Global Initiatives is responsible for developing and implementing an internationalization strategy for UW Bothell.
- Build 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 (COIL) 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.
- Manage international partnerships.
- Define global learning outcomes and develop assessment tools.
- Pursue grant funding and external revenue for internationalization projects.
Global Initiatives is part of the Integrated Learning Team that reports to the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs. Located in the Student Success Center, the unit was staffed by a director and part-time student assistants, with administrative support from the Student Success Center Events Coordinator and the Office of Academic Affairs Program Coordinator. A part-time, project-based International Collaborations Facilitator supports the COIL Fellows program.
Global Initiatives collaborates closely with the Offices of Global Affairs at UW Seattle and 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.