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Harmony DeFazio (MS)
Harmony DeFazio
Director

Harmony attended the University of Oregon, where she earned her BA in German, with minors in Italian and Linguistics. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to study abroad in both Italy and Germany and to travel throughout Western Europe. These experiences were pivotal in shaping her personal and professional goals and she decided to continue her studies at the University of Oregon, this time pursuing a Master of Public Administration with a focus on international education. In graduate school, she returned to Germany to develop a study abroad program for US business students. After completing her studies, she worked as a Study Abroad Advisor at Central Washington University for two years. Harmony joined SASE as a Study Abroad Advisor in May 2007. She is currently serving as study abroad director for the Office of Global Initiatives.

(520) 626-6039
Renee Griggs
Renee Griggs
Associate Director & Student Services Coordinator

Renee has been with Study Abroad and Student Exchange for many years. Renee is the principal advisor for most Eller programs and is the person you'll want to see for any help with registration, posting of credits, billing questions, or financial aid.

(520) 626-7180
Jill Calderon
Jill Calderón
Program Director, Latin American Project Development

Jill completed her BA at Colorado State University in Creative Writing and her MA in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona. After graduating with her undergraduate degree, she set out for Costa Rica where she worked at becoming fluent in Spanish while running her own business, Escuela Latina de Lenguas, S.A., a language school teaching English to Costa Ricans and offering service learning opportunities and Spanish language instruction to international visitors. While in Costa Rica, Jill had the opportunity to travel throughout Latin America. She came to Tucson from Costa Rica in 2000 to work at the UA and pursue her Master's degree.  Currently, Jill serves as the Program Director for Latin American Project Development, advises for South American and Guatemalan programs, and assists the Center for Latin American Studies with international initiatives in teaching, research and study programs abroad.

(520) 626-4931
Kendra Corey
Kendra Corey
Program Director, Student Development and Assessment

Originally from western New York, Kendra attended the University of Richmond in Virginia where she earned her BA in Leadership Studies, with a minor in history.  During her junior year at Richmond, she spent a semester studying Maori culture and Australian and New Zealand history at the University of Otago in New Zealand.  After graduation, she spent six months working and traveling around Australia through the working holiday visa program.  Upon her arrival back in the US, she returned to her alma mater where she worked for five years, most recently in marketing and public relations at the Robins School of Business.

Prior to coming to Arizona, Kendra spent two years traveling throughout Southeast Asia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Chile, and Argentina, and spent time working in Alaska, Antarctica and teaching English in Chile.  Kendra has an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona and joined the SASE team in 2011. She enjoys hiking, camping, playing tennis, and exploring Tucson with her crazy Brittany Spaniel.  Kendra is responsible for study abroad program evaluation, student programming, and advises students for programs in Italy and Portugal.

(520) 626-3427
Kristen Michelson
Kristen Michelson
Study Abroad Coordinator

Kristen joins Study Abroad and Student Exchange from the Midwest, where she was born and raised and lived most of her life before coming to Tucson. Kristen holds a BA in French from Wittenberg University in Springfield, OH and an MA in French from the University of Minnesota. Following her studies, Kristen moved to Germany where she spent four years living in Cologne teaching English and working for a German television station while learning German. As an undergraduate, Kristen had the opportunity to study for one semester in Nantes, France, and has participated in short-term language immersion programs in Kassel, Germany and Madrid, Spain. Kristen has over twelve years experience working in the field of international education and holds a half-time position as the SASE inbound and outbound coordinator for French and German-speaking programs in Europe. In addition to her work in SASE, Kristen is pursuing a doctorate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching and is currently teaching 4th semester French at the UA. Kristen is passionate about intercultural exchange, and believes it is a fundamental pathway to understanding, respect, and appreciation between and among all people. She is an avid cyclist, enjoys choral singing, and loves every genre of music that ever existed.

(520) 621-9403
Rudo Moyo
Rudo M Sandy
Study Abroad Coordinator

Born in Lusaka, Zambia to Zambian and Zimbabwean parents, Rudo had early exposure to a cross cultural setting. She grew up in Stockholm, Sweden and Gaborone, Botswana. In 2000, after completing her undergraduate degree in French and English at the University of Botswana, Rudo’s family migrated to the United States. She has lived and studied in the United Kingdom where she obtained her Masters in Politics of Democracy at Oxford Brookes University. Rudo’s professional career includes working in the nonprofit sector on areas such as human rights and development. She has vast experience working with young people from diverse backgrounds. She has travelled to over 30 countries across Sub-Sahara and Northern Africa, South East Asia, Western, Northern and Central Europe. She is very passionate about inter cultural learning and believes that educational exchanges that facilitate such experiences are an integral part of personal growth. Rudo’s hobbies include writing poetry and playing tennis.

Rudo advises inbound and outbound students for programs in Africa, the Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Canada, The Honors Trip and Semester at Sea.

(520) 626-9273
Stella Rios
Administrative Associate

Stella has been at the University of Arizona since 1991.  She joined the staff in 2001 and is responsible for managing the front office and guiding students through the application process. She has worked for the College of Humanities and Emergency Medicine at the UA.  To make an appointment with any of our staff, just call Stella!

(520) 626-9211
Hillary Vance
Hillary Vance
Study Abroad Coordinator

Born and raised in New Jersey, Hillary completed her B.A. at Rutgers University, double majoring in Middle Eastern Studies and History with a minor in Political Science. During her undergraduate years, she studied abroad in Tunisia and France. It was due to these study abroad programs that Hillary decided to pursue a career in international education. After completing her M.Ed. in Globalization and Educational Change at Lehigh University, she moved to Cambodia and worked for a non-governmental organization. In addition to her study abroad experiences, Hillary has traveled throughout Europe and South East Asia, and has studied Khmer, Arabic, German, Spanish, and French. She joined the SASE team in June 2013 and is excited to help UA students pursue their own international educational experiences. Hillary advises inbound and outbound students for programs in Asia, Australia/Pacific, and the Middle East/North Africa.

(520) 626-0673
Dan Vander Ploeg
Study Abroad Coordinator

Before venturing out into the world, Dan grew up in Michigan.  During his time at Michigan State University, he studied abroad in Vienna, Austria where he had a transformative travel experience meeting new people, seeing different ways of living, and exploring some of the most interesting parts of Europe.  After graduating, he was looking for more adventures abroad, so he joined the Peace Corps where he taught English in a small village in southern Kazakhstan.  After returning from Kazakhstan, Dan still had the travel bug, so he spent another six months exploring Central America.  He then moved to Tucson where he worked at the Arizona State Museum while he earned an MA in Higher Education Administration from the University of Arizona.  Dan loves to travel, absorb culture, explore nature, spend time with his family, and play with his very rambunctious dog. Dan advises inbound and outbound students for programs in Eastern Europe, Mexico and Costa Rica. 

520-626-9664
Jessica Whitney
Jessica Whitney
Administrative Assistant

Jessica is originally from the East coast but moved to Tucson with her family back in the late 80's. She holds a BA in psychology and sociology from the University of Arizona.  Her passion for multiculturalism and strong desire to travel and experience the diversity of the world has led her to the Study Abroad and Student Exchange Office.  Jessica loves spending quality time, doing outdoor activities such as swimming, hiking and camping, with her family.

(520) 626-5390

Study Abroad Outreach Student Assistant

Study Abroad & Student Exchange is looking for a study abroad alumna or alumnus who has a deep appreciation for their international experience and can convey that in information sessions and through outreach to prospective study abroad students on campus. 

Applicants must be available to work flexible hours (approximately 10 hours per week), both in and out of the office. The Outreach Student Assistant will be expected to maintain a high level of professionalism in representing Study Abroad & Student Exchange and demonstrate the ability to present relevant information about study abroad.  Please click here to view the full job description.

To apply, please e-mail a cover letter and resume to Jill Calderón: jcaldero@email.arizona.edu and put OUTREACH STUDENT ASSISTANT in all caps in the subject line of your e-mail.  Applications are due Friday, August 1st by 5:00pm. You will be called for an interview only if your application is selected. Please do not contact us about your application.  We will only accept emailed applications; no hard copies will be considered. 

Office of Global Initiatives Student Assistant

Another division within the Office of Global Initiatives is also hiring a student assistant.  Please see the job description and apply through Wildcat Joblink (please don’t email us directly regarding this position).