Peace Corps Recruiter: Kevin served as an English Teacher and Teacher Trainer (ETTT) volunteer in Cambodia from 2015-2017. While there, he co-taught at a secondary school with four different Khmer teachers. He also supported the Let Girls Learn initiative that ensures adolescent girls get the skills, knowledge, and confidence to lead healthier lives and help strengthen their communities. Currently, Kevin is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Ford School of Public Policy with a focus on empowering governments to fulfill reproductive rights and help prevent gender-based violence in Southeast Asia.
Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA)
Ali Safawi is a junior studying Community and Global Public Health in the School of Public Health. Last summer, Ali traveled to Vietnam with CGIS's Global Intercultural Experiences for Undergraduates (GIEU) program and volunteered at an HIV/AIDS support group in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). He is also in the Peace Corps Prep program and plans on serving in the Peace Corps after graduation. On campus, Ali is involved with College Democrats, The Michigan Daily, where he is a columnist, and the Interdisciplinary Health Club which he co-founded. Ali plans on a career in global health development and programming. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Dearborn/Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
Kate is a graduate student in the School of Education studying Higher Education with a concentration in Student Access and Success. As an undergraduate at Calvin College, she studied English Linguistics and Literature with a minor in teaching English as another language, and also studied abroad in York, England. In the year between her undergrad and graduate program, she taught English in 1st though 8th grade at a primary school in Budapest, Hungary. While living in Eastern Europe, she traveled to 16 countries. She hopes to travel to or live in many more countries after graduation.
Roxana is a graduate student in the Masters of Social Work program. She will be participating in the Global Activities Scholar Program and concentrating in Community Organization with Children & Youth.
She graduated in 2014 from Western Michigan University where she majored in Spanish and Linguistic Anthropology, and minored in English. She had the opportunity to study abroad in Burgos, Spain her sophomore year. After graduation, Roxana served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama from 2015-2017 in education and youth development. She is excited to work with students who hope to incorporate international experiences into their education!
Kelly re-joined the International Center staff in August 2017 after having previously worked as the Education Abroad Coordinator in the International Center from 2008 to 2014. After leaving Ann Arbor in 2014, Kelly worked for the Institute of International Education (IIE) through which she worked closely with international students from Saudi Arabia studying in the United States. Kelly is thrilled to be returning to the University of Michigan in a role that will allow her to combine her interests in education abroad with supporting international students.
Kelly joined the International Center team in April 2017 as the Program Manager for Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA). Before joining the GEEA team, Kelly served as the Interim Education Abroad Manager and International Student Engagement Coordinator for the University of Michigan-Flint. Kelly has traveled abroad to Mexico, Canada, England, Germany, France and Italy. She also studied art and opera abroad in Bregenz, Austria as an undergraduate student.
Peace Corps Recruiter: Peter is a Master of Public Policy candidate at the Ford School of Public Policy. He graduated from Miami University with a BA in International Studies and minors in Spanish and History. With Peace Corps, he served in Peru as an environmental management volunteer from 2009-2011. He focused on the implementation of solid waste management systems, reforestation efforts, and environmental education. Other projects included developing improved cookstoves and a weekly environmental radio show. Upon completion of his service, Peter worked in various capacities within the early childhood education sector in Denver, CO.
Jake joined the GEEA team in November 2016. Originally from Troy, Michigan, he received his BA in History from the University of Michigan. His interest in international education stemmed from his decision to study abroad in London, England as an undergraduate. After graduating, he taught English in Madrid, Spain for two years. Both of his experiences abroad allowed him to learn about many different cultures by traveling throughout Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and Morocco.
Melissa Deneau is a junior in the college of Literature, Science, and the Arts. She is an international studies major and a women’s studies minor. Melissa has been fortunate enough to have had two internships abroad, one in Italy and the other in New Zealand. In Italy, Melissa worked as a research intern at the International House of Women and contributed to research on human trafficking. She worked at a women’s rights nonprofit in New Zealand as well, Rural Women New Zealand, researching rural communities. At the University of Michigan, Melissa is involved in MUNUM, Conversation Circles, and UNICEF.
Colleen Towler is a graduate student in the School of Social Work. Her concentration is Community Organization and her practice area is Community and Social Systems.
Colleen received her undergraduate degree from Grand Valley State University in Dance. While pursuing her degree, she studied abroad in England with a focus on British Art and Culture. After graduation she lived in Los Angeles, CA as a professional dancer and dance instructor. Most recently, Colleen returned from spending a year and a half in a rural community near Chiang Mai, Thailand. While in Thailand she taught English, organized English language camps within the community, and was very involved in local festivals and activities. Colleen is passionate about exploring new cultures and travel. She has traveled to 12 countries so far, and went on a three month road trip around the U.S.