CGEE Staff Biography – David Hamilton

David assumed his current position of Director of Operations and Global Inclusion Initiatives  after serving as the Director of International Travel Seminars at CGEE for 7 years.  As Director of Operation, David builds upon his strong understanding of CGEE’s programming, pedagogy, financial management and knowledge of the international sites as he helps to find new ways to expand upon CGEE’s intenationally recognized work and bring it into new areas and find new opportunities.  David’s work has also long focused on Diversity and Inclusion work within CGEE as he served as chair of the diversity task force for 3 years.   David is also currently on the College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is certified as a Qualified Administer for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), the tool for measuring intercultural competence that both the college and CGEE has used.

Before entering the field of International Education, David worked in the field of social services and was the Executive Director of a non-profit agency that operated a Syringe Exchange Program and provided harm reduction based services to clients.  David’s graduate studies focused on Southern African History, and Portuguese speaking Africa and the diaspora, he cites that this interest was fueled by living abroad for 3 years in his youth in Angola, Mozambique, Portugal and Brazil.

CGEE Staff Biography – Andrea Dvorak

Andrea M.W. Dvorak is Assistant Director of Off-campus Studies in the Center for Global Education and Experience. In this role, she manages US and International semester study programs, including all advising efforts from first-step through matriculation. She directs CGEE’s assessment of curricular and co-curricular learning, leads faculty development, outreach and training around internationalization, and oversees online applications for the department. Over her nine years with CGEE, Andrea has served as liaison to the faculty, streamlined short-term program proposal processes, and lead risk assessment and emergency preparedness efforts.

Andrea’s professional interests include the application of intercultural development theory to student advising, orientation and re-entry and the intersection between environmental sustainability and study abroad. Andrea has presented at national and international conferences on topics ranging from faculty-led programming in STEM fields, working with DACA, graduate, and non-traditional students, and best practices using Studio Abroad, our online application software. She has also served as a consultant to area colleges and universities in their own implementation of Studio Abroad. In 2011, she co-authored an article entitled “Sustainability and Study Abroad: A Necessary Partnership,” published in Frontiers: An interdisciplinary journal of Study Abroad. She has been an active member of Augsburg College’s Environmental Stewardship Committee since 2007, and has served as Sustainability Coordinator for NAFSA’s Region IV, as well as on The Forum on Education Abroad’s Task Force on Student Ethics. Prior to joining Augsburg, Andrea taught English in Krakow, Poland and worked in a higher education non-profit that focused on professional development for university faculty/staff. Andrea received her B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota-Morris, and her MA in Slavic Literature and Culture from University College London.

CGEE Staff Biography – Margaret Anderson

Margaret earned a BA in History from the University of Minnesota. After working for the Guthrie Theater for 2½ years she joined the staff of CGEE in 1991. She has worked with customized programs and done study abroad advising, but her primary duties have involved the administration of CGEE semester and summer programs in Latin America, Southern Africa, Cuba, Norway and Switzerland: admissions, registration, billing, travel and visas, institutional relations, support for students and parents, and representing CGEE on other campuses and at professional conferences.  She has presented nationally on topics such as families and study abroad, working with disabilities in international education, and how study abroad can contribute to peacemaking at home and abroad. She has also served on the Staff Senate, Peace Prize Forum Planning Committee, and Strategic Planning Commission at Augsburg. International travel includes: Mexico, Nicaragua, Namibia, England, Scotland and Canada.

Margaret is proud of her 24 year history with CGEE, having had the privilege of contributing to the growth and transformation of thousands of students who have experienced CGEE programs, and seeing the many paths alumni have taken: from law to medicine, teaching, the Peace Corps, international NGO’s, social work and social justice advocacy.  She enjoys working with other institutions of higher education around the country, keeping up with technology and other advances in the field of international education, and looks forward to the continuing globalization of the Augsburg campus.

CGEE Staff Biography – Olee Amata

Olee has been working at Augsburg College since 2002, she joined the Center for Global Education & Experience in 2008.  Before joining CGEE, she was working with TRiO Student Support Services, McNair Scholars Program, and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunities (URGO) for six years.  Olee has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Augsburg College.

Olee has a passion for working with students and international travel.  This passion, fueled her interest to work with CGEE on the Customized Programs Team.  She also is currently the Chair of the Customized Programs Scholarship Committee.  Olee’s travel experiences have led her to El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, and Canada.  She is also fluent in Lao and Thai.   Olee looks forward to the opportunity of working more closely with students.

CGEE Staff Biography – Lucy Hardaker

Lucy’s time as a student assistant in the international office during her undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire set her on a path to international education as a career. Her proudest accomplishment was each and every one of the (100+) connections she made between international students and host families in the Eau Claire community. Students frequently cited their host family to be one of the highlights of their time in the USA, and she was very proud to be a part of that experience.

After many years in Eau Claire, she returned to her hometown St. Paul to work on her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Minnesota, while working for the international student services office on campus. She coordinated experiential and intercultural short-term programs for international students in Minnesota; as well as helping with international student recruitment. She has always had a great passion for international education field and looks forward greatly to helping students around the US discover the impactful programs that CGEE has to offer. Lucy’s international travels have taken her to Greece, France, Italy, Turkey, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, England, and CGEE’s sites in Nicaragua & Mexico.