Sora Friedman

Professor and Co-Chair
International Education (on campus)
International Education (low residency)

Courses Taught This Semester

International Educational Policy

International Policy & Citizen Advocacy

International Policy and Citizen Advocacy: Immigration

Learning and Professional Development Advising - Part 1

Learning and Professional Development Advising - Part 2


PhD, George Mason University
Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
MIA, School for International Training
BA, University of Maryland

Sora Friedman
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Sora Friedman has worked in the field of international education (IE) for over 30 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, high school exchanges, the administration of adult exchanges in public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy. She joined the SIT Graduate Institute faculty in 2005 and was an adjunct faculty member for three years before that. Sora is responsible for teaching and advising, and serves as chair of SIT’s IE master’s degree programs (low-residency and on-campus). In addition to her work at SIT, Sora is often sought out as a peer reviewer for various journals and professional training programs (NAFSA’s Trainer Corps, Academy for International Education). Recent consulting includes working with secondary and higher education institutions on various aspects of campus internationalization, including the development of global studies curricula across the curriculum, development of education abroad programs, and integration of international students into academic and campus life. In 2015, Sora received the NAFSA Region XI James Leck Award for Distinguished Service. Previously, she served on the New England region (Region XI) of NAFSA: Association of International Educators chair-stream (2013–2015), as a member of CISabroad’s board of advisers (2008–2015), and as chair of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps (2011–2012) and Training Coordination Subcommittee (2008–2010). Before joining SIT, Sora taught at George Mason University and the University of Pennsylvania’s Lauder Institute, in Mexico and Chile. She has lived in Bolivia, Colombia, and England and is fluent in Spanish. Sora holds a doctorate in cultural studies (with foci on immigration policy, community development, and advocacy) as well as a master’s in international administration and a certificate in distance education.

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