Maida Besic is the Assistant Field Director for Field Classes for the 2018 Spring Voyage and will be coordinating the in-country field experiences with her team.
She received her graduate degree in Higher Education with the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, focusing on international education and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology with a minor in Islamic Studies from Oakland University in Michigan. Her work focused on cross-cultural collaborations and public and student programming. Most recently she worked on programming at the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art in Hawai’i by evaluating programs and the visitor experience as well as conceptualizing, planning, and launching public programs. Previously, she worked with the El-Hibri Charitable Foundation and Unity Productions Foundation in Washington D.C. on program development related to peace education and social justice initiatives.
Originally from Bosnia, Maida and her family were forced to leave their home during the Yugoslav Wars which influenced her focus on peace, social justice, and international education. Maida strongly believes in the mission of Semester at Sea, “to educate individuals with the global understanding necessary to address the challenges of our interdependent world” and to ensure the students have an enriching, memorable, and enjoyable experience. Currently, she lives in Hawai’i where she also teaches surfing lessons, enjoys ocean sports, hiking, and camping. She travelled throughout Europe and backpacked throughout Central America and is excited to see the impact the voyage will have on the students as they experience different parts of the world for themselves.