Announcing the Graduates of the 2024 Virtual Exchange Academy

The Stevens Initiative’s fourth annual flagship training, the Virtual Exchange Academy, was officially completed by 45 education and exchange leaders and practitioners who are now prepared to bring cross-cultural experiences to their communities. 

This year, participants logged on from around the world — including nine countries and 15 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. — and nearly half of the group represented higher education institutions across the Americas. The Academy worked with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction for the second consecutive year, as well as PeacePlayers, Special Olympics International, Smithsonian Institution, and Aspen Institute Kyiv to build capacity for meaningful global learning experiences worldwide.

This cohort, which was selected through a competitive process late last year, diligently learned and thoughtfully collaborated with one another throughout six weeks of live sessions on virtual exchange design and practice. Interested in participating in our next Virtual Exchange Academy? Learn more here and subscribe to our mailing list for updates on the next training. 

Graduates of the 2024 Virtual Exchange Academy are well prepared to bring virtual exchange to young people they serve, whether through joining an existing program or network, or creating a virtual exchange program of their own.

2024 Virtual Exchange Academy Graduates

Abigail Faires | Vietnam

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Learn2Link

Abigail Newsome | Mississippi, U.S.

Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mississippi Valley State University

Aizhan Shomotova | United Arab Emirates

Instructor, Faculty, Zayed University

Amber Hoye | Idaho, U.S. 

Director, World Languages Resource Center, Boise State University

Amy Ramson | New York, U.S.

Professor, Hostos Community College

Ana Eugenia Romo González | Mexico

Director of Computer Science Department, Technological University of Jalisco

Anastasiia Kravets | Ukraine

Project Coordinator, Aspen Institute Kyiv

Andrea (Andi) Kornowski | Wisconsin, U.S. 

Charter Director, KM Global School for Global Leadership and Innovation

Andrea Paola López Arévalo | Ecuador

Coordinator of International Curriculum, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador

Andy Mink | Washington, DC, U.S.

Director of Rural Initiatives, Smithsonian Institution

Ankita Shukla | United Arab Emirates

Research Assistant, Research Institute for Medical and Health Sciences, University of Sharjah

Ashley Naranjo | Washington, DC, U.S.

Education and Outreach Strategist, Smithsonian Institution

Atara Muhammad | Washington, DC, U.S.

Specialist, Global Programs, DC Public Schools

Beth Clarke | Wisconsin, U.S.

Senior Director for Digital Leadership and Learning, CESA 2

Camille Gibson, Ph.D., C.R.C. | Texas, U.S.

Interim Dean and Executive Director, Prairie View A&M University

Carol Harsh | Washington, DC, U.S.

Director, Museum on Main Street and Community Engagement, Smithsonian Institution

Caroline Morales | Washington, DC, U.S.

Program Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution

Cynthia Charles Ed.D. | Texas, U.S.

Director of Library Services, Huston-Tillotson University

Denis Poltavets | Ukraine

Program Development Director, Aspen Institute Kyiv

Diana Patricia Loera Rodriguez | Mexico

Associate Director, International Association of La Salle Universities

Dina Abdul Rahman | Lebanon

Senior Director of International Services and Programs, Lebanese American University

Elías Ramos | Mexico

Alumni Coordinator, Enseña por México (Teach for Mexico)

Gabriela Avalle | Argentina

Director for International Cooperation, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba

Harshita Tripathi | India

Senior Manager, Office of Research and Partnerships, Shiv Nadar Institution of Eminence Deemed to be University

Henry Fowler | Arizona, U.S.

Associate Math Professor, Navajo Technical University

Ibrahim Odhabi | United Arab Emirates

Academic Project Coordinator, Abu Dhabi University

Ismail Badraoui | United Arab Emirates

Assistant Professor, Abu Dhabi University

Jessica Diez | Washington, DC, U.S.

Educational Programming Director and Managing Editor, Middle East Policy Council

Kaitlyn Hamrick | Washington, DC, U.S.

Senior Director, Global Youth Development, Special Olympics International

LaToya Fisher | Maryland, U.S.

Global Project Manager, PeacePlayers

Luisa Renée Dueñas Salmán | Mexico

Professor and Internationalization Project Lead, Universidad Politécnica de San Luis Potosí 

Maggie Lisman | Washington, DC, U.S.

Stories 4-History Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution

María Elena Calderón Segura | Mexico

Secondary School Teacher, Centro Educativo Para Altas Capacidades  

Maria del Carmen Ruvalcaba Rivera | Mexico

English Teacher, Secretaria de Educación Jalisco

Marie Alice Arnold | Virginia, U.S.

Associate Director, Strategic Initiatives & Experiential Learning, George Mason University

Mary Juckem | Wisconsin, U.S.

Curriculum, Assessment, Grant Writer, Title Coordinator, Menominee Indian School District 

Miguel Angel Valdez Orozco | Mexico

Supervisor, Secretaría de Educación Pública

Patrice W. Glenn Jones | Alabama, U.S.

Executive Director of Online Education and Programs, Alabama State University

Paul R. Edleman | Illinois, U.S.

Professor, Political Science and Communication, Sauk Valley Community College

Rachel Warner | Pennsylvania, U.S. 

Manager of Education, The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia 

Riva Brown, Ph.D. | Arkansas, U.S. 

Global Learning Specialist, Center for Global Learning and Engagement; Associate Professor of Public Relations, School of Communication, University of Central Arkansas

Sergio Ivan Polanco Flores | Mexico

Academic Coordinator, Cecytech Lebaron

Tequila Kurth | Wisconsin, U.S.

Chief Executive Officer, UpGrade Media Arts Schools, Inc.

Travis J. Knapp | North Dakota, U.S.

Assistant Professor of English, Valley City State University

Wendy Baker | Florida, U.S. 

World Campus Director, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

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