New Assistant Director Advances Study Abroad Programs, Earns Prestigious Honors
The UHD Division of Student Affairs recently welcomed Elizabeth Huskin as the new assistant director of international and study abroad programs. Since beginning her work in January, Huskin has made great strides both in improving international and study abroad opportunities at UHD and in earning national attention for the University.
Huskin arrived at UHD following a year of record participation in UHD international and study abroad programs, with more than 140 students taking part in programs during the 2013-2014 academic year. The current school year may be challenging in terms of increasing participation because three regularly scheduled programs will be unavailable, including an annual trip to Ghana which is taking a one-year hiatus as the Ebola epidemic winds down in west Africa. Nevertheless, more than 10 students independently plan to study overseas this summer and others are planning full-semester experiences in the fall.
Huskin also has brought national attention to UHD's international and study abroad programs. She is one of six members of NAFSA: Association of International Educators selected to represent Region III at Advocacy Day 2015. Huskin and other representatives will attend briefing and strategy sessions followed by meetings with Texas Senators and Congressional District Representatives. Huskin has been awarded a NAFSA travel grant for her participation.
In addition, Huskin has been selected to participate in globalsl.org's 2015 Global Engagement Survey (GES). Globalsl.org is a nonprofit organization that seeks to "advance best practices in global learning, community-university partnerships and sustainable development." As part of her participation, Huskin has been awarded a $2,000 travel and conference grant to attend the International Service Learning Summit to be held March 4-6 at Duke University.
Huskin has an open door policy and said she is eager to discuss how she can make the study abroad process seamless for faculty and students. Visit her in the Center for Student Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in S370 or email her for more information.