About Diane Elton
Diane has served as president of the International Relations Council of Riverside, Inc. in three different decades. Her current role in the all-volunteer organization is Global Ties US Liaison.
An international educator for nearly 40 years, Diane retired as Director of the International Education Center at the University of California, Riverside, an Hispanic-serving Institution of nearly 22,000 students. The Center was the campus headquarters for comprehensive international educational exchange activities and service.
Having gained her career through her own study abroad experience at Lunds University in Sweden, Diane has been committed to improving access to opportunities abroad for all students. She also served as the campus Fulbright and National Security Education Program representative. Her advising focused on graduate students and re-entry success of all students, domestic and international, who participated in an overseas experience.
Diane has an unprecedented achievement within her professional association, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, having been elected chair of two of five professional sections: The Council of Advisors to Foreign Students and Scholars and the Community Programming Section. The focus of her many public and professional presentations is on the intersection of citizen diplomacy, public-private partnership and international education. She has served as a consultant to school districts, American Field Service and other community organizations on their global initiatives.
Recognitions include Riverside’s highest award for international relations, exemplary service by the Consulate of Mexico, the 2006 Distinguished Volunteer Medallion of Sister Cities International, a UC Riverside Woman of Achievement Nomination and 2008 UC Riverside Outstanding Student Organization Advisor of the Year. Diane was also a privileged delegate to the historic November 2010 U.S. Summit on Citizen Diplomacy held in Washington, D.C.
Private activities shared with her husband are support for student athletes, gardening, traveling and sharing meals with family and friends, old and new.