Education Abroad


WS03 - Managing the Education Abroad Office

Sunday, May 29
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Room: CCC, 302

Member Fee: $355.00 | Non-member Fee: $482.00

Analyze the basics of managing a U.S.-based education abroad office, including financial management and strategic leadership, as well as evaluation and assessment. This workshop provides an opportunity for education abroad managers to think of the bigger picture and formulate strategic planning skills. Following this workshop, participants receive a NAFSA Core Education Program Certificate of Completion.

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Marne T. Ausec

Director, Center for Global Engagement
Kenyon College Center for Global Engagement
Gambier, OH

Marne T. Ausec is the Director of the Center for Global Engagement at Kenyon College. A Ph.D. candidate at UMASS-Amherst, Marne's academic home is within the field of Archaeology, though she has an affinity for Cultural Anthropology. Prior to her position at Kenyon, Marne worked at UMASS-Amherst in both Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services. Her love for teaching was cemented while serving as a Resident Director/Co-Principal Investigator for the Naco Valley Archaeological Project/Kenyon-Honduras Program. Marne's current interests include the intersection of Anthropology and International Education, Re-entry programming, and the role of administrators within today's higher education landscape. Besides being an avid quilter, Marne is the proud mother of Marisol, age 13. Marisol iis beginning the transition to high school, so Marne is learning quite a bit.


Kalpen Trivedi

Director, Education Abroad
University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

Kalpen Trivedi is Director of Education Abroad at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At UMass, Kalpen is responsible for the overall strategic and operational oversight of the Education Abroad team. He is particularly focused on implementing a strong curricular integration initiative, delivering robust risk management practices and training for faculty-led programs, streamlining the operations of the Education Abroad office, and cultivating campus-wide partnerships to provide comprehensive resources and better education for students seeking international experiences from pre-advising through re-entry. Additionally, he oversees international travel safety and risk management for the UMass Amherst campus and also serves as a Deputy Title IX coordinator. Kalpen is a member of or institutional representative to national organizations such as NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, and the State Department’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC). He is a member on the advisory board for API Study Abroad and a Charter Member of the Guild of the College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.

Prior to this appointment, Kalpen served for 8 years as the Director of the University of Georgia's Center and Programs in Oxford, England, which enrolled over 220 students annually in a variety of long- and short-term programs. In this role, he gained vital experience in managing a professional study abroad office and developed a strong background in all aspects of implementing study-abroad programs and managing student health & safety overseas.


Stacy McKay Benander

President and Founder
Athena Study Abroad
Pittsburgh, PA

Stacy McKay Benander is the President and Founder of Athena Study Abroad located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Prior to her current role at Athena, Stacy most recently worked as the Director of the International Office at Ohio Dominican University, as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at The Ohio State University, and as a Legal Assistant at an immigration law firm.

Stacy's experience working in universities in both the study abroad and international student areas, as well as her work at an international education organization, uniquely positions her to understand the needs and challenges of a large range staff and students in the field of international education.

Stacy has been an involved member of NAFSA since 2002. She was awarded NAFSA Region VI's esteemed Leo Dowling Award of Excellence in 2014. She currently serves on NAFSA's Trainer Corps, and has served the organization as the Local Arrangements Chair for the Region VI conference in Columbus. In 2010, Stacy was named one of Columbus' top forty business people under the age of 40 by Columbus Business First.

She currently serves as a Board Member for Strayhaven Animal Shelter in PA, and has previously served as a Board Member for LEON (Latino Empowerment Outreach Network), and as Director of Volunteers at New Beginnings Animal Shelter in Columbus, Ohio.

Stacy earned her M.A. degree in Social and Cultural Foundations (Cultural Studies in Education) Summa Cum Laude from The Ohio State University, and her B.A. as a double-major in Spanish and Communications/Public Relations from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to her study abroad experience in Toledo, Spain during her undergraduate degree, she has also participated in intensive Spanish language study in Seville, Spain and Bogotá, Colombia.

Stacy and her husband, John, have one child, a son.



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