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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.

Charge:

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 
Members
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
School of Leadership and Education Sciences - Associate Dean
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
TBD School of Nursing and Health Science
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 Manager

Contact Information

International Center
Serra Hall 315
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4598
Fax: (619) 260-5924