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Karen leads the OISA team to build a positive educational experience for international Grinnellians. Her work includes oversight of regulatory compliance and advising; supporting students through cultural transitions, programming and community outreach; and engaging the broader efforts to ensure that Grinnell is international student friendly. Karen serves on the leadership team for the Division of Student Affairs, and she partners with colleagues across campus to participate in efforts toward comprehensive internationalization.
Karen grew up in LeMars, Iowa. Her interest in International Education was ignited through study abroad with DIS in Copenhagen, an internship at the Fulbright Advising Center in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, and a graduate assistantship with the International Center at UI. Karen is active in NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and she spent 12 years as Director of International Student Affairs at The College of Wooster, Ohio, before returning to Iowa. She enjoys work and life in Grinnell, with her partner Jonathan, and their two children.