Kristy Magner has served as the Director of Tulane University’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) since 2013. Her main responsibility is to provide leadership in determining and implementing campus-wide strategies related to Tulane’s compliance with federal immigration regulations and the delivery of quality programs and services to international students, scholars, faculty, staff, and exchange visitors.
Kristy has extensive international education experience, having started in the field during her university years as a student worker at the international office at Colorado State University. Most recently before Tulane, Kristy worked for seven years at Loyola University New Orleans' Center for International Education.
Kristy has a Master of Science in International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her particular interests in the field of international education include intercultural training, community-building and advocacy. Kristy has held state, regional and national leadership positions in NAFSA: The Association of International Educators and each year she presents immigration and cross-cultural communication workshops at the university and elsewhere.
Kristy is deeply passionate about the value of international education as an essential component to understanding our role within the global community. She has spearheaded multiple initiatives focused on both how to be a more supportive and inclusive campus for international students and also how to take advantage of the benefits of Tulane’s global community; these initiatives include the International Student Advisory Board and the International Partners Outreach Group. Recently, Kristy has partnered with others on and off campus to tell powerful stories about the value of international exchange at Tulane, in New Orleans, Louisiana and nationally.
Given her interest in the field, it is not a surprise that Kristy has lived abroad, as both a child and an adult, and travels abroad as often as she can! She lived in India as a child, studied abroad in Mexico and has traveled to every continent except Antarctica. She loves to travel not only to meet people and experience the interesting sights, tastes and sounds, but also for the opportunity to learn and grow from the challenges that arise from being a “stranger in a strange land”.
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