Meet Our Staff
Karen Zuffante Pabon
Director of Slater International Center/International Student and Scholar Advisor
Karen Zuffante Pabon has been involved in the fields of international education and immigration for over 20 years. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Spanish literature from Colby College and a Master's degree in Latin American Development from Georgetown University. Karen has studied abroad and worked in Spain, Mexico, Colombia, Japan and the Philippines, and speaks Spanish fluently.
She has been in a Director's role for the past 10 years, but her professional experiences ranges from teaching English as a second language to intercultural consulting, immigration legal assistance, and international student advising. She has worked as an International Student and Scholar Advisor at Georgetown University, MIT, the University of Texas at Austin, Yale University, Teikyo Post University, and most recently at Babson College, where she contributed greatly to internationalization efforts and global competency training. Throughout her experience, she has been devoted to increasing intercultural understanding and bridging cultural gaps.
At Wellesley, Karen provides vision and leadership in the development and implementation of programs, services and policies that strengthen and celebrate Wellesley's intercultural community. She also oversees federal immigration compliance for students and scholars, and works with approximately 260 international students and scholars on immigration issues, employment authorization and cultural adjustment.
Karen has served as a member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XI Team and is currently a NAFSA Trainer Corp member and member of the Region XI Government Regulatory Advisory Committee (GRAC). She also serves on the leadership team of the International Careers Consortium as Past Chair.
Assistant to the Director
Originally from Poughkeepsie, NY, Kelly graduated from Stonehill College in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Multidisciplinary Studies and a minor in German. During her time at Stonehill, she spent her junior year studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany and aboard the USS Explorer with Semester at Sea. Upon graduating, Kelly traveled extensively throughout South East Asia and lived abroad in both Germany and New Zealand. Prior to joining Wellesley College, Kelly worked in marketing and sales at EF Go Ahead Tours and managed a home service company in upstate New York. She is currently a Master's Degree Candidate at Lesley University studying Intercultural Relations with a focus in International Education and Student Advising.
At Wellesley, Kelly provides support to the Director of Slater International Center. She coordinates Slater programs, manages day-to-day operations of the office, supervises student employees, and coordinates Slater International Center scheduling.