Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn, MA, MPA

Manager, Education Abroad and International Fellowships
Education Abroad and International Fellowships / Office of International Affairs

Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn

Phone Numbers

202-651-5135 (V)



Dawes House 207

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Becca AbuRakia-Einhorn is the Manager of Education Abroad and International Fellowships at Gallaudet University. She received her BA from Pomona College in Claremont, California where she majored in Media Studies. She has an MA in International Affairs from American University's School of International Service and an MPA from American University's School of Public Affairs. She is currently working towards completing her EdD in Higher Education Administration at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Prior to working at Gallaudet, she managed a series of international bootcamps for social entrepreneurs at a nonprofit called Ashoka. Before that, she spent three years managing the Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition at American University Washington College of Law. 

After her sophomore year in college, she spent a summer living 13,000 feet above sea level in a small village called Chijnaya in the altiplano of Peru. From there, she developed a deep desire for going abroad to locations a bit off the beaten path. Instead of going on a formal study abroad program, she took a leave of absence during her junior year and moved to Divinopolis, Brazil to live with a woman who was her mother's exchange student in the 1970s. In Brazil, she took private Portuguese lessons and volunteered at the local library. Living two hours outside of a major city and in a town with no foreigners and certainly no Americans, she had the opportunity to practice Portuguese in a fully immersive environment. After college she moved to Israel to study Hebrew and Arabic and stayed for a year and a half to work at a Palestinian NGO that works to develop the Palestinian communities inside Israel. She speaks (with varying degrees of success and confidence) English, Spanish, Portuguese, Palestinian Arabic, Hebrew, and American Sign Language. Outside of her job, she is a StartingBloc Innovation Fellow and a founding member of IfNotNow, a movement of Jews working to end American Jewish support for the occupation of Palestine. She is Jewish and proudly married to a Palestinian Muslim who she met while living in Israel after college. Becca, her husband, and her one year old son live with their large Pitbull/American bulldog Uno in the Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC.

In her position, Becca supports all students who wish to intern, study, or volunteer abroad during their time at Gallaudet. She serves as the advisor for the Fulbright Student Program, the Critical Language Scholar program, the Boren Fellowship, and the Gilman Scholarship. Traveling, studying, and living abroad opened doors for her and she is passionate about helping young people of all backgrounds find ways to explore the world. She advocates broadly in the field of International Education for deaf and hard of hearing students (as well as all students with disabilities) to have more access to study abroad programs. 

She also provides international travel and health insurance for students going abroad. She can also provide this for staff and faculty who are traveling internationally.

You can email her to book an advising appointment. Check out the opportunities Gallaudet has for students to go abroad at! 

She is a graduate of the NAFSA Academy program for International Educators and has presented about increasing access to study abroad at the CIEE conference, Diversity Abroad conference, and NAFSA conference. She is the 2019 NAFSA Rising Star Young Leader Award recipient and the 2019 Diversity Abroad Rising Star Recipient. She is a Fulbright Scholar for the 2020-2021 year.

Read a recent article she wrote about using strengths-based advising to support Deaf students who wish to study abroad:


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