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Auburn Abroad Assistant Director Mariel Goble will serve as the next National Association of Foreign Student Advisers, or NAFSA, Region VII Knowledge Community, or KC, Education Abroad, or EA, liaison. Goble will begin her three-year term in November and serve in the position until the Region VII Conference in fall 2024.

In her position, Goble will serve as a liaison between the regional KCEA team and the national team; encourage integration of KCEA with other NAFSA KC’s through cross-programming; participate in virtual discussions of national KCEA networks; serve as a resource to KCEA constituents in the region; encourage all forms of professional development activity within the region; assess, develop and recruit potential new leaders for NAFSA positions and serve as a mentor to her successor.

“I am excited to represent Auburn University within NAFSA,” said Goble. “We have some unique study abroad aspects that can be shared, but I am also eager to actively engage with the community and bring new processes and procedures to Auburn. In the field of education, and especially international education, nothing is ever set, you must progress.”

The KC’s exists to share experiences, give and receive advice, highlight resources to successfully manage education abroad programs, and actively engage with colleagues. Personally, as someone relatively new to the region, Goble is looking forward to meeting her peers from other universities and collaborating with them to learn new best practices.

NAFSA is the Association of International Educators. It is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange. NAFSA serves the needs of more than 10,000 members and international educators worldwide at more than 3,500 institutions, in over 150 countries.

Mariel Goble