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      Kandy Turner, Director of International Student Services and Programs

      Carlie Sisco, English and creative writing, '19

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      Kandy Turner

      Kandy Turner, director of International Student Services and Programs, is running the fifth annual International Education Week.

      Kandy Turner has always been an international educator.

      After graduating with a master's degree in student affairs and higher education, she worked as an international student advisor at Penn State's main campus, assistant director of international student services at Fairleigh Dickenson University, and in the study abroad office at Carnegie Mellon University.

      Five years ago, Turner joined Widener University as the director of International Student Services and Programs.

      "It was the best of both worlds," she said. "I could get my doctoral degree, be a director and actually get to know the students."

      As director, Turner handles immigration processing for international students and scholars, cross cultural training, and hosts activities for international students with the assistant director, Melody Reichoff. This past summer, Turner also oversaw the semester-long study abroad program where she helped students navigate the study abroad process.

      "I'm a bit envious of all the cool places the students are either from or going to go," Turner said. "It's really awesome to be part of the process, facilitating that, and helping students make new friends along the way."

      Turner is currently hosting the fifth annual International Education Week. The celebration of diversity spans from Nov. 5 - 11 with over 30 events, including food, films, and international speakers such as Aman Ali, an award winning storyteller known for his project "30 Mosques in 30 Days." The week will also include a "We're All Widener" Multicultural Fair and a Showcase of African and African-American Talent.

      "At the end of the day, I see international education as one of the avenues toward making a more peaceful world. If people understood each other a little better, maybe there would be a little more peace. You can't necessarily save the world, but maybe you can change a little piece of it," she said.

      Turner is currently a Chester resident and lives close to campus. She spends her time reading, doing yoga, and walking her pug named Thor. Turner is also working on getting her doctoral degree.


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