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Study Abroad Staff

Eduardo Contreras Jr., EdD

Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion
Director, Studies Abroad

Dr. Eduardo Contreras, Jr. Eduardo Contreras Jr. is Assistant Provost for International Education, Diversity, and Inclusion and Director of the Office of Studies Abroad. As Assistant Provost he oversees the Collaborative on International Studies and Global Outreach (CISGO), Studies Abroad, International Student Services, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion. He is also a member of the President's Advisory Committee on Inclusion, and he serves on the faculty of the School of Education for the MA HESA program. With nearly two decades in public and private U.S. postsecondary education, Dr. Contreras has a long-term commitment to inclusive excellence and international education. At Harvard, he served on the Dean’s Global Education Task Force and taught a course on internationalization in higher education. At UP he teaches courses on the history of American Higher Education and on Inclusive Excellence in Colleges and Universities. He has also written and presented extensively on international education and inclusion. In addition to an EdM and EdD from Harvard, he has a BA in history an MA in Asian Cultures and Languages from the University of Texas at Austin.

Although he is embarrassed to admit that he never studied abroad as an undergraduate, Dr. Contreras eventually went abroad on a Hindi-language program in India where he lived with an extended Indian family, ate delicious Indian food, watched Bollywood movies, and improved his Hindi significantly. As a result of that experience, Dr. Contreras remains dedicated to helping students of all backgrounds have their own life-changing experiences during their undergraduate years.

 

Amy Wruck, MSEd

Amy Wruck

Studies Abroad Admin Assistant

Amy grew up in Illinois, near Chicago, before moving downstate to attend Illinois College, where she completed her BS in International Studies, focusing on Political Science and Economics. During college, she studied abroad in Morocco, Austria, and New Zealand before realizing that she wanted to spend her career helping students have the same kind of amazing, transformative experiences that she did. Amy earned her Master’s degree in International Higher Education Leadership from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA and spent most of her time there working in Campus Recreation and International Student Services. One week after her program in Virginia ended, she jammed everything she owned into the back of her car and drove cross country to Portland to join the UP community, working in the Studies Abroad office.

Over the years, Amy has also traveled to Hong Kong, Australia, Fiji, all over Western Europe (favorites include France, Belgium, and the Czech Republic), and all over the U.S. – both for work and for fun. Despite her extensive travels, she has never visited Canada or Mexico and hopes to make it to both sometime soon. 

Student Coordinators

Erick Berrelleza - Program Coordinator for Granada, Spain

Katie Buchanan - Program Coordinator for London Summer

Brenna Chapman - Program Coordinator for Galway, Ireland & London Semester

Kelsi Cruz - Program Coordinator for Tokyo

Tina Francisco - Program Coordinator for Salzburg Year & Semester

Clare Kessi - Program Coordinator for Salzburg Year & Semester

Ashley Lincoln - Program Coordinator for Salzburg Summer

Shannon McVicar - Program Coordinator for Australia

Emma Scheve - Student Coordinator for CISGO & Web Development

Mary Sullivan - Program Coordinator for Quito

Kaitlin Yap - Program Coordinator for Granada, Spain