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Office for Global Engagement

ROOM 306 SLC, UT 84112


Michael L. Hardman, Ph.D. - Chief Global Officer

Mike HardmanMichael L. Hardman is Distinguished Professor and Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah. He served as the university’s Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs (Chief Academic Officer) in 2012-2013, and is past Dean of the College of Education. Dr. Hardman has numerous experiences within education and public policy, including appointment as the Matthew J. Guglielmo Endowed Chair at California State University, Los Angeles; Visiting Senior Scholar at Cambridge University; Senior Education Advisor and Kennedy Fellow, the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation; Legislative Staff to the United States Senate; the Governor’s Representative to the California Advisory Commission on Special Education, University Coordinator for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; President of the Higher Education Consortium for Special Education; and a member of the Board of Directors for several international organizations. He has directed or consulted on several international projects on school improvement for USAID, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and UNICEF.

Dr. Hardman has published widely in international and national journals in the field of education and has authored ten college textbooks of which two, Human Exceptionality and Intellectual Disabilities Through the Lifespan, are in their eleventh and ninth editions respectively. As a researcher, he has directed numerous international and national demonstration projects in the areas of educational policy and reform, teacher quality and professional development, inclusive education, and preparing tomorrow’s leaders in education.

Sabine C. Klahr, Ed.D. - Associate Chief Global Officer

Sabine C. Klahr

Dr. Sabine C. Klahr is the Associate Chief Global Officer at the University of Utah and in 2013 served as President of the Association for International Education Administrators (AIEA). She has nearly 20 years of professional experience in international higher education. Sabine earned a doctorate in higher education administration from Montana State University-Bozeman in 1998 with an emphasis on international education leadership. Her dissertation research focused on integrating education abroad into engineering education. Her continued research and writing has focused on global partnership development and internationalizing higher education. Previously, Sabine earned a B.S. and M.S. in botany and taught in secondary science and outdoor education.

Sabine has served on a wide range of committees for AIEA as well as for NAFSA: Association of International Educators, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). In 2010 she was selected for a Fulbright Award to India and in 2015 as a Fulbright Specialist. In February 2016, she received the AIEA Timothy J. Rutenber Award for her service and leadership in the association. Sabine has authored and co-authored articles in peer reviewed journals in botany and international higher education as well as book chapters and reviews. Her experience with international education began when she arrived in the U.S. as a high school exchange student from Germany.

She enjoys spending time with her family in the mountains and canyons of Utah and surrounding states, hiking, backpacking, trail running, and mountain climbing.

Beth Laux - Director, Learning Abroad

Beth LauxBeth has worked in international education for over ten years. She is responsible for the strategic planning, risk management, program development, and policy coordination for learning abroad at the U. She is a former teacher who has conducted research on learning abroad outcomes and immigration enforcement in the UK. Beth frequently presents nationally and internationally on topics ranging from student visa policies to education abroad leadership. She has also served as an onsite director for learning abroad programs throughout Latin America and Europe.

Beth studied abroad in Costa Rica and Spain, focusing on Spanish language, literature and indigenous cultures. She graduated with a B.A. in Spanish and Political Science from Aquinas College. While earning a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Toledo, Beth served as an intern for the U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Missions.

Chalimar Swain - Director, Int'l Student & Scholar Service

Chalimar SwainChalimar Swain, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, joined the University of Utah in April 2010. She has worked in international education for 10 years. Chalimar brings experience in international student advising, immigration compliance, recruitment, international partnerships, administration, and ESL to the office formerly known as the International Center. She has a background in business and human resources management and is currently completing a joint PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy and Masters in Public Administration. Chalimar is a member of AIEA (Association of International Education Administrators), AIRC (American International Recruitment Council), and EAIE (European Association of International Educators), and serves on the University’s Behavioral Intervention Team and Bias Incident Response Team.

Chalimar particularly enjoys helping people develop intercultural competence and has conducted workshops, presentations, and trainings both in the US and abroad on intercultural communication, international student needs and experiences, and working successfully with diverse groups. Outside work, she enjoys climbing and peak bagging, travel, and spending time with her husband and family.

Cheri Daily - Director, Development & External Relations

Cheri DailyCheri Daily, Director Development and External Relations joined the University of Utah in 2008. Cheri has spent 11 years in university development, alumni relations and corporate and foundation relations. Prior to her development career, Cheri worked for 20 years in the software and internet industry, culminating in a 7-year career with AOL and AOL Time Warner where she was Vice President, Time Warner Digital Properties.

Cheri enjoys cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing and camping and deeply appreciates Utah’s spectacular wilderness.

Jean Oh - Director, Global Internships

Jean Oh

 Jean, Director of Global Internships with the Hinckley Institute of Politics, joined the University of Utah in 2013 and served as the first Director of UAC Student Services and Main Campus Operations until 2017. She has extensive experience living and working abroad, including ethnographic research in India and establishing foreign universities in S. Korea. A former teacher from Southern California, she has also worked with non-profit organizations in international education in the Philippines and Turkey. She earned her B.A. in Liberal Studies from Biola University, teaching certificate from UCLA, and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah.
In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, climbing, kayaking and relaxing through yoga.

Korrin Ebira - Director, English Language Institute

Korrin Ebira 

Sean Bridegam – Global Risk Manager

Sean BridegamSean Bridegam, Global Risk Manager for the Office for Global Engagement, joined the University of Utah in December of 2015.  Sean has worked in the international risk and safety field for over 8 years, and brings experience and expertise in risk prevention, mitigation, emergency preparedness and response.  Prior to his arrival at the U, Sean worked to develop and support international risk and safety programming for students at the University of Texas at Austin.

Sean collaborates with faculty and staff at the University of Utah to strengthen health and safety support and resources available to students travelling abroad.   He also assists in the development of policies, procedures, and best practices relating to faculty, staff and student international travel.   Sean works to review and assess University travel to high-risk destinations, and serves as a 24-hour first responder and crisis manager for international emergencies.

Sean enjoys helping student travelers understand how to prepare themselves for safe experiences abroad, as well as assisting faculty and staff in international program development.  He lived and worked in Central America from 2005-2013, and has a background in business and international travel management.   Sean enjoys visiting the breathtaking wilderness areas of Utah, and spends his free time traveling, hiking, camping and cooking with his family.

Dave Howell - Senior Information Technology Specialist

dave howellDave Howell joined the Office for Global Engagement as its Senior Information Technology Specialist in June 2014. Having been exposed to computers since he was five, Dave has always explored how technology can be used to improve people’s work and personal lives.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Dave is a 2005 graduate of the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in political science. After completing his undergraduate degree at the U, Dave moved to Chicago where he spent nine years working for non-profits on health care and transportation issues. While living in Chicago, Dave also completed his master’s degree in Information Systems from DePaul University. Since moving back to Utah, he has been rediscovering the diverse culture and amazing wilderness that the state has to offer. In his free time, he plays drums in a local Afro-Brazilian music and dance group.

Claudia Diaz - Webmaster/Graphic Artist

Claudia DiazClaudia Diaz is the Webmaster and Graphic Artist for the Office for Global Engagement. She began working for the University of Utah in 2007 for the Office of Student Affairs as a Computer Professional. In 2011 she transitioned to the Student Union as a Communications Specialist, before being asked to move to the Office for Global Engagement in 2013.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking through Utah’s numerous scenic trails, her favorite being North Canyon Trail near Elephant Rock in Bountiful. She also enjoys baking, enjoying time with friends, photography, and in the winter she enjoys snowboarding.

Natalie Lam - Administrative & Finance Manager

Natalie LamNatalie Lam is the Administrative Assistant for the Office for Global Engagement and joined the University of Utah in 2010. She worked with the Academic Affairs Office during her time as a student, before moving on to full-time work with the Academic Affairs Office in 2012. In 2013 she transitioned to her current position in the Office for Global Engagement. During her time as a student she pursued a degree in International Studies with an emphasis in Foreign Relations and Security, and studied abroad in Spain in 2012.

Outside of work, she is practiced pilot with aspirations of pursuing aviation.

Lizett Ross - Executive Secretary

Lizett RossLizett Ross is the Executive Secretary for the Office for Global Engagement and joined the University of Utah in 2016. She is an alumna of the University of Utah with a bachelor's degree in Sociology.

In her free time, she enjoys reading, blogging, and baking. She also enjoys taking creative writing classes, spending time with family, and watching football.


Esther Trueman - Graduate Assistant

Esther TruemanEsther Trueman is a Graduate Assistant at the University of Utah. She started at the University in May of 2016 . Esther is currently a student in the MIAGE program and is focusing on international higher education administration. Her undergraduate degree is in Behavioral Science from Utah Valley University.

Fluent in Mandarin, she has served as a translator and coordinator for the inaugural Pac-12/University of Utah Chinese Coaches Training Program. In the future she hopes to work with the Chinese population in higher education. In her free time she enjoys reading, spending time with family, and eating good food.

Last Updated: 3/2/17