Office for Study Abroad and International Learning Staff

Dr. Gabriele Weber Bosley

SIO/Executive Director
Office for Study Abroad and International Learning
gbosley@bellarmine.edu
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Vesna Alac

Vesna AlacCoordinator for the Cultures in Motion Program
Office for Study Abroad and International Learning
valac@bellarmine.edu

I was born in Southern Dalmatia, the oldest region of Croatia. I grew up amidst Slavic, Old Venetian, Turkish, Hungarian, German, French, Greek and other languages and dialects. Having experienced and lived multiculturalism, it seemed only natural to me to embark on an odyssean voyage after completing secondary studies. The next part of the journey brought me to Massachusetts in the United States, where cultural codes differed vastly from those of Central Europe and the Mediterranean. While in Massachusetts, I completed my undergraduate and graduate studies in Italian Literature and Language at the University of Massachusetts and Smith College, plus a year abroad at the Università di Firenze. These vastly different academic and cultural experiences have formed me intellectually and emotionally greatly, and opened many professional opportunities, amongst which are working as a lecturer for Italian at the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University. As a coordinator for the Cultures in Motion Program in Bellarmine’s Office of Study Abroad and International Learning, I am privileged to work with international students studying at Bellarmine University and domestic Bellarmine students returning form an international experience abroad by having both groups of students present in Louisville’s private and public school systems on their journey of self-discovery through transcultural experiences from very different perspectives, connecting the global to the local and vice versa.

Colleen Dietz

Claire RoederIntern/Peer Study Abroad Advisor
Office for Study Abroad and International Learning

Growing up in rural Indiana, I did not have many opportunities to learn about the diversity of the world. In order to teach me about the many different cultures that exist, my parents decided to host multiple international students as they completed their high school education in the states. I was incredibly attached to these students and I still maintain great relationships with them. I was even able to travel to China with one of these students for a summer and will serve as her maid of honor in her wedding this year! These bonds fostered in me a deep love of everything International. I love learning about differing cultures, languages, and of course, food! Fast forward to my time at Bellarmine, when I got involved with the Global Peer Mentoring Program, a group that works to foster relationships between exchange students and American students. I met some of the best friends of my life in this group. It helped me to see that my passion is truly found in the field of international learning. In my free time, I like to volunteer for the ONE Campaign which works to end extreme global poverty and preventable disease. I am constantly inspired by different international causes and I love working in an office where my passions are constantly promoted.

Kristina Lynch

Claire RoederIntern/Peer Study Abroad Advisor
Office for Study Abroad and International Learning

I realized my love for different cultures and languages in elementary school. We had Spanish class twice a week and I decided to take French classes once a week during lunch for fun. Learning about the cultures and customs was really fascinating to me, and I knew that I wanted to travel and experience it all for myself. As I reached middle school, I had to choose a language to pursue and I chose to continue with Spanish. I loved everything about the classes and Spanish class was consistently my favorite class through high school, and I knew that it was something that I did not want to give up. At Bellarmine I study Foreign Languages and International Studies with a focus in Spanish. I love to travel and see the world, so much that I have been to twelve different countries so far! Being in an office surrounded by people who share my love for all things international is so wonderful, and I love being able to see students breaking out of their comfort zones to try an international trip!

Claire Roeder

Claire RoederStudent Office Assistant/Peer Study Abroad Advisor
Office for Study Abroad and International Learning

Hello! My name is Claire Roeder and I am a rising sophomore at Bellarmine. I grew up in Louisville and I am majoring in Computer Science with minors in Math and Spanish. Traveling is a big part of who I am and I realized this after my sister and I visited Spain the summer before my senior year in high school. Since then, I have made it to Canada and France and I hope to study in either Thailand or Spain during my time at Bellarmine. The experiences I have had and the people I have met have allowed me to learn more about myself and the things I enjoy most — food, art, fashion, and nature. I love finding new things to appreciate in life, and I am so happy to be a part of something that helps make this happen for so many Bellarmine students!

Emily Dalton

Claire RoederStudent Office Assistant/Peer Study Abroad Advisor
Office for Study Abroad and International Learning

My name is Emily Dalton and I am a freshman majoring in Actuarial Science and Economics with a minor in Marketing Communication. I grew up in Southeastern Kentucky and was drawn to Louisville and Bellarmine in part due to the diversity and opportunity to learn about many different cultures and lifestyles. To grow as an individual, it is essential to step out of your comfort zone, and studying abroad is an ideal and accessible way to do this as a college student. I hope to help Bellarmine students expand their horizons, while growing myself as part of the OSAIL team!