Center for Global Study & Engagement
Dickinson College
P.O. Box 1773
Carlisle, PA 17013

GPS Address

208 W. Louther Street
Carlisle, PA 17013

THe CGSE is working on a hybrid schedule beginning fall 2021. Please see each staff member below for our contact information and remote work schedule.


Samantha BrandauerSamantha Brandauer

Associate Provost and Executive Director of the Center for Global Study and Engagement
In person: Monday-Wednesday
Remote: Thursday and Friday
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Samantha has devoted her career to international education. She is a graduate of Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in German and Anthropology. She earned a master’s degree in International Communication with a focus on intercultural communication from the School of International Service at American University. She has studied and lived in Cameroon, Germany and France and has worked in Denmark and Austria. Samantha’s professional experiences in international education include working at the Institute of International Education; the University of Maryland; Brown University; Study Abroad in Scandinavia- Copenhagen, Denmark and Gettysburg College. Her research interests lie in the study abroad gender gap, intervention in student learning abroad, building equitable, sustainable and inclusive global communities, and the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion and intercultural/global learning and development . In addition to numerous conference presentations for organizations such as NAFSA, the Forum on Education Abroad, Global Engagement in the Liberal Arts and AIEA, she has been interviewed for her study abroad gender gap research in the Chronicle of Higher EducationTimes Higher Education and the Atlantic. She has published on experiential learning theory and intervention in learning abroad in the Journal of International Education in Business .  She is also a co-editor and contributor to the Interdependence: Global Solidarity and Local Action Toolkit an online, open access teaching resource. 

As Associate Provost and Executive Director, Samantha leads campus internationalization efforts and is responsible for all global learning programs, operations and services at the College, including Education Abroad and International Student and Scholar Services. She currently serves on API’s Strategic Academic Advisory Council, the Steering Committee of the Community-based Learning Collaborative, SIT’s Partnership Council, the GAISA Board and on the Forum on Education Abroad Board (ex officio). She also served on the 2020 NAFSA Paul Simon Campus Internationalization Award Committee and chaired the 2021 Committee. She is committed to global diversity, equity, and inclusion and at Dickinson co-chaired the President’s Commission on Inclusivity and currently sits on the All-College Equity, Inclusivity and Belonging Committee. 

In her free time, she enjoys eating and cooking global cuisine utilizing locally sourced agricultural products, cycling through the rolling hills of southern central Pennsylvania, anything Austrian, and traveling with her family.


In-person: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
Remote: Monday and Friday
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Katie DeGuzman

Katie earned a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Anthropology/Archaeology and Classical Humanities from the University of Maryland, where she studied abroad in England and Israel. Katie holds a Master’s Degree in Student Personnel in Higher Education from the University of Florida and entered the field of International Education in 2005 as a graduate student working in International Programs at the College of Business. While in graduate school, she worked for Suffolk University in Madrid as a summer intern. After graduation, Katie became the Coordinator of International Education at Santa Fe College, where she ran a one-person office and subsequently joined the Education Abroad team at the University of Tampa. Most recently she worked at the University of Central Florida in Orlando where she coordinated all aspects of short-term study abroad programs for a university of 63,000 students. Katie has completed the NAFSA Academy program, is an IDI Administrator, a member of NAFSA’s Trainer Corps and a Fulbright grantee to Korea.

At Dickinson, Katie is the Director for Education Abroad where she supervises the education abroad team, provides leadership regarding education abroad policies, procedures and best practices, and advises students on all aspects of education abroad participation. She works closely with the Associate Provost & Executive Director and faculty to develop and administer a portfolio of short and long-term study abroad options as well as assisting in the monitoring and evaluating of study abroad programs

If she had free time, Katie would enjoy going to the gym, reading, traveling, attending the theatre, frequenting museums, hiking, volunteering, gardening, and hosting fabulous dinner parties.

Kristine Barrick

Program Manager, Center for Global Study and Engagement
In-person: Monday-Wednesday
Remote: Thursday-Friday
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Kristine brings more than fifteen years of Dickinson service and experience to her role within the Center. As the Program Manager, Kristine has the primary responsibility for managing much of the day-to-day work in the Center related to process, procedure and policy. She supports overall Center-based programming through managing the Studio Abroad software platform, the education abroad application process (all program types), serving as an ARO in support of incoming visiting exchange students, advising students and faculty on CGSE policies and procedures related to the application and post-acceptance process and collecting and sharing data and statistical information with a variety of constituents.

In her free time, she manages the busy lives of her children, from whom she occasionally escapes, to ride on the back of her husband’s Harley.


Andie D'Agostino 

assistant Director, Education Abroad
Andie DAgostino

Andie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. As an undergraduate student, she spent two semesters abroad in Rome, Italy and Berlin, Germany. She earned a Master’s degree in International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Andie began her career in Education Abroad at EUSA – Academic Internship Experts as a University Relations Manager. She managed a portfolio of institutional partners in supporting academic internship programs in Europe. At Dickinson, Andie works with students through the study abroad advising process and coordinates a portfolio of programs including Dickinson’s programs in England, Italy and New Zealand as well as short-term programs. She also assists students interested in studying abroad through one of our partner programs.

In her free time, Andie enjoys spending time outdoors, trying new recipes, running, and traveling with friends and family.


Melodi Hendrickson

Assistant Director, International Student and Scholar Services
In-person: Tuesday-Thursday
Remote: Monday and Friday
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Melodi earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Cross-cultural Studies from a small liberal arts insitution in northeast Georgia, Toccoa Falls College. During her undergraduate studies, she completed an international internship in Madrid, Spain. Before joining the Dickinson staff in 2018, she served for 16 years as the Director of Global Partnerships for a large church in Mechanicsburg, PA. Her global initiatives and philanthropic work took her to over 20 countries on five continents. These years of leadership in forging international partnerships afforded her the privilege of making deep connections in countries like Ecuador, Mali, Cambodia, and Jordan. At Dickinson, after lending her administrative gifts to the CGSE front desk for almost a year, she now works primarily with International Student & Scholar Services serving as the PDSO for F-1 students and RO for J-1 students and scholars.

In her free time, Melodi soaks in as much fun as possible with her spouse and two kiddos, and works hard to get away with her friends in an effort to eat sushi, take road trips, embrace new adventures, and laugh until her stomach hurts.

Schedule an advising appointment with Melodi

Marissa Mitchell

associate DIRECTOr, Education Abroad
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Marissa Mitchell holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies, Political Science and Spanish from the University of Evansville in southern Indiana, where she studied abroad in the United Kingdom, Spain, South Korea, and China. She earned a Master’s degree in International Studies from the University of Denver. After receiving her graduate degree, Marissa spent a year teaching English in rural Spain through the Spanish Ministry of Education. Before joining Dickinson, Marissa began her career in Education Abroad at the University of Evansville, first as the Coordinator of Short-term Programs Abroad, and then as a Program Coordinator. At Dickinson, Marissa works with students through the study abroad advising process and coordinates a portfolio of programs including Dickinson’s programs in China, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Russia, South America, and Spain. She also assists students from other instutions participating on Dickinson study abroad programs.

In her free time, Marissa enjoys spoiling her dog, traveling, hiking, and watching football. As a native Coloradan, she continues to cheer on the Denver Broncos no matter where she lives.

Schedule an advising appointment with Marissa

Nidia Werner 

In-person: Monday-Wednesday
Remote: Thursday and Friday

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Nidia is a first-generation migrant from Brazil and studied Nutrition at the School of Public Health in the University of São Paulo. She graduated from Dickinson with an INidia Wernertalian Studies B.A. and a Food Studies certificate. Her research interests include ‘food as identity’, ‘gastro-diplomacy’, and ‘commensality’. Her passion for ‘cultural sustainability’ and ‘transnationalism’ propelled her to complete an independent study project in Sicily and to participate in the 2nd Mediterranean Migration Mosaic program working with migrants living in Italy. As a Dickinson staff member, she has consistently engaged in intercultural activities on campus. Her drive to support global initiatives and serve the Dickinson community led her to join the CGSE team. Nidia works closely with international students and scholars, assisting them to find and utilize information and resources.  

On her free time, she enjoys cooking, eating and talking about food. Nidia loves to travel and avidly seeks out food markets everywhere she goes. She also uses exercise and deep breathing to relax and relieve stress. Her family is very grateful for that!