About FIU’s Office of Global Learning Initiatives
The Office of Global Learning Initiatives’ (OGLI) mission is to prepare FIU’s students to be successful global citizens with global awareness, a global perspective, and a passion to make the world a better place.
We achieve our mission through the 2016 IIE Andrew Heiskell Award-winning Global Learning for Global Citizenship initiative. Every FIU student engages in active, team-based, interdisciplinary exploration of real-world problems as a condition of graduation.
FIU faculty have created over 140 global learning courses across the undergraduate curriculum. Students choose among courses offered in every academic department to meet their two-course global learning graduation requirement.
We also offer FIU faculty, staff, and graduate teaching assistants an array of workshops and fellowships that hone skills needed to develop and implement successful global learning experiences.
Our Global Learning Medallion program enables students to design their own experiences. They can go above and beyond the minimum to take additional global learning courses and participate in globally-focused activities, study abroad programs, foreign language study, and/or original research to earn this graduation honor.
As internationalization leader Madeleine F. Green has said about the university’s Global Learning initiative, “to date … FIU has done everything right.”
OGLI Statement on Racial and Social Injustice
The Office of Global Learning Initiatives (OGLI) is horrified and sickened by the senseless murder of George Floyd, the latest in an unending number of racist killings of Black and African American men, women, and children. We at the OGLI recognize that racism is structural and systemic and that the oppression of disenfranchised and marginalized communities happens everywhere. The violence, hatred, oppression and continuous injustice turned on Blacks and African Americans is terribly wrong and hurts us all. We have seen and sometimes turned away from the racism experienced by Blacks and African Americans in our community and around the world, and at times we have sat quietly on the sidelines. We know that indifference, silence and inaction are unacceptable. We take Ijeoma Oluo’s words to heart: “Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it’s the only way forward.”
We at the OGLI commit to engaging in self-reflection and identifying ways we can enact change and promote racial equity and justice. We will begin with a critical examination of our actions, our student and faculty global learning programming, our curriculum, and our daily practices, particularly as they relate to our outreach, inclusion, and interactions with Blacks and African Americans in our community.
Please join us in engaging locally, supporting the Black Student Union, and collaborating globally with those who are looking deep, speaking up, and making change to create a more just and equitable world.
- Hilary C. Landorf, Ph.D., Executive Director
- Stephanie Doscher, Ed.D., Director
- Yenisleidy Simon Mengana, M.S., Program Manager
- Gregory Anderson, Senior Program Coordinator
- Sherrie Rhodes Beeson, M.S., Program Coordinator
- Florencia Dominguez, Global Learning Coordinator
- Taylor Saenz, Communications Assistant
- Jared Leichner,MBA, Graduate Assistant
As Executive Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives, Dr. Landorf oversees FIU’s university-wide initiative, Global Learning for Global Citizenship, recognized by the Institute of International Education as winner of the 2016 Heiskell Award for Internationalizing the Campus. She is also an Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Development, and leader of FIU’s Master of Science degree program in International and Intercultural Education. From 2016-2019, she was the Executive Director of the Comparative and International Education Society.
Landorf’s expertise centers on visioning, developing, designing, and implementing the policies and practices of global learning efforts in higher education. She has written, consulted, and presented internationally on integrating global learning into higher education. Her recent publications include “Empowering Student Voice through Global Learning in the Curriculum and Cocurriculum” in Diversity & Democracy, “The Origins and Meaning of Global Learning” in Internationalisation of Higher Education Handbook, and “Using Democratic Deliberation in an Internationalization Effort in Higher Education,” in Disrupting Adult and Community Education: Teaching, Learning, and Working in the Periphery.
Landorf’s latest book is Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (Stylus & NAFSA, 2018), co-authored with Stephanie Doscher and Jaffus Hardrick.
Landorf holds a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. with Honors in English Literature from Stanford University.
As part of her work with the OGLI, Dr. Doscher leads FIU’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative and hosts the Making Global Learning Universal podcast. Doscher is also Program Evaluator for FIU’s Title VI-funded Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean National Resource Center, a Faculty Fellow with the Center for Leadership, and was a founding Change Leader for FIU’s AshokaU Changemaker Campus initiative. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from FIU, and the global learning rubrics she developed as part of her dissertation are currently being used by educators around the world. Doscher also holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in History from Emory University.
Doscher’s work focuses primarily on organizational leadership, professional development, and integrative curricular and co-curricular design to enable global learning for all. Her research interests include teaching and assessment strategies for global learning and the relationship between global learning, comprehensive internationalization, social innovation, and inclusive excellence. She has presented and published papers on these and other topics in numerous international conferences and journals. Selected publications include, “Why the Future is Bright for Internationalisation” in University World News, “Universal Global Learning, Inclusive Excellence, and Higher Education’s Greater Purpose” in AAC&U’s Peer Review; “Defining Global Learning at Florida International University” in AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy; and, “Education for Sustainable Human Development: Towards a Definition” in Theory and Research in Education.
Yeni is the Program Manager of Global Learning Initiatives at FIU. In this role, she leads the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs designed to increase students’ global awareness, global perspectives, and global engagement. Her experience includes working nationally and internationally in the areas of education, international development, humanitarianism, gender advocacy, and global engagement.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Smith College and a master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from FIU. She is both a Salzburg Global Seminar Alumna and a Humanity in Action Fellow. She is also the founder of the Seven Sisters Latina Conference and a three-time Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) Alumna. Most recently, she joined as a Teaching Faculty member of the Global Citizenship Alliance.
Yeni’s academic interests include the examination of privilege and oppression and their role in shaping the experiences of disenfranchised groups in education. She is passionate about utilizing critical consciousness and other emancipatory pedagogical approaches as means to transform educational communities for the better. Yeni is dedicated to championing initiatives that seek to promote active global citizenship and challenge global inequality, particularly in the education field.
Her publications include “Everyday Discrimination and Chronic Health Conditions Among Latinos: the Moderating Role of Socio-Economic Position” (2013) with Dr. Kristine Molina. She has also been featured in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly twice for her commitment to women’s empowerment, “Role Models for All of Us – Latina alumnae, students, share successes, plan solutions” and “The Mentor Effect”.
Sherrie joined the OGLI team three years ago as a graduate assistant. Her passion for global learning was ignited early as a child and has been continuously fueled by her studies and work at FIU. She is currently involved in research projects focused on pre-service and in-service teachers’ stories of global learning, the transformative effects of global learning experiences on undergraduate students, the intersection of college students’ civic and cultural identities, and culturally sustaining professional development. She has presented on these and other topics at various professional conferences, including AERA, CIES, CUFA, and NCSS. Recent publications include, “Inspiring Examples of Critical Peace Education: Will We Rise to the Occasion?” (2018) in Theory & Research in Social Education and a review of Making Global Learning Universal: Promoting Inclusion and Success for All Students (forthcoming) in New Horizons In Adult Education & Human Resource Development.
As Program Coordinator, Beeson supports the Global Learning Curriculum Oversight Committee in its efforts to assess and ensure the continuous fidelity of more than two hundred Global Learning designated undergraduate courses. She also provides global learning professional development and supports FIU’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) initiative.
Florencia has a dual role at the Office of Global Learning Initiatives. She is the Managing Director for the Comparative and International Education Society, the largest and oldest of 47 comparative and international education societies around the world, and Global Learning Coordinator of the Peace Corp Prep program, Tuesday Times Roundtable sessions, the Global Learning Living Community, and student clubs. Previously, she worked for the International Rescue Committee, where she oversaw a federal grant for community outreach and public awareness to address human trafficking in South Florida; and a foundation grant advocating for refugee and immigrant youth rights in the U.S. In those roles, she became a policy champion and advocate, speaking to legislators locally and during several legislative sessions in our nation’s capital. She also led local and national seminars and trainings on human trafficking.
Florencia has served in multiple leadership roles in community and national human rights organizations, among them as Steering Committee member for Freedom Network USA, Co-Outreach Coordinator for the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force, Advisory Board Member for IRC’s Bridge to Safety under Avon’s No Mas project, and Planning Committee member of the Initiativa Hispana led by the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Penn State University; graduate certificates in Public Budgeting and Financial Management, and Public Human Resources Management; and a B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Economics and a certificate in Latin America and the Caribbean studies from Florida International University.
Taylor is the Communications Assistant for the Office of Global Learning Initiatives. In this role, she manages @GoGlobalFIU social media platforms and promotes activities and internship opportunities for global learning students. She also designed and launched The Globe newsletter, now distributed bi-monthly to Global Learning Medallion students. Taylor received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Florida International University in 2016. During her time as an undergraduate at FIU, she was a Research Assistant for the Child Anxiety and Phobia Program and held executive board positions in several campus organizations, including the Student Programming Council and Alpha Chi Omega, a national women’s organization that enriches the lives of members through lifetime opportunities for friendship, leadership, learning, and service. She plans to continue her education in the coming year and pursue graduate studies at FIU. In addition to her role in the OGLI, she is the current Operations and Accounting Manager for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES).
Jared Leichner is a PhD Candidate in FIU’s Biomedical Engineering Department. Currently, his research focus revolves around immunofluorescent staining and 3D modeling of Neurons, Astrocytes and Vasculature in the cortex of the brain with the aim of uncovering complex network connectivity patterns and their changes during disease states. He also holds an MBA from FIU’s prestigious International MBA program as well as dual Bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Psychology. When outside of the University, he enjoys creating music, developing virtual-reality applications, engaging in DIY home projects and most importantly spending time with his Wife and Shih-Tzu puppy.