In our ever-changing world, being comfortable navigating new and unfamiliar environments is a priceless skill. Increasing access to study abroad will allow more students to bring intercultural agility to their home campuses, their careers, and daily lives post-graduation. I am so motivated by IFSA’s commitment to inclusive excellence and student success and cannot wait to help recruit the next generation of study abroad students.
Prior to IFSA
My career in higher education started at my alma mater where I worked in the Office of Admissions for three years as an Admissions Counselor and the Director of the Visitor Center. In Los Angeles I worked in Institutional Relations for a foreign credential evaluations agency, as the Director of Enrollment Management for a Traditional Chinese Medicine University, and as a Study Abroad Advisor at Loyola Marymount University where I also served as the university’s Co-Chair for the Committee on the Status of Women.
I received a BA in Spanish and a BS in Public Relations from the University of Texas at Austin (hook ‘em!). I received my MA in Higher Education Administration from Loyola Marymount University. My Master’s capstone project focused on diversity and inclusion in study abroad, an effort I’m deeply committed to in my professional career.
My first foray into study abroad came in the form of a cultural exchange to Mexico City when I was a senior in high school, and I absolutely fell in love with the freedom that international travel gives you. In college I studied abroad in a faculty-led program in Santander, Spain, at the University of Cantabria. I have traveled to 12 countries and cannot wait to travel to many, many more.
Did You Know?
I have a rather large pressed penny collection and I’m always on the hunt for pressed penny machines when I travel!