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Center for Global Education Mission Statement


The mission of the Center for Global Education is to provide students with academically challenging off-campus study experiences that foster an in-depth understanding of another culture, with the aim of encouraging them to embrace the concept of global citizenship. Being a responsible, effective citizen of the world involves assuming an active role in one’s own community and in the larger world; it also requires an understanding of the relationship between actions made locally and globally and a commitment to the betterment of people’s lives everywhere. Through our extensive menu of program options, the Center for Global Education strives to provide students with a transformative learning experience that inspires them to lead lives of consequence.


Thomas D'Agostino

Thomas D’Agostino
Dean for Global Education
E-mail: tdagostino@hws.edu
Tom is responsible for overseeing the Center for Global Education (CGE) and for working to promote the internationalization of the HWS campus community. He collaborates with faculty across the institution to develop new off-campus programs, to evaluate existing programs, and to ensure the academic integrity and quality of all HWS programs. In addition to managing the CGE budget, Tom also participates in a variety of our pre-departure and reentry programming such as the Digital Storytelling Workshop and The Aleph: a journal of global perspectives. Tom has a B.A. in political science and Spanish from St. John Fisher College, where he spent a semester studying in Saltillo, Mexico, and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. In addition to his work in international education he is co-author (with Richard Hillman) of Distant Neighbors in the Caribbean: the Dominican Republic and Jamaica in Comparative Perspective, Understanding the Contemporary Caribbean, and Understanding Contemporary Latin America.

Amy Teel

Amy Teel
Programs Operations Manager
E-mail: teel@hws.edu
As the programs operations manager at the Center for Global Education, Amy Teel oversees the day-to-day operations of the Colleges’ many programs abroad. She advises students about which programs are the best fit for their particular majors, skills, and long-term objectives. Amy plays a key role in program recruitment, admissions, and pre-departure planning. She also administers the program for incoming international exchange students, assisting with visas, registration, orientation, and cultural adjustment. Amy has worked in higher education since 1984, following completion of a B.A. from Hamilton College and a master’s degree in anthropology and African studies from Northwestern University. A die-hard global nomad, Amy has lived and studied in Israel, London, England, and Khartoum, Sudan in addition to travelling widely on all continents (except Antarctica).

Colleen Kolb

Colleen Kolb
Associate Program Manager
E-mail: kolb@hws.edu
In her role as associate program manager, Colleen manages a portfolio of semester study abroad programs and all of the CGE’s short-term programs during the summer and J-term (December-January). She works closely with faculty and with partner institutions in designing short-term programs and oversees the student recruitment process. A Pennsylvania native, Colleen earned her B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College and is pursuing her M.S.Ed. in higher education with a concentration in international education at Old Dominion University. Colleen believes there is transformative learning potential in every cross-cultural experience; her own passion for global education sprouted during the two years she spent studying and working in Copenhagen, Denmark. She was fortunate enough to live with a Danish family, and became an expert at navigating city bike lanes. Colleen loves discovering more about the world through learning languages and trying new foods. In her free time, Colleen can be found painting scenes of her adventures, hiking in search of the world’s best waterfalls, or sipping tea and reading a good book.

Jennifer O'Neil

Jennifer O’Neil
Predeparture and Reentry Programming Coordinator
E-mail: oneil@hws.edu

Jennifer works closely with students both before and after they study abroad. She is responsible for developing a variety of innovative programs and activities designed to better prepare students to make the most of their international experiences. In addition, Jennifer oversees a wide range of reentry activities that encourage students returning from abroad to reflect on and remain engaged with the new places and perspectives they encountered and to share their experiences with our campus community. Jennifer has a B.A. from Stanford University in cultural and social anthropology with a concentration in international education. She is a former collegiate pole vaulter and continues to be passionately involved in athletics. Before joining the HWS team, Jennifer studied abroad in Chile and did conservation work in Australia. Her most recent international experience, five years of living and teaching English in southern Spain, fueled her enthusiasm for global education. In her free time Jennifer enjoys learning about other cultures through dance and has dabbled in salsa, tango, bangra and flamenco. When not traveling or dancing, she can be found hiking with her family and Spanish dog.

Penny Hamilton

Penny Hamilton
Administrative Assistant/CGE Office Manager
E-mail: hwsabroad@hws.edu

Penny manages the office and provides support for the other members of the CGE staff. She is the first point of contact for students and answers questions about the process for applying to study abroad, completing and submitting required documents, and the general policies that apply to study abroad. Penny manages logistical arrangements for the HWSAbroad Information Session each semester and for other student and faculty meetings held by the CGE and serves as the supervisor for the student Programming Assistants who work in the office. Previously, Penny worked in the Warren Hunting Smith Library.

Committee on Global Education

The Committee on Global Education (COGE), a sub-committee of the Committee on Academic Affairs (COAA), is comprised of five faculty members appointed by COAA. The Associate Dean for Global Education and representatives of the Hobart and William Smith Deans’ Offices sit ex officio. The committee advises and assists the Center for Global Education on matters relating to academic oversight and program assessment, faculty development initiatives, and policies governing faculty and student participation in off-campus programs.


Please contact CGE if you have any questions:

Phone: (315) 781-3307

Email: hwsabroad@hws.edu