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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Bradley Titus

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University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
Chair, 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...

Susan Lochner Atkinson

Susan Atkinson
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chair Elect, Education Abroad Knowledge Community (EAKC)
Susan Lochner Atkinson, MA, is the associate director for advising in international academic programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also worked at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the University of Minnesota. Atkinson has been active in NAFSA for more than 20 years, has...

Mariette Thomas

Mariette Thomas
Loyola University New Orleans
Past-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...

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. Her experience in that role includes being a one-person-office as well as part of a small, dedicated team, and she supports students on their study abroad journey from interest through re-entry. Originally from Buffalo, NY...

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
Born and raised in Southern California, Erica attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for undergrad and studied abroad twice in London and Spain. After college, she moved to New Zealand to work for two years in the adventure tourism industry which paved the path for a future career leading her to the...

Christina Thompson

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Barcelona SAE
Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator, Education Abroad Knowledge Community
Christina Thompson (she/her) is the Director of Partnership Development and Diversity Initiatives with Barcelona SAE. She has pioneered TODOS (The Outcomes-Based Diversity Outreach Strategy), works closely with faculty and partners to develop inclusive academic programming. Christina has nearly 20...

Jessica Fetridge

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Northwestern University
Management Content Coordinator EAKC
Jessica is the Associate Director in the Global Learning Office at Northwestern University where she oversees student services and pre-departure orientation, manages a summer program in Barcelona, and advises on a portfolio of programs in Oceania, Spain, and the MENA region. Before coming to...
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