Meet Kirsten

IMG950059With over five years of experience in the international education field, I have worked with international students and scholars as well as American students going abroad in both higher education and independent non-profit settings. As a current Masters candidate in International Education Management at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, I am very interested in international program design and assessment, especially as they pertain to campus internationalization and holistic student development. I enjoy exploring new mediums of communication, particularly through web design and social media. Having benefited from multiple mentors in the field, I am also very interested in how formal and informal professional mentoring is evolving in international education.

As a Seattle native, I decided to explore new parts of the U.S. and earned my Bachelors degree from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in International Studies and Spanish with an area focus in Latin America. While at Allegheny, I studied abroad in Spain, Mexico, and New Zealand. My experiences abroad directly influenced my bi-lingual senior thesis, titled “La Guardia Civil Española: An Examination of the Role of the Spanish Civil Guard in Historical and Present Spain.” This, as well as my work in Allegheny’s Office of International Programs and Services, set me on the path to a career in international education.

In addition to international education, I love hiking and, since moving to the Bay Area in 2011, have enjoyed exploring the many national, state and county parks of northern California. Whether it’s through international travel or exploring local outdoors opportunities, I believe that learning outside of a classroom is one of the most valuable experiences we can undertake!