Group and works with the President, Provost, and other campus leaders to enhance and promote the student experience.

Previous to her time at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Brown Young served as the youngest and first African-American (and first African American woman) Dean of Students at Purdue University from 2008-2013. She was a member of the University Senate and a voting member of the University Senate Subcommittees on Student Affairs and Educational Policy. Previously she served as the interim dean of students at West Virginia University at Parkersburg (2007-2008), where she was responsible for student affairs and enrollment management and where she taught a course on study skills.

Dr. Brown Young’s passion for student affairs and leadership development began while she was earning her Masters in Community Counseling at Loyola University, Chicago (1997-2001). While there, Dr. Brown Young served as a coordinator for student activities and was responsible for the programming board, fraternity and sorority life, student government and leadership. She received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University (2007). Her research addresses transformational leadership and achieving styles of fraternity and sorority leaders. While at Ohio she served as the associate director of campus life and also taught leadership and study skills courses and was a fraternity and sorority advisor.

A strong believer in the importance of community service, Dr. Brown Young has worked with the YWCA Domestic Violence program and served on the Lafayette Crisis Center Foundation Board. In her role as faculty, she has served on numerous thesis and dissertation committees. She is a faculty advisor for the Horizons (TRiO program) Service Learning Abroad project and partnership with the University of Capetown in Capetown, South Africa. Dr. Brown Young was named the outstanding NPHC advisor of the year for 2009-2010 academic  year. She was inducted into the Mortar Board Women of Purdue Club in 2008. Having received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Kent State University, Dr. Brown Young was a counselor for Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago (2001-2002) and was the lead counselor for the Department of Children and Family Services Project S.T.R.I.V.E. (Strategies To Rejuvenate Interest in Values and Education) program in the Chicago Public Schools. She also taught student success classes and conducted group counseling sessions.

Dr. Brown Young is a Girl Scout troop leader, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Co-ed Fraternity; Mortar Board; Kent State University Alumni Association; NASPA; ACPA; and ACUI. She has served as the chair for the 2013 NASPA IV-East Regional Graduate and New Professional Institute, the chair for the 2014 NASPA IV-East Regional Major Speakers committee, and is the co-chair for the 2015 NASPA IV-East Regional Conference.Dr. Brown Young is married and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Innovation Competition

Building Skills, Empathy and a Vision for the Future: At-Risk Youth and Study Abroad

Carol Reyes – Miami Dade College


The NYU Global Equity Fellowship

Krystal McLeod – New York University

Bethany Godsoe – New York University


Diversifying the Disability Perspective: Exploring Inclusive Practices in Japan and the U.S.

Michael Schwartz – Syracuse University


Imagine R' World Abroad

Macy Ring – University of California, Riverside


Closing the Study Abroad Gender Gap: The Male Social Media Challenge

Christopher Haynes – University of South Florida


Global Access Initiative Challenge

Neal McKinney – DePauw University


First Generation Abroad Prep Academy

Eva Navarijo – Washington State University


Thrival World Academies: A Scalable Solution to Bring Equity into High School Study Abroad

Emma Hiza – Thrival World Academies


つながり: Connecting International Students to Identity-Based Communities in the U.S

Grey Micah – Macalester College


Three Different Worlds: Learning Through Living in Partnerships with Historically Black Colleges & Universities

Ashley Gragg – Xavier University of Louisiana

Global Student Leadership Summit

Keynote Speaker

Latanya Mapp Frett

Latanya Mapp Frett is the Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Global, the international arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, with regional and country offices in Africa and Latin America. She has quadrupled the size of the program in four years to become one of the most innovative and sustainable global health organizations in the field. Ms. Frett previously worked for 8 years as a human rights officer for the United Nations Children  Fund (UNICEF) and for 10 years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Ms. Frett served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women. An attorney by training, she began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, DC. She has received many honors and awards, including two Esteemed Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. government and the highest honor in civil service, the Superior Honor Award, from the U.S. State Department. Ms. Frett was one of 30 Foreign Service Officers honored with the Colin Powell Fellowship by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. She currently serves as Board of Director at Oxfam America, CHANGE, and Inwood House, and is an Adjunct Professor of Population and Family Health at Columbia University  Mailman School of Public Health. Ms. Frett is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and author of four U.N. human rights reports and manuals. She is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and Alum of ICAP. She holds a bachelor of arts in government and politics, a master  in public policy, and a JD from the University of Maryland. She resides in New York with her husband and two children.

Minority Serving Institution Global Education Summit

Fireside Chat with President Dubroy: The Impact of Global Education on the Future of Minority Serving Institutions on Monday, March 20 12pm

Dr. Tashni Dubroy

Tashni-Ann Dubroy is the 17th President of the “Mother of all Historically Black Universities in the South”, Shaw University.  Appointed in August 2015 during the University’s sesquicentennial celebratory year, Dr. Dubroy’s administration has positioned Shaw as a resource to the City of Raleigh through entrepreneurial innovation, civic presence and support for students and surrounding communities. Dr. Dubroy’s philosophy of fiscal conservatism and institutional capacity-building has made her a fast-rising star in the higher education community. In its first year, the Dubroy Administration effectively reversed six consecutive years of enrollment declines and yielded a 15 percent increase of new and returning students in 2015. That same year, the administration closed a $4 million fundraising gap which included an institutional record $630,000 raised during Shaw’s annual homecoming weekend, and earned positive change in net assets to counteract a two-year loss – all of which earned her honors from local philanthropic organizations, and nomination as a finalist for the national HBCU Female President of the Year award, presented by the HBCU Digest. Her path to the presidency has been unconventional, but her leadership has been categorized as a fresh and needed vision for the sustainability of higher education in metropolitan settings. Dr. Dubroy began her career as a Research Scientist at BASF, the world’s largest chemical company. She quickly ascended to the position of Global Technology Analyst, and after two years, was appointed to serve Chemical Procurement Manager, where she managed a strategic sourcing budget of $35 million. Dr. Dubroy earned her Ph.D. in Physical Organic Chemistry from North Carolina State University in 2007, and holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.


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