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Center for Global Education

» Center for Global Education Staff

For general questions and information, please contact the Center for Global Education 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at: 
Phone: (714) 997-6830
576 N. Glassell, Orange CA 92866

In emergency-only situations outside of regular University business hours, please contact Chapman University Public Safety: (714) 997-6763.

For questions regarding housing while abroad, provider applications, visas, arrival information and other program details, please contact the provider/host institutions directly.

Click on the CGE staff below for individual contact information and bios.

+ - Kristin Beavers, Director & ISEP Coordinator

Kristy BeaversE-mail:
Phone: (714) 289-2020

Kristin Westervelt Beavers (M.A.) Associate Director, ventured into international education soon after she arrived at Chapman University in 2001 from Oregon. Originally hired to manage academic domestic internships, she soon found herself developing the university’s first stand-alone summer international internship program. One location grew quickly to five sites in Europe and Asia Pacific so she transferred to the Center for Global Education as Assistant Director and program manager for international internships and exchange programs. Currently, she oversees strategic planning and operations for the Center for Global Education and manages inbound and outbound exchange programs. She served on the International Council of Advisors for the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) for six years, holds membership in NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, Diversity Abroad and Global Leadership League, presents at regional and international conferences and served on the WIVA subcommittee of NAFSA to develop “Best Practices for Vetting Partners and Developing Opportunities Abroad.” For Chapman, she serves as Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group on the Status of Women. She holds a Master of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands and speaks enough French to get herself in trouble.

+ - Jodi Hicks, Assistant Director of Overseas Programs

Jodi HicksE-mail:
Phone: (714) 997-6629

Jodi Hicks (M.A.) began her career at Chapman University in 2011 at the Center for Global Education. Her motivation to pursue a career in international education started with her first study abroad experience in London and second experience in Thailand as an undergraduate student at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (2005). She participated in a short-term abroad program in Tanzania while obtaining her Master of Arts in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from California State University Long Beach (2013). Jodi is a member and former Co-Chair of the International Communities Advisory Group at Chapman. Jodi has served as content chair for the Lessons from Abroad Los Angeles Conference since 2014. She has traveled to almost 40 countries in 6 continents. Jodi was awarded the Fulbright Taiwan International Educators Seminar in March 2018. Her most favorite travel item she packs for any international trip is a sarong.

+ - Jean Lawson, Travel Course & International Internship Manager

Jean LawsonE-mail:
Phone: (714) 744-7858

Jean Lawson joined the Center for Global Education in 2011 after working in the Career and Professional Development. She brings expertise in the areas of student relations, office management, financial analysis, development of organizational procedures, guidelines and customer service. Before coming to Chapman University, she worked in business, financial accounting and provided administrative support to corporate executives. Jean received an Associate of Arts degree in Accounting, and Business Administration degree in Marketing from California State University, Fullerton. Furthering her commitment to personal growth and development, she acquired a Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman with a Certificate in Organizational Development. Jean’s natural ability to collaborate and build relationships with colleagues allows her to effectively meet the needs of students, providers, faculty, staff and parents within our community. Outside of work she loves to SUP, power walk, paint with watercolors and travel!

+ - Susan Sams, PDSO, RO, Specialist, International Student & Scholar Services

Staff Susan SamsE-mail:
Phone: (714) 997-6829

Susan Sams has worked in the field of international education for 30 years. Susan currently serves as the Principal Designated Officer (F visa holders) and Responsible Officer (J visa holders) for Chapman University. A graduate from Texas Tech University and an active member of NAFSA, Susan continues to serve our international student and scholar population with compassion and commitment. Susan won the 2013 Diversity and Equity Award-Global Citizenship Award. This award is presented to a Chapman University community member who embodies what it means to be a global citizen through academic and/or co-curricular efforts focused on furthering positive social change internationally.

+ - Loren Lee Diaz, MBA, Applications Coordinator

Loren DiazE-mail:
Phone: (714) 289-3139

Loren Lee Diaz, MBA has been a Chapman panther since 2007 and graduated in the class of 2011 with a B.S. in Business Administration (emphasis in Marketing) and minor in Public Relations. She has studied abroad at the International College of Management, Sydney in Australia. She first worked for the Center for Global Education as a Peer Advisor in 2010. Diaz has experience in finance, accounting, technical operations, digital communications, marketing, and customer service from previous roles at Warner Bros. Studios. In 2018, she received an MBA from the George L. Argyros School of Business and Economics. Her passion for overseas exploration began after participating in a Spanish language immersion and homestay program in Málaga, Spain during high school.

+ - Junko Takada, DSO, ARO, Department Assistant

Email: takada@chapman.eduJunko Takada
Phone: (714) 744-2110

Junko began her career as an English instructor at a private English language school in Japan. Eager to learn more about teaching a second language, she came to the U.S. in 2002 to obtain a TESOL certificate at UCR Extension and later pursued her studies at University of Pennsylvania for her Master’s degree in TESOL. After working at several post-secondary institutions for many years, she joins Chapman University to assist International students. She is excited to meet new students and learn about their cultures. She has also lived in Puerto Rico for four years, and has traveled to Venezuela, Indonesia, Barbados, St. Maarten, France and England.

+ - McKenna Hughes, Program Assistant to Travel Courses and International Internships

McKenna HughesE-mail:
Phone: (714) 997-6830

McKenna Hughes (M.A.) has been a fierce advocate for global education since her first trip abroad to Japan in 2008 with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. While earning her Bachelors of Arts in English and Linguistics at the University of Virginia, she traveled abroad on several occasions including a semester studying at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. After graduation, McKenna continued her global pursuits by teaching English in France where she learned the value of intercultural competency and a flexible attitude. Determined to dedicate her career to international education, McKenna then earned a Master of Arts in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Before coming to the Center for Global Education, McKenna worked in Paris, France with the Middlebury School in France supporting students as they adjusted to their new home, school, and internship abroad. In her free time, McKenna enjoys reading a good book, crafting, long walks, and, of course, traveling.

+ - Kayla Brooks, Administrative Assistant

Staff Kayla BrooksE-mail:
Phone: (714) 997-6857

Kayla Brooks has been a Chapman Panther since 2014, and graduated in May 2018 with a B.A. in Strategic Corporate Communication along with two minors in Dance Studies and Psychology.  She is currently attending graduate school through Brandman University to receive her MBA with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. Her passion for traveling the globe began in high school during her first international trip to Europe. Kayla hopes that one day she will have visited as many countries as possible, and to give back to communities around the globe that are in need of help. She enjoys dancing, reading, Disneyland, going on new adventures, and traveling. Her favorite place to travel to is Paris, France, and the next destination on her list Brussels, Belgium.

+ - Student Team

Student Peer Advisors and Assistants at the Center for Global Education will be your first contact when you visit our office. They are happy to answer your questions and explain the steps to do a study abroad, Travel Course, or International Internship program! Stop by to chat with a Peer Advisor any time Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Check out below where our Peer Advisors and student assistants have studied abroad and read more about our student team.

Peer Advisors:

Alexis: AIFS in Granada, Spain- Spring '17 Alexis   

Jake: Anglo American University, Prague- Spring '17


Ryan: City, University of London; UK- Fall '17 
Chinese Culture and Society, Taiwan- Summer '17


Allie: Anglo American University, Prague- Fall '17
Australia International Internship- Summer '17
London/Paris Travel Course- Interterm '19


Val: Thammasat University, Bangkok- Fall '18

Peer Advisor, Val


Aaron: Chinese University Hong Kong- Fall '18

Peer Advisor - Aaron

Michaela: Temple University Rome- Fall '18

Student Michaela


Student Assistants:

Bryan: Assistant to the Acting Director; Anglo American University, Prague- Fall '17  



Mark: Graduate Assistant; University of Limerick, Ireland- Fall '16


Emily: Graduate Assistant; University of Roehampton, UK- Spring '16 


Megan: Graduate Assistant; AIFS in Salamanca, Spain- Spring '17


Kaelee: Assistant to the Applications Coordinator; Korea University- Fall '18

Student Kaelee



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