Global Initiatives

About Us

Building on UW Bothell’s institutional commitment to multicultural learning and closely aligned with the 21st Century Initiative, Global Initiatives is responsible for developing and implementing an internationalization strategy for UW Bothell, including: study abroad, internationalizing the curriculum, providing greater visibility for language learning, highlighting the global dimensions of diversity, encouraging global engagement locally, and expanding institutional partnerships worldwide.

2014-2015 Priorities

  • Maintain visibility of international efforts across campus,
  • Lead and support campus-wide efforts to integrate students from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially focusing on the needs of international students.
  • Continue building on-campus support for study abroad, especially addressing the needs of underrepresented students.
  • Expand efforts to incorporate collaborative online international learning into courses across the curriculum.
  • Increase Global Close to Home involvement.
  • Begin defining global learning outcomes.
  • Pursue grant funding and external revenue for internationalization projects.

Global Initiatives is directed by Natalia Dyba and supported by Student Ambassadors. The advisory Global Group, consisting of faculty, staff, and students, meets twice per quarter. 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 supports the growth of international efforts across campus, including education abroad, institutional partnerships, curricular integration, and opportunities for international involvement locally. 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. 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. She is a board member of the Greater Puget Sound Chapter of the Fulbright Association and was a 2013-2014 Association of International Education Administrators Presidential Fellow.

Global Group

  • Kara Adams, Assistant Director, Community-Based Learning and Research
  • Majd Baniodeh, Program Manager, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Dana Bigham, Assistant Director of Academic Services, School of Educational Studies
  • Dana Brolley, Manager, International Admissions & Services
  • Matt DePies, Lecturer, Science & Technology
  • Jason Deng, Undergraduate Student,
  • Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives
  • Mabel Ezeonwu, Assistant Professor, Nursing & Health Studies
  • Weizhi Gao, Lecturer, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Rachael Gilchrist, Academic Advisor, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • David Goldstein, Director, Teaching and Learning Center
  • Julie Hurst, Graduate Student, Masters in Cultural Studies
  • Alka Kurian, Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Beth Miguel Alipio, Academic Advisor, Business
  • Hanan Osman, Undergraduate Student; Assistant Study Abroad Advisor, Global Initiatives
  • Leah Shelton, Program Manager for Student Engagement, Student Affairs
  • Megan Watson, Research & Instruction Librarian
  • Kim Wilson, Career Counselor, Student Services
  • Tina Wong, Academic Advisor, Computing & Software Systems


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

Contact Us

Global Initiatives

Office: UW1-186
Phone: 425-352-3261
Mailing: Box 358555
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246