11 UCEAP Presents: Barbara Bodine
19 Global Day of Giving
1 Deadline for Undergraduate Research Award applications
13-16 UC Study Abroad Conference
15 UCEAP 101 Webinar

May 2022

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UCEAP Recognized with Study Abroad Grants and Awards
Underscoring its status as a leader in international education, UCEAP’s excellent work has been lauded by several study abroad competitions in the last two years and continues today.
The accolades range across UCEAP programs, alumni relations, research, instructional design, and communications.
These include:
  • Phase one of the US Department of State IDEAS (Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for US Students) grant. The proposed project’s aim is to discover and address the needs of underrepresented students so they can gain exposure to new learning contexts that they couldn't otherwise encounter at UC campuses. UCEAP is currently working on the second phase of the proposal, due May 31, and, if selected, the grant will provide up to $35,000 for the project.
  • GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalist in alumni engagement for the Distinguished Alumni Awards program. Winners will be announced June 2.
  • $15,000 Campus France 2020 TransAtlantic Mobility Grant for a collaborative social justice program with Sciences Po Reims in France.
  • 2020 PIEoneer Awards Marketing Campaign of the Year semifinalist for UCEAP Changed Me, the Global Day of Giving campaign.
  • 2021 International e-Learning Excellence Awards third-place winner for the UCEAP Health & Safety Online Course.
As grants coordinator, Shannon Krahn has played a key role in many of these initiatives.
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Alumni Event

UCEAP Global Day of Giving and Scholarships
The UCEAP Global Day of Giving returns May 19 with the goal of having 200 donors in just 24 hours.
Alumni, faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends are invited to join the fun by supporting the country or program they love the most. As we look toward a brighter future, UCEAP's commitment to deliver study abroad to all is stronger than ever.
Spread the word about the UCEAP Global Day of Giving. If you're a UCEAP alumni, share how studying in another country changed you with the hashtag #UCEAPChangedMe. Check out our Social Media Toolkit for tips on how you can help make the UCEAP Global Day of Giving a success!
On May 19, support the next generation of UC students as they transform their lives through study abroad!
If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Janis Perl, UCEAP Alumni Engagement and Development director
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Conference News

UC President Michael Drake to Offer Welcome Address
We are excited to announce that University of California President Michael Drake, M.D., will offer the welcome address at the 2022 UC Study Abroad Conference. His remarks will be aired during the June 13 afternoon reception.
With a theme of Plural Voices: Health, Identity, Belonging, the conference will take place from June 13-16. A hybrid of virtual and in-person events, the free conference welcomes international education professionals as well as colleagues in financial aid, academic, and diversity departments.

The schedule for conference sessions will be available on the UC Study Abroad Conference website by the end of May.

Register for the conference now!
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3-minute Travel Guide: Cork, Ireland
UC Davis student Owen Sowerwine shares advice on what to pack, where to study, and the best local events to attend when studying abroad in Cork, Ireland.
Share this post in your student communications and help students see what it's like to study abroad in Ireland.

Alumni event

UCEAP Presents:
Barbara Bodine
Barbara Bodine will discuss the state of world affairs in general and diplomacy in turbulent times as part of UCEAP Presents at noon on Wednesday, May 11.
She spent 30 years with the US Foreign Service, primarily on Arabian Peninsula and greater Persian Gulf issues, such as regional policy, strategic security issues, counterterrorism, and governance and reform. At Georgetown University, she now serves as a distinguished professor in the practice of diplomacy and the director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
While attending UC Santa Barbara, she studied abroad with UCEAP at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 1968-69. She graduated from UCSB with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies and earned her master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is also a Regent Emerita of the University of California.

Register for UCEAP Presents now!
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Lance Heather Celebrated for Outstanding Achievements
Congratulations to Lance Heather for being honored with a UC Santa Barbara Staff Citation of Excellence Award!
“I think we would agree that Lance has gone above and beyond supporting our operations during the challenges of the pandemic as well as finding and moving us into our new (Systemwide) office ‘home,’ “ said Vivian-Lee Nyitray, associate vice provost and executive director of UCEAP. “He has routinely and selflessly put in 60+ hours a week to make this happen for us.”
The award recognizes staff members for outstanding achievements, job excellence, and the impact of their work in advancing the mission of the university. UC Santa Barbara Chancellor Henry Yang presented Lance with the award during the Chancellor's Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3. Each recipient receives a $500 cash award and a special recognition plaque.
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
While living and studying in South Korea, I had a chance to reconnect with my heritage roots and re-learn my mother tongue. This came at an especially opportune time. Being able to speak Korean again was crucial in order for me to assist my grandparents’ needs while they were living in the hospital. Additionally, it gave me a chance to give back to them for all they had sacrificed for me throughout my life.
Brandon Yoon•UC Santa Barbara•Yonsei University•Seoul, South Korea


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Francesca Collins
After 5 years as Australia and New Zealand resident director, Francesca Collins is leaving her position at UCEAP to take on the assistant dean role at the Australian College of Applied Professions in Melbourne, Australia. In her time at UCEAP, Francesca has revamped predeparture and on-site orientation programs, uncovered internship-for-credit opportunities down under, facilitated two 10-year reviews, given countless presentations, and helped many a participant with issues related to academics, housing, and other needs.
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Peter Graham
Professor Peter Graham has accepted the position of associate dean with UCEAP. For the last several years, Peter has been teaching in Yonsei’s International Summer School. He serves as a professor in the Department of Philosophy and the program in Linguistics at UC Riverside. He has held significant administrative positions at UCR, first as associate dean of Student Academic Affairs for the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and then as associate dean for Arts and Humanities. A world-renowned philosopher, Peter has held fellowships and visiting appointments in Scotland, England, Germany, Canada, and South Korea. He started his distinguished academic career as an undergraduate at UC Los Angeles, earned his master’s degree at the University of Arizona, and received his doctorate from Stanford University.
Rachel Jean-Baptiste
Professor Rachel Jean-Baptiste will join UCEAP as associate dean. She most recently was an associate professor of History and faculty director of Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advancement at UC Davis. Her research focuses on the complex multiracial history and present realities of Francophone West and Equatorial Africa and has taken her to Gabon and Senegal. Rachel also served as the UCEAP faculty director for France and Switzerland from 2017-20. Her undergraduate degree was awarded by Bryn Mawr College and both of her advanced degrees are from Stanford University.
Juana Maria Rodriguez
Professor Juana Maria Rodriguez will join UCEAP as the faculty director for Spain. She comes to us from the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, where she’s also been a member and chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies department.

Previously, she was at UC Davis from 2004-07 in Women and Gender Studies. Systemwide, she serves on the UC President’s LGBT advisory committee, and she has organized faculty workshops on disability and pedagogy at UCB. Juana Maria’s own fascinating background has fueled her commitment to serving underrepresented students.
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Emily Stewart
Emily Stewart has left UCEAP for a position with UCSB Business Financial Services as the systems and data manager.

Emily has played an integral role at every step of the UCEAP Portal project—from maintaining MyEAP1 before deactivation, stepping in and overseeing the launch of the M2 MVP, and most recently, the Student Application's refactoring. We appreciate all the hard work that Emily has done for us over the last several years, and she will be missed.
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