Again this year, we will be featuring some excellent speakers, experts in the areas of internationalization and globalization.


Dawn Michele Whitehead is the Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change in the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Dr. Whitehead’s work focuses on advancing practices, strategies, and projects for integrative global learning across the undergraduate curriculum. Her work combines an emphasis on thematic local and international experiences to provide students with globalized learning opportunities throughout their educational experiences to prepare them to function and thrive in the modern world.  Whitehead also collaborates across AAC&U to advance global learning.


Richard Kiely currently serves as the Director of Engaged Learning + Research where he provides support, guidance, resources, coursework and professional development opportunities for faculty, students and community members who are interested in community engaged learning and research. He is interested in learning about the different ways people work together to have a positive impact on the world and the potential role of higher education in facilitating that process.

Drake’s President, Earl “Marty” Martin, will deliver opening remarks. Prior to coming to Drake,  Martin was the Executive Vice President at Gonzaga University. Earlier in his career at Gonzaga, he oversaw Gonzaga’s international academic programs and created the Center for Global Engagement to coordinate and support all global outreach at Gonzaga.