In my vocational and avocational pursuits, I see the value of global education on a daily basis. As the engagement coordinator for the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, I work to bring awareness and appreciation of this region to audiences within and outside of the university. I also volunteer as a tutor and mentor for resettled refugees in the Pittsburgh area. In both of these roles, I experience the intersections of the local and the global in ways that have enriched me professionally and personally.
Susan Dawkins is an experienced advisor and instructor for university students and other adult learners. Susan has expertise in community and college success programming, including for underrepresented populations (e.g., U.S. newcomers, non-native English speakers, first generation, low-income, racial/ethnic minorities, adult learners, and students with disabilities). She has tuaught courses on: Introduction to higher education, study strategies, English as a second language (in higher education and community settings), oral communication, and peer tutoring theory. She is also a writing, research, and language consultant for graduate students. Doctoral candidate (ABD) in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh.