May 2021

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UCEAP Global Day of Giving and Scholarships
On May 20, empower University of California students to study abroad by joining UCEAP Global Day of Giving. The 24-hour fundraising drive supports study abroad scholarships for the next generation of students who take their educations worldwide.
Spread the word about UCEAP Global Day of Giving by sharing the logo and images in the social media toolkit on your favorite social media channels. If you're a UCEAP alumni, share how studying in another country changed you with the hashtag #UCEAPChangedMe.
If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Janis Perl, UCEAP Alumni Engagement and Development director.
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UCEAP news

UCEAP Extranet: One-stop Shop for Info You Need
UCEAP has launched the UCEAP Extranet, a document storage site. The UCEAP Extranet will contain policies, protocols, and user documentation that can be accessed by colleagues at the Systemwide Office, on campuses, and abroad. You’ll find documents ranging from the UCEAP Portal user documentation to student privacy policies to emergency protocols. Your colleagues are still avidly adding their documents, so the reference material will continue to grow. You can find links on how to use the site and where to find documents not stored in the extranet on the home page of the UCEAP Extranet. If you have questions, please contact Emily Stewart.
Kum-Kum Bhavnani


UCEAP Presents: UCSB’s Kum-Kum Bhavnani
Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at UCSB and Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Engagement, will discuss her sociological research on gender and globalization. The presentation will include scenes from some of her award-winning documentaries.
Join the conversation via Zoom at noon on Thursday, May 6.
Register for the event.
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UC Study Abroad Conference and Speakers
Two distinguished speakers will join the UC Study Abroad Conference in June:
  • Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American history emerita at Princeton University
  • John Williams, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The virtual conference will offer a dozen sessions from June 14-18. Invitations to the free conference will be sent in May. The event will present about two sessions per day, alternating morning and afternoons to accommodate time zones. Watch the UC Study Abroad Conference website for upcoming schedule and registration links.

Alumni event

A Return to Spain to Start a Career and a New Life
UCEAP alumna Amy Lingard’s time in Madrid inspired her to start her career in Spain. Coming from UC Santa Barbara, she studied in an immersion program at Carlos III University of Madrid in 2014. Amy describes her journey from study abroad student for a semester to a language assistant at the Colegio Chamberí in Madrid: If I had maintained an unfiltered, 100% realistic social media account of my time studying abroad in Madrid during the spring term of 2014, “highlights” would include tears, the cold, painfully awkward social fumbles, and loneliness. Yet here I am, seven years later having deeply enjoyed and called Madrid my home for the past five years even amidst the pandemic. Because of my experience with UCEAP that brought me back to Spain, I’ve had the luxury of being able to soak up the language and culture as a long-term resident while continuing to gain invaluable life and professional experience. I’ve been living the expatriate life that TV shows and movies are made about (except real). And I couldn’t imagine it any other way. If you have students, like Amy, who would like to work in Spain, the North American Language and Culture Assistants Program offers grants to college graduates.


Update on UCEAP Open House: Explore Study Abroad
The 2021 UCEAP Open House: Explore Study Abroad may have ended, but students’ journeys to study abroad have just begun.
The April open house had 335 registrants for the 11 sessions presented by Systemwide Office staff and Campus staff.
The 2021 presentations provided ample time for Q&A while letting students know all they need to begin their study abroad exploration.
Some of the highest attended sessions were:
  • Study Abroad in Asia and Oceania
  • Study Abroad in Europe
  • Scholarships and Financing Study Abroad
  • Study Abroad and COVID-19
The success of the event has inspired UCEAP to host another open house in the fall.
Watch the session recordings on the UCEAP YouTube channel.


New Video: Paying for Study Abroad
UCEAP has created a video that explains to students the options to finance study abroad.
The video, Paying for Study Abroad, includes information on financial aid, scholarships, and estimated budgets on the program cost pages.
You can find the video on the Paying for Study Abroad page on the UCEAP website as well as on the UCEAP YouTube channel. Share this informative video with students through your communications on email, social media, websites, and even email signatures.


Kerollyne Cubeiro Evans
UCEAP extends thanks to Kerollyne Cubeiro Evans, whose last day with UCEAP was Friday, April 16. In addition to her position as the senior program administrator at the UCEAP study center in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has served as a local representative of the University of California Association in Brazil. Kerollyne was instrumental in getting the association officially established in the country. She was dedicated to helping students navigate their experience at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. Kerollyne particularly enjoyed sharing Carioca culture with them, deriving much satisfaction in watching them get to know and fall in love with her home town. Kerollyne's amiable attitude and collaborative spirit made it a pleasure to work with her, even from afar, and she will be missed by her colleagues at the UCEAP Systemwide Office. We wish only the best for her in her next steps.
Scott McElhinney
Scott McElhinney will retire on July 1, after 37 years at UC Berkeley—the last 30 of which were spent as an advisor in the Berkeley Study Abroad office. He spent his junior year at UC Berkeley with UCEAP in Goettingen, Germany. Immediately after graduation, he volunteered for a year in a village in the Piedmont Alps of Italy. These two years abroad made such a powerful impact on him that he wanted to encourage other UC Berkeley students to undertake a similar adventure. Scott has thoroughly enjoyed working as a study abroad advisor and feels very lucky to have worked with such wonderful colleagues at UC Berkeley, the other campuses, UCEAP, and the study centers. All of us at Berkeley Study Abroad will miss Scott dearly and we wish him a wonderful retirement with our deepest gratitude for his innumerable contributions to the team. A virtual retirement celebration will be held Friday, May 7, from 2:30-3:30 pm.
Lily Rodriguez
Lily Rodriguez, Reciprocity program advisor, will be leaving UCEAP for a new position as the study abroad coordinator at California State University, Los Angeles. Lily has been a valued member of the team for more than three years. She has been integral in the testing and launch of the new Reciprocity student application system and developing Reciprocity’s social media presence and media resources. Lily’s ability to advise students with empathy and compassion has been an important asset to the Reciprocity team and our students. An alumna of UCEAP, Lily has been a strong booster for study abroad and promoting UCEAP to first-generation students. Over the past year, Lily has been working towards her master’s degree in Student Affairs from UC Los Angeles. Her last day at UCEAP will be May 7. We wish her well as she takes these next steps in her career in international education.
Barbara Tassielli
Assistant Director of Advising Barbara Tassielli of the Berkeley Study Abroad office has received an Excellence in Management award from the Berkeley Staff Assembly. This year's Excellence in Management Award program—with the theme Leading in Difficult times— honored exemplary managers who led their teams through a challenging year while demonstrating and encouraging resilience, inclusiveness, compassion, adaptiveness, work-life balance and well-being/morale.
Jing (Molly) Zou
Jing (Molly) Zou will be leaving her position as program manager at the Beijing Study Center, where she had worked since April 2014.

Over the years, Molly supported programs at Peking University, Beijing Normal University, and Tsinghua University. Molly said: “I love communicating with international students, so I have been enjoying working with UC students. The past six years was a great journey for me and I appreciate all the valuable experience I have learnt from UCEAP colleagues.”

We are extremely grateful for Molly’s dedication to students and UCEAP over the years.
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