Director of Slater International Center, Advisor to International Students and Scholars
Karen Zuffante Pabon has been involved in the fields of international education and immigration for more 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 experience 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 the 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.