Dear colleagues, partners, students, and communities,

I am thrilled to introduce GlobalEd, a new platform for collaboration, resource sharing, and “crowdsourcing” in the field of international and global education. The idea behind GlobalEd is simple: a platform to democratize collaboration in the field and to expand, strengthen and catalyze it by using the power of digital media and collaboration to reach a worldwide audience and empower that audience. GlobalEd features original essays (features), written by a wide variety of contributors, and will debate important topics in the field. GlobalEd will give voice to students, critical approaches, constructivist approaches, non-Western and other humanist frameworks sometimes overlooked in the mainstream dialogue. We offer free classes for members, resources, professional development opportunities, and events. We are also launching GlobalEd Labs, a new form of virtual collaboration and crowdsourcing around key topics. Anyone can join GlobalEd and contribute, and the dialogue is not limited to higher education or pre-secondary/secondary education.

Although most of the content on GlobalEd is free, we will rely on monthly subscriptions to sustain the community and grow resources. A basic subscription costs only $4.99 a month (the price of a cup of coffee) and there is a 1-month free trial available for all new members. Basic account subscribers can post messages, private message, build a profile, upload publications, and receive free classes and access to all resources on the site. There are also subscriptions for businesses and institutions. 3% of all membership dues will support the forthcoming Uni-verse Foundation, a non-profit organization that will support critical internationalization projects and initiatives.

We are so excited to launch this new venture!  Please send feedback, inquiries, and ideas to globaledinbox@gmail.com.

Leadership

GlobalEd is a subsidiary of Uni-verse, which provides consulting and information resources to the field.

Bryan McAllister-Grande, Ed.D., Founder and Director (he/him/his)
Bryan has over 20 years of experience in global higher education strategy, program design, intercultural teaching and coaching, assessment, and curriculum development. He is Director of Academic Integration and Planning at Northeastern University’s Global Experience Office. Bryan has twice served on the national Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Leadership team for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. He was formerly at Brandeis University, Clark University, and E.F. Education. Bryan is the co-author of NAFSA’s International Higher Education Research: The State of the Field (2020) and a contributor to The Handbook of International Higher Education, Second Edition (2021), The Promise of Higher Education (2021), and The Future Agenda for Internationalization in Higher Education (2018).

Prachee Sinha, Partner and Contributing Writer
Prachee Sinha is a highly motivated seasoned professional with over a decade and half of experience in program management, service delivery, and fundraising. Prachee has led, managed and steward relationships, programs and people throughout her bi- continental career. Her expertise is in program cycle management, communication and partnership management. She has extensive experience in streamlining processes to maximize efficiency, strategic planning and qualitative research. Prachee has MA Degree in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University. Her MA thesis was on Right to Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor in India. It made policy recommendations that were incorporated by WaterAid India into their strategic plan. For her BA degree, Prachee did fieldwork in the slums of North India with Oxfam GB. Her BA thesis at Hampshire College made policy recommendations for urban poverty programming in India, which was incorporated into Oxfam’s strategic plan. Over the years Prachee has built and fostered linkages and partnerships with multi-sectoral stakeholders around program development, policy advocacy and issue-based campaigning. She has managed fellowships, programs, and teams, and has been responsible for monitoring programs and budgets for nonprofits. Prachee brings her passion for India, for social justice and her commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to her foray into Global Education. For her day job, Prachee works at the Advancement Office of a higher education institution in the pioneer valley in Western MA, where she lives with her husband.

Siwen Zhang Minero, Ed.D., Partner and Contributing Writer
Siwen Z. Minero has over 10 years of experience in higher education settings – focusing on global competency development, international student and scholar advising, curriculum development, student career readiness, student engagement, and design thinking strategies. As a researcher, Siwen focuses on and writes about a wide range of topics; from understanding how the children of immigrants and refugees from developing countries negotiate linguistic, cultural, and identity development in transnational contexts, to learning about the motivations and challenges to achieving civic engagement among immigrant youth. She is passionate about promoting inclusion, perspective-taking, and global citizenship in all areas of her work. Siwen’s dissertation focused on the ways that culture and discourse contributed to the decisions that Chinese international students make and justify their decisions during moments of conflict in U.S. higher education. Siwen holds an Ed.D. in Human Development and Ed.D. in Education Policy Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Prior to Harvard, she also earned an M.Ed. in Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Siwen gained her teaching experience as a Chinese foreign language teacher in Manila, Philippines.

Peter Simpson, Reviews Editor and Contributing Writer
Peter Simpson is a recent alumni of Teachers College, Columbia University’s International Educational Development program. His research and professional interests include international higher education and the third mission of colleges and universities. For correspondence, he may be reached at Petersimpson156@gmail.com.



Martin Tillman, Career Accelerator Program Consultant
Martin is a nationally recognized author, thought leader and expert on the linkage of education abroad to student career development and employability. He is President of Global Career Compass, an international consulting practice and an Affiliate to the Gateway International Group.  Previously, he was Associate Director of Career Services at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. In his distinguished career as an international educator, he has held senior leadership positions with pioneering international education programs.

Among his many publications, he is co-author of: Employability: How education abroad impacts the transition to graduate employment (2020), in Education Abroad: Bridging Scholarship and Practice; and Higher Education and the Employability Agenda (2015), in the SAGE Handbook of Higher Education Policy and Governance.  Marty’s blog, Global Career Compasshttps://globalcareercompass.wordpress.com/about/, is widely read.  

Interns

Eman Khalid, Senior Marketing and Business Development Intern

Oleg Frolov, Senior Marketing and Business Development Intern

Contributing Writers to GlobalEd

Interested in contributing to GlobalEd?  We’d love to hear from you. Please contact us at globaledinbox@gmail.com

Anne D’Angelo, Ph.D.
Dr. Anne D’Angelo is the Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. Her professional background includes work in international education, development and training in Washington, D.C., Central and Eastern Europe, and Northern Africa. She also lived and worked abroad in Tokyo, Japan, and Tbilisi, Georgia. Anne has a B.A. in English from St. Michael’s College in Vermont and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development with a specialization in Comparative and International Development Education from College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. In 2016, Anne received the University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Award for Global Engagement. Anne’s favorite international experience was her work at the U.S. embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia (1997-2000) after the collapse of the Soviet Union, especially covering momentous events such as the distribution of titles of landownership for the first time to rural farmers.

Sora Friedman, Ph.D.
Dr. Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education for more than 35 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program management, public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005, having served as an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. She is responsible for teaching, advising, and serving as chair of SIT’s master’s degrees in International Education. In addition to her work at SIT, Dr. Friedman is often sought out as a consultant and peer reviewer to various professional training programs and journals. She is the recipient of the 2015 NAFSA Region XI James Leck Award for Distinguished Service. Previously, she served on NAFSA’s chair-streams of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (2018-2020) and the New England region (Region XI, 2013–2015), a member of CIS Abroad’s board of advisers (2008–2015), and chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps (2011–2012) and Training Coordination Subcommittee (2008–2010). Before joining SIT, Dr. Friedman taught at George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, in Mexico and Chile. She has lived in Bolivia, Colombia, and England, and is fluent in Spanish.

Rajashree Ghosh
Rajashree Ghosh is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University, USA. Her current project titled, “Home and hearth: women and citizenship in urban informal settlements in India” has policy and academic layers. Combining experiential and desk research, she is motivated to present the broader connections between women’s struggles and urban living. Rajashree has worked for the United Nations World Food Programme in India and has utilized a consultative approach to create synergy between Government, non-profit and multilateral agencies. Further, she has consulted for the International Land Coalition, Italy and Global Environment Justice Documentaries, Canada to document social justice issues on land tenure and environmental sustainability respectively. She has translated her expertise into advising policy, documentation and action research in remote corners of India and beyond. Using an interdisciplinary approach and her expertise in international social development, Rajashree creates and disseminates knowledge related to community, theory and practice at grassroots levels. She has written for UN Habitat’s Urban Resilience Hub, Globaldev, Oxfam’s From Poverty to Power and InterAction.

Rich Kurtzman
Rich Kurtzman was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He studied abroad in Russia and Spain, then interned in Italy before following his dream to work in Barcelona. Still there twenty years later, Rich has dedicated his entire professional career to international education. Today, he directs a study abroad company and is a sought-after speaker on building intercultural competence and working across cultures. Rich and his wife, who is from England, live just outside Barcelona with their two multicultural, multilingual children. His newsletter, Culture Stock: Tips and tricks for increasing cultural awareness, has a distribution of thousands. Learn more at www.FishinWaterBook.com.

Gayla Marty
Gayla Marty grew up on a farm in east central Minnesota and studied journalism at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, including a year at the Université de Tunis in Tunisia, North Africa. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and has written many short articles, two plays, and readings for liturgy and worship. Her first book, Memory of Trees: A Daughter’s Story of a Family Farm, was published by University of Minnesota Press in April 2010. She lives in Minneapolis and works as a writer and editor with an interest in culture, agriculture, and natural history.

Mary Katherine O’Brien, Ph.D.
Mary Katherine O’Brien is a Researcher for Outreach and Education and Director of the Center of Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS), University of Minnesota eLearning programs. In this role she supports faculty who are affiliated with CAHFS and expert partners across the globe in collaborations to support the CAHFS’ mission of improving global animal health, food safety, and public health through capacity building, education, and outreach. O’Brien holds a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota in Comparative and International Development Education (2015) and has worked in university-level international education for more than 15 years. Her research and scholarship focuses on the internationalization of higher education, intercultural education, and learning design for effective workforce development and improving global food systems.