Meet the Staff
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Jill E. Blondin, Ph.D.
Director, VCU Globe
Interim Director, Global Education Office
Dr. Jill E. Blondin received her B.A. in art history from Indiana University, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before directing VCU Globe, Dr. Blondin was associate professor of art history and served as director of the Center for Global Education at the University of Texas at Tyler where she helped to develop and to launch Global Awareness through Education (GATE), a globally-focused living-learning program. Under Dr. Blondin’s leadership, VCU Globe has also received the two most prestigious awards in international education: the 2015 NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for campus internationalization and the 2018 Andrew Heiskell Award for internationalizing the campus from the Institute of International Education (IIE). VCU Globe was designated as a Peace Corps Prep Program in 2014, and in 2015 received the received a 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Grant from Partners of the Americas. Dr. Blondin has organized and directed study abroad programs to Italy, Holland, France, Qatar, Japan, Mexico, and Botswana. She has received numerous awards and grants for her teaching and research, including the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the University of Texas System and the Kress Fellowship in Art History from the Renaissance Society of America. Dr. Blondin has shared her expertise on campus internationalization as a Fulbright Specialist to Brazil (2018). She has presented and published on intercultural campus environments, global education, and art history. Dr. Blondin is serving concurrently as interim director of the Global Education Office.
Assistant Director of Academic Programming
Dr. Rachel Gable graduated from Mary Washington College with a B.A. in international relations. She then earned a master's degree in cultural anthropology from Duke University and a doctorate in higher education from Harvard University. Her research interests broadly include students' personal development during the college years with a particular focus on how students achieve academic and social success in college and beyond. She is passionate about increasing access to higher education for students from diverse backgrounds, and is invested in supporting the conditions that lead to academic and social thriving for all students. She was the president and later RA of her internationally focused living-learning program in college, and believes that living-learning programs play a vital role of promoting inclusion on college campuses. She is also passionate about learning from people with different cultural, religious, political, and social backgrounds, and believes that travel is key to broadening one's mindset. Prior to joining VCU Globe, she conducted research and assessment of various co-curricular programs for Harvard College, served as a research associate for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and taught middle school Spanish and Language Arts, college-prep courses for high school students, and multiple courses in introductory and advanced college-level anthropology.
Assistant Director of Community Outreach
Barbara Ingber received her B.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from Colgate University. In addition to teaching some of the VCU Globe classes, she arranges student placements with community partners in the Richmond Metropolitan area and leads the VCU Globe Service-Learning Program in Mexico. She is a member of VCU’s Council for Community Engagement (CCE), CCE Awards and Recognition Committee, Hispanics/Latinos Student Advocacy and Mentoring Group and she served on the Honors College’s Diversity/Inclusion Task Force. She is the facilitator for Advocates for an Intercultural RVA (AIRVA) and for the Adult Education for Immigrants and Refugees Working Group, and is a member of the Hope in the Cities Advisory Council, Richmond Refugee Dialogue Group, and Colaborando Juntos. Prior to coming to VCU, she worked as the Bilingual/ESL Parent Liaison for Richmond Public Schools, where she collaborated with governmental agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and community members to design and develop training and events, establish programs, and deliver services and information to meet the needs of diverse populations in a variety of school and community settings. Barbara has worked in sales and marketing, taught English as a Second Language to adults from around the world, was assistant director of a San Francisco art gallery, a freelance writer and editor, general manager of the U.S. subsidiary of Spain’s largest publisher, and assistant director of the Spanish Division of Larousse & Co.
Assistant Director of Residence Education
Ms. Christina Marino is the Assistant Director of Residence Education.
Ms. Marino received her B.A. in international studies and political science from Baldwin-Wallace College, and her M.A. in international studies from Ohio University. The focus of her work at Ohio University was religion and politics in Southeast Asia, specifically in Indonesia and the Philippines. Before becoming Assistant Director of Residence Education for VCU Globe, Christina served as a Hall Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) in Chicago, Illinois. While at Illinois Tech, she worked with a student population that was 40% international and worked with a residential theme community that was globally-focused for upper-class and graduate students. Christina also worked at Elmhurst College and co-instructed a course called the "McDonaldization of Society," which focused on global issues and globalization. She has traveled to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico.
Ross Losapio received his B.A. in English and writing with a minor in Spanish from Loyola University Maryland and his M.F.A. in creative writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. He joined the VCU Globe staff as Program Assistant in 2014 and currently serves as Program Administrator. In this role, Ross provides administrative and operational support, performing a wide range of duties, including recruitment, admissions, student registration, space management, purchasing, communications, management of the VCU Globe student newsletter, and international student housing coordination, among other responsibilities. Prior to joining VCU Globe, he provided office support to VCU’s School of Pharmacy, served on the editorial staff of Blackbird: an online journal of literature and the arts, and taught undergraduate courses in VCU’s Department of English and University College. Ross has lived in Alcalá de Henares, Spain and has traveled to Italy, Ireland, England, the Netherlands, France, Canada, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic.