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.
Maintain visibility of international efforts across campus.
Continue building on-campus support for study abroad, especially addressing the needs of underrepresented students.
Expand local opportunities for global learning, including incorporating collaborative online international learning into courses across the curriculum and promoting globally-connected community engagement.
Lead and support campus-wide efforts to integrate students from diverse cultural backgrounds, especially focusing on the needs of international students.
Define global learning outcomes and develop assessment tools.
Pursue grant funding and external revenue for internationalization projects.
Global Initiatives is directed by Natalia Dyba and supported by Student Ambassadors. Several working groups and task forces focus on developing specific internationalization priorities. 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.