Global Engagement and Education Abroad (GEEA)

Mallory Sprague

School: 
School of Social Work
Class Level: 
Masters

Mallory is a student in the School of Social Work, UM alum, and Michigan native; however, her passions have lead her to explore beyond The Mitten. As an undergrad, she participated in 5 very different study abroad programs and spent a lot of time in the CGIS office. Her interest in cultural exchange -- guided by her involvement with the Michigan Community Scholars Program -- lead her to Peace Corps The Gambia following her 2014 graduation. After completing her service Mallory found a new adventure in Brooklyn, where she worked in volunteerism and community partnership. From the Big City back to the Big House-- she's excited to rediscover all that Ann Arbor has to offer!

Ashya Smith

School: 
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Major: 
International Studies: Global Health and Environment
Class Level: 
Senior

Ashya Smith is a senior studying Global Health and Environment in the International Studies Department in LSA. In summer, 2018, Ashya traveled to Peru with CGIS’s Global Course Connections program and studied the impact of globalization on Peru’s indigenous communities. In summer, 2017, she researched the impact of gender in the treatment of pediatric sickle cell anemia disease in Ghana. On campus, Ashya is involved with the Supporting Incoming Black Students (S.I.B.S.) mentoring program, the Barger Leadership Institute, and M-STEM academies. Ashya plans on a career focused on health disparities in public health. Ashya was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan.

Kevin Schuster

School: 
Ford School of Public Policy
Major: 
Public Policy
Class Level: 
Masters

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.

Ali Safawi

School: 
School of Public Health
Major: 
Community and Global Public Health
Class Level: 
Junior

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 Guichelaar

School: 
School of Education
Major: 
Higher Education Administration
Class Level: 
Masters

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 Gamble

School: 
School of Social Work
Class Level: 
Masters

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 Nelson

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.

Job Title: 
Senior Program Manager

Kelly Wagner

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. 

Job Title: 
Program Manager

Jacob Koelzer

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.

Job Title: 
Program Coordinator

Kate Zheng

Kate joined the University of Michigan in 1998 and currently serves as the Assistant Director for Global Engagement and Education Abroad at the International Center. Kate is originally from P.R. China where she began her career in international education in 1987. Kate has a Master degree in Education.

Kate is an active member of NAFSA (Association of International Educators) and has pursued an interest in intercultural communication and leadership. In her free time, Kate enjoys visiting national parks and international travel.

Job Title: 
Assistant Director for Global Engagement and Education Abroad
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