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International Event Calendar

Thu 03

ExitWest Discussion

December 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Fri 04

American College of Greece – Virtual Info Session

December 4 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 05

African Immigrants & their American Children

December 5 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Ben Levy

Director of International Education / SIO

+1 (201) 684-7533 / blevy1@ramapo.edu


Primary Responsibilities

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.

Highlighted Projects:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.

On-Campus Service

Chair, International Education Committee

Chair, International Risk Management Committee

Co-Chair – Standard III, 2020 Self-Study, Middle States Higher Education Commission

Academic Advisement Council

Previous Service: 

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

Provost’s Council, 2010-2014

Annual Campaign Committee, 2014-2015

Emergency Planning Committee, 2010-2016

LGBT Faculty/Staff Association


Off-Campus Service

Assistant Chair – New & Emerging Researchers Fono

Oceania Comparative and International Education Society (OCIES)

2020 – Present

 

Selection Panelist

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) – Spain (2019), South America (2020; 2021)

 

 

Selection Panelist

Critical Language Scholarship (2020)

 

 

Selection Panelist

Gilman Scholarship (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)

 

 

Selection Panelist

Boren Scholarship – Latin America (2016)

 

Peer Reviewer – Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal on Education Abroad

The Forum On Education Abroad

2016 – Present

Serve as a disciplinary expert and provide feedback on manuscripts presented for possible publication. Recommend whether article should or should not be published in the journal.

Co Chair – Academia Working Group

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), U.S. Department of State

2013 – 2016

Facilitate the exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices amongst higher education professionals with specific responsibilities for international risk management.

Member – Travel Registry Working Group

Terra Dotta, LLC

2012 – 2016

 

Board Member

International Studies Abroad

2012 – 2015

 

Trainer Corps Member

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

2012 – 2015

 

U.S. Department of StateMember – Academia Working Group

Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), U.S. Department of State

2012 – Present

 

International Education Leadership Knowledge Community Liaison – NAFSA Region X Team

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

2010 – 2012

 


Personal Experience with International Education

  • Study Abroad – Jerusalem, Israel (Spring 1996)
  • Study Abroad – Cairns, Australia (Spring 2000)
  • Faculty Study Abroad Leader – Costa Rica (2004-2005)
  • Faculty Study Abroad Leader – New Zealand (2005-2006)
  • Alternative Break Leader – Costa Rica (2011-2016)
  • Fulbright Grant: International Education Administrators (IEA) – Japan (2015)

Guatemala, 2004

Japan, 2015

Chile, 2008

Kenya, 1999

Costa Rica, 2018

 

 

 

 

 


Education

Masters of Arts, Sustainable Development (2006)
SIT Graduate Institute, Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
Thesis: Opportunities & Challenges to the Incorporation of Indigenous Agricultural Knowledge – 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


Publications

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, Benjamin (2006). Opportunities and Challenges to the Incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge in Sustainable Agricultural Development: Maya-Kacquikel Perspectives from Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. Thesis, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT, USA.


Presentations

Study Abroad in the Time of COVID-19: A Zoom Roundtable”, NAFSA Region X EA Knowledge Community (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 (2019).

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)