The Office of Global Strategies (OGS) is the university-level office that coordinates and supports global activities throughout the campus and abroad, including international and transnational research, teaching, and outreach. The OGS is instrumental in mapping internationalization resulting in the implementation of global strategies that represent the interests of our faculty, students, and staff.
The OGS leads efforts for intra-institutional funding opportunities to advance UNL’s global engagement, cultivates relationships with our sponsoring organizations (governmental and non-governmental), oversees all memoranda of understanding, facilitates outgoing and incoming international delegations, collects data to document global engagement throughout the institution, and shares pertinent resources with the campus and abroad.
Sonia Feigenbaum, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for International Engagement and Global Strategies, & Senior International Officer
Dr. Sonia 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, to develop academic programs, and expand internships and service learning opportunities for students. She collaborates with numerous offices across the university to support Nebraska's international student and visiting scholar community and foster cross-cultural engagement on campus and beyond. Dr. Feigenbaum oversees the Global Strategies Office, the Education Abroad Office, Programs in English as a Second Language, and the International Students and Scholars Office, the Partnership Degree Program at Zhejiang University City College as well as all international research partnerships and global risk management and operations. She also coordinates with the Confucius Institute to ensure broader integration between the Institute and the University. Since her arrival at Nebraska, she has developed and implemented intra-institutional programs that have contributed to the enhanced visibility of global engagement on campus and abroad, she has expanded services available to international students and scholars and she has created a new role to support global safety and security. Additionally, under Dr. Feigenbaum's leadership, Nebraska has received funding in excess of $1 Million in 2015-17 from the U.S. Department of State, the Aspen Institute, Partners for the Americas, the French government, the Argentina Fulbright Commission, the German Fulbright Commission, and other organizations.
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. This program served as the blueprint for the implementation of Winter Study programs at Brown University. She also created a robust online presence for global activities through Global Brown, bolstered international partnerships, and worked to improve Brown's world rankings. Between 2001 and 2013, Dr. Feigenbaum held senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Education where she developed national policies to expand access to education and managed budgets in excess of $350 Million. She led the minority-serving-institutions (Title V and III programs) as well as the International and Foreign Language Education (Title VI and Fulbright Hays Programs) Division. She also 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, is fluent in several languages, and has taught at Williams College, the University of St. Thomas (MN), the University of Maryland University College, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Maegan Stevens-Liska, M.A. Director of the Office of Global Strategies
As Director, Maegan 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. Global Initiatives Officer 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 initiatives officer in the Office of Global Strategies
Rachel’s work focuses on global strategic efforts in the areas of research, teaching, service, and outreach for the following regions: Europe, Asia, and the Oceania. She provides day-to-day programmatic support in the creation and monitoring of initiatives and grant-funded projects. Rachel is the primary liaison and point of contact to sponsors of international students from Malaysia and Indonesia. She also provides support in the development and maintenance of international agreements, managing the website, coordinating events, and supporting visiting international delegations. 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. Rachel holds a B.A. degree in International Studies and a M.S. degree in College Student Personnel Administration.
Dave Long Global Safety & Security Director, Office of Global Strategies
Dave is responsible for the development and implementation of university-wide policies and procedures related to international risk management and mitigation. In his capacity, he supports educational programs that include outbound mobility by assessing risks and ensuring that crisis response plans are put in place. He monitors world events based on institutional exposure and works with travelers to mitigate risk. Dave also supports international students and scholars on campus, working in concert with multiple offices across Nebraska to respond to crises or advise on protocols. Prior to joining Nebraska, Dave lived and worked abroad in the security industry within the Humanitarian NGO community and in private contracting. His first posting was in North Africa, where for three years he supported development agencies in Morocco, Tunisia, and Mauritania. He then moved to East Africa to support the relief agency, Samaritan’s Purse, and conducted critical operations in South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Additionally, Dave was posted in Iraq for two years with the same agency, where he supported relief efforts in Iraq and Syria after the fall of Mosul. Dave has working knowledge of Spanish, Western Arabic, and Sorani Kurdish. He holds a B.A. in International Studies from Georgia Southern University.