Tonija Hope Navas
Director, Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University

With over 19 years of experience in the international exchange, international education, and management fields, Ms. Navas oversees all the programs and activities, including Study Abroad, the Charles B. Rangel, Thomas Pickering and the Donald M. Payne Fellowship Programs, and global programming, at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University.  Prior to joining Howard, Ms. Navas served as the Executive Director of the Baoba Fund for Racial Equity-North America, a Brazilian foundation, and before that at Phelps Stokes, a DC-based international NGO, where she focused on leadership development and educational access for Afro-descendant communities in the Americas. Ms. Navas received her BA in Latin American Studies/History from Macalester College and her Master’s in Tourism Administration with a specialization in International Education from George Washington University.  Currently, Ms. Navas is a PhD student in Howard University’s Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies program. Ms. Navas has a keen interest in and passion for facilitating relationships between and among people of diverse cultures, and particularly for creating opportunities for travel and education abroad for young people from underserved communities. Ms. Navas speaks Spanish and Portuguese and actively encourages others, especially students of color, to learn another language as well.