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Rasmussen selected as UN NAFSA representative

April 7, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Janelle Rasmussen, director of MSU’s International Training and Professional Development programs, began her new position as NAFSA’s UN representative and leader of UN Member Interest Group on April 1. MSU photo by Kelley Gorham.

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Janelle Rasmussen, director of international professional development and training programs within MSU’s Office of International Programs, has been selected as one of three representatives to the United Nations on behalf of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. The position began April 1 and runs for one year, with the possibility for longer service.

Rasmussen will also serve as NAFSA’s United Nations Member Interest Group co-leader. The U.N. works to groom students as global citizens by providing opportunities to engage with the U.N.’s agenda.

 “Serving in this role is a professional honor for me, but it is also an outstanding opportunity for MSU,” Rasmussen said. “The connections that can be made at the U.N. can benefit MSU professors and students by creating more in-depth and meaningful programming for our international and Montana students.”

Rasmussen currently leads various groups participating in MSU’s international professional development and training programs to the U.N. every year, including Middle Eastern students through the Middle East Partnership Initiative Student Leaders Program, a U.S. State Department leadership program that has been conducted by MSU since 2005.

Other duties of Rasmussen’s volunteer position include mentoring NAFSA youth representatives, helping to enhance their experiences at the U.N. and build leadership skills, connecting U.N. associated universities, NGO’s and U.N. officials from all regions of the world as well as developing and providing training and support.

Contact: Janelle Rasmussen, International Programs, (406) 994-7602 or