Wilkes University

Office of Global Engagement

The Office of Global Engagement fosters Wilkes' mission of educating students "in a constantly evolving and multicultural world." The office provides institutional and regional leadership and programming in global education and diversity issues. The office advises, supports, and advocates for students from underrepresented groups and international students who have come to the US to study at Wilkes. The office brings diversity and a global perspective to the Wilkes community by sponsoring campus-wide programs to develop a broader understanding of the world and providing support in matters of diversity, internationalization, and inclusion. The office is an important resource and support for all areas of the University. The office is composed of three offices: International Student Services, the Office of Diversity Initiatives, and the Office of International Engagement. Services of the office include:

  • Support for students from underrepresented groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities, gay/lesbian/transsexual/transgender, and individuals with disabilities;
  • Support for international students, faculty, and staff;
  • Multicultural programming;
  • Global Hub and Colonel Closet Extension (8:30-4:30)—lounge with workspace, t.v., computers, coffee
  • International & Diversity Graduation Celebration Reservations for the Savitz Lounge in the Henry Student Center.
  • Oversight of IFARHU scholarship program and Panamanian students from admission through graduation

Staffing for the Center:

Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino, Executive Director (cathylee.arcuino@wilkes.edu)
Erica Acosta, Director of Diversity Initiatives (erica.acosta@wilkes.edu)
Crystal Cool, Assistant Director of International Student Services (crystal.cool@wilkes.edu)
Madison Becker,Assistnat Director, Office of International Engagement (madison.becker@wilkes.edu)
Yeison Santamaria, Program Coordinator, Office of International Engagement (yeison.santamaria@wilkes.edu)
MaryEllen McLean, Assistant, International Student Services, (Maryellen.mclean@wilkes.edu)

The Center is located in the Max Roth Center at the corner of South Franklin and West South Streets. The Center's staff may be reached by calling (570) 408-7854 (or ext. 7854 from a campus phone) or by writing to Dr. Cathy Lee Arcuino (cathylee.arcuino@wilkes.edu).


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