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What Counselors Want: How to Effectively Engage with 21st-Century International School College Counselors
International K12 high school graduates represent the single fastest growing segment of potential international undergraduate candidates for US universities.

This is an especially noteworthy fact at a time when the industry is forecasting a 15% drop in domestic candidates for US bachelor degree programs by 2030.

So, it’s never been more crucial to build relationships with college counselors and advisors in international schools. These guidance professionals play a critical role in supporting their students’ ambitions and managing their college application planning.

But US higher ed institutions need a deeper understanding of what motivates counselors (hint: it’s seeing the students succeed!) if they are to build these important relationships.

In this webinar, BridgeU will moderate a panel discussion with international college counselors, representing a diverse range of backgrounds and responsibilities. This webinar will show US university admissions reps a "day in the life" of a 21st-century international school college counselor.

Whether you will be back on the road next semester or continuing virtual outreach, you’ll want to join us to receive key insights on:

• What information and support counselors need from universities during the US application process
• How counselors’ guidance practice has evolved throughout the pandemic period
• What college counselors believe to be the critical ingredients of an effective international school outreach strategy

Can't attend? You should still register - all registrants will receive a recording of the webinar and a copy of the presentation.

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Leslie Silverman Kamphausen
Careers and College Counselor @BBIS Berlin Brandenburg International School
Leslie Silverman Kamphausen has been employed at BBIS since its early days. She received a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and French from UC Santa Barbara and an M.Ed. in Counseling from Boston University. In her role as college counselor, she is mainly responsible for helping students in their career planning, college selection and in the application process. As she works directly with the School Psychologist/Counselor and the Secondary School Counselors, she also supports the social, emotional and personal concerns of the students.
Gabriela Guimarães
College Counselor @Positivo International School
Gabriela Guimarães worked as an educational advisor for three years at the EducationUSA office in her hometown of Curitiba, Brazil, before becoming the College Counselor at Positivo International School in 2021. She holds a B.A. in English from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and a Bachelor of Law from Centro Universitário Curitiba, and is passionate about helping young people find their voices and chart their futures.
Rana Haroun, M.A.
College Counselor @Casablanca American School
Born and raised in Morocco, Rana moved to Minnesota, USA in 2008. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology of Law from the University of Minnesota, a Master's Degree in Peace, Security, Development and International Conflict Transformation from the University of Innsbruck, Austria and a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. Rana uses her college and career counseling as well as her event planning skills to help students from all walks of life to make it to and through college. Her international experience, bilingualism and multiculturalism make her able to relate to everyone while celebrating people's diversity. Rana currently works as a college counselor at Casablanca American School in Morocco.
Ryan Tritch
Senior University Partnerships Manager @BridgeU
Ryan Tritch is a Senior Universities Partnerships Manager with BridgeU. He helps international admissions teams at colleges across the US to increase the diversity and quality of their international enrollment, by connecting them with BridgeU’s community of international schools in 138 countries. Prior to joining BridgeU, Ryan worked in both the public school sector and edtech sector. He joined Teach for America, where he taught middle school writing and math in a high poverty district in South Phoenix and founded “Unheard”, an after school poetry club for students. This was followed by nearly a decade working as a sales professional at leading education and education technology companies. Ryan is based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Ben Galina
Senior University Partnerships Manager @BridgeU
Ben Galina is a Senior University Partnerships Manager for BridgeU. He works with Ryan on BridgeU’s North America team. Prior to joining BridgeU, Ben served university partners as a trusted adviser on matters of enrollment, retention and academic budgeting at EAB. Ben is also a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Hispanic and Latin American Languages, Literatures and Linguistics from Vanderbilt University. He currently lives and works in Washington, DC.