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, MA, and supported by Student Ambassadors. The advisory Global Group, consisting of faculty, staff, and students, meets on a monthly basis. With extensive collaboration with the Office of Global Affairs and International Programs & Exchanges at UW Seattle and International Programs at UW Tacoma, Global Initiatives is overseen and supported by the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning and receives additional support from the Division of Enrollment Management.

Natalia Dyba

Director of Global Initiatives and Manager of Merit Scholarships

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.

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning
Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

As the Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning at UW Bothell, Gray is responsible for the development of infrastructure for Global Initiatives, Student Success and Assessment, Community Based Learning & Research, Diversity Initiatives, the New Faculty Seminar, and Cross-Campus Minors. The recipient of two teaching awards, Gray has taught in Switzerland, Germany, and the United States, and, in 2009-10, served as a Fulbright Scholar in General Education at the Hong Kong American Center and the University of Hong Kong, where he holds an Honorary Professorship at the Centre for Humanities and Medicine.

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
  • KC Bui, Resident Director, Student Housing
  • Jason Deng, President, Chinese Student Association
  • Matt DePies, Lecturer, Science & Technology
  • Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives and Manager of Merit Scholarships
  • 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
  • Gene Kim, Strategist, Business
  • Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Associate Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Learning and Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Alka Kurian, Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
  • Hanan Osman, Assistant Study Abroad Advisor, Global Initiatives
  • Ismaila Maidadi, Program Manager, Center for University Studies and Programs
  • Paul Markham, Director, Community-Based Learning and Research
  • 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


 

Memberships

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
Email: ndyba@uwb.edu
Mailing: Box 358500
18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246

 

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Office: UW1-271E
Phone: 425-352-3670
Email: gklindgren@uwb.edu
Mailing: Box 358530 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246