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Tana Ruegamer

Adjunct Faculty, International Higher Education


Tana Ruegamer serves as an Advisor to International Students and Scholars in Harvard University's International Office (HIO). She is responsible for immigration and cultural adjustment related advising, advocating for the needs of international students and scholars at Harvard, and helping Harvard’s international population understand and comply with various and ever-changing immigration regulations. Her case load includes all international students at the College, scholars at CCB, and Harvard College scholars. During her time at the HIO, she revived and currently manages the HIO Intern Program where she supervises and mentors aspiring international educators. She co-chaired the immigration subcommittee for the DACA/Undocumented Harvard Student Working Group, is the HIO liaison to the Freshman International Pre-Orientation Program (FIP), is an active participant in various internal HIO immigration policy and practice committees, led Harvard faculty and staff trainings on the intricacies of international student’s needs at Harvard, and co-designed the HIO on-line advising tools for students.  

Previously, Tana worked at Bentley University’s Center for International Students and Scholars as the Assistant Director and as an adjunct lecturer in the Global Studies Department. Prior to her employment at Bentley, she worked at Boston University in the International Students and Scholars Office.

Tana recently completed a graduate certificate in Organizational Behavior from the Harvard University Extension School. She was selected to participate in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program (IEA) to South Korea in 2011 and served as the New England Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship (TLS) rep for NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XI from 2013-2015. Over the last six years she trained and coached with NAFSA’s National Trainer Corps Team facilitating both national and regional workshops focusing on immigration and advocacy for international students and scholars. She is also currently a fellow of the Harvard Administrators Fellowship Program (2017-2018).

Tana's area of expertise at Lesley University is international student and scholar services.



Exploring Korea with the Fulbright International Education Administrators Program, THE NEXUS MCPA NEWSLETTER | Fall 2011


Advising International Students: OPT Through the Use of Online Tutorials and Video, NAFSA National Conference, Denver, CO. NAFSA Region XI Highlight Session, Summer 2016 Chair and Presenter

Advising International Students: OPT Through the Use of Online Tutorials and Video, NAFSA Regional Conference, Farmington, CT Fall 2015. Chair and Presenter

Advising International Students: OPT Through the Use of Online Tutorials and Video, NAFSA National Conference, Boston, MA, Summer 2015. Chair and Presenter

Research and Practice in International Education: Bridging the Gap, NAFSA National Conference, Boston, MA, Summer 2015. Presenter

F-1 for Beginners, CEP, NAFSA National Conference, San Diego, CA, Summer 2014. Presenter

International Advisory Board Programs: A Tool for Empowerment, NAFSA National Conference, San Diego, CA, Summer 2014. Co- creator, Presenter

J-1 for Beginners, Spring Immigration Workshop, New Britain, CT, Spring 2013. Presenter

How to Make an Advisory Board Work for Your Office NAFSA Regional Conference, Manchester, NH, Fall 2011

Leadership and Service

Trainer Corps, NAFSA (Association of International Educators)
Member of the NAFSA Intermediate Trainer Corps, Spring 2011 – present

Teaching, Learning, & Scholarship Representative for Region XI (New England), Fall 2012-Fall 2015

NAFSA National Annual Conference Review Team Member
Reviewing session and workshop proposals for 2013 NAFSA Annual Conference, Summer 2012

NAFSA Region XI Co-Coach, NAFSA Academy VII & VIII
Coached 6 individuals from New England, New York and Estonia, Spring - Fall 2010 Coached 7 individuals from Region I, VII, & XI, Spring – Fall 2011

Seeds of Peace, International Camp, Maine Summer 2009.
Co-Chair and Facilitator for special presentation to Seeds of Peace Delegation


Graduate Management Certificate in Organizational Behavior, Harvard University, Extension School

M.A., Intercultural Relations, Lesley University

B.S., Mass Communications, minor in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, Minnesota State University