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“A dedicated small team and a broad global network!”
In her 27th year of service to Boston College and 24th year at the Center for International Higher Education, Salina Kopellas manages the Center’s grants and database, and facilitates the editing and dissemination of International Higher Education.
Prior to joining the Center, she worked as the administrative secretary to the dean of the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
Jean Baptiste Diatta
Jean Baptiste Diatta is a doctoral student in the Boston College Higher Education program. His research interests include higher education leadership and administration in connection with assessment, as well as institutional learning outcomes design. Jean Baptiste worked as a Registrar for the Jesuit University Institute named CERAP (Centre de Recherche et d’Action pour la Paix) in Côte d’Ivoire. He also served as the chairperson of the institute Assessment Committee.
He earned a master’s degree in Higher Education from Boston College. Before entering the field of Higher Education, he earned a master's degree in philosophy from Faculté de Philosophie Saint Pierre Canisius de Kimwenza.
Tessa DeLaquil is a doctoral student in the Boston College Higher Education program.
Her research interests include international comparative higher education focusing on Asian contexts, the philosophy of education, and the global common good as a basis for ethical practice in international higher education.
Tessa received a master's degree in Higher Education from Boston College.
Lizhou Wang is a doctoral student in the Boston College's Higher Education program.
Her research interests include: transnational student mobility and transition, cross-cultural teaching and learning, "third culture kids (TCKs)" identity development, and internationalization of higher education.
Lizhou grew up in Hunan, China. She received her B.A. in economics and government from Smith College, MSc from the University of Oxford, and Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Ayenachew Aseffa Woldegiyorgis is a doctoral candidate of higher education at the Center for International Higher Education, Boston College.
His research interest covers: internationalization of higher education in developing countries, academic and research partnerships, and the developmental role of higher education institutions.
Having his BA degree in Business Management from Jimma University, in Ethiopia, Ayenachew also has MA in Public Administration from Addis Ababa University and MSc in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (from the Erasmus Mundus program of Danube University Krems, University of Tampere, Beijing Normal University and University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück). Before joining CIHE, has worked as a consultant for the World Bank in Washington DC, and underwent an internship at the Finnish Center for International Mobility, in Helsinki.
Back in Ethiopia he held teaching positions at Unity University and Addis Ababa University and was a frequent commentator on issues of higher education on a national newspaper, The Reporter.
Master Graduate Assistant
Ilse Bellido-Richards is a first-year M.A student in the International Higher Education program at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development.
She started her higher education career at Middlesex Community College where she received a double Associates Degree in Liberal Arts-Fine Arts and Global Studies- History and Politics. Then, she transferred to University of Massachusetts – Lowell where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Studies.
Ilse's research interests include: Peace education, Higher Education in post Conflict states, Latin American Higher Education systems, issues of accessibility to quality education in developing countries, and the internationalization of community colleges in the United states.