Maggie provides leadership, direction, and supervision for the Learning Abroad office and Passport for Coogs functional area. She develops and leads the office's strategic goals and planning, and she oversees faculty-led program development and support, university and provider partnerships, risk and emergency management, assessment, reporting, and budgeting.
Maggie joined the Learning Abroad team in 2015 after working in Residence Life, Intercultural Education, and Career Development. Maggie previously served as a Learning Abroad Advisor before taking her current role. She is persuing a Doctorate of Education in Ethical Leadership from the University of St. Thomas with a focus on Global Competence and Student Invovlement. She holds a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Arts in French with a minor in Spanish from Centenary College of Louisiana. Maggie has studied abroad in France, Belgium, and Guatemala as a student. She speaks French and has working proficiency in Spanish. In addition, she has traveled in Western Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Costa Rica, and Peru.
Learning Abroad Advisor
Jade advises for students in the colleges of Business, Natural Science and Mathematics, Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Nursing, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Graduate College of Social Work, the Hobby School, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, and student service learning groups.
Jade joined the team in July 2021. Prior to this role, Jade served as a Study Abroad Advisor at Georgia State University. Jade has earned her Master of Science Education in College Student Personnel Administration and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE). Jade has always had dreams to travel the world and understood that you can learn so much by viewing different cultures. While earning her Bachelor degree, Jade participated in a summer program in San José, Costa Rica with an affiliated partner. In addition to this trip, Jade has traveled to Canada and the Dominican Republic. Jade has a strong passion for helping students travel and learn abroad to develop their own personal identity, influence their cultural perspectives, and advance in their academics. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching her favorite streaming networks, Netflix and Disney+, playing softball, trying new foods, and of course, traveling!
Learning Abroad Advisor
Allison advises for students in the colleges of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Arts, Education, Honors, Exploratory Studies students, Reciprocal Exchange students, and fellowship students.
Allison Carruthers joined the Learning Abroad team in July 2021. Allison has a Master of Science in Education in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with minors in Spanish and Business Administration from Baylor University. As an undergraduate student she spent a semester abroad in Seville, Spain at Universidad Pablo de Olavide. She is fluent in Spanish and prior to joining Learning Abroad she spent two years living and working in international education in Puerto Rico. In addition, she has also travelled in Western Europe, the Caribbean, Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and Morocco. In her free time, Allison enjoys baking, reading, and planning her next local or global adventure.
Marisol joined Learning Abroad in September 2015. Marisol was born in Mexico, but was raised in Houston, TX and is fluent in Spanish. Before joining the Learning Abroad team, Marisol worked for the Houston Independent School District for twenty years, where she held a variety of positions leading her to her last position as the school administrative assistant. Marisol has spent many summers in Mexico and has also traveled to Canada. Marisol plans to continue her education in Business Management and Accounting.
Passport Facility Manager
Amanda joined the Learning Abroad team in November 2019. After working 7 years in healthcare IT she has returned to a higher education work environment. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Texas A&M University. Being born in South Korea and having an Australian parent, Amanda has had many opportunities to travel the globe from a young age. She has been to Australia, Fiji, Canada, Mexico, Italy, England, Indonesia, and has most recently traveled back to South Korea for the first time since leaving as a baby. Amanda enjoys writing, producing and recording electronic music in her free time and also loves cooking, cinema and reading.
Emily Rose Garcia
Learning Abroad Graduate Assistant
Emily Rose joined the Learning Abroad team in June 2021. Emily Rose is originally from the Rio Grande Valley. She studied at the University of Texas at Austin where she received her B.S.A. in Human Development and Family Sciences. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Higher Education at the University of Houston. While earning her Bachelor’s degree at UT, she participated in a faculty-led learning abroad program in the summer of 2019 in Italy. In addition to her trip, she also traveled to Spain and Greece, and has also been to the United Kingdom, France, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Netherlands, and Belgium. Emily Rose is an extrovert who loves coffee and avocados and spends her free time socializing with family and friends as well as planning future local and international travel trips.
Learning Abroad Graduate Assistant
Hannah joined the Learning Abroad team is September 2021. Hannah was born and raised in Kansas but moved to Houston in August of 2021. She studied at Kansas State University where she obtained her Bachelor's in Social Work with a Minor in Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies. She is currently working towards obtaining her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Houston. While at KSU, Hannah participated in a faculty-led learning abroad program to Italy in 2017. In addition to her learning abroad experience, she has traveled to Jamacia and the Cayman Islands. In her free time, Hannah enjoys reading, watching New Girl for the 100th time, taking last minute road trips and spending time with friends and family.