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The Office

The Office of Education Abroad is located on the second floor of Alumni Hall and is accessible by stairs or elevator. The office is in the same building as MEC and Honors, and next to Founders Hall.

Our in-office hours have shifted due to COVID-19. We are currently available in person from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Tuesday through Thursday. We are closed for lunch from 11:00am to 1:00pm. If you’re looking for advising services, please click here.
 
 
 
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Meet the Staff
The Education Abroad team strives to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage other perspectives around the world.


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Erin Gahimer
Senior Programs Coordinator


Erin coordinates summer Faculty-Led programs, serves as a Professional Advisor for education abroad, and manages education abroad scholarships. 

"I am a 2013 University of Dayton graduate who during my time as a student traveled to Segovia, Spain on a short-term program as well as to Madrid, Spain for a semester at La Universidad Pontifica de Comillas. In 2013, I worked as an English teaching assistant in Buenos Aires, Argentina with the local Marianist community. I've since joined UD as an employee in 2016." 
 
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Meghan Gwinn (she/her/hers)
Administrative Coordinator


Meghan manages the Studio Abroad website, coordinates financial logistics for education abroad programs, and co-supervises the Peer Advisors. 

"Before joining UD in 2020, I traveled to Austria, Spain, and France to study physical theatre and dance for my pre-thesis research as an undergraduate. I've also taught English in Japan, and went on delegation to Cuba to learn about Maroon roots and resistance. I value the opportunity to collaborate with and learn from individuals who have different cultural values and experiences. Education abroad provides an important opportunity to grow awareness and more deeply understand one's positionality within a global context."
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Zoe Krzywda (she/her/hers)
Programs Coordinator


Zoe coordinates Faculty-Led programs and serves as a Professional Advisor for education abroad.

"I came to UD in 2011 as a student, started working professionally at UD in 2016, and joined the Office of Education Abroad in 2019. As a student I studied abroad in Buenos Aires for six months and, since then, my career has brought me to China and Mexico. Exploration and understanding of cultures all over the world is a passion of mine and my work is centered around helping students develop intercultural competencies."
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Heather Schieman (she/her/hers)
Assistant Director


Heather manages the University Exchange programs, serves as a Professional Advisor for semester and academic year-long programs, and supervises the Professional Advisors and Peer Advisors.

"In the fifteen years since I studied abroad, I've been fortunate to explore the world both professionally and personally. It started with my studies in London, England, but I have been able to expand on my understanding of international higher education through on-site work in Europe, Zambia, and Belize coupled with my professional studies of Higher Education at the University of
Dayton."

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Kelly Brannan Trail (she/her/hers)
Director


Kelly supervises the Office of Education Abroad. She oversees strategic planning, health and safety, and budgeting for education abroad, and coordinates a few programs per year.

"My interest in study abroad began in college where I studied in Aberdeen, Scotland for a semester, and completed my student teaching in Cameroon. I came to UD in 2015 with over 7 years of experience in higher education, working with study abroad programs. I was also an adjunct instructor and Academic Coordinator for a community development study abroad program at the University of Buea in Cameroon. Within education abroad, one of my interests is in ethical community-engaged learning and I serve on the steering committee for the Community-Based Global Learning Collaborative." 

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