Global Initiatives Committee


Function: The Committee on Global Initiatives assists with the recruitment, retention and support of international academic advising professionals through developing and implementing strategies and activities. The Committee will work in partnership with the EO and other committees. The committee will assist the EO in determining professional development opportunities for our global members, which may include but are not limited to research, publications, webcasts, symposiums, institutes, and conferences. The Committee will assist, if needed, in the planning and implementing of the opportunities.

Membership: Committee members must be NACADA members. Committee members are appointed by the Committee Chair with the approval by the Division Reps from recommendations from other leaders throughout the organization or by members contacting the GIC showing interest in an appointment. GIC will recruit a diverse committee membership to ensure global representation that informs the work of the GIC. The Committee Chair must have completed, prior to taking office, a full term as a respective committee member. Membership is for a two-year renewable term. 

The GIC is composed of a Chair and 15 members-at-large. The GIC meet yearly on-site at the NACADA annual conference. Online meetings via the Zoom platform take place as needed throughout the year.

How to Get Involved

Individuals interested in assisting with the GIC and/or becoming a member of the GIC should review the committee's Function and Goals and can contact the Chair or EO Liaison for more information and/or to express their interest in participating. Interested individuals are also encouraged to attend the GIC meeting at the annual and international conferences. GIC is particularly interested in having a diverse committee membership with global representation.

Committee Chair (2018-2020)

Mehvash AliAmerican University of Sharjah, Sharjah, UAE


Susan Corner, University of Victoria, Canada (2018-2020)
Efronsini Hortis, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, US (representing Greece) (2018-2020)
Siham Al Zahidi, Abu Dhabi,, UAE (2018-2020)
Kathy Stockwell, United States (2018-2020)
Daniel Ugwuede, American University of Nigeria, Nigeria (2018-2020)
Liu Yang, South Puget Sound Community College, United States (2018-2020)
Rubab Jafry O'Connor, Carnegie Mellon University, United Sates (2018-2020)
Thea de Kluiver, University of Twente, the Netherlands (2018-2020)
Ivette Barbosa, Indiana University Purdue University - Indianapolis, United States (2018-2020)
Margaret Mbindyo, Millersville University, United States (2019-2021)
Matt Eng, University of Hawaii-Manoa, United States (2019-2021)
Shabeer Amirali, University of Louisville, United States (2019-2021)
Aruna Ullal, American University of the Caribbean, the Netherlands (2019-2021)
Karen Sullivan-Vance, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, International Conf. Adv. Board representative
Rhonda Baker, NACADA liaison

Next Meeting

Zoom meetings will take place periodically as determined by the Chair

Next on site meeting will take place during the 2020 International Conference in Greece. 

Committee Information