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Kathleen (Katie) L. Lopez

Assistant Director, Office of Global Activities & LEO Adjunct Lecturer

Katie Lopez (LMSW) is the Assistant 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. She also serves as the Office of Field Instruction 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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Kaisha Brezina

Global Opportunities Coordinator, Office of Global Activities

Kaisha Brezina (BA) is the Global Opportunities Coordinator in the Office of Global Activities. Her tasks include advising students interested in participating in Global Independent Study opportunities and working with visiting scholars. Kaisha is an alumna of the University of Michigan, where she studied Psychology and International Studies. Due to her interest in global education and service learning abroad Kaisha studied in India, Argentina, and Iceland during her undergraduate career. Now, working within the Office of Global Activities Kaisha hopes to bring her passion and drive to help both visiting scholars and Global Independent Study students feel comfortable and at hoMe while abroad.

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Shih-Ya Chang

International Student Assistant, Office of Global Activities

Shih-Ya is a Taiwanese graduate student with a practice method in Community Organization and area in Community and Social System at the U-M School of Social Work. Shih-Ya is an International Student Assistant for OGA, whose mission is to support international students in study and relationship building. Having lived in different countries and worked with people from various places, Shih-Ya enjoys diversity and multicultural environments. Her international status and cross-cultural experience help her understand and find commongrounds among different perspectives. Her goal is to develop programs that bridge gaps between the majority and minority groups around the world.

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Tahrima Khanom

Program Assistant, Office of Global Activities

Tahrima Khanom is a graduate student with a practice method in Management of Human Services and practice area in Community and Social Systems in the School of Social Work. Tahrima is a Coverdell Fellow in the Community-Based Initiative Scholars Program. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uganda, where she discovered her passion for community development. Tahrima assists OGA with the Global Independent Study Grant and other globally-focused programs; event coordination; and advising.

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Akirah Crawford

Peace Corps Office Assistant, Office of Global Activities

Akirah Crawford is the Peace Corps Office Assistant in the Office of Global Activities where she is responsible for responding to student inquires about the Coverdell Fellows and International Masters Volunteer Program, coordinating and implementing Peace Corps related programming in the SSW and across campus and supporting MSW students currently in the Coverdell and MI programs. Ms. Crawford has lived and worked abroad in various locations including Malaysia, Capetown South Africa, and Swaziland. Her work in empowering youth both domestically and abroad has expanded her passion for social work through sustainable development practices and intentional relationship building. Ms. Crawford is an active member of NABSW (National Association of Black Social Workers) and a RPCV (Returned Peace Corps Volunteer) 2016-2018 in the Kingdom of Eswatini formally known as Swaziland.

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