Jimena Valdivia, Assistant Director
As the assistant director of world languages at Hampshire College, Jimena Valdivia has had an extremely positive and productive experience working with the WLEA director and the dean of faculty office. She collaborates on all aspects of the Andrew W. Mellon Grant administration, the Fulbright program, and spearheaded the development, promotion, and implementation of the Amazon Exchange Program (AEP). The AEP is a unique program that offered a group of U.S. science professors from the Five College Consortium the opportunity to travel to the Bolivian Amazon for two weeks, to explore Amazonian issues by engaging and exchanging knowledge with local indigenous communities in Noel Kempff Mercado National Park (a UNESCO world Heritage site).
Jimena holds a master degree in international education from the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont. Over a seven-year period, she developed and administered educational exchange programs and partnerships among universities in the U.S. and Latin America.
As the previous director of public and cultural affairs at the Bi-National Center in Bolivia, she was in charge of coordinating 114 cultural events and outreach programs for U.S. official visitors with the U.S. embassy; reaching over 17,000 participants in four years.
Jimena was also an EducationUSA advisor (a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State). One of her main duties was to seve as a liaison between bi-national centers in Latin America, U.S. Embassies, and international educational institutions. One of her major achievements professionally includes an increase (75% in four years) in the number of Bolivian students pursuing higher education opportunities in the United States.
Jimena looks forward to her second year with WLEA, where she will be providing continued support and leadership regarding student advising and academic program development.
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