Alumni Updates

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Natalie Cruz (HIED Ph.D. ’21) was awarded the Dissertation of the Year by the Study Abroad and International Students Special Interest Group of the Comparative and International Education Society. Her dissertation is titled Institutional Context Drives Mobility: A Comprehensive Analysis of How Academic and Economic Factors Relate to International Student Enrollment at United States Higher Education Institutions.

Natalie also recently accepted a new role as 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. She manages research and discovery processes to support related decision-making by collecting and analyzing data; preparing reports, issue summaries, and recommendations; and presenting findings to various audiences, including senior university administration. She supports international partnership development and management and related projects with universities, governments, and foundations in the US and abroad.

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