Position assignments in the Center for Global Education and Diversity (GEDI) have shifted this summer. In the paragraphs that follow, the Center’s roles and responsibilities are described. GEDI is located in the Max Roth Center at 215 South Franklin Street.
GEDI supports Wilkes’ vision of educating students “in a constantly evolving and multicultural world” through the cooperation between and the individual operations of its three pillars: Global Education, Diversity Initiatives and International Student Services.
Each distinct area of GEDI provides counseling for Wilkes students who can benefit from targeted support and all those who are interested in learning from and about those different than themselves. GEDI sponsors and supports campus wide programming and projects which develop understanding of diversity through highlighting cultural celebrations, diversity conferences, international issues and lifestyle choices.
GEDI’s staff within the following structure carries out the work of the Center:
GEDI is led by an Executive Director (Georgia Costalas) whose role is to supervise the Center’s staff, oversee the functions of three areas, and exploit the synergy of their interworking.
The Office of Global Education supports University-wide efforts for study abroad, international faculty and staff exchanges, and globalization of the curriculum through the introduction of international themes in academic and extracurricular activities. Georgia Costalas is working with faculty and students of current faculty-led programs, those programs structured by an MOU, and the international visiting scholars program. Erica Acosta is promoting and facilitating independent study abroad programs for undergraduates.
The Office of Diversity Initiatives works to create a more inclusive campus environment, and to increase retention and success of students from underrepresented groups through academic monitoring, life issues counseling, student advocacy, and diversity training. Erica Acosta is the Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives. She leads and coordinates efforts across the University to enhance diversity and enrich the academic, social and cultural experiences of all members of the campus community while fostering a multicultural attitude across campus.
The Office of International Student Services is responsible for leading University-wide efforts for advising, programming, assessment and administrative support (including immigration documentation) for international students; and for creating spaces and opportunities for all Wilkes students, faculty and staff to learn from and with its international students. Services to international students also include the Intensive English program, a five semester program that prepares non-native speakers of English for academic study. The Center welcomes Jonathan Summers as the Assistant Director of ISS who with Georgia, the Director of ISS, provides services to the international students and intercultural communication training for students, faculty and staff. Faculty and staff with questions about administrative documents concerning international students should contact Jonathan or Georgia.
Dr. Kimberly Niezgoda oversees the Intensive English Program, presently housed in Hollenback Hall.