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.
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.
Arik is the Global Education Office’s Associate Director. He has a master’s degree in anthropology from Vanderbilt and a bachelor’s in English literature from Macalester College. He has done 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
Assistant Director for Operations
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 serves the entire Vanderbilt community researching or studying away from campus. This includes pre-departure support through training and risk assessment as well as 24/7 crisis response. Andrea’s commitment to the field of global safety and security emerged after her own experience of living and working abroad for nearly six years. She has visited over 40 countries and recently presented on how to build infrastructure in this field to 20 universities in Japan as part of a U.S. State Department funded program. Andrea has participated in training with FEMA, the United States Foreign Service Institute, and is an active member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council. Andrea holds an M.A. in Middle East History and Security Studies from Tel Aviv University as well as a graduate degree in African Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a B.A. in Anthropology.
Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator
Fresh from long hours of excavation at Pre-Columbian archaeological sites in Peru, Ashley Heaton is returning to her alma mater to join Vanderbilt’s Global Education Office as Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator. She earned her B.A. from Vanderbilt in English and Anthropology and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Tulane University in Anthropology (Andean archaeology); her time as a graduate student in pre- and post-Katrina New Orleans was an anthropological study in its own right. While an undergraduate student at Vanderbilt, she spent a semester in Scotland at the University of St. Andrews and then, after a brief stop back in the U.S., headed to Bolivia to volunteer on an archaeological project for the summer (which is winter there, of course). Then there was no turning back—her devotion to traveling and learning about other cultures abroad was set. After graduating from Vanderbilt, she attended a field school run by a Vanderbilt graduate student in Belize and since then has done fieldwork in Peru and Guatemala in additional to further fieldwork in Bolivia. She enjoys to “diging in” to her work at the GEO because she is passionate about studying abroad as a way to gain experiential knowledge that cannot be accessed in books alone.
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. Since graduation, 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!
Yuanqi (Suzy) Wang
Study Abroad Advisor and Incoming Exchange Coordinator
Suzy grew up in China and earned her B. A. in Japanese Language and Culture from Shanghai International Studies University. During her junior year in college, Suzy studied abroad in Tokyo for a semester. She then came to Vanderbilt and completed an M.Ed. in International Education Policy and Management. Suzy joined GEO after working at Vanderbilt International Office. Besides advising study abroad programs, she also coordinates incoming exchanges from Vanderbilt’s partner institutions overseas. Outside of GEO, Suzy works with Vanderbilt’s U.S. – China Center to promote education and cultural exchanges between the U.S. and her home country. Shaped by her multicultural background and international experiences, Suzy firmly believes in the value of intercultural learning, and enjoys working with students through their own international journeys.
Study Abroad Advisor and Application Coordinator
Mikki is a northern transplant from New Jersey who enjoys taking advantage of all of the wonderful things that Nashville has to offer. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Rutgers University and her M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining team GEO, she spent several years working in career development. Mikki believes that study abroad encourages the formation and development of critical employability skills such as problem solving, cultural competence, and resilience, which are valued by today’s employers. She is excited to support students as they engage in a journey to academic and personal growth.
Study Abroad Advisor and Assessments 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.
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.
Alexandra (Lexie) Davis
Lexie grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and has a lot of hometown pride. She is a die-hard Cardinals baseball fan, and can talk your ear off about St. Louis dining. After completing her undergraduate degree at Mizzou in elementary education, she started the school counseling master’s program here at Vanderbilt. Lexie is interested in creating or continuing a school counseling program that embraces diverse learning, serving families from various backgrounds and cultures. She hopes to one day travel the world, but for now, she reads to satisfy her wanderlust.
Mollie, a Southwest Virginia native, brings her love for travel and intercultural learning to the Global Education Office as a Graduate Office Assistant. She earned a B.A. in Social Work from Warren Wilson College, during which time she studied abroad in Cuba, exploring the intersections of agriculture and social systems in various parts of the country. For the past year, Mollie served as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member in Nashville with Communities In Schools of Tennessee. She is currently working toward her Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School.
Jocelyn hails from South Carolina and is a graduate of Furman University (Roll ‘Dins!) from which she holds a B.A. in Philosophy. During that time, she studied in Edinburgh, Scotland and explored the coffee shops, intellectual history, pub culture and landscapes of the Scottish Highlands. Someday, she will continue her love of traveling and develop a more heightened sense of cultural awareness and sensitivity, but she is currently enjoying living in Nashville, engaging with the community, listening to musicians like Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, and BJ the Chicago Kid and working toward her Master of Theological Studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School.