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NASPA Global Hour: “To Competency or Not to Competency? That is the Question.”

NASPA Global Hour: “To Competency or Not to Competency? That is the Question.”

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NASPA Global Division presents the "Global Hour", an event inviting colleagues from around the globe to meet and attend an interactive presentation about global changes and shifts in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Attendees will have the chance to explore professional development resources and engagement opportunities with NASPA's global members and receive information about the professional development opportunities.

Join us each month for a panel discussion of the NASPA/ACPA Professional Competency Areas for Student Affairs Educators. We will welcome panelists from different institutions and regions around the world to talk about the need for a common vocabulary and to discuss applying the competencies in context.

Niamh Nestor

Student Adviser

University College Dublin

Dr Niamh Nestor (she/her) has been the Student Adviser at the Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland since 2014. Niamh’s work is focused on student support, primarily on mental health and wellbeing among veterinary medicine and veterinary nursing students. She is also interested in student engagement and community building. Niamh is a team leader in the UCD Student Advisory Team, managing seven UCD student advisers. She is on the executive of Student Affairs Ireland, and she is an active member of UKAT (UK Advising and Tutoring association) and NASPA. Niamh’s background is in sociolinguistics, migration and integration, and her doctoral research focused on Polish children and teenagers who had migrated to Ireland since Poland joined the European Union in 2004.

Wadad El Housseini

Consultant to VP Of Student Affairs

Qatar University – Qatar

Ms. Wadad Youssef El-Husseiny started her career as in higher education as Instructor of Social Sciences at Balamand University in Lebanon where she taught for a decade. In 2001, she joined the American University of Beirut as Director of Student Activities. In 2009, she joined Qatar University as Consultant to VP of student affairs where she resumed the responsibility of Acting Director of Student Activities till May 2012. Her role entitled her to get involved in various strategic initiatives to ensure the success of Qatar University students. She is the chair of the Student Affairs Professional Development committee at Qatar University.

Founding member and former vice president for the IASAS (International Association of Student Affairs and Services). Member of the MENASA-NASPA board for 2020-2023. Recipient of the Wisdom Award of the Commission of Women’s Identities – ACPA in 2021. Interested in Leadership of Higher Education and Student Affairs, assessment and women role in higher education.

Well known for having her finger on the pulse of the region, Wadad continues to be an engaged advocate of professional development, and student affairs leadership in the Middle East.

Maria del Pilar Murguia

Director of Student Services

John Cabot University

Maria del Pilar Murguia was born in Bolivia and raised across Italy and Colombia! Her multicultural life experience allowed her to learn firsthand the challenges that living in different countries entails!  With a business background, Pilar started working in International Higher education since June 2003 at John Cabot University, Rome, Italy. The focus of her work at JCU was and is to establish and maintain an environment that supports learning, encourages a strong sense of community, and promotes student development through active engagement in university life. 

Pilar currently directly supervises the areas of Athletics, Outdoor Education Programs, Performing Arts, Student Activities and Trips, and Student Leadership Programs (OL, OSA, Student Clubs). She is part of the board of the Crisis Management Team of her University, as well as the University strategic planning committee.

Pilar is a certified Student Leadership Challenge practitioner, and her continued interest in intercultural leadership makes her curious about all new trends in the field. She is an active member AACUPI, NASPA, EUCA among other associations.

Kerrie Montgomery Orozco (Moderator)

Dr. Kerrie Montgomery Orozco boasts a 25-year career in higher education, specializing in international education, student programming, strategic planning, leadership, and teaching. She's held progressively responsible roles in academic advising, study abroad, and campus life at various institutions. Kerrie is also an accomplished writer, with publications in the peer-reviewed Journal of International Students. 

Kerrie has been an active member of NASPA for more than 20 years. She has held a number of volunteer leadership roles and currently serves as Professional Development Chair for the Global Division, Membership & Engagement Chair for the Mid-Level Administrators Steering Committee, and NASPA-FL Conference Chair. She is a past Chair for the International Symposium, and remains active on the planning committee for the 2024 International Symposium.

Kerrie holds a BA in Classical Studies, dual Masters degrees from the University of Florida in Art History and Higher Education, and a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Denver.


06/27/2023 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes
06/27/2023 at 12:00 PM (EDT)  |  60 minutes NASPA Global Hour: “To Competency or Not to Competency? That is the Question.”
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