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
Associate 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 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
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).

Anthony Mandela
Associate Program Manager
E-mail: mandela@hws.edu
As associate program manager with the Center for Global Education, Anthony manages the short-term (summer and J-term) off-campus study programs along with a select portfolio of semester long study abroad programs. He also works alongside CGE staff on pre-departure and re-entry programming, marketing and outreach, maintenance of the online TerraDotta data management system, and other day-to-day operations of the Center. Anthony comes to the CGE from the University of South Dakota where he previously worked as the primary contact for the University’s semester and year-long study abroad and National Student Exchange students. He earned an MBA with a concentration in International Economic Development from Eastern University in St. David’s, PA and also holds undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Business. Prior to beginning his work in the field of International Education, Anthony interned, worked, studied, and lived abroad in Central America (Nicaragua) for two years. A Northern Virginia native, Anthony’s interest in global education began after a month long intensive Spanish language immersion and service learning program in Andalucía, Spain and his interest in Central America was kindled after having the opportunity to live with a homestay family while studying Spanish in rural Guatemala. When not at the office, you’ll most likely find Anthony enjoying the great outdoors as an avid backpacker and skiing enthusiast.

Sue Perry
E-mail: cgestaff@hws.edu
Sue is the secretary for the Center for Global Education. She is the first point of contact in our office. Sue oversees the smooth running of the office and answers questions from students and parents about the process for applying to study abroad, filling out required paperwork, and the general policies that apply to study abroad. Sue assists in organizing the General Information Sessions that are offered each semester and sets up group program meetings for accepted students. Sue worked in special education for 20 years and has also worked for the Hobart Athletics Department and for the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. Sue has been part of the Center for Global Education since 2008.

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 oficio. 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.


Center for Global Education
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3307
Fax: (315) 781-3023


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Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 781-3000

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