Sora Friedman

GlobalEd Columnist


Dr. Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education (IE) for more than 35 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program management, public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005, having served as an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. She is responsible for teaching, advising, and serving as chair of SIT’s master’s degrees in International Education.

In addition to her work at SIT, Dr. Friedman is often sought out as a consultant and peer reviewer to various professional training programs and journals. She is the recipient of the 2015 NAFSA Region XI James Leck Award for Distinguished Service. Previously, she served on NAFSA’s chair-streams of the Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Knowledge Community (2018-2020) and the New England region (Region XI, 2013–2015), a member of CIS Abroad’s board of advisers (2008–2015), and chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps (2011–2012) and Training Coordination Subcommittee (2008–2010). Before joining SIT, Dr. Friedman taught at George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, in Mexico and Chile. She has lived in Bolivia, Colombia, and England, and is fluent in Spanish.


Women’s Leadership in IE

My May column previewed the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference session that I delivered with Anne D’Angelo and Anna Kelly. Our purpose was to make a space for women IE professionals to consider how we can ameliorate the changing realities of our work that affect our mental and physical health so that we…

Women’s Leadership in IE AND Sora’s Top 10 Tips for Attending a Large Conference

Like 10,000 of my closest IE friends, I will be attending the NAFSA Annual Conference in Washington, DC, next week. I have the honor of presenting a session on Thursday, June 1, titled “Women’s Leadership in International Education: New Paradigms for Future Practice” with Anne D’Angelo, Assistant Dean of Global Initiatives, Carlson School of Management,…

The State of the Field

Every so often, practitioners in most fields step back from their day-to-day work to conduct a macro-level assessment of how things are going, where things are, and even where their field might be headed in the months or years to come. International Education (IE) is no different, and on March 15, I had the honor…

Breaking into the Field of International Education

In my work as a professor and as a volunteer with various professional associations, I am often asked about the best ways to jump-start a career in international education. While there are as many paths as individuals working in the field, here are a few suggestions that have proven effective to my students and mentees…

The Discipline of International Education

I was recently talking with a colleague about the state of the field of International Education (IE). We were reflecting on how we still hear stories about higher education senior administrators who are unaware that our field IS an academic discipline unto itself. It seems that they are often thinking “Who amongst my senior leaders…

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