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International education enthusiast interested in inclusion and equity. Social justice advocate, writer, and perpetual learner.

About Me

Lily Lopez-McGee currently serves as the Director for the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs program. Previously, she served as the Deputy Director for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program. Prior to her work at Howard University, Dr. Lopez-McGee 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.  Dr. Lopez-McGee also previously worked at UNCF Special Programs Corporation where she 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.

She is a graduate of the University of Washington, where she earned her bachelor’s in International Relations and master’s in Public Administration. She completed her doctoral work at George Mason University where she studied students’ perceived self-efficacy gains from study abroad. She is deeply committed to equalizing access to education and increasing opportunities for young people to gain international credentials. Dr. Lopez-McGee is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Skills and Expertise

Training and facilitation

Coordination and Collaboration

Project and Program Management

Strategy and Development

Add Your Past Experiences

Director, Pickering Foreign Affairs Program at Howard University
(2018 – Present)
Oversee complete administration of the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program – a nationally competitive, multi-year program funded by the Department of State and housed at the Ralph Bunche Center at Howard University.

Deputy Director, Rangel International Affairs Program at Howard University
(2016 – 2018)
Manage outreach, recruitment, and selections for the Charles B. Rangel Fellowship Program and Summer Enrichment Program housed at the Ralph Bunche Center at Howard University.

Manager at Diversity Abroad
(2012 – 2015)
• Led the planning and implementation of the annual national conference that attracts 300+ participants.
• Developed, facilitated, and coordinated on-campus diversity trainings for international education professionals.
• Organized and oversaw hiring, payroll, on-boarding, and training procedures for all staff.
• Represented Diversity Abroad at conferences, workshops, and other professional events.
• Fostered collaboration between the Diversity Network and higher education institutions/organizations within the U.S. and abroad; and, managing the consortium website, http://www.DiversityNetwork.org.
• Developed national assessment tool for study abroad offices focused on access, inclusion, and diversity.
• Managed the development and implementation of online learning modules for professionals and students.see less

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