CGE Staff Members

160928Ana-Sofia_Alcaraz0001.jpgAna-Sofia Alcaraz

Coordinator for Global Engagement
(703) 247-8058
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Ana-Sofia is the primary contact for the Center for Global Education's on-campus global engagement events and activities.

Ana-Sofia has worked with international students for four years and been a part of an international community since birth. She lived in Buenos Aires and Bruxelles while  returning often to her homeland of Mexico. During her university years, she used her international experience and her cultural sensitivity to bring together international and domestic students to learn and share experiences together. She developed various events to foster a sense of community and used her extensive experience abroad to educate others about the world. Ana-Sofia is passionate about social justice and knows that by encouraging and assisting students to expand their horizons through education abroad, she will help create a community that helps each other to succeed.

She holds a BA in English from Loyola Marymount University and a Masters Degree in Latin American Studies with an emphasis on Human Rights from Georgetown University. She speaks Spanish, French, and very basic Japanese, and has traveled and lived around the world.

Ana-Sofia’s Global Bucket List:

  • Swim in Bioluminescent Bay, Puerto Rico
  • Learn Greek
  • Visit Cape Town, Pretoria, and Kruger National Park in South Africa
  • See the Northern Lights in Iceland
  • Visit Angkor Wat
  • Do a road trip through Trinidad and India


Victor.jpgVictor Betancourt

Executive Director
(703) 284-1677
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Victor is the primary contact for international program development, short-term programs (Global Classroom Series and summer faculty-led), and global student teaching.

Victor possesses 20 years of experience as a leader in  developing and implementing programs in international  higher education and has cultivated and managed Marymount University’s international programs and activities as MU’s Chief International Officer (CIO) since he joined the university in 2005. Over the years, he has significantly increased the number of students studying abroad and expanded the study destinations of Marymount students from four countries to over 40. Victor has also led the development of short-term faculty-led programs in community nursing, forensic psychology, marine biology, education, fashion design, and other subjects in countries such as Belize, England, India, France, Italy, Greece, and others. Victor established MU’s Global Education Committee and facilitates international studies and exchanges worldwide.

He holds a BA in Russian Studies from the University of Iowa, and an MBA in International Trade from Texas A & M International University. He also did a summer program at the Business School of the Fachhochschule in Luneberg, Germany, and a year of undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico. He speaks Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese, and has traveled extensively around the globe.

Victor’s Global Bucket List:

  • Learn Arabic
  • Travel to and around Japan
  • Take a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
linkedin-picture-(1).png Jennifer Crystle
 Assistant Director
 (703) 284-5763
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Jen is the primary contact for students studying on fall, spring, and summer semester programs, as well as international internship programs.
Jen has worked in international and higher education for over four years and has devoted her professional and academic career to helping students have meaningful intercultural experiences. Throughout her career, Jen has advised hundreds of students and helped them discover a world beyond the walls of the classroom. One of her favorite parts of her work has been seeing students return with newfound passions and a new worldview. Jen believes that meaningful international exchange today can create a better and more peaceful world for tomorrow. 
Jen holds a BA in Spanish and English from the University of Mary Washington and a Master’s degree in International Educational Development from Columbia University. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Education Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is proficient in Spanish,  has traveled extensively, and is constantly thinking about her next travel adventure.

Jen’s Global Bucket List:

  • Hike Machu Picchu
  • Go skydiving in New Zealand
  • Learn how to dance the Flamenco
  • Visit the floating markets in Thailand
  • Take a walk along the trails of the Cinque Terre
Suli-crop.PNGSulianys Hernandez Leon
 Study Abroad Assistant

Sulianys has a background in elementary, special, and international education. Throughout her five years at Marymount, she has volunteered, studied, and/or taught abroad in Jamaica, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Panama. Sulianys is driven and inspired by the Instituto Preparatoria Pedagogico in Panama, where she focused on professional development for teachers and intervention strategies for students with intellectual disabilities. Sulianys believes that studying abroad is about learning and writing your own book about the world filled with the journey. 

Sulianys' Global Bucket List:
  • Learn a third language fluently (currently Italian)
  • Backpack every continent
  • Volunteer at the Olympics
  • Hike the Santiago de Compostela 
  • Eat a meal in every Italian region 

CGE Student Workers

IMG_0478_opt-(3).jpgCarla Clavell

CGE Student Office Assistant

Carla is a junior at MU majoring in Political Science and minoring in Communications. She recently joined the Center for Global Education team, but has been using their services since freshman year. She visited Rome as part of the Global Classroom series, and also studied abroad in Madrid last semester. During her study abroad program with Saint Louis University Madrid campus, she traveled to England and different regions within Spain learning different cultures. Next semester, she plans on going to Cuba with the Global Classroom Series. 

Global Bucket List:
  • Go to Cuba
  • Volunteer in India 
  • See penguins in Antarctica  
  • See the Great Wall of China
  • Go to Australia 
  • Visit South America 

Valeria-Photo_opt-(3).jpgValeria Falcon-Machi

CGE Student Office Assistant

Valeria is a second year student at Marymount University majoring in Fashion Design and double minoring in Fashion Merchandising and Spanish. She was born in Caracas, Venezuela and came to the United States when she was three years old. Her family is from Venezuela, Colombia, Italy, and Spain. This is her first year working at our office, but has already done a study abroad Global Classroom Series in London, as part of the Fashion Industry and Its Promotions course with Prof. Stoessell, during spring break of 2017 . In the past she has revisited Venezuela, and visited Colombia and Canada. Valeria is also the PR Officer for the Campus's Commuters Activities Board, where she creates and promotes the events available to commuters on campus. She participated in the campus's annual Portfolio In Motion as a backstage assistant last year, and will be designing a garment to be shown in 2018's show, using her Latin culture along with her experience from London as inspiration. 

Global Bucket List:
  • Semester Abroad in Milan, Italy
  • Global Classroom series in Spain or Costa Rica
  • Backpack Brazil
  • Volunteer somewhere in Latin America 
  • Start Missionary work abroad 
  • Learn more about her European and Latin roots
  • Intern in Europe, preferably Spain 

IMG_2991_opt_opt-(3).jpgJasmine Racy

CGE Student Office Assistant

Jasmine is a third year at Marymount University and her first year working in the Center for Global Education Office. She is currently majoring in Graphic Design. She is also the captain of the Marymount Cheer Team and enjoys putting her graphic design skills to the test. In the past, Jasmine has visited Japan and the Bahamas. Last spring, she traveled to Groningen and Amsterdam with her Sociology class as part of Marymount's Global Classroom Series with Professor DeWitt and Sulianys Hernandez Leon. 
Global Bucket List:
  • Have authentic Italian dishes in Italy
  • Visit Australia
  • Go see Big Ben
  • Stand under the Eiffel Tower with a mime
  • Taste a true Belgian waffle
  • Watch the Northern Lights

2017-10-02-12_opt-(2).jpgKatherine Sanchez
CGE Student Office Assistant

Katherine is a Junior majoring in Biology with a minor in Quantitative Science with intentions of mastering in Biomedical Engineering abroad. In the past, she has traveled to Peru, Venezuela, France, Spain, New Zealand and most recently spent her spring semester in Melbourne, Australia. Upon returning she also went on the summer abroad trip to Belize with Dr. Rimkus. She holds multiple positions on campus including vice president of Phi Eta Sigma, honors student, and Peer Mentor. Studying abroad has opened many opportunities and she hopes to continue traveling both during her undergrad and after.
Global Bucket List:
  • Backpack around Europe/ Asia
  • Get a tattoo in every country visited
  • Participate in “La Tomatina”, the tomato-throwing festival, in Spain
  • Give an elephant a mud bath in Thailand at an elephant sanctuary
  • Visit Japan during a real Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Ride a camel in the desert