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Kathleen (Katie) L. Lopez

Director, Office of Global Activities and Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor

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.

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Greta Kaempf

Global Opportunities Coordinator, Office of Global Activities

Greta Kaempf, LMSW, is the Global Opportunities Coordinator in the Office of Global Activities. Her responsibilities include advising students interested in pursuing a Global Independent Study, supporting exchange visitors, and assisting in the development of other Office of Global Activities programs and initiatives. A graduate of the U-M School of Social Work, Greta completed the Peace Corps Master's International program and served in Guatemala. She has also lived and worked in Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica and Romania, and worked with immigrant communities in southeast Michigan as an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant. Working with global communities at home and abroad has been transformative for her social work practice, and she is passionate about supporting students and visitors pursuing international experiences.

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Saria Bechara

Student Intern & International Student Assistant

Saria Bechara is the International Student Assistant at the Office of Global Activities. Her responsibilities include organizing programs and events aimed at supporting international students in the Master of Social Work (MSW) program. Saria received her BA in Psychology and her BS in Biology from the Lebanese American University in December 2020 and is currently pursuing a MSW in the Program Evaluation and Applied Research pathway. Her professional interests are centered around the intersection between community-based participatory research and policy development. Her research interests include the accessibility of culturally sensitive mental health care for refugee and immigrant communities as well as political activism in the context of the Middle East.

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