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About Me

Dr. Tara Braun has over seventeen years-experience in international higher education ranging from study abroad, international partnerships, international student services, enrollment strategy, recruiting, immigration, has served in the roles of PDSO and RO, and has worked with international student programming. As an active member of NAFSA, she has serves in leadership and training roles at a state and regional level, advocacy groups, and presents at numerous conferences. She is also a co-founder and Chair of Study Michigan. Tara has presented at many state, regional, and national conferences on international education topics.

Dr. Braun holds a Bachelor's in Business, a Master’s in Career and Technical Education, a doctorate of Higher Educational Leadership at Central Michigan University, and serves as the PDSO/ ARO and Director of International Admissions and Immigration at Calvin University.

Her dissertation work focuses on the re-acculturation experiences of Ghanaian students who studied in the United States. From this research, the main themes of the race concept of being African in the United States and being referred to as black, the need to provide increased international alumni networking, and providing departure programs that assist in the transition back home.


My Background 


Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University                                             

Certificate in Total Quality Management in Education from Ferris State University                         

M.S., Career and Technical Education Post-Secondary from Ferris State University                            B.S., Business Management

Administrative Skills

Strategic international enrollment data reporting and analysis
Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) and Responsible Officer (RO) with SEVIS

Creating effective communication plans for recruiting, admissions, and student services

Course development and administration

Aspects of international recruiting including fairs, agents, establishing relationships, networking, market research, and financial aid 

Strategic enrollment planning and market development

Supervising staff, student assistants, agents, and regional recruiters

Budget reporting and analyzing cost effectiveness of international programs

Developing scholarship opportunities for education abroad and international applicants

Study Abroad faculty handbook, emergency planning, and risk management

Creation of dual degree layouts for international partner schools

Developing agreements with international high schools, colleges, and universities

International and domestic student advising

Networking and relationship building

Software such as SLATE, Salesforce, Banner, Colleague, Perceptive Content, and Workday

Crisis Management Training

Professional Organizations

International Association of International Counseling (IACAC)

Association of International Educators (NAFSA)

NAFSA Regional Representative for the state of Michigan 2010

NAFSA Education Abroad Trainer 2008 to 2009

Michigan Association of International Educators (MAIE) 

MAIE International Enrollment Representative 2022 to present

MAIE Chair Stream 2009 to 2012

MAIE Team Member for Education Abroad 2007 to 2009

Study Michigan co-founder and Chair 2021 to present

Council of International Schools (CIS) Summit Working Group: Determining the Means to Engage Students

Panrimo Advising Board Member 2012 to 2015

Institute for International Education (IIE) Gilman Scholarship Committee Member 2013

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