Kimberly Connelly, President
Kimberly Connelly, PresidentUniversity of Kansas Medical Center

A lifelong professional in the field of International Education, Kimberly Connelly currently leads the Office of International Programs as the Senior International Officer at the University of Kansas Medical Center, managing both the inbound and outbound arms of international education. As an ardent advocate of international education, Ms. Connelly’s mission is to connect people to each other through international educational, research, and cultural experiences. As Senator Fulbright said, “Educational exchange can turn nations into people, contributing as no other form of communication can to the humanizing of international relations.”

For Kimberly, the IRC matters because conversations about the impact of international to local and vice versa are important. Connecting people, sharing ideas, experiencing culture, having dialogue make all of the issues “out there” more relevant and more personal. As Senator Fulbright explains, “Perhaps the greatest power of such intellectual exchange is to convert nations into peoples and to translate ideologies into human aspiration… The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy – the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately.”