Ohio University employee selected for global initiative
IRONTON — An Ohio University Southern staff member will join 14 university employees selected for a global engagement program.
Ashlie Bailey, a retention specialist for Southern, is leaving for Vietnam and Thailand next month as part of OHIO Global Connections: Professional Development Initiative to strengthen university-wide global engagement efforts. The program strives to promote outbound mobility among Ohio University students, faculty and staff. It also encourages strong global partnerships and research initiatives while fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for the university community.
Bailey and the Ohio cohort will connect with counterparts at universities, and will learn about the culture and history of the host countries, engage with Ohio alumni, and participate in community service.
Bailey, of South Point, said she applied for this project as a way to explore breaking out of her “comfort zone in (her) personal life and at work.”
At Southern, Bailey works with students “helping them (be) successful.” She said the experience abroad will teach her new ways to adapt to students’ needs and learn to see beyond “our safe walls,” daring to take risks.
“I hope to learn new opportunities to help make Ohio University Southern a more inclusive environment and provide training opportunities for the campus and the community on how to create a more inclusive campus,” she said.
Upon her return, she hopes to share with the campus and community what she learned during her visit to the two countries. She also hopes to connect and network with Vietnamese and Thai community members in the Tri-State area.
The Ohio delegation, which departs next week, will learn about global mobility models, such as study abroad or exchange programs and OHIO Regional Higher Education’s Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) program, which brings students and teachers in culturally and geographically distant locations together through technology. The cohort travel program will be led by Catherine Marshall, director of the Office of Global Opportunities, and Jeffrey Shane, Southeast Asia Reference Librarian, and facilitated by an on-site program coordinator from CISabroad.
For more information about Ohio University’s Global Opportunities Initiative, visit https://www.ohio.edu/global/goglobal/programs/Global-Connections-Professional-Development.cfm.