Director of International Student and Scholar Services
I have my Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and a Bachelor of Science in special education for the visually impaired and elementary education. I am working on an Ed. D. in Teaching and Learning with an emphasis in Adult Education. I have been teaching college-level English language learners since 2007 and have been teaching English to students of all ages and levels since 2005. I have extensive experience presenting at local and international TESOL conferences on a variety of topics. I also contribute to Earlham’s comparative languages & linguistics (CLL) major and co-convene the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) minor in preparing individuals for future careers in language teaching. Since arriving at Earlham in 2014, I have added the role, knowledge and duties of international student advising to my repertoire, assisting students on F-1 visas throughout their four-year journeys. I have a passion for fostering student success in as many ways as possible.
Senior Career Coach
Caroline Wagner advises students interested in the career fields of social justice, education, and public affairs and teaches the EPIC 171 course, which is required in order to complete an EPIC-funded internship. While her focus is in the fields previously mentioned, she is happy to assist students who are unsure of their focus but would like some career guidance, help with resume or job interviewing, or other mentoring help that may fall under the career education and community engagement umbrella.
Prior to this role, Caroline has served in a number of positions and capacities to aid her in best serving the Earlham community, including serving as a middle and high school English teacher in both Indiana and North Carolina; event planning, volunteer management, and fundraising at major nonprofits in Chicago and Washington, DC; and marketing and promotions for various Broadway shows in New York City. Before settling into these exciting careers, Caroline earned her Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in communication and a minor in music, and later returned to school to complete additional post-secondary education in order to secure her teaching license at Illinois State University.
In her free time, Caroline enjoys listening to podcasts and reading creative nonfiction, but perhaps most often or more importantly, she can be found spending time with her husband and young daughter and engaging in activities across the Richmond community. If you see her out and about, please say Hi!
Specialties and InterestsEducation, Literacy, Curriculum Development, Career Services, Marketing and Communication, Event Planning, Podcasting
Director of the Spanish Language Program, Border Studies Program
Diego Bustos studied economics and history at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and he holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso. He his finishing a Ph.D. in Latin American Literature at the University of New Mexico, focused on the relationship between rhetorical strategies present in a corpus of cultural performances and novels, and the imagination on development in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. With an emphasis on cultural citizenship and transnational discourses on social inclusion, his scholar work informs his approach to teaching language and culture, and vice versa: both imagined as contested fields in the struggle for liberation. His life in the border has reinforced his interests for these topics and the urgency of their articulation within a broader transnational frame. He has been involved in different projects in the region, from the extinct Revista Coroto, based in El Paso, to the Interdisciplinary Colombian Studies Group, in Albuquerque. He is currently working in the Colombian Syllabus, a group project intended to situate critically the current social unrest ongoing in his native country.
Asst. Director of EPIC Communications and Career Coach
It is not just resumes and cover letters with me. One of my favorite parts of being a career coach is collaborating with students to map out their four years at Earlham and beyond. In an appointment with me, we will strategize how to go from Earlham to your ultimate career goals with the opportunities provided to you by Earlham and other outside sources. Outside of one-on-one appointments, I collaborate most with the Center for Entrepreneurship Innovation and Creativity (CEIC) to bring together resources for students interested in the arts, business, and technology. I co-teach MGMT 381 to help students become career-ready while receiving college credit and also work with McNair students. Aligning with the CEIC, although I welcome any student to see me, I typically see students majoring in studies related to business, the arts, and technology such as:
- Arts and Advocacy
- Art Management
- Computer Science
- Data Science
- Digital Arts
- Film Studies
- Global Management
- Shakespeare Studies
- Sports Management
- Theater Arts
I am also a 2015 alum with a degree in Comparative Languages and Linguistics (focusing on Spanish and Japanese) and studied abroad in Japan and lived in the Tohoku region for two years.
Academic Director, Border Studies Program
Geoff Boyce (PhD) is Academic Director and one of four full-time faculty in the Earlham College Border Studies Program, an off-campus liberal arts program that uses the U.S. / Mexico border region as a critical site for unpacking contemporary global realities. Dr. Boyce’s research and publications attend to the transnational dimensions of immigration and border policing, and their uneven dissemination of human vulnerability across scale.
In the Border Studies Program Geoff teaches a course titled “Movement and Movements: A Political Economy of Migration Seminar.” This seminar combines reading, discussion, and regional excursions and is intended to provide robust insight into:
- the political, economic and historical processes that drive and condition contemporary patterns of human migration
- the political and geographic structures that categorize and define distinct persons and migration practices
- the evolution of international boundaries as tools for managing the flow and status of people and things
- the connections between constructions of citizenship, national identity, racism, militarism and criminalization
- how historical and contemporary social movements that articulate with these phenomena, and
- resistance and alternatives to contemporary migration and development regimes proposed by grassroots social movements and other civil society actors in Mexico, Central America and the United States.
Geoff’s recent scholarly publication includes:
Boyce, G. and S.N. Chambers. 2021. “The Corral Apparatus: Counterinsurgency and the Architecture of Death and Deterrence along the Mexico / United States Border” Geoforum 120, 1-13.
Launius, S. and G. Boyce. 2021. “More than Metaphor: Settler Colonialism, Frontier Logic and the Continuities of Racialized Dispossession in a Southwest US City” Annals of the American Association of Geographers 111(1): 157-174
Chambers, S.N., G. Boyce, and W.J. Jacobs. 2021. “Constructing a Desert Labyrinth: The Psychological and Emotional Geographies of Deterrence Strategy on the U.S. / Mexico Border” Emotion, Space and Society 38, 100764.
Chambers, S.N., G. Boyce, S. Launius and A. Dinsmore. 2021. “Mortality, Surveillance and the Tertiary “Funnel Effect” on the U.S.-Mexico Border: A Geospatial Modelling of the Geography of Deterrence.” Journal of Borderlands Studies 36(3): 443-468
Boyce, G. 2020. “Immigration, Policing, and the Politics of Time” Geography Compass 14(8): e12496
Boyce, G. and S. Launius, 2020. “The Household Financial Losses Triggered by an Immigration Arrest, and How State and Local Government Can Most Effectively Protect Their Constituents.” Journal on Migration and Human Security 8(4): 301-317
Boyce, G., S. Launius, J. Williams and T. Miller. 2020. “Alter-Geopolitics and the Feminist Challenge to the Securitization of Climate Policy” Gender, Place and Culture 27(3): 394-411
Boyce, G. 2019. “The Neoliberal Underpinnings of ‘Prevention Through Deterrence’ and the United States Government’s Case Against Geographer Scott Warren” Journal of Latin American Geography 18(3): 192-201
Boyce, G., S. Launius and A. Aguirre. 2019. “Drawing the Line: Spatial Strategies of Community and Resistance in Post-SB1070 Arizona” ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies 18(1): 187-216
Boyce, G., S. Chambers, and S. Launius. 2019. “Bodily Inertia and the Weaponization of the Sonoran Desert in United States Boundary Enforcement: A GIS Modeling of Migration Routes through Arizona’s Altar Valley” Journal on Migration and Human Security 7(1): 23-35
Gentry, B., G. Boyce, J. Garcia and S.N. Chambers. 2019. “Indigenous Survival and Settler Colonial Dispossession on the Mexican Frontier: the Case of Cedagi Wahia and Wo’oson O’odham Indigenous Communities” Journal of Latin American Geography 18(1): 65-93
For more see: https://earlham.academia.edu/GeoffreyBoyce
Specialties and InterestsBorders and borderlandsTransnational migrationPolicingSocial movementsPolitical economyHuman geography
Senior Director of Off-Campus Programs
Associate Director of the Center for Global Health
Greetings! If you are interested in, or considering, a career in healthcare or medicine, I am here to help you! We have many opportunities available for students to learn about health careers, including: the Health Externship Program, the Community Medicine Program, summer research and internships, the Intercultural Competence May Term, and EPIC Global Health opportunities in places like the Dominican Republic and Peru. In addition to working with students to help them identify potential careers and opportunities, I also advise the Health Club, MAPS, and HOSA.
You can find me in the classroom teaching a LIFT course for our first generation students during the 2nd semester. I also supervise the Pre-Health Peer Mentors, who are all wonderful and happy to meet with you! When I am not in the office, you can find me hanging with my furry child (Earl). Chances are if you have met a fluffy, high-energy, light-colored puppy taking his student friends for walks around campus . . . it’s Earl.
Global Programs Coordinator
Julie Whalen started her career by teaching English Language Arts at the high school level. There, she had the opportunity to do a summer study abroad in Peru through a Fulbright Grant. The experience was meaningful and sparked a love of travel and a passion to help others find similar experiences. She began promoting study abroad at the high school level, working in exchanges with both Spain and Japan, as well as a domestic study in South Dakota. She now helps Earlham students who are interested in studying abroad reach their goals. Julie believes in the promotion of cultural competency and empathy and is passionate about making international study a reality for all students who seek to learn about the world through a new lens.
Assistant Director of Partner Relations
I am a proud Earlham alumni happily serving in this new role of Assistant Director of Partner Relations.
I have been here for 16 years at Earlham and I have loved being here. For my hobbies I act in and costume plays at the Richmond Civic Theater. I am a huge nerd for sci-fi and LOVE Marvel. I have 3 kids and have been married for 30+ years.
Director of Student Services, Border Studies Program
Kate is an activist, cat-lover/ cat mom, horse-back-rider, avid hiker, and mom to Octavio and Ximena. Originally from Champaign, Illinois Kate has called many places home throughout her life-time. She attended Beloit College (Beloit, WI) where she majored in Anthropology and Latin American Studies. She resided in Seattle, Washington where she attended the University of Washington-Seattle and completed a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Public Affairs. She also called Chicago, Illinois home for several years working at the Cook County Department of Public Health (2002-2006) and the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (2013-2016). Kate came to Tucson for the first time in 2010 as a volunteer with the humanitarian-aid organization, No More Deaths (NMD). It was then that she fell in love with the Sonoran desert, with Tucson, and with the fierce community of activists that reside and resist here. Living in Tucson she has continued to work and volunteer with NMD–she has served as the Volunteer Coordinator and the Abuse Documentation Coordinator and helped to publish the report “Disappeared: How U.S. Border Enforcement Agencies are Fueling a Missing Persons Crisis“. She has been an Instructor with the Border Studies Program since 2017 and currently oversees the Field Study program component as well as teaches the Field Study Practicum course. But the real teacher here is The Border–Kate is honored to be a part of creating a container for which learning can happen.
Associate Director of Career Education and Student Employment
Lea is the Associate Director of Career Education and Student Employment. She has been working in the CGCE, where she started out as a career coach, for the past 5 years. She manages on-campus student employment at Earlham, oversees the Science and Environment Career Community and supervises some of the Peer Career Coaches. In her free time you can find her spending time with her cats or playing roller derby at the Skate.
Instructor, Academic and Community Engagement Director, Border Studies Program
Originally from Chaclacayo, Peru, Mari Galup has resided in Tucson since 2006. She joined the Border Studies Program in the spring of 2017 after a number of years teaching at the University of Arizona where she received her PhD from the Gender and Women’s Studies Department in 2016. Her academic work reflects her interests in transnational feminisms, Third world and women of color theories and praxis, decolonization, indigenous knowledge, social movements in the Americas, migrant justice, and food justice and food sovereignty. Since making Tucson her home, Mari has been involved in a number of grassroots organizations such as the Protection Network Action Fund (Pronet) and the Tucson Language Justice Collective that work on a number of issues present in the borderlands. Mari’s self care revolves around her dogs Luna and Sisa, her birth and extended queer family, and the desert landscape that she loves. She also enjoys, plants, reading, yoga and travel, which she is privileged to do every so often.
Melissa Cox is the Administrative Assistant in the Center for Global and Career Education. Melissa has been at Earlham for 16 years. She has been in her current role, with the Center for Global and Career Education, for five of those years. Previously, she work with the M.A.T. program for eleven years. Melissa also teaches yoga in the Athletic and Wellness Center.
Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
Mila P. Cooper
Senior Director of Career and Community Education
Mila Cooper oversees Career Education and Community Engagement. She is an experienced student-centered administrator. Prior to arriving at Earlham, she served in a number of positions including Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Director of Community Outreach & Service-Learning.
Mila holds a B.S. in communication studies, an M.A. in higher education administration, a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min). She is a Level III trainer in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Resolution. Mila is passionate about advocating for and mentoring college students, collaborating with faculty to design service-learning and community-based curricula and supporting her team in the CGCE.
Personally, Mila enjoys spending time with her family – husband Gerald, two daughters and one granddaughter, and traveling. She is committed to social justice and is involved in a number of community-based initiatives.
Specialties and InterestsCareer Education, Community Engagement, Service/Community-Based Learning, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership Development
Executive Director, Center for Global and Career Education
Roger Adkins is a scholar-administrator with a complex profile that includes extensive administrative work and expertise in global learning, ongoing interdisciplinary research and scholarship, and teaching in both domestic and international settings. They are a passionate interculturalist who strives to make global learning accessible for every student, both in on-campus and off-campus settings. They studied abroad in Iceland and have led short, faculty-led programs in the UK (England, Wales, and Scotland). They have also visited or worked in: Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Sweden, and Tunisia. They are also a dedicated career educator who believes in helping today’s students prepare for a world of rapidly evolving circumstances and inevitable shifts in professional life.
Roger identifies as queer, lives with a disability (not visible), and comes from a working-class background. They were also a first-generation college student. They are passionate about inclusiveness and are very happy to serve as a mentor or advocate for students from diverse backgrounds. They identify as gender nonbinary and use they/them/their pronouns.
Specialties and InterestsGlobal learning, career education, curriculum and pedagogy, literature, folklore, gender studies, creative writing
ELL Instructor/International Student Adviser
Peer Career Coach
I am a Global Management and a Quantitative Economics major ,with a minor in Pre-Engineering ( Class of 2025), and a member the Honors Program. Listening to music, trying my hands on the piano and on strings of guitar are a major part of my daily excitement, “you call it hobby 🤓.”
As it has become a top-notch priority for me in contributing substantially to the Earlham Community, I have taken it upon myself to guide fellow students through their career journey by reviewing resumes and cover letters, practicing interviews with students and assisting with job/internship search. I also work on numerous projects and research within CGCE ( Science and Environment Career Community) to pull out enough resources for fellow students.
So why not schedule an appointment today and let’s get connected. It’s all fun!🎈