Oct. 25, 2018–Bri Altier Ard– Interim Director, Global Engagement / Univ. of South Alabama

Bio: Bri Altier Ard is currently the Interim Director at the University of South Alabama, where her responsibilities include overseeing daily study abroad operations, advising study abroad students, managing the International Education Ambassador internship program, maintaining the study abroad program database, liaising with international and domestic partners, and more. Bri holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Tulane University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Instructional Design from the University of South Alabama.
Topic of conversation: Global Engagement at the University of South Alabama, including where we are, where we came from, and where we are going. In 2012-2013 academic year, USA had 62 students studying abroad. During the 2017-2018 academic year, USA had just under 300 students studying abroad. This almost 400% increase was due to many factors, including Global Engagement being included on USA’s strategic plan, collaboration across departments and colleges, increased scholarship opportunities, and increased student access by removing barriers. These actions have allowed for hundreds of USA students to see and experience the world