The mission of the Global Education Office (GEO) is to serve Marymount University faculty and students by providing thoughtful leadership, administrative support, and academically-based international programming that fosters the development of the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to be active, informed, and culturally sensitive citizens in the global community.
Our Primary Functions
- To identify and develop quality and accessible international programs which promote global perspective, creativity, discovery and excellence in higher education.
- To advance Marymount’s internationalization efforts through identifying international professional development opportunities for faculty, promoting opportunities for global programming collaboration between academic departments and non-academic offices, and by expanding global programs and partnerships.
Director, Global Education Office
Whitney advises for the following study abroad programs:
- Semester/Academic Year
- Global Internship Programs
- Global Classrooms Series (Faculty-Led)
- and the Fulbright Scholarship
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With over 17 years of experience as an international educator in secondary and higher education institutions, Whitney is a dedicated IE professional. Whitney has been in oversight of university-wide global engagement practices, while continually working to build out global opportunities for all. Abroad and stateside, Whitney has worked on IE initiatives which range from program ideation and implementation, student programming and advising, to curricular development and teaching. A dedicated champion of DEI initiatives within the IE sphere, Whitney is a Qualified IDI Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory Assessment. As Director of the Global Education Office, Whitney is eager to support faculty and students in accomplishing their global pursuits.
Whitney holds a B.A. in Black World Studies from Ohio Wesleyan University and a M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute.
Whitney’s Global Bucket List:
- Visit the last two remaining continents on her list (Australia and Antarctica)
- Swim with whale sharks off the coast of Mafia Island (Tanzania)
- Whitewater raft the Zambezi River (Zambia)
- Bungee jump Victoria Falls (Zambia)
Advisor, Global Education Office
Aki advises for the following programs:
- Summer Study Abroad
- Global Scholars
- Study Abroad Ambassadors
With over 5 years of experience in the international fields of education and government, Aki is a firm believer that IE has the potential to change the world. After studying abroad in Kyoto, Japan as an undergraduate student, she was determined to work abroad post-grad. For 2 years, she taught English in rural Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program and later stayed to help with revitalization efforts through tourism, which gave her unique opportunities to facilitate conversations between locals and non-Japanese residents for the goal of cultural exchange and understanding. Upon returning to the States, she worked closely with people across DC, Maryland, and Virginia — creating and coordinating free cultural presentations on Japan, and advising students on study abroad and work opportunities there. She joined the Marymount’s Global Education Office in Fall 2023, as an advisor to continue her passion for promoting cross-cultural exchange and cultivating curiosity. As the Global Education Advisor, she is excited to get to know students to see how they can map out a study abroad plan that fits their needs as well as their academic and professional goals.
Aki holds a B.S. in Communications (Public Relations) with a minor in Nonprofit Management from Appalachian State University, and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Intercultural & International Communications (Transnational Education) at American University’s School of International Service.
Aki’s Global Bucket List:
- Go on a road trip around Iceland and see the northern lights
- Hike the Inca Trail in Peru
- Finish seeing all seven of the World Wonders (so far, I’ve seen Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza, and Petra)