Natalia Kolnik

Natalia Kolnik completed her MSc Education (Comparative and International Education) at the University of Oxford, in 2013.

Her dissertation research examined Korean high school students’ experiences of being (educated) in an international school in South Korea. Following her time at Oxford, Natalia has continued to be involved in international education and with cross-­‐cultural students in Kosovo, Germany, the U.K., and the United States, coaching MA and DPhil/PhD students about research topics, data collection methods, and data analysis techniques. Her travels have also allowed her to meet with and support the civic involvement of Oxford and Cambridge alumni groups throughout Europe, the Middle East, and the U.S.

Natalia writes about themes and trends in international education, such as the focus on internationalization in educational institutions and the potential of engaging with international alumni, of all ages, across the world. She has continued researching cross-­‐cultural students’ experiences and their community involvement, concentrating on the (re)integration experiences of (the adult children of) voluntary émigré and refugee returnees into communities of their cultural heritage(s).

While living in her home state of Montana, she has begun exploring local community perceptions of, interactions with, and integration allowances for cross-­‐cultural individuals, such as American Indians studying at state universities (Montana is home to 7 different reservations, some of which contain more than one tribe). Natalia has also continued her advocacy for social justice issues, such as dignified refugee assistance and the policies and practices related to human trafficking issues.

OES Country Champion

As a Country Champion, for the Western half of the United States, Natalia hopes to support the development and discussion of educational issues and programs, locally, nationally, and internationally, as well as connect with other Cambridge and Oxford alumni and help organize outreach events in their local communities.

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