Rachel Hendrix currently serves as executive director of International Affairs for the University of West Florida’s Division of Academic Engagement and Student Affairs. Rachel has been active in the area of international education for more than 14 years and is currently a regional leader with NAFSA: Association of International Educators, past chair and current board member for the Florida Association of International Educators, serves on the Board of Directors as vice-chair for the Gulf Coast Citizen Diplomacy Council, and is a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.
Rachel was a Fulbright award recipient in 2016, during which time she traveled to Japan to understand more about the Japanese educational system. In 2012, she was selected to participate in the Rotary Foundation's Group Study Exchange program in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, where she spent six weeks learning how vocations were practiced abroad. She has taught courses on intercultural business communication and has presented research on U.S. student mobility, cross-cultural competency and international student retention.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in public relations, a master’s degree in strategic communication and leadership, and educational specialist degree in curriculum and instruction all from the University of West Florida. She is in the final stages of earning her doctorate of education with a specialization in diversity studies. Her research focus is in the area of intercultural competency development.