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Dr. Cruz is an international education scholar and leader. She is the Assistant Director of Global Strategies and Initiatives at Emory University. In this role, she leads the implementation of initiatives to advance Emory’s global strategies. My research agenda has three major emphases: students’ experiences in emerging and under-researched contexts, inequalities in mobility and immigration policy, and innovative campus initiatives.
November 2019 - March 2020
Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)
- Selected to serve as part of a small team for the AIEA 2020 Conference in DC. Recruit and train up to 50 conference volunteers, oversee logistics for 100+ workshops and sessions, and assist keynote speakers with technology and other audiovisual issues
June 2018 - May 2021
- Research Assistant
- Production editor of the Journal of International Students (JIS); work with Dr. Chris R. Glass on a variety of quantitative and qualitative international education research projects; developed and led graduate student policy program to Washington, DC; coordinated weekly department newsletter; Co-Principal Investigator on Grant to the Department of State. Serve as TA for Research Methods Courses, Policy and Politics of Higher Education, and Internship in Higher Education
August 2016 - May 2018
- Taught Skills and Entrepreneurship courses; advised 100-150 students on academic course selection, major selection and extracurricular engagement; assisted with curriculum development; and researched international students’ experience
January 2010 - May 2011
The Association of International Education Administrators (2017) survey of Senior International Officers (SIOs) ranks entrepreneurship among the top five characteristics valued in SIOs. Financial challenges are pressuring universities to inculcate more entrepreneurial ways of thinking in faculty and administrators (AGB, 2017), and SIOs face increas...
This reflective article explores the different experiences of two higher education professionals who utilized intentional reflection to help with the transition to new countries and cultural environments. Both stories focus on how these higher education professionals grappled with challenges of being members of majority and minority groups within t...
The purpose of this study was to conduct a social network analysis of the flow of international students among countries and analyze the factors determining the structure of this flow over a twenty-year period. Researchers analyzed a comprehensive worldwide dataset to examine how the structure of networks of international student flows among countr...
In this paper we explore the experiences of cross-border postgraduates. Our focus marks a deliberate effort to explore non-elite academic mobility and move beyond binary policy discourses that focus on mobility as a competition for talent and research that categorizes migrants with nation-based identities.
Senior international officers (SIOs) serve as catalysts for change in a volatile higher education environment. AIEA's 2017 SIO Survey indicates that entrepreneurship and creativity are among the top personal characteristics valued in SIOs, along with the ability to attract financial resources. This occasional paper explores how SIOs engage in entre...
Embarking on an educational journey overseas can be a rewarding, yet stressful experience for many international students. The transition to their new university life, which is not always well understood and supported by host institutions, is often accompanied by unique difficulties and challenges resulting from unfamiliarity with a new academic en...
Objective: This article explores entrepreneurial leadership behavior from the vantage point of mid- and senior-level administrators who lead international education initiatives at U.S. community colleges. Administrators’ choices are examined to understand how they develop and use strategies for targeted problem solving within their institutional co...
Internationalization has become intertwined with efforts for institutions to compensate for declines in public funding with the development of new revenue streams. The purpose of this study is to understand the social construction of entrepreneurship in internationalization in the United States as well as explore the multiple meanings of entreprene...
Over the past 20 years, international student mobility has experienced a three-fold increase, as planned and emerging education hubs have attracted increasing numbers of students. The appeal of alternative destinations is strengthened by their cultural, linguistic, and geographic proximity, as well as a growing number of internationally ranked univ...
International student enrollment (ISE) has become a hallmark of world-class higher education institutions (HEIs). Although the U.S. has welcomed the largest numbers of international students since the 1950s, ISE shrunk by 10% in the previous three years from an all-time high of 903,127 students in 2016/2017 (IIE, 2019). Research studies about inter...
This article explores the academic trajectories of transnational postgraduates. We draw upon interrelated theories of globalization and transnational social fields to frame the globalizing social and educational contexts in which international students navigate their lives and careers after earning doctoral degrees. We draw on in-depth interviews w...
This is a book review of the book "Student and Graduate Mobility in Armenia" by DavidCairns & Marie Sargsyan
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a young and diverse country that has experienced increased international student enrollment in recent years. This empirical, descriptive study examined the experiences of international students at a federal higher education institution (HEI) in the UAE through the lens of the intergroup contact theory. Research que...
Students from international schools often find themselves at a crossroads when choosing a university. To unpack the college choice process, we interviewed 19 graduating students from international schools and countries across the world. We explored the key people and experiences that shaped students’ college choice process and their expectations fo...
This reflective paper explores the different experiences of two higher education professionals who utilized intentional reflection to help with the transition to new countries and cultural environments. One story focuses on how the higher education professional grappled with different challenges even though her new environments afforded her a novel...
There are 5.1 million students in P12 international schools, up 6.7 percent in the past five years. (ISC Research 2018). Graduates from these schools often go on to study in another country other than where they graduated, and universities around the world are taking notice and beginning to recruit these bright, culturally competent individuals (Fi...
Two major goals of many universities in the United States are to produce competent, globally minded citizens and to promote student involvement in civic engagement and community service opportunities. A particularly effective way to attain both of these goals is to encourage students to become involved in international service learning programs. Th...