Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies, & Senior International Officer
Dr. Feigenbaum serves as the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies. As UNL’s senior international officer, she is responsible for all aspects of internationalization at the University. She works closely with staff, faculty, and students, to conceptualize and implement institutional initiatives and activities, to build strategic international partnerships, develop academic programs, and expand internships and service learning opportunities for students. She and the global team also work collaboratively with numerous offices across the university to support UNL's international student and visiting scholar community by engaging them in the life of the campus and Nebraska. She oversees the Global Strategies Office, the Education Abroad Office, Programs in English as a Second Language, and the International Students and Scholars Office, as well as all international research partnerships and global risk management and operations.
Prior to joining UNL’s leadership team, she served as Associate Provost for Global Engagement at Brown University where she mapped internationalization, created programs in collaboration with faculty in South Korea, Cambodia, Brazil, and China. She developed and implemented funding opportunities including the Global Experiential Learning and Teaching Program to bolster experiential learning abroad. With her Office of Global Engagement team, she created a robust online presence for global activities through Global Brown and she bolstered international partnerships. Prior to returning to academe, she held senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Education where she developed national policies to expand access to education through funding for minority-serving-institutions (Title V and III) and she led teams in the International and Foreign Language Education (Title VI and Fulbright Hays Programs) Division. She served as Deputy Director and Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities for a decade, where she advocated for the internationally centered topics in documentary film and museum areas. Sonia holds a B.S. in Cello Performance and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Indiana University. She is a published novelist and is fluent in several languages.
Maegan Stevens-Liska, M.A. Director of the Office of Global Strategies
As Director, Maegan and and her team work on international initiatives across campus, and support faculty, staff, and students on a variety of international projects. The Office oversees and manages all Memoranda of Understanding between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and institutions abroad, and works closely with faculty members, departments, and colleges to develop and manage new and existing partnerships. The Office also serves to host international delegations during visits to UNL’s campus. In concert with Dr. Feigenbaum, Maegan oversees the Executive Memorandum No. 25 Travel Warning Waiver process for UNL students. In 2015, she created the International Student Support Working Group, a campus-wide collaboration open to faculty and staff who work closely with international students. Prior to serving as the Director for the Office of Global Strategies, she served at UNL as an International Projects Manager, and an Assistant Director in the Office of Education Abroad. Prior to working at UNL, Maegan lived and worked abroad in Dresden, Germany, where she taught at the Dresden International School, and at the Dresden Volkshochschule, e.V. She also worked as a freelance translator and copy editor for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Maegan holds a B.A. in History from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and an M.A. in Information Science and Learning Technologies from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Erika Hepburn, M.A. Sponsored International Student Coordinator in the Office of Global Strategies
Erika is the ground-level expert on all sponsored international student programs and policies. She works to facilitate communication between foreign sponsors, UNL departments, and sponsored international students to ensure the needs of sponsors and sponsored international students are met. Erika is a proud alumna of UNL, where she received her B.A. in Global Studies. While a student at UNL, she was actively involved in international student support activities; she also took time off to intern at the U.S. Embassy in Hungary and to teach English in Spain for the Ministry of Education. She received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Denver, during which time she also traveled to India to research the Tibetan community in exile and volunteer with local non-profits. After completing her M.A., she was thrilled to return to the place where her love of all things international began, and to join the UNL Global Strategies team in August 2015. Erika speaks French and Spanish fluently, has traveled to over 40 countries.
Rachel Ayalon, M.S. Global Projects Specialist in the Office of Global Strategies
Rachel's work includes supporting the development and maintenance of international agreements, managing the website and International Student Guide, coordinating events, and providing support for international initiatives on campus. Prior to joining UNL Global Strategies in January 2015, she worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Office of the President at the University of Central Missouri and as a Study Abroad Intern at the University of Texas at El Paso where she advised prospective study abroad students. Rachel holds a B.A. degree in International Studies and a M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Administration. Her passion for international education first grew during her semester-long study abroad experience in Venice, Italy.