With an M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute (formerly the School for International Training) and more than three years of experience with study abroad, I have had the opportunity to design, implement, and evaluate study abroad programs as well as support incoming exchange students from around the globe. Through my graduate coursework, I studied abroad on a faculty-led program to Dhaka, Bangladesh and designed my own language-focused study abroad program to Oaxaca, Mexico. During my undergraduate career at Arcadia University, I spent a semester abroad at both the University of Technology, Sydney and University College, Dublin while pursuing a B.A. in Sociology.
I have recently worked with both outbound study abroad participants and inbound international exchange students at my previous position at the Education Abroad office at the University of Connecticut. From advising students on visa requirements for their study abroad program in France to facilitating the course registration process for a student arriving from Singapore, I have an extensive understanding of what is needed to be successful in an office that sends over 1000 UConn students abroad each academic year.
While working with Semester at Sea, I partnered with faculty and in-country partners to design, implement, and build 60 experientially-focused faculty-led programs, called field labs, from the ground up. This process allowed me to coordinate aspects of budgeting, program design, logistics, risk management, and evaluation to create programs that allowed our faculty’s courses to come to life throughout twelve global cities.
Through other professional experiences, including the Experiment for International Living, I have worked both collaboratively and independently to build and support successful programs. I am an AmeriCorps alum, serving in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with the National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) and coordinating service learning efforts at Montgomery County Community College as a VISTA.
I strongly believe that promoting elements of experiential education within study abroad allows the curriculum to come alive, allowing the students to more deeply connect with the coursework and the local culture. I am also passionate about creating intercultural and international experiences that are accessible to a wide range of students, including first-generation college students and adult learners.