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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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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

Social Work Resident

Shih-Ya Chang, MSW '19, is a Social Work Resident for the Office of Global Activities and the Community Action and Social Change (CASC) minor at the School of Social Work where she assists with student affairs, program development, and event coordination. Shih-Ya is from Taiwan. She enjoys diverse environments and has lived in other countries including China, the U.K., and Kenya. Her work focuses on bridging gaps between the majority and minority groups in the global context and on systematic levels. Shih-Ya believes that her role as a social worker is to advocate for social justice that leads to a healthy society, where all members participate, and their stories are heard, valued, and included.

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