Meet the Staff

The Global Learning team strives to provide students the opportunity to study, explore, and engage with other cultures—to broaden their perspective and involvement in the world.


 

  • Alice Michel - Director

    Alice Michel - Director 
    globallearning@ucsc.edu

    Alice Michel(she/her) has worked in the field of international education for over ten years. While receiving her B.A. in Anthropology and English from UC Santa Barbara, Alice studied abroad on UCEAP during her junior year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating, she participated in the JET Program, teaching English in Japan for two years. She has traveled extensively around Asia, Europe, and parts of Africa, totaling over 30 countries. In addition to travel, Alice enjoys hiking, backpacking, attempting to learn French, and running.

    Alice's message about global learning: I had always intended to study abroad while I was in college and started preparing my first day on campus. As a financial aid student, I routinely worked extra hours at my job at the campus library to save intently the two years prior and even started working full time during my final year of college all to help pay for the experience. While I expected my junior year abroad in Scotland to be full of adventure, I did not expect what a profound influence that year would have on life, personally and professionally. That year abroad not only changed my post-graduate plans, but also changed my outlook on life and directed me toward a career path in international education. I have had many international adventures since, including an extended time living and teaching Japan and volunteering in India, and my wanderlust, sense of adventure, and drive for global learning continues in everything I do.


  • Emma Lazor, Assistant Director

    Emma Lazor - Assistant Director
    globallearning@ucsc.edu

    Advises on: UCSC Global Seminars, UCSC Virtual Global Internships, UCEAP, Other UC, Independent Programs

    Scholarships: UCEAP, Boren, Gilman

    Emma Lazor (she/her) grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. She is a first-generation college student and earned her B.F.A. in Fine Art from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Art Education from NSCAD University. During her B.F.A., Emma studied abroad at The University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and participated in a research project, "Art in Schools Initiative." After graduating, Emma conducted research on creativity and culture as a Presidential Scholar with Semester at Sea and traveled throughout Asia, Africa, and Europe. After completing her research, Emma began a career in International Education as she firmly believes that global experiences can help ignite a student's personal, professional, and creative growth. Emma enjoys surfing, playing the fiddle, gardening, creating art, and exploring the outdoors. 

    Emma's message about global learning: As a first-generation college student who worked several jobs while juggling school, I never thought studying abroad was something I could do. When my academic advisor shared the opportunity to study sculpture and art education in the last semester of my senior year in Cape Town and Stellenbosch, South Africa, I went for it. Being part of this program, and learning from my diverse host community shaped the way I choose to lead my life and encouraged me to do deep reflection on my own identities, subjectivities, and privileges. I grew tremendously as a human being, an educator and an artist. No matter what your story is, there is a global learning opportunity out there for you. Connect with our team soon to learn about all of the possibilities! 


  • Krissy Loveman

    Krissy Loveman - Coordinator and Advisor
    globallearning@ucsc.edu

    Advises on: UCSC Global Seminars, UCSC Exchange Programs, UCEAP

    Scholarships: UCEAP, Gilman, Freeman-Asia

    Krissy Loveman (she/her) is an Alabama native who first spent an extensive period of time abroad on an academic year exchange program in Japan. Following the completion of a B.A. in International Studies at the University of Alabama, she got her feet wet in the field of International Education in an internship at the University of New Orleans. She then returned to Japan to teach English for two years to elementary and middle school students in the countryside. Heading down to Miami, Krissy next got her M.S. in International & Intercultural Education while working for the Asian Studies Program at Florida International University. Krissy has worked as an Education Abroad Advisor at The University of South Florida. She has also traveled to Italy, Spain, France, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Korea, Argentina, Mexico, Australia, and New Zealand. 

    Krissy's message about global learning: Living in Japan had been a dream of mine since I was an adolescent. Growing up in Alabama, I knew a lot of folks who never seriously considered international travel, especially to non-traditional locations outside Europe. I knew, however, that I would find a way to go to Japan as a college student. It never crossed my mind that I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t sure how my focus on Asian Studies and Japanese would factor into my future career, but everything fell into place perfectly. Sometimes in life, you just have to follow your intuition and pursue what excites you. I returned from Japan the most confident I had ever felt. Studying abroad pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped shape the person I am today. 


     

  • Ashley Bayman

    Ashley Bayman - Coordinator and Advisor
    globallearning@ucsc.edu

    Advises on: UCSC Global Seminars, UCDC, UCEAP

    Scholarships: UCEAP, Gilman, Fund for Education Abroad, Campus-Based

    Ashley Bayman (she/her/ella) is an Ohio native who completed a dual B.A. in Latin American Studies and Spanish from The Ohio State University. During her undergraduate, she studied abroad in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina and discovered a passion for international education and travel. After graduating, Ashley took a gap year to travel to 30 countries across Latin America and Europe. It was during this life-changing journey that Ashley became committed to ensuring that students from all backgrounds benefit from the academic, social, and professional advantages of international education. She went on to earn an M.A. in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Prior to joining the UCSC Global Learning team, Ashley served as an international education program leader in Mexico and Spain.

    Ashley's message about global learning: As a first-generation, low-income, student of color, I was never encouraged to study foreign languages or cultures, let alone go to another country to do so. Making it into the university from community college, for me, was a feat in itself. Notwithstanding, I worked two jobs as a waitress and bartender to support myself in college, and by working as much as possible and taking out loans, was able to study abroad. In community college, I had my first opportunity to participate in a short-term faculty-led program in Cuernavaca, Mexico (which was also my first-time-ever traveling on an airplane!). After arriving at the Ohio State University, I expanded my intercultural experience by studying in both Brazil and Argentina. Studying abroad completely changed my life trajectory and inspired me to pursue a profession that would allow me to support other students who have been conditioned to think that “studying abroad is not for me.” Our global learning team is here to let you know that wherever the world takes you, you belong, and we are here to help you get there!


     

  • Adam Freed

    Adam Freed - Coordinator and Advisor
    globallearning@ucsc.edu

    Advises on: UCEAP Application Support

    Adam Freed (he/him) obtained his BA in Global Studies and Intercultural Communication from Spring Arbor University and his MA in International Education from The School for International Training (SIT Graduate Institute). Adam completed studies abroad in India and Jordan, and has led programs abroad and domestically for undergraduates. He is currently pursuing research across several interest areas with global education and is currently focused on diversity and inclusion, hybrid program models, and new program development both domestically and internationally. 

    Adam's message about global learning: I had never traveled internationally before I boarded my plane to India during my senior year of college. Coming from a small town in Pennsylvania, you can imagine that India was quite an adjustment for me! It remains one of the most challenging times in my life, but also one of the most rewarding. It truly changed my life and opened the door to several other international experiences in the years since. I have never met anyone who studied abroad tell me that they regretted it, and I’m confident that if you take the leap, you’ll never be the same.


Global Learning Intern

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Madison Lucero

Madison Lucero (she/her) is a UCSC alumna and had her first international education experience when studying abroad through UCEAP in Córdoba, Spain. After achieving her BA in psychology, she earned her teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) certificate and moved to Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked as an elementary teacher at an international school for one year. She returned home to pursue a career in international education and is currently earning her Master's degree in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.

Madison's message about global learning: Although I’ve always had a niche for traveling, studying abroad was my first international experience outside of a family vacation, and it truly sparked my interest in international education and changed my life. Living in another country felt like a different world. Yet at the same time, it showed me that we are all united by our humanity. As someone who struggles with anxiety, studying abroad showed me how capable I really am, and it allowed me to discover myself when my comfort zone was no longer present. More than anything, I believe in the transformative power of study abroad and I am dedicated to helping students from all backgrounds pursue this life-changing opportunity.

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