Assistant Director, Study Abroad
Maraina Montgomery is the Assistant Director for Study Abroad in the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, at Howard University. In this role, she applies her Clifton strengths as a maximizer and connector to support the process of comprehensive internationalization at all HBCUs. As an international education practitioner-scholar, she works to influence the culture that governs the field of Education Abroad through her advocacy of increased Access, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (AIDE) to improve the participation rate and overall experience of nonwhite students and professionals. She actively publishes and contributes to the work of NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad and for the past four years has sat on the Academic Advisory Board for a study abroad provider. In each of these spaces she is one of only a few professionals with a personal connection to the values and needs of minoritized students and their communities. As such, Maraina is aware of her positionality and aims to be intentional about leveraging her voice and privileges to ensure that Black/HBCU students and AIDE related matters are factored into every conversation related to global education that she is a part of.