Dean of Students
As a higher education administrator with over 20 years of experience, Rhonda believes in the potential for learning and scholarship to ignite positive social change for both students and the broader community. Education, in all of its various forms, involves exchange and partnership in the learning process, and the relationships formed between post-secondary institutions and their communities are dynamic opportunities for realizing goals for the common good. In her current role as Dean of Students at Booth University College, in Winnipeg, MB, Rhonda is passionate about creating an institutional environment in which students can thrive in their pursuit of higher education. Previously, as the International Office manager for the University of Manitoba, Rhonda’s work with students, faculty members and university administrators was central to the development of international partnerships and the institution’s international strategy. Rhonda’s background in international development, having worked with refugee and community development projects in Africa and the Caribbean, has informed and strengthened her commitment to education as an enabler of social change.
In addition to her work in the institutional context, Rhonda has shared time and expertise with several national and international associations and is currently on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Society for Studies in Higher Education (CSSHE). She is also pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Administration at the University of Manitoba. Her published works include:
Friesen, R. (2012). Faculty member engagement in Canadian university internationalization: A consideration of understanding, motivations and rationales. Journal of Studies in International Education. July 5, 2012 doi:10.1177/1028315312451132.
Friesen, R. (2011). Higher education consortia as frameworks for global citizenship: Post-secondary institutions as corporate global citizens in a globalized world. In L. Shultz, A Abdi, G. Richardson (Eds.), Global Citizenship Education in Post-Secondary Institutions: Theories, Practices, Policies. New York, N.Y.: Peter Lang Publishing.
Friesen R. (2009). The growth and development of internationalization at Canadian universities: An overview. Graduate Student Symposium. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB. https://umanitoba.ca/faculties/education/media/Friesen-09.pdf