I have always loved talking to people, especially those that come from backgrounds that
differ from mine, to learn about their experiences and perspectives. When I decided to start
studying Spanish in college, I realized that my opportunities grew exponentially once I was
able to communicate with Spanish-speakers. After studying abroad in Chile for a semester
and working in Costa Rica and Mexico after graduation, I knew my path was in education,
specifically teaching others to open their eyes to a world different from their own both in and
out of the classroom. One of my areas of expertise is community-based learning, which
offers students the opportunity to work directly with the Latinx community in Raleigh while
practicing their language skills through real conversation and critically reflecting on their
Outside the traditional classroom, my various roles in the Office of International Programs
have been the most rewarding for me at Meredith. In 2006, I created the College’s first
study abroad program in Costa Rica and have directed programs every other summer since
then. I have also directed in Sansepolcro and currently serve as the Director of Meredith in
Italy. I truly enjoy getting to know my students abroad on a completely different level and
watch them succeed in challenging situations they never imagine being able to overcome.
Hobbies: Hiking, kayaking, biking, camping – really, anything outdoors!
MA (Hispanic Literatures), UNC-Chapel Hill
BA (English Literature), Colorado College
“ICC Assessment Working Group Updates and Burning Questions.” World Council on
Intercultural and Global Competence: Global Forum. Co-Presenter. Online. March 2022.
Completed Training and Certification: Intercultural Readiness Check, January-February 2022.
“Bridging the Corporate World and Higher Education: Panel Discussion on Intercultural
Competence Training and Education.” Served as panelist for Webinar sponsored by the World
Council on Intercultural and Global Competence. Online. June, 2021.
“Intercultural Competence Assessment – It’s All about Attitudes.” Co-facilitated workshop for the
World Council on Intercultural and Global Competence. Online. December, 2020.
“Culture Workshop.” Co-presented study abroad faculty training module for Meredith
College’s Office of International Programs. Raleigh, NC. March, 2019.
“Engaged Faulty Institute” Trainer. Taught 12-hour Community-Based Learning workshop
for Meredith College Faculty. Spring 2017.
“Bringing the Community into the Classroom – The Meredith Way” Co-presented on
Community-Based Learning at Pedagogy Innovation & Enhancement (PIE) Conference,
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. May 2016.
“Community Engagement in Action.” Presented a two-day workshop at P.I.E. Conference:
Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. May 2015.
“Latin American Cultures: Moving from Awareness toward Competence.” Presented at the
Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean conference in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic. February 2015.
“Community Engagement & Reflection.” Presented a three-day workshop at Stone Soup
Conference: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC. May & August 2015.
“Reflecting on Social Awareness: Global Communities in Study Abroad.” Presented at the
Association of Academic Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean conference in
Chiapas, Mexico. February 2012.
“Connecting the Dots: Service-Learning, Critical Thinking and Leadership.” Co-presented
with Diane Strangis at 3rd Annual Stone Soup Conference: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
“Your Service-Learning Toolbox: An Instructor’s Guide to Language Classrooms.”
Presented at the American Council of Foreign Language Teachers Conference in Denver,
Colorado. November 2011.
“’Magical Neoliberalism’ as a Transculturating Force in the Narrative of Alberto Fuguet.”
Presented at the Mountain Interstate Foreign Language Conference at The College of
Charleston. October, 2003.
“The New Voice of Nancy Morejón.” Presented at the International Symposium of Poetry at
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. March, 2003.
May 2019: Faculty Appreciation Award, Meredith College Honors Department
April 2015: Harry and Marion Eberly Faculty Development Award
April 2013: Pauline Davis Award for Excellence in Teaching
May 2008: Faculty Advisor Multicultural Award – Celebrating Multicultural Competencies in Academic Advising Certificate Program “For demonstrated knowledge and commitment to multicultural and diversity issues in academic advising.”
April 2008: Access Award, for advocacy and support of students with disabilities.