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CGEE Staff Biography – Leah Spinosa de Vega

Leah joined Augsburg College in July 2008. In her role as Director of Global Initiatives and Off-campus study, she develops and manages Global Education initiatives that deepen a holistic model of global engagement at Augsburg College in support of the Mission, Vision and academic goals of the College.

Previous to becoming the Director of Global Initiatives and Off-campus study in the Center for Global Education and Experience in June 2015, Leah served as the Director of Augsburg Abroad.  During her 6 years of leadership as the Director of Augsburg Abroad, the number of students studying abroad increased by over 20%.   During this same period, over 40 Augsburg students have been awarded over $170,000 through the Gilman International Scholarship program.

She is particularly proud her team’s and CGEE’s achievements in making off-campus study more inclusive.  Much of this success has been through close collaboration throughout the College–in particular with Multicultural, LGBTQIA, and Disability (CLASS) Student Services, TRiO/SSS, and Student Financial Services and Advancement.

She has over 20 years of experience working in higher education in international education, academic advising, executive education, alumni relations and Spanish-language instruction.  Leah has a Bachelors degree in Spanish and Linguistics, and a Master’s in Hispanic Linguistics, both from the University of Minnesota.  In addition to these degrees, she is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory and holds a diplomado in Client Centered Therapy from the Instituto de Gestalt  in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she lived, worked and studied for over 7 years.

She sits on the Executive Committee on the Board of Directors for HECUA (Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs).  She was elected Treasurer in June 2015.