Alumni Ambassadors

Suzanne LaVenture

Suzanne LaVenture
Higher Education Administration
  • Title: Director of International Education
  • Project: Community College Administrators Seminar in Russia
  • Academic Year: April 2016
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As director of international education, I serve as the host advisor for international students and scholars, including Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistants and Scholars-in-Residence. I also manage the College’s short-term study abroad programs and coordinate the Scholars of Global Distinction program. I currently serve on the SIO Council of CCID (Community Colleges for International Development) and as the community college representative for NCAIE. Additional areas of interest include the development of cultural competence and the internationalization of curricula. My Fulbright to Russia in 2016 was one of the highlights of my life as an International Educator. We visited three cities, including one in Siberia, and met with university faculty, chambers of commerce, professionals in business and industry, and of course, students.

Participating in the CCAS in Russia had a huge impact on my life. I was amazed to learn that Americans and Russians have so much in common. In many ways, we are mirror images of one another. Growing up during the Cold War, I was raised to believe that Russians were "evil communists." Although I had doubts about all Russians being villainous, Fulbright gave me the opportunity to see things with my own eyes and form my own opinions. The impact of my experience has also benefitted my college and students; we have been able to establish virtual exchanges between Bonch University in St. Petersburg and Davidson-Davie students. We plan to engage in bilateral student exchanges as soon as we are able.

Ask Me About:

  • Community Colleges
  • Short-term Opportunities (IEA Seminars)
  • The FLTA program
  • Scholars-in-Residence
  • Packing tips for an IEA Seminar