Global Engagement Center

    Message of our Director, Dr. Leila DeVriese

    The GEC prepares students to become not only global thinkers but also global citizens, attuned to the multifaceted interconnections that shape our world.

    In developing global competencies, students are equipped to analyze global and intercultural issues critically from multiple perspectives, to understand how differences affect perceptions, judgments, values, and ideas of self and others, and to engage in open, appropriate, and effective interactions with others from diverse backgrounds on the basis of a shared sense of social responsibility and respect for human dignity. Closely related to the ethical imperative is a civic commitment -- a sense of global ethics that emerges in the context of evolving definitions of citizenship and interdependence -- that equip students to 1) become informed, open-minded, and responsible people who are attentive to diversity across the spectrum of differences, 2) seek to understand how their actions affect both local and global communities, and 3) address the world's most pressing and enduring issues collaboratively and equitably.

    The Global Engagement Center is committed to offering students quality off-campus programs, including short-term and long-term semesters abroad as well as internships in various international cities. These students become part of a program that is transformative not only for them, but for everyone they come in contact with.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


    Dr. Leila DeVriese
    Director of Global Engagement Center


    Important Info

    The GEC continues to operate a hybrid office due to the continued impacts of COVID-19. Our office is open for limited in-person and online modes of service.

    The GEC email is monitored M-F during business hours.
    Please use the information below to find hours and links to set up appointments with GEC staff.

    Study Away Services:
    In-person availability continues Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays, or by appointment.
    To make in-person or online appointments.
    For emergency access please use the Study Away Emergency line at 612-272-6306.

    International Student and Scholar Services:
    In-person availability by appointment.
    To make in-person or online appointments with Dr. Leila DeVriese

    To make in-person or online appointments with Julia Williams (née Stanton)

    For emergency access please contact Campus Security at (651) 523-2100 and they will connect you to the on-call staff.

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