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Katie Lopez

Director of Office of Global Activities and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

Katie  Lopez

Katie Lopez (LMSW) is the Director of the Office of Global Activities at the University of Michigan School of Social Work where she is responsible for the overall administration of the office including overseeing the Global Activities Scholars Program, the Masters International Volunteer Program and Coverdell Fellows programs, the Certificate in Global Social Work, and the Visiting Scholars program. As an adjunct clinical assistant professor, she also serves as the Office of Field Education liaison for students completing global field placements. Ms. Lopez has lived and worked abroad in various locations including Mexico, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Honduras. Her work with those living in extreme poverty has strengthened her resolve to build positive, sustainable, intentional collaborations among schools of social work and institutions aimed at training social workers to address global issues. Ms. Lopez is an active member of NAFSA, Association of International Educators, where she has presented on various topics.


Year Degree   School
2010 MSW University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2006 Ed Cert University of St. Thomas
2005 BA Anthropology University of Notre Dame
Year Description
2021 Williams, A., Solomon, P., & Lopez, K. (2021). Fostering international social work education through global partnership: A model for student in exchange in India and the United States. Virtual session presented at the Social Work, Education, and Social Development conference.
2020 Christiaens, R., Lopez, K., (chair) Smith, R., & Brezina, K. (2020). Trans passport day: Advising and programming to support trans/non-binary folks. Poster presented at the Diversity Abroad, New Orleans, LA.
2019 Lopez, K. (session chair) & Chizek. J. (2019) Collaborating for Change: Leveraging Technology to Prepare Students for Ethical and Sustainable Community Engagement. Session presented at the Forum on Education Abroad Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.
2018 Coughlin, J., Kowatch, K., Lopez, K., Nelson, K., & Nolting, B. (2018, June) Development of Best Practices in International Engaged Learning Opportunities at a Decentralized Research University. Presented at the Global Internship Conference, Detroit, MI.
2018 Aamodt, H., Brezina, K., Østertun Geirdal, A., Kleppe, L. C., Lopez, K., Olkowska, A. & Ruffolo, M. (2018). Developing a Multifaceted and Bilateral Institutional Partnership that Benefits Students and Faculty. Oral session presented at the Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland.
2018 Lopez, K. (session chair) & Ruffolo, M. (2018). Holistically Preparing Students for Sustainable Community Engagement Using a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Session presented at the Joint Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Dublin, Ireland.
2017 Cullen, C., Chizek, J., Lopez, K., Luke, C., & Patterson, B. (2017). Teaching Sustainable Community Engagement at Scale: A Roundtable on Developing Digital Toolkits. Roundtable presented at the University of Michigan Enriching Scholarship Conference, Ann Arbor, MI.
2017 Lopez, K. (session chair), Muñoz Guzmán, C., Gonzalaez Suitt, K., & Reyes Quilodrán, C. (2017). Developing International Internship Opportunities: A Social Work Perspective. Session presented at the Global Internship Conference, Santiago, Chile.
2015 Voshel, E., & Lopez, K. (2014, October). Global global engagement: Developing best practices for social work graduate internships. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education 2014 Annual program Meeting, Tampa, FL.
2015 Griffin, R., Keeler, E., & Lopez, K. (2014, October). Returning student programming: From evaluation to student learning outcomes and beyond. Presented at the Association of International Educators NAFSA Region V Conference, Grand Rapids, MI.

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