Kalpen Trivedi

Vice Provost for Global Affairs & Director, International Programs Office
ktrivedi [at] umass.edu

Kalpen Trivedi is Vice Provost for Global Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the land-grant flagship campus of the Commonwealth. He is responsible for the leadership of campus-wide initiatives for global engagement and he exercises operational and strategic oversight of the International Programs Office (Education Abroad, International Student and Scholar Services, International Partnerships, and Travel Health and Safety). Trivedi served previously as the Director of Education Abroad at UMass Amherst and prior to that, as Director of the University of Georgia’s Center and programs in Oxford, U.K., and faculty member in the English Department. He has nearly two decades of experience in international education with particular expertise in managing global partnerships, program design and evaluation, global operations and risk management, and international health and safety.

Recognized as an AIEA Presidential Fellow for 2019-20, Trivedi is a member of AIEA’s Professional Development & Engagement Committee. Trivedi is also Chair-Elect for NAFSA’s International Education Leadership Knowledge Community (IEL KC), having previously served on the IEL KC as Symposium & Training Lead, as well as being a member of the NAFSA Trainer Corps. Trivedi is a member of the Standards and Governance Subcommittee of the US Department of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC), having also held positions as steering committee member and Vice-Chair of the OSAC Academia Sector Committee. He was a charter member of Arcadia University’s Guild for Global Education and is a member of the Strategic Academic Advisory Board for Academic Programs International (Austin, TX). Trivedi is a regular contributor on current topics in international education in fora such as NAFSA, AIEA, and the Forum on Education Abroad. He has delivered workshops and trainings on a variety of topics such as Global Operations Management and Title IX compliance for international programs.

Trivedi was educated in India and the U.K., with degrees from Gujarat University, the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Manchester. He held the Radhakrishnan Scholarship at Oxford and a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Fellowship, and his doctoral work in Medieval English Religious Literature was supported by the UK Government’s Overseas Research Scholar award and a University of Manchester Research Scholarship. Trivedi has been a Mellon Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA as well as a Summer Institute Fellow of the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University.

Selected recent contributions to the field of international education include:

  • Senior International Officer of the Year, The Institute of International Education (IIE)
  • Chair, Symposium on Leadership “Futureproofing International Education for the Next Decade”, NAFSA Signature Event, Annual Conference 2021
  • “How to create a data-informed study abroad portfolio (without losing your mind or breaking the bank)”, CIS Abroad Workshop Series 2021 (with Kris Holloway and Scott Tayloe)
  • “Introduction to Global Operations”, Core Workshop, NAFSA Annual Conference 2021 (with David Di Maria)
  • “Assessing for Success: Comprehensive Operations Review during a Crisis”, NAFSA Annual Conference 2021 (with Penelope Pynes and Christina Sanchez)
  • “Mobility and Management: How will Covid-19 shape the New “Normal”?”, NAFSA International Education Town Hall (with the US Dept of State, CDC, and Adria Baker)
  • “From Knee-Jerk Response to Policy Change: Effective Operations during a Pandemic and Beyond”, AIEA Annual Conference 2021 (with Patrick Morgan and Douglas Proctor)
  • ““Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” (or Still Can’t): Guidelines and Benchmarks for the Return of Student Travel”, Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Annual Briefing 2020, US Department of
  • State (with Robin Reliford and Seth Tucker)
  • “Internationalization and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion”, (with Chrystal George Mwangi and Nefertiti Walker) UMass Dignity and Respect: The Podcast, Office of Equity and Inclusion, 2020
  • “Next Generation International Education Curriculum: Integrated Education”, Gateway International Leadership Institute, Fall 2020 Curriculum (with Nick Gozik)
  • “Leading Campus Internationalization during a Pandemic”, MACIE: Massachusetts Council on International Education Annual Conference, November 2020 (with Wing-Kai To and C. Julie Whitlow)
  • “A Primer on Global Operations Management”, NAFSA eConnection (2020) (with David Di Maria, William Ferreira, and Sandee Huang)
  • “Higher Education Equity: Navigating Local and Global Priorities to Achieve Success”, UMass College of Education Research Summit (2020) (with Amer Ahmed and Anna Branch)
  • “Lessons We’re Learning: How COVID-19 is impacting our Globalization Efforts”, APLU Commission on International Initiatives Huddle (2020) (with Deandra Beck)
  • “European Universities Networks, the next step in Internationalization?”, AIEA Annual Conference (2020), Washington, D.C. (with Meritxell Chaves and Ramon Ellenbroek)
  • “Developing Sustainable International Partnerships and Academic Collaborations”, NAFSA Annual Conference (2019), Washington, D.C. (with Jane Gatewood, Kiki Caruson, and Chad Hoseth)
  • “The Education Abroad Imperative: Planning for Strategic Education Abroad Growth”, AIEA Annual Conference (2018), Washington, D.C. (with Andrew Law and Sarita Rai)