Kate grew up in Colorado and has always enjoyed adventures and being outside! She studied psychology and Spanish at the University of San Diego and spent two summers abroad in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Semester at Sea Spring 2007 voyage (Yikes! How was that 10 years ago?) was an inspiring and humbling privilege that set her on a career path in International Education. Spending the night in a Dalit village in India and meeting peers from Beijing Normal University are just two examples of how the Field Program impacted her semester.
Next, Kate ventured to Peru. What started out as a two-month internship with ProWorld turned into nearly three years of living and working in the Andes Mountains. During that time Kate directed over 20 short-term university and volunteer programs. She partnered with local communities on a variety of projects including cleaner-burning stoves, and loved being part of a multi-cultural team!
More recently, Kate has spent the past five years at the University of Michigan as an Intercultural Programs Advisor. Her office sends over 1,000 students abroad each year and Kate manages a portfolio of 15 study abroad programs in Spain and Latin America. One of her favorite things is helping students and faculty feel confident and prepared for meaningful international engagement. She believes that study abroad should be accessible to all students and is committed to furthering diversity within the field.
Kate is beyond thrilled to be sailing again on the Spring 2018 voyage. She is most excited for the magical 12th port – a tight community that forms on the ship when everyone returns from diverse and transformative in-country experiences. Aboard the MV World Odyssey you can find her drinking coffee (always), taking pictures, or diving off deck 7 for a swim as soon as we spot dolphins!