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WACT Global Impact: International Students - Diversity and Dollars

  • Thursday, March 04, 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Zoom (please RSVP for link)

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There are over 1 million international students in the US which is around 6% of the total US student population. These international students contribute upwards of 45 Billion dollars to the US economy every year, creating 450,000 jobs. These international students are also behind some of the most iconic companies and startups in the US: Google, Uber, Microsoft and Mastercard - among others.

Join us for our first World Affairs Council Tacoma Economics chat and learn more about the unique role these international students play on the American economic stage.

Join us for our first World Affairs Council Tacoma Global Impact event and learn more about the unique role these international students play on the American economic stage.


Our event features Mary Karam McKey, Senior Director of Corporate and Foundation Programs from the Institute of International Education. Leading a portfolio of more than 40 private sector-funded global education and training programs, Ms. McKey has 20 years of experience in the field of international education and exchange with a focus on strategic program design and implementation in collaboration with leading foundations such as Ford, Carnegie, Packard, and Rockefeller, and global corporations such as Adobe, Cargill, and Exxon Mobil. During her tenure at IIE, Ms. McKey has contributed to the design, development, and management of several global education, leadership, and capacity-building programs with a primary focus on underserved individuals, institutions, and communities in the United States, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. You can learn more at Ms. McKey's LinkedIn page.

Julie Baer is a Research Specialist at IIE where she manages the data collection and analysis for the Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange and conducts specialized research for IIE program teams on strategic program design and planning. Her areas of expertise include analyzing trends in international academic mobility in U.S. higher education across sectors and using geospatial analysis to highlight trends in educational access. Ms Baer holds an Ed.M. in International Education Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.S. from Centre College.

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