As Associate Director, Lezlie provides oversight for Temple in Spain, all of our faculty-led summer programs, Temple Exchanges and External Programs. She also serves as the main point of contact within the office on health, safety and security matters for students, staff and faculty traveling overseas for opportunities and experiences not managed through Education Abroad, and she participates in university-wide crisis management initiatives. Lezlie graduated from Lehigh University with a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and received an M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. During her undergraduate career Lezlie spent her junior year abroad at University College Cork in Cork, Ireland. During the summer following her Master’s program she studied post-Apartheid higher education in South Africa, which took her to various regions and cities throughout the country, meeting with university leaders and students in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Lezlie has led students on alternative break programs in New Orleans, Louisiana and El Paso, Texas, as well as study abroad and service-learning programs in Johannesburg, South Africa and Morogoro, Tanzania.
What do you like best about working in Education Abroad?
"The most rewarding aspect of my job is helping students realize that a wide variety of opportunities to study abroad exist for them, and with proper planning, they can graduate on time and even fund the experience through a multitude of scholarships. I advise for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which awards up to $5,000 for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study abroad, and it’s incredibly gratifying to work closely with students on this application process, particularly when their hard work and dedication is recognized in the form of a scholarship to support their overseas experience. The application and pre-departure process can be daunting for students, but knowing that I played a part in helping them achieve their dream of studying abroad, is a part of this job that I will always treasure."