Posted: February 12th, 2015 | By: Lisa Snedeker
Amber Featherstone is no stranger to finding herself in a strange land. She spent two years living in Costa Rica recruiting teachers and traveling throughout South America, Europe and Asia. “Everything is so different, even things that we consider to be simple, everyday tasks can be done in completely unfamiliar ways,” she explains, adding that’s just one reason she can relate to the international students attending Wake Forest Law. “We don’t always think about how things that are common to us can seem so different to an international student or visitor.”
And as the law school’s new director of International Programs and Assistant Director of Enrollment, Featherstone says her first priority is making sure the international students have everything they need to succeed.
“My main goal is to provide a high level of support to our international students and programs and to make sure our students are successful in their endeavors,” she says. “I want to make sure they are satisfied with their experience and feel the support of the Wake Forest Law family.”
Featherstone comes to Wake Forest Law from the Charlotte School of Law where she was the assistant director of Student Engagement for Diversity and International Student Support. There she managed the admissions and recruitment of LL.M. students as well as international student advising and relocation support and the school’s study abroad program.
“I served as the main contact for all international students on campus,” she says. “My favorite part of what I do is helping the students and getting to learn more about them and their cultures. I want them to know they can rely on me for support or help when needed.”
A native of Gastonia, North Carolina, Featherstone is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. There she earned a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. She also attended the Universite Paris Sorbonne in 2004. She worked in various roles with VIF International Education before joining the Charlotte School of Law.
“I have always been passionate about the world and meeting people from other cultures,” she says. “I love what I do.”
Featherstone adds that she chose Wake Forest because of the people. “Everyone is so kind, knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. And Wake Forest has such a strong school history. I am really excited to be a part of it.”
Professor Richard Schneider, associate dean for International Affairs, says Featherstone brings the perfect combination of knowledge about international students and programs, initiative and a welcoming manner.
“She steps into our programming at a pivotal time when a strong global presence means so much more to both our American and international students,” he says. “Amber’s excitement about international education is infectious. She will play a large role in the face Wake Forest Law presents to the world.”