Rebecca Smietana, the former study abroad coordinator at Saginaw Valley State University and former senior intercultural programs advisor at the University of Michigan, has joined the Global Learning Collectiveas Director of Partner Relations.
The Global Learning Collective, formed in 2018, is the first truly global consortium of international education organizations that share similar values and offers a personal connection with in-country host partners, while providing on-the-ground expertise and local access in each region of the world. The Collective’s five partners are USA-based Athena Study Abroad, Brazil-based Campus B, China-based Asia Institute, Germany-based CEPA, and EDU Africa, which has offices in four African countries.
Smietana, who is based in Memphis, Tenn., will be representing the entire Global Learning Collective in working with, and visiting, colleges and universities around the United States. The Asia Institute, Campus B, CEPA, and EDU Africa all provide customized, faculty-led study abroad programs, while Athena Study Abroad provides both long-term study abroad programs at host institutions around the world and also customized, faculty-led programs.
Smietana most recently has been a student services and admissions officer at the Southern College of Optometry. Her international education experiences include programs in the Czech Republic, China and Taiwan, England, and Japan. Smietana holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Saginaw Valley State University and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint.