Director of International Education / SIO
The Director oversees the International Center, reports to the Provost and serves as the institution’s Senior International Officer. Provide leadership for the college in strategic planning for comprehensive internationalization…more specifically in the areas of: internationalization of the curriculum, education abroad & curriculum integration, support services for international students/scholars/visitors and international programming. Oversee the administration of all international partnership and exchange agreements and supports the establishing and assessing of student learning outcomes related to international education. The Director oversees and is accountable for all related accounts and budgets and will write and administer grants to support international initiatives. Additional responsibilities include: Strategic planning, risk mitigation planning, crisis communications and response, research, reporting, public outreach, etc.
- Grant (2019-2021) – Capacity Building for Study Abroad (IDEAS), U.S. Department of State – $34,500: Developed Ramapo College’s new category for study abroad programs: “Global Field Experiences.” These two-credit courses will include 7-10 days of travel during Winter, Spring Break or Summer in addition to structured assignments and activities before, during, and after the international component to create meaningful learning experiences. Expanding this program will increase the percentage of students who study abroad. First year students have shown a keen interest in international Alternative Spring Breaks and would benefit even more from Global Field Experiences. Students in majors that leave few opportunities to study abroad will also be able to take advantage. Of particular interest are students for whom longer study abroad options are cost prohibitive. Ramapo College hopes to encourage all such students to take part in a Global Field Experience with the expectation that this will give them the opportunity to enhance their curriculum with a global experience encourage them to participate in a longer-term study abroad program during their college career.
- Grant (2018-2021) – Undergraduate International Studies & Foreign Language, U.S. Department of Education – $66,929: Through a UISFL 2-year grant (w/1 yr extension due to COVID-19) from the U.S. Department of Education for $66,929, new courses were developed in support of the Spanish Certificate for Health & Human Services Professionals, multiple conferences were delivered and a global internship experience based in Cusco, Peru will be offered in Summer 2021 with student scholarships.
- Grant (2020-2022) – Undergraduate International Studies & Foreign Language, U.S. Department of Education – $69,847: This grant will further expand and strengthen the Spanish Certificate for Health & Human Services Professionals in the following 4 key areas: development of a course on Cross-Cultural Communication, a course on Narrative Medicine, Interpretation, and a global internship in Bilbao, Spain focused on Aphasia (including student scholarships).
- Regional Years. For a 5-year period the Roukema Center organized regional years of focuses to help frame internationalization activities and create a diversified approach to those activities. Webpage.
- Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization (2015-2020). Designed and implemented the College’s first strategic plan for comprehensive internationalization. Webpage.
Chair, International Education Committee
Chair, International Risk Management Committee
Member, Academic Advisement Council
Member, Provost’s Council
Member, Multicultural Center Committee
Co-Chair – Standard III, 2020 Self-Study, Middle States Higher Education Commission
Chair, Study Abroad Committee, 2009-2014
Chair, Study Abroad Scholarship Committee, 2009-2014
First Year Student Engagement Board, 2010-2012
Junior Year Student Engagement Board, 2012-2014
President’s Staff Leadership Award Committee, 2014
Annual Campaign Committee, 2014-2015
Emergency Planning Committee, 2010-2016
LGBT Faculty/Staff Association
Selection Panelist, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) – Spain (2019), Colombia (2020), Argentina (2021)
Selection Panelist, Critical Language Scholarship (2021)
Selection Panelist, Gilman Scholarship (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021)
Selection Panelist, Boren Scholarship – Latin America (2016)
Selection Panelist, IDEAS Study Abroad Capacity Building Grant, U.S. Department of State (2020)
Personal Experience with International Education
- Fulbright Grant: International Education Administrators (IEA) – Japan (2015)
- Alternative Break Leader – Costa Rica (2011-2016)
- Resident Director & Faculty – Aotearoa New Zealand (2005-2006)
- Faculty Study Abroad Leader – Costa Rica (2004-2005)
- Study Abroad – Cairns, Australia (Spring 2000)
- Study Abroad – Jerusalem, Israel (Spring 1996)
Costa Rica, 2018
Masters of Arts, Sustainable Development (2006)
SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
Thesis: Opportunities & Challenges to the Incorporation of Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge – Maya Kacquikel Perspectives from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science (2001)
Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
Advanced TEFL/TESOL Certificate, with Honors (2008)
EBC Linguisticos, Buenos Aires, Argentina (accredited by Trinity College, London)
Study Abroad (Spring 2000)
SIT Study Abroad – Reef, Rainforest & Cultural Ecology, Cairns, Australia
Independent Project: Climatic impacts of Acropora Millepora (a coral reef species) in two zones of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). Supervised by researchers at ReefHQ, Townsville, Australia
Recognitions & Awards
(2021) How do you (demonstrate) care in an institution that does not define ‘care’?, Pastoral Care in Education, DOI: 10.1080/02643944.2021.1951339
Levy, Benjamin (2012). “Indigenous Knowledge of Agriculture in Guatemala: Loss, Resilience and Revitalization.” in Pati, R.N. (ed). (2012) Sustainable Use of Medical Plants. Abhijeet Publications, New Delhi, India. (ISBN: 978-93-81136-49-2)
Levy, Benjamin (2010). “Indigenous Methods of Agriculture: Loss, Resilience and Revitalization,” in Pati, Rabindra N. & Atul Kumar (eds.) (2010). Sustainable Development & Biodiversity. New Delhi, India. (ISBN: 978-81-7625-994-1)
Levy, Benjamin (2007). “Incorporating Indigenous Knowledge – Challenges and Opportunities: Perspectives from Maya-Kacquikel Guatemala,” in Pati, R.N. and Odile Schwartz-Herion (eds.). (2007). Sustainable Development: Issues and Perspectives. D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.: New Delhi, India. (ISBN: 81-246-0437-1)
Levy, Ben; Scarlet Kim & Kathy Heffron (2007). 6th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. New York Monitor, International Service for Human Rights. (link)
Levy, Ben, “The Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge within a Sustainable Development Context: Maya-Kacquikel Perspectives from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala” (2006). Capstone Collection. 2202.
“International Career Panel for U.S. Exchange Alumni”, U.S. Department of State, Education & Cultural Affairs, Virtual (2022).
“Resources from the U.S. Department of State: Building Back Study Abroad through Strategic Partnerships”, Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, USA (2022).
“Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Comparative & International Education Research”, Oceania Comparative & International Education Society Annual Conference, Virtual (2021).
“Developing Positionality in Emerging Researchers”, Oceania Comparative & International Education Society Annual Conference, Virtual (2021).
“Priorities for a Return to Student Mobility: Working with Partners to Assess and Manage Risk”, IDEAS Webinar Series, World Learning & the U.S. Department of State, Virtual (2021).
“Hot Topics in Education Abroad”, NAFSA Region X Conference, Virtual (2021).
“Research Bites: Discussion for Emerging Education Researchers”, Oceania Comparative & International Education Society, Virtual (2021).
“Talanoa: An Introduction to Comparative & International Education in Oceania”, Oceania Comparative & International Education Society, Virtual (2021).
“Study Abroad in the Time of COVID-19: A Zoom Roundtable”, NAFSA Region X EA Knowledge Community, Virtual (2020).
“Risk Analysis in International Business: A Careful Balance”, Ramapo College of New Jersey (2019).
“Intercultural Competency and Global Learning Outcomes over the Life Cycle of a Short-Term Program”, Worldstrides Summit on Customized Faculty-Led Programs, Chicago, IL, USA (2019).
“US University Education Abroad”, New Zealand International Education Conference, Te Papa, Wellington, Aotearoa New Zealand, (10 August 2018).
“Managing High Risk Travel with Review Committees”, OSAC Health & Safety in Education Abroad Workshop, Jerusalem, Israel. (2018)
“The Role of Disciplinary Culture in Shaping Strategies for Internationalizing the Curriculum.” European Association of International Education (EAIE), Seville, Spain. (2017)
“The Mobility of Ethics and the Ethics of Mobility: Value-Based Challenges in Education Abroad.” Forum on Education Abroad – European Conference. Athens, Greece. (2016)
“Preparing Students for Global Citizenship: A Strategic Plan for Comprehensive Internationalization”, Annual AAC&U Conference. Washington, DC, USA. (2016)
“Risk Analysis & Mitigation: Strategies for Offices with Limited Resources”. OSAC Academic Health & Safety Seminar. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. (2015)
“Advocacy 2.0: Taking it a Step Further”. NAFSA National Conference. Boston, MA, USA. (2015)
“If I Knew Then What I Know Now: Perspectives from Careers in International Education”. NAFSA National Conference. Boston, MA, USA. (2015)
“Case Studies and Success Stories Using Terra Dotta Software”. Terra Dotta Risk Summit. Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. (2015)
“An Overview of Advocacy from Campus to Congress.” NAFSA National Conference. San Diego, CA, USA. (2014)
“Careers in International Education”. NJ Re-Entry Conference. Wayne, New Jersey, USA (2014)
“Fundamentals of Short-Term Education Abroad Programming”. Pre-Conference 9-hour training. NAFSA Annual Conference. St. Louis, MO, USA. (2013)
“Health, Safety & Risk Management in Education Abroad”. Pre-Conference 9-hour Workshop. NAFSA Region X Conference. Atlantic City, NJ, USA. (2013)
“Comprehensive Internationalization and You”. NAFSA Region X Conference. Atlantic City, NJ, USA. (2013)
“An Overview of Advocacy from Campus to Congress”. NAFSA Region X Conference. Atlantic City, NJ, USA. (2013)
“Mapping Standard #9 to Program Review, Approval and Evaluation.” Pre-Conference Workshop – Forum Standards Institute: Ethics, Forum on Education Abroad Annual Conference. Chicago, IL, USA. (2013)
“Managing the Education Abroad Office” Pre-Conference 9-hour workshop. NAFSA Region X Conference. Niagara Falls, NY, USA. (2012)
“Finding Your Place in NAFSA Leadership.” NAFSA Region X Conference. Niagara Falls, NY, USA. (2012)
“Comprehensive Internationalization: An Action Agenda.” NAFSA Region X Conference. Niagara Falls, NY, USA. (2012)
“Forum Standard #8: Good Practice for Student Preparation, Faculty Training and Program Assessment.” Forum Standards Institute-Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety & Risk Management. Washington, D.C., USA. (2012)
“Consolidation of International Program Information in Travel Registry Databases.” NAFSA National Conference. Houston, TX, USA. (2012)
“The Mobility of Ethics and the Ethics of Mobility: Value-Based Challenges in Education Abroad.” Conference of the Americas on International Education (CAIE) Annual Conference. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (2013)
“Meeting the Challenges of Today’s Education Abroad Office: A Conversation”. NAFSA Region X Conference. Bolton Landing, New York, USA. (2011)
“Serving NAFSA Through Leadership”. NAFSA Region X Conference. Bolton Landing, New York, USA. (2011)
“Developing an Institutional International Travel Policy & Procedure: How to Begin”. University Risk Managers & Insurance Association (URMIA) Annual Conference. Portland, Oregon, USA. (2011)
“Unpacking Self: Cultural Re-Adjustment”. NJ Re-Entry Conference. Montclair, New Jersey, USA. (2011)
“India as an Ideal Study Abroad Destination: Affordable & Innovative Strategies in Program Design and Implementation”. COPLAC Annual Meeting. Alberta, Canada. (2011)
“Developing an Institutional Travel Warning Policy: ‘Tripwires’ and Other Challenges.” Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety & Security, Forum Standards of Good Practice Institute. Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2011)
“Institutionalizing Travel Policies & Procedures for Small, Resource-Strapped Institutions”. Beyond the Basics of Health, Safety & Security, Forum Standards of Good Practice Institute. Chicago, Illinois, USA. (2011)
“From Study to Service: International Education as a Catalyst for Global Citizenship”. AIEA Regional Forum. South Dakota, USA. (2011)
“Asia: The Study Abroad Path Less Traveled.” NAFSA Region X Conference. New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. (2010)
“Maximizing Experiences Abroad in Job Search”. NJ Re-Entry Conference. Mahwah, New Jersey, USA. (2010)
“LGBT Identity Development & Study Abroad”. NAFSA Region XI Conference, Burlington, Vermont, USA. (2008)
“Turning Challenging Visa Processes into Learning Opportunities”. NAFSA Region XI Conference, Burlington, Vermont, USA. (2008)
“Converting your Study Abroad experience into Career Preparation”. New England Re-entry Conference. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. (2007)