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The Center for Global Education Initiatives (CGEI) provides campus leadership for global health initiatives for faculty and students. This center works to build UMB's national reputation in global health interprofessional education by partnering across campus to grow interprofessional global programs.
Faculty & student scholarships
- Faculty global scholarships for summer 2015 have been awarded.
- Student global scholarship applications for summer 2015 are now available, due December 15.
Forums and workshops
- “One World/One Classroom: Linking Global and Local Education” a workshop at the Consortium of Universities in Global Health (CUGH) March conference and followed up with a Roundtable at UMB in fall, 2015. Read the CUGH Preconference Framework for more information
- New Peace Corps Fellows Program for campus being developed. Check out current Peace Corps Fellows program for Social Work here.
"Serving the Peace Corps helped me develop valuable skills that will benefit me throughout my career, whether abroad or here in the US. Experiencing life as an outsider helped me better understand traditionally marginialized groups, and I have greater appreciation for working with culturally diverse people and groups here in the US."
- Michael Walter, Peace Corps Fellow, SSW student, former volunteer Ukraine.
- The “Spanish for Health Professions Providers” program is being piloted this fall for UMB schools. This student training program focuses on building language and culture skills in order to deliver high quality and personalized health related care to the Spanish-speaking local populations.
- Through a partnership with Haifa University in Israel, the UMB centers work with the University of Maryland Schools of Social Work, Law, Nursing, and Pharmacy to social justice and health from local and global perspectives. Stidents and faculty from both universities participate in Israel and Baltimore. See Summary of Haifa Experience.
Faculty research & scholarship
- Supplemental edition of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, (Volume 42, Number 4) based on the successful UMB, October 2013, Roundtable on interprofessional global health education, will be available, Winter, 2014.
- To see expanded list of publications and presentations go here.
Global Staff Members
Jody Olsen, PhD, MSW, is Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work, director of the campus Center for Global Education Initiatives, and co-chair of the campus Global Health Interprofessional Council. She teaches international social work, global social policy, issues in global women and children’s health and is strengthening international opportunities for students and faculty at the school. She has participated in four inter-professional student summer health research projects in Malawi. She is currently a member of the Council on Global Learning, Research and Practice of CSWE and on the Boards for Kalamazoo College, InterMedia, and Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO).
Before joining the faculty, she was Acting Director and Deputy Director of U.S. Peace Corps, 2001 - 2009. She began as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tunisia, and returned to Peace Corp three other times before becoming Deputy Director: country director in Togo, regional director for North Africa, the Near East, Asia, and the Pacific, and agency chief of staff. Between her Peace Corps work she was senior vice president of AED, a large international development organization, executive director of for CIES, the organization managing the Fulbright Senior Scholar Program, and Vice President at YFU, a student exchange organization. Jody Olsen has traveled to over 90 countries for work and has given over 1,000 speeches nationally and internationally. She received both her MSW and PhD from the University of Maryland and has an honorary doctorate from Michigan Technological University.
Virginia Rowthorn, JD, was named Deputy Director of the Center for Global Education Initiatives in 2013 after serving as a Co-Director (2012-13) and member (2007-2012) of the University of Maryland Baltimore Global Interprofessional Council. She is also the Managing Director of the Law & Health Care Program and Director of the Health Law Externship Program at University of Maryland Carey School of Law. She has written about global health competencies, service learning, and other health-related topics. Prior to joining UM Carey Law in 2006, Rowthorn was an attorney in the Legislative Division of the Office of General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an associate at the law firm of DLA Piper. In addition, Rowthorn spent several years as a Legislative Assistant for the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and two years as a health educator in the Marshall Islands as a Peace Corps volunteer. Rowthorn is an Honors graduate of the UM Carey School Law and is pursuing an LLM in Global Health Law at Georgetown Law Center.
Bonnie Bissonette, MA, is the Director of the Student Center for Global Education at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (since March 2012). She works to strengthen international opportunities for students at all seven schools at the university by working collaboratively with faculty and staff. Bonnie works to develop processes and procedures, appropriate safety and security mechanisms, and other logistics relevant to student international experiences.
Before coming to UM, Bonnie was the Associate Dean of Business and International Education at North Central Technical College in Wausau, WI for 10 years, and prior to that, was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer (Management), serving for 13 years at U.S. Embassies in England, Madagascar, Mauritius, Eritrea and Qatar. Bonnie served on the Board of Directors of NAFSA- Association of International Educators (2008-2011) and is a frequent presenter on international education leadership topics. At present, Bonnie is serving as a public member of the governing body of the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). She received her BA at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN; her MA at the George Washington University in Washington, DC; and is currently pursuing her Ed.D at the University of Minnesota.
Gary Williams is currently working for the University of Maryland Baltimore in the role of Senior Program Manager with the Center for Global Education and Center for Community-Based Engagement and Learning. In his role as Senior Program Manager, Gary works with community and university stakeholders in order to facilitate local and global community engagement opportunities for students and faculty. Gary also helped found the Baltimore chapter of Young Nonprofit Professsionals Network (YNPN).Gary studied Archaeology/Anthropology at Mercyhurst College and is currently working on his MS in non-profit management at University of Baltimore.