Lily Lopez-McGee is the Deputy Director for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program at Howard University. She is also a doctoral candidate at George Mason University where she is completing her research, which focuses on college students perceived changes in self-efficacy as a result of participating in an education abroad program. Previously, she served as manager at Diversity Abroad where she managed the Diversity Abroad Network, a professional network of institutions of higher education, and oversaw the development of the Access, Inclusion, and Diversity in International Education (AID) Roadmap, the first assessment tool developed to evaluate diversity and inclusion efforts in study abroad offices at U.S. institutions. Lily serves as a Co-Chair of the Global Access Pipeline and has helped coordinate the Conference on Diversity in International Affairs sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to Diversity Abroad, Lily managed an internationally focused fellowship for undergraduate students and worked with minority serving institutions on capacity building efforts related to campus internationalization and grant management at UNCF Special Programs Corporation.
She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s in International Relations and master’s in Public Administration. While in Seattle, she was heavily involved in Seattle community organizing events and working for community and youth serving organizations. She is deeply committed to equalizing access to education and increasing opportunities for young people to gain international credentials. Lily is bilingual in English and Spanish and has traveled through Latin America and Western Europe.