Community is crucial to education abroad professionals. The Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC) is your peer community of from the broad field of education abroad, including study, internships, service-learning, and research abroad. The volunteers who lead the EA KC strive to sustain and develop timely resources, tools, and model practices for the field’s professional development.

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Share experiences, give and receive advice, highlight resources to successfully mange education abroad programs, and actively engage with colleagues. The network includes a blog, an event calendar, and important announcements. Anyone can join the EA KC Network. 

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Mariette Thomas

Mariette Thomas
Loyola University New Orleans
Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)
Mariette Thomas is the director of the Center for International Education at Loyola University New Orleans. Mariette has worked in international education for over 12 years. She holds a MA in international relations from the University of the Pacific and a BA in international studies from the...

Bradley Titus

University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
Chair-Elect, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Bradley Titus works in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He has served at the university for most of his professional career and presently is the director of institutional relations, diversity and inclusion, a position he has held since 2013. He is active in NAFSA and serves...

Eduardo Contreras, EdD

University of Portland
Past Chair, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EA KC)/EA KC Representative, ACC
Eduardo Contreras, EdD, is the inaugural assistant provost for international education, diversity, and inclusion at the University of Portland (UP), where he serves on the President's Leadership Cabinet and Provost's Council. He also teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at UP. With nearly two...

Kate Moore, EdD

Global Career Center
Liaison, Internships, Service Learning, and Research Abroad (ISLRA) MIG
Kate Moore is an international educator energized by our changing world of work and how we connect campuses, communities, and companies across the globe. She co-founded the Global Career Center (GCC) to partner with universities and colleges throughout the world, employers from a wide range of...

Irene Scott

Irene Scott
Texas A&M University
Leadership Cultivation Content Coordinator and Co-Chair, EA Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
Irene Scott is a program manager at Texas A&M University. In this role, she oversees processes and implementation of non-university sponsored programs for transfer credit, is the departmental liaison for Texas A&M Disability Resources, and serves on committees for diversity excellence (Texas A&M ADA...

Katey Palumbo

Katey Palumbo
Worcester State University
Content Coordinator for Advocacy and Regulatory, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Katey Palumbo, the director of international programs at Worcester State University, has worked in the field of international education for more than 15 years. Palumbo currently oversees international student and scholar advising as well as study abroad/study away advising and the development of...

Emily Dougherty

emily dougherty
University of North Dakota
Regional Outreach Coordinator, EAKC
Emily Dougherty is a study abroad advisor at the University of North Dakota. Originally from Buffalo, New York, she has enjoyed her time living in the Upper Midwest and getting involved with her campus and local community. Emily holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of...

Andrea Drake

Andrea Drake
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Coordinator for Health & Safety in Education Abroad, EAKC
As the director of international health, safety, and security, Andrea is responsible for developing systems to support students, staff, and faculty traveling abroad as well as the implementation of comprehensive international travel safety policies and strategies for campus. Andrea earned a dual BA...

Erica Jorgenson

Erica Jorgenson
University of Denver
Network Leader, EAKC
Erica Jorgenson is currently traveling, living and working in South America with a current base of Medellin, Colombia. Her current roles include being an English teacher with Open English, a group adventure leader for WHOA Travel leading trekking trips to Machu Picchu and Mt. Kilimanjaro for groups...
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