About the International Center
The University of San Diego's International Center serves as a gateway to all internationally-related activities both on and off-campus. The Center is comprised of two main offices: The Office of International Students and Scholars and the Office of International Studies Abroad. Each office works collaboratively across campus to provide support for study abroad programs as well as provide oversight for the immigration and documentation process for international students and scholars.
The International Center is a resource for the USD community and works to build bridges by making connections between the various international activities across campus. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.
The University of San Diego is committed to actively promoting awareness, appreciation, and respect for the complexity of cultural, political, environmental, and social issues worldwide while creating a campus environment that builds theoretical and practical skills needed to interact effectively in today's global society.
Core Values for Global Competence
- Globally competent students
are ambassadors of the variety of cultures they represent. Through a values-based education, students learn to respect diverse human values, challenge existing global perspectives, and develop a deeper understanding of worldwide interconnectedness. Globally competent students are able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary for successful interactions locally and globally and maintain connections to facilitate personal and professional growth.
- Globally competent faculty
are committed to the common good of an interrelated global society. In-depth professional knowledge of other cultures, languages and global dynamics form the core principles for effective faculty interaction in our globally interdependent world. Faculty actively participate in a community of international scholars working to promote experience with world issues, research and knowledge of those concepts and methods needed to better educate students in our increasingly diverse society.
- A globally competent institution
develops systematic processes to establish formal international initiatives and provides an infrastructure to support international activities. The institution places a high priority on preparing students, faculty, staff, and administrators committed to leadership in an increasingly interdependent world.
The International Advisory Council advises the Associate Provost for International Affairs and the International Center on the direction and implementation of our internationalization efforts at the University of San Diego. The Council is comprised of faculty, staff and administrators representing the academic units and student life. The Council members will liaise between the administration and their respective schools and units, providing a university-wide vision to further develop global competencies among students, faculty and the institution as a whole.
|International Center Advisory Council Members|
|Denise Dimon, PhD||International Affairs - Associate Provost|
|Claudia Gonzales, MA||International Constituent Relations - Director|
|Maria Malloy||Admissions - Associate Director & International Admission Manager|
|Francine Chemnick||Professional and Continuing Education - Director of International Programs|
|Saviz Fallahian||School of Law - Assistant Director of Graduate and International Programs|
|Phil Hunsaker, PhD||School of Business - Faculty|
|Steve Conroy, PhD||School of Business - Faculty|
|Linda Dews, MS||
|Lea Hubbard, PhD||School of Leadership and Education Sciences - Faculty|
|Neena Din, PhD||College of Arts and Sciences - Assistant Dean|
|Juliana Maxim, PhD||College of Arts and Sciences, Art History and Architecture - Faculty|
|Cynthia Caywood, PhD||College of Arts and Sciences, English - Faculty|
|Julia Cantzler. PhD||College of Arts and Sciences, Sociology - Faculty|
|Avi Spiegel, PhD||College of Arts and Sciences, International Relations - Faculty|
|Susan Bonnell, PhD||School of Nursing and Health Science - Faculty|
|Tom Schubert, PhD||Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering - Faculty|
|Lee Ann Otto, PhD||Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies - Associate Dean|
|International Center Members|
|Kira Espiritu, PhD||International Studies Abroad - Director|
|Chia-Yen Lin, MEd||International Students and Scholars - Director|
|Kelli Bagley, MBA||International Affairs - Budget & Operations Coordinator|