Mirvate El Jerdi has over a decade of diverse work experience in higher education and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in the Higher Education Leadership program at the University of Central Florida.  She has obtained her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma and proceeded to work in higher education in the Middle East and the United States. She is passionate about internationalization in higher education and global engagement and has held several positions as a faculty member and student services professional. At the University of Central Florida, she has provided immigration advising and targeted support to UCF’s international students. She has also managed the special programs from the MENA region and served as the liaison for embassies, foreign government entities, and private international partners. Mirvate is fluent in Arabic and English.