The Global Education Office (GEO) is committed to preparing global citizens by providing innovative and high quality international learning experiences that build on Vanderbilt University's commitment to academic excellence, global engagement and community service. Learn more about all aspects of Vanderbilt's global engagement at the Global VU website.
Location & Hours
The Global Education is located in the International Suite (Suite 103) of the Student Life Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Central Daylight Time.
Global Education Office Staff
Arik is the Director of the Global Education Office. He holds a master’s degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and a bachelor’s in English literature from Macalester College. He has done archaeological fieldwork in Bolivia, Guatemala, and Belize, and previously has done editorial work both inside and outside academia. Arik has been with the Global Education Office since 2010.
Isabelle S. Crist
Isabelle S. Crist is the Assistant Director for Operations for the Vanderbilt University Global Education Office and has been with the office since 2001. She earned a B.A. from Vanderbilt in Anthropology and Fine Arts. Before her position at the Global Education Office, she worked as a Project Coordinator for the Sigaux Collection in the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies. She is bilingual in French and English.
Global Safety and Security Manager
As Global Safety and Security Manager, Andrea supports the entire Vanderbilt traveling community through pre-departure training, risk assessment, and 24/7 crisis response. With over 13 years of experience in the field of international education and student support, Andrea is deeply committed to enhancing student mobility through a focus on health, safety, and security. Andrea has led international workshops and webinars on topics such as risk mitigation, crisis communication, and supporting student mental health and well-being. She has recently contributed to the creation of The Forum on Education Abroad’s Guidelines for Conducting Study Abroad during COVID-19. Andrea also serves as President of the international peer network Pulse: International Health and Safety Professionals in Higher Education, Inc., a position she has held since 2018. She has visited over 65 countries and has competency in Arabic, Hebrew, Italian, and Spanish. Andrea has participated in training with FEMA, the United States Foreign Service Institute, and Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) through the U.S. Department of State. Andrea completed her graduate work in the fields of Middle East History and Security Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel and African Studies at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.
Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang
Senior Study Abroad Advisor and Maymester & Incoming Exchange Coordinator
Suzy grew up in China and earned her B. A. from Shanghai International Studies University. As a Japanese major in college, Suzy studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester. Her pursuit for graduate studies brought her to the U.S. where she completed an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management at Vanderbilt’s Peabody College. Suzy joined GEO after several years at the Vanderbilt International Office and the U.S.- China Center where she managed institutional partnerships, led faculty delegation overseas and coordinated international symposiums. From learning foreign languages to living overseas and working in international education, Suzy continues to straddle multiple cultural shores, and believes that intercultural learning is a journey that never ends.
Senior Study Abroad Advisor and Scholarships Coordinator
Gabriela completed her B.A. at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, studying abroad in Florence her junior year. Prior to Vanderbilt, she has worked with an international human rights organization, a higher education access non-profit, and completed her M.Ed. in Higher Education Policy at Vanderbilt. Beyond advising students on studying abroad, Gabriela also coordinates the need-based scholarship program for GEO. Gabriela is excited to put all of the skills she’s acquired to good use in facilitating international experiences like the one she took part in as an undergraduate!
Study Abroad Advisor and Assessment/Agreements Coordinator
Dave grew up in northern California and earned his B.A. in English from UC Davis, spending his senior year abroad at The University of Stirling, Scotland. After graduation he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Azerbaijan, teaching English in a secondary school and working with internally displaced people from the Nagorno-Karabakh War. Dave then spent 6 years in Boston working for the Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring organization before relocating to Nashville in 2013. After 3 years with Vanderbilt’s Office of Active Citizenship and Service, Dave joined GEO in the fall of 2017. He is currently working towards his M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Peabody, and enjoys cooking, the outdoors, San Francisco Giants baseball, and DJing for WXNA 101.5 FM.
Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator
Katelyn joins us from Portland, Maine where she spent three years at CIEE advising students on short-term study abroad programs. She earned her B.A. from the University of Maine in History and German. As an undergrad, Katelyn spent her sophomore year studying abroad in Mainz, Germany and the spring semester of her junior year studying abroad in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Katelyn is TEFL certified and loves empowering students wishing to embark on an international journey of their own.
Study Abroad Advisor
Tyler hails from the sunshine state of Florida, and earned her B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures with a minor in Global Communication at the University of Southern California. As an undergraduate she participated in summer, year-long and maymester programs in Seoul, South Korea, and in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. She firmly believes in the education abroad experiences and that all students should have the opportunity to immersive themselves in different cultures and educational styles, while creating their own understanding of our globalized world. Outside of work, Tyler enjoys many outdoor activities, reading, writing, and all things artsy, visual and performative.
Sharon is a Nashville native. She has been with Vanderbilt since 2001. With over twenty years of administrative assistance experience, she is now using that skill in the Global Education Office. Sharon enjoys vicariously traveling the world through the experiences of our students, and hopes to be abroad herself one day.
Global Safety and Security Coordinator
Tandra has been deeply inspired and influenced by local communities in the U.S. and around the world. She was born and raised in Murfreesboro, TN and holds a B.S. in International Relations from Middle Tennessee State University and M.A. in Leadership and Public Service from Lipscomb University. Tandra studied Arabic and completed research on women’s and girls’ access to education as a Boren scholar in Morocco, and she also served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in South Africa. As the Global Safety and Security Coordinator, Tandra is committed to supporting the health, safety, and security for members of the Vanderbilt community as they meaningfully engage and learn across places and cultures.