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Mission & Vision

The Center for Global Education & Field Study leverages Colorado College's unique Block Plan to create both belonging and opportunity for growth for our diverse Colorado College community through engagement with intercultural, international, and experiential learning.

We do this within our Global Education Program by…

  • Working in concert with faculty and external partners to curate a portfolio of block, summer and semester programs which align with Colorado College's tradition of liberal arts education and dedication to inclusive excellence.
  • Advising our diverse student body as they seek, select, and apply for off-campus opportunities which both challenge and advance their personal and academic goals.
  • Facilitating intercultural learning opportunities which engage our students and foster greater understanding through pre-departure orientations, re-entry activities, and international student co-programming on campus.
  • Partnering to facilitate and support processes of billing, aid, and academic credit related to off-campus study.

We do this within our Field Study Program by…

  • Evaluating and refining the pedagogical and logistical practices of both academic and co-curricular Field Study programming to lead to meaningful engagement and participation by all campus stakeholders.
  • Expanding access and involvement by supporting, coordinating and promoting the multiple off-campus and Baca Satellite Campus field experience opportunities made possible by the Block Plan.
  • Providing faculty development and training in the evolving pedagogies of experiential education

We do this within our International Student & Scholar Services Program by…

  • Supporting international students with practical, social, and cultural adjustment to life on campus, in Colorado, and within the United States.
  • Providing immigration advising and document processing to international students, exchange visitors, and faculty.
  • Maintaining legal compliance for the College and its international students and scholars through ongoing immigration reporting.
  • Building a more welcoming and inclusive campus by advocating for international students and scholars across the many distinct offices, departments and functions of Colorado College

We do this across all programs by…

  • Fostering a sense of belonging at Colorado College by emphasizing inclusivity and the removal of economic, social, cultural and experiential barriers within all programs, opportunities and initiatives sponsored or coordinated by our office.
  • Collaborating with campus offices, departments and stakeholders to facilitate through experiential learning a greater internationalization, global perspective and a spirit of anti-racism on our campus.
  • Broadening individual horizons for all students by creating opportunities for exchange and student mobility within and beyond Colorado College's campus.
  • Promoting a culture of inclusive excellence and best practices in health, safety, risk management, legal compliance and student support.

Our Staff

The Center for Global Education & Field Study's main phone number is (719) 389-6077, and our offices are located in the southwest corner of the 2nd floor of Armstrong Hall.


Allen Bertsche

Director of Global Education, Ph.D., Spanish
Armstrong Hall 214, (719) 227-8280,

Allen can help you with:

  • Policy and process development for all international programming
  • Risk management and international health & safety
  • Block Away development, planning and management (Faculty)
  • Block Away advising & SUMMIT enrollment (Students)
  • Block Away financial aid processes
  • Budgetary modeling for international programs
  • Pre-departure orientations for CC blocks off-campus
Dr. Allen Bertsche came to Colorado College as the Director of Global Education after serving in a similar capacity at Augustana College (Rock Island, IL). Prior to transitioning full-time to the field of Global Education, Dr. Bertsche was a faculty member in Augustana's Spanish Department for 14 years, with a specialization in Modern Spain. There he served as the faculty leader and instructor on numerous study away programs in Spain and Latin America. Originally from Long Island, NY, Dr. Bertsche received his B.A. from Indiana University, with a year spent at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, before receiving both his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He has worked, lived or traveled in over 35 countries. When not working he enjoys a wide range of interests, including global cuisine, film, theatre (as a spectator only), fantasy football, and many "geeky" hobbies such as trivia nights, comic books and science fiction. He and his wife, Laurie, have two furry "children", a golden retriever and a Newfoundland.

Drew Cavin

Director of Field Study, Ph.D., Recreation, Park and Tourism Science
Armstrong Hall 215, (719) 389-7613,

Drew can help you with:

  • Administration and risk management for domestic field trips and domestic block-away classes
  • Program evaluation for field study
  • Management of Baca Campus
  • Faculty development for field study pedagogies

Dr. Drew Cavin hails from Texas, and holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. Drew brings a passion for student development, both academic and personal, to the job of Director of Field Study. His background is in Leisure Studies and Outdoor Education, and he conducted research on diversity and outdoor recreation activities and careers. He has experience leading extensive field trips as a faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University and Young Harris College.

Heather Powell Browne

Assistant Director of Global Education, M.A., Intercultural Relations
Armstrong Hall 216, (719) 389-6918,

Heather can help you with:

  • All semester and year-long off-campus study advising & questions
  • Non-CC Summer abroad program petitions
  • Intercultural preparation for students going abroad
  • Winter Starts studying abroad before coming to CC

Heather Powell Browne is the Assistant Director of Global Education and has worked at Colorado College since July of 2008. She is originally from California, and studied communication and art history as an undergraduate at Santa Clara University, with a study abroad semester with the Syracuse University program in Florence. She has a Master's degree in Intercultural Relations from the University of the Pacific in conjunction with the Intercultural Communication Institute, and her capstone work focused on digital storytelling as a method of intercultural learning and reflection. In her time outside of work, Heather lives in a cohousing community near campus and enjoys writing about music, outdoor adventures and yoga, and going on road trips with her son.


Marlene Arnold

Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services, M.A., International Education
Armstrong Hall 217, (719) 389-6281,

Marlene can help you with:

  • Immigration advising for students with an F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Support with cultural adjustment
  • The Global Scholars Program
  • Immigration liaison for international tenure-track faculty
  • Advisor for MOSAIC

Marlene Arnold is the Assistant Director of International Student and Scholar Services. Marlene received her B.A. in French from Wake Forest University and her M.A. in International Education from the School for International Training. Marlene has been working in international student and scholar advising and programming since 2002. She has experience working in a variety of universities - Duke University, The Ohio State University, Franklin University, and the University of Denver. Marlene enjoys meeting international students and scholars from around the world and supporting them as they navigate the U.S. immigration system and adjust to life in the U.S. Outside of work, Marlene likes spending time with her family and keeps busy with her son's activities.

Donna.BeziouDonna Beziou

International Student and Scholar Specialist, M.A., Organizational Management
Armstrong Hall 218, (719) 227-8282,

Donna can help you with:

  • Immigration advising for students with an F-1 or J-1 visa
  • Immigration advising for visiting international faculty (Year-long/Block/Occasional visitors)
  • Campus liaison for Exchange students and Cultural Program Coordinators
  • International Student Orientation
  • Support with cultural adjustment

Donna Beziou is the International Student and Scholar Specialist advising J-1 Exchange visitors and F-1 students and has worked at Colorado College since April of 2008. Donna received her B.A. in International Relations/Asian Studies from the University of Colorado where she spent several semesters living and studying in Taiwan and China. After receiving her M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, she knew that she wanted to continue her passion of working in International Education. Outside of work, Donna enjoys watching movies, good coffee, practicing her Mandarin Chinese, and traveling with her husband (a former J-1 scholar) and three kids.

Shiyanke Andrew Goonetilleke

Coordinator of Global Education, M.S., College Counseling and Student Development
Armstrong Hall 213B, (719) 227-8284,

Shiyanke currently splits time between Global Education and the Student Opportunities & Advising Hub.  He can help you with:

  • International student advising and support
  • International student co-curricular programming
  • Academic and holistic advising through the Hub

Shiyanke Andrew Goonetilleke is the Coordinator of Global Education at Colorado College. He joined the Center for Global Education & Field Study team in February 2017 after completing two years of service at The Butler Center, where he supervised six interns, oversaw all program and event logistics while advising student leaders of five student organizations. Prior to his arrival at CC, He completed his Master of Science degree in College Counseling and Student Development from St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications with emphasis in Electronic Media and Public Relations from the University of Wisconsin- Green Bay. He was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka and relocated to the United States as an F-1 International student in 2006. In his leisure time, he enjoys hiking, traveling across the U.S. and the globe to visit his family and friends. He also creates time each day to meditate and practice Vinyasa yoga.

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