About Me

20160320-BJJ_3422-2My name is Sonja Lind and I am an international educator passionate about the social infrastructure of universities. I have these qualifications:

  • Experience creating and managing a study abroad program for 2 years
  • Experience teaching ESL and EFL for over 5 years
  • Experience teaching rhetoric/composition, academic English for 3 years
  • Experience providing data-driven international student support
  • Experience living in 6 countries and traveling in 6 continents

I currently work as the Coordinator of Changing Global Society at Schreiner University, where I have accomplished the following:

  • Created the university’s first centralized study abroad program
  • Overhauled a previously unorganized system, writing travel policy, creating pre-departure orientations and re-entry reflections, and managing trip budgets
  • Doubled study abroad applications among students in two years
  • Led one-month study abroad trip to Florence, Italy
  • Hosted and co-hosted monthly cultural events reaching 30% of students every year
  • Chaired Student Travel Committee and served on Diversity Committee
  • Maintained social media to market programs: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and student blog

I am also a Canadian/Norwegian citizen who has lived in Kenya, England, and South Korea. In Pico Iyer’s words, I am a “global soul.” Others call me a  Third Culture Kid. My personal goal is to become conversationally fluent in Spanish and Norwegian, and to complete my first thru-hike. Woo, Positivity, Communication, Activator, and Ideation are my top strengths.

Noelle Avenmarg Theis

Sonja Lind is an incredibly invested higher education professional. She has a wealth of first-hand experience in the world of international education and study abroad. In my 2 years of working with Sonja, I saw her expand on a pre-existing study abroad program to the point where it was something totally new and exciting for students. She was intentional about building strong connections with faculty members who had previous experience with study abroad and welcomed other faculty who were interested in exploring it for the first time. Sonja is also student-oriented. She is aware that not all students have the option of studying abroad and she brings the international feel to campus where it is accessible by programming monthly events and highlighting areas of the world that are not as well-known to the average student. She connects with people one-on-one and sees opportunities for growth and education where others might see challenges. She is an excellent asset in creating a culture of global education. [LinkedIn]

Noelle Avenmarg Theis

Helen Tran

I had the pleasure of working as a research assistant for Sonja’s dissertation study at UC Irvine. Under her guidance, I was introduced to qualitative research for the first time, and it led me to become interested in research myself. She pays a great attention to detail and shows amazing leadership skills, especially when working with students. I particularly admire her passion for international student services and her previous experiences within the field. Most importantly, I appreciate that she advocates for students and shares her knowledge with them. [LinkedIn]

Helen Tran

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