Global Initiatives

About Us

Building on UW Bothell’s commitment to multicultural learning and closely aligned with the 21st Century Initiative, Global Initiatives was launched in Fall 2012 to implement an internationalization strategy for UW Bothell, including study abroad, the global dimensions of diversity, providing greater visibility for language learning, expanding worldwide institutional partnerships for faculty, and offering Global Close to Home opportunities.

Global Initiatives is directed by Natalia Dyba and supported by Student Ambassadors. The advisory Global Group, consisting of faculty, staff, and students, meets on a monthly basis. The unit reports to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and collaborates closely with the Office of Global Affairs and International Programs & Exchanges at UW Seattle and International Programs at UW Tacoma.

Natalia Dyba

Director of Global Initiatives

As the Director of Global Initiatives, Natalia is building an infrastructure to support the growth of international efforts across campus, including education abroad, institutional and research partnerships, curricular integration, and opportunities for international involvement locally. She was recently named as a Presidential Fellow by the Association of International Education Administrators.

Prior to coming to UW Bothell, she worked for the Institute of International Education on developing and implementing an innovative scholarship program for a new university in Saudi Arabia. In 2007, she was a Fulbright Student Scholar at the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina. She currently serves on the board of the Greater Puget Sound Chapter of the Fulbright Association. Natalia has earned a Master of Arts degree in Central European Studies from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland, and a Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science, Psychology and Policy Studies from Rice University in Houston, TX.

Global Group

  • Kara Adams, Assistant Director, Community-Based Learning and Research
  • Leslie Ashbaugh, Director, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Dana Bigham, Program Coordinator, Education
  • Dana Brolley, International Admissions Advisor/ Recruiter
  • David Parker Brown, Career Counselor, Student Services
  • Jason Deng, President, Chinese Student Association
  • Matt DePies, Lecturer, Science & Technology
  • Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives
  • Mabel Ezeonwu, Assistant Professor, Nursing & Health Studies
  • Weizhi Gao, Lecturer, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Krista Garg, International Student Services Coordinator
  • Rachael Gilchrist, Academic Advisor, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Alka Kurian, Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Hanan Osman, Assistant Study Abroad Advisor, Global Initiatives
  • Ismaila Maidadi, Program Manager, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Beth Miguel Alipio, Academic Advisor, Business
  • Karen Rosenberg, Director, Writing and Communication Center
  • Leah Shelton, Program Manager for Student Engagement, Student Affairs
  • Megan Watson, Research & Instruction Librarian
  • Tina Wong, Academic Advisor, Computing & Software Systems
  • Maggie Yaddof, Assistant Study Abroad Advisor, Global Initiatives



Global Initiatives joins a broader community of institutions working on global education through its affiliation with the following professional organizations:

Global Washington

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA)

Institute of International Education (IIE)

NAFSA: Association of International Educators

Contact Us

Natalia Dyba

Office: UW1-186
Phone: 425-352-3261
Mailing: Box 358500
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246