Dr. Pamela Roy has over 12 years of experience in international higher education and constituent relations. Her work in South Africa began in 2009 when she co-facilitated professional development workshops with faculty and administrators at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth). This sparked her long-term commitment and passion for work on/about the African Continent. She spent several months conducting pre-dissertation work on Indian South African women in STEM fields in 2010 and in 2012 she conducted her dissertation research, resulting in a published thesis on the lives and narratives of Black African, Indian, and Colored academic women in post-apartheid South Africa.
Pamela believes that by educating young people in Africa, enabling them to become entrepreneurs, and by building ethical and sustainable partnerships in communities facing challenges, we can all help ensure that these young people lead the transformation and growth of their respective communities and nations. In 2014 and 2015, her beliefs were actualized when she served as a consultant for The MasterCard Foundation, one of the largest independent foundations in the world providing access to education, skills training, and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through her consultancy, she co-planned and co-led the Secondary Education Scholars Convening which offered academically talented yet economically disadvantaged youth in the Scholars Program from Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Rwanda to find their leadership voice, develop community give back goals, explore career understandings, and create high-value relationships with other youth from across the Continent. She also led the Foundation’s Request for Proposal process to expand and deepen the outcomes of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program which resulted in new partnerships, the renewal of existing partner universities, and a learning brief.
She completed her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education from Michigan State University in 2014. Her research expertise includes the global professoriate, gender and economic empowerment, education abroad, ethics of international engagement, and student development. She was recently invited as a guest speaker at the 2016 annual NAFSA Association for International Educators conference to discuss her research on best practices and ethical considerations for engaging with host communities in the Global South. Dr. Roy is the founder of the Consultancy for Global Higher Education, where she offers personalized project management and strategic leadership to universities, non-profit philanthropic, and non-governmental organizations. A list of her publications and scholarly presentations can be accessed at: http://www.pamelaroy.net/cv.html. Dr. Roy presently serves as the Manager of Learning & Assessment at Diversity Abroad, a leading voice on access, diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.
Dr. Aaron Bruce is the Chief Diversity Officer at San Diego State University, where he focuses on campus-wide multicultural understanding, social justice, and strategies related to diversity and inclusion. In addition to developing ways to improve campus climate, Dr. Bruce helps strengthen the university’s connections to San Diego’s diverse local and global communities. His experience in advertising and marketing affords him with the creative energy to promote diversity in a variety of ways. He presently is an active member of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE), Vice President of the Southern California Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (SCADOHE) and is a International Multicultural Institute certified diversity trainer, who has facilitated numerous professional development seminars in the U.S. and abroad. He serves on the National Advisory Council for Saving Students Saving Lives, an anti-bullying conference for educators and school counselors.
Dr. Bruce has held management positions in Latin America and Africa. His passion for global understanding has afforded him with opportunities to conduct research on management strategies, public health and education in Cuba, Mexico, and Kenya. Prior to joining SDSU, he served as the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Rhode Island College, where he developed policies and programming to support underrepresented students, faculty, and staff.
He holds a BA degree from Michigan State University where he majored in Economics and Political Science, and earned a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies. He holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration from United States International University. Dr. Bruce completed his Ph.D. in Education from the joint Rhode Island College and University of Rhode Island Doctoral Program in Education. He is the first African American male to hold such a distinction. He is presently editing his first book titled “Beyond the Black Horizon: African American Experiences Abroad”. Originally from Princeton, New Jersey, Dr. Bruce has traveled extensively and is committed to making a difference in the world. He volunteers for numerous organizations and is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He is an advocate for global education and lives by the motto “Awaken the sleep, protect the weak, and guide the strong!