Office of Global Initiatives
2410 Van Munching Hall
Rebecca Bellinger, Director
Rebecca L. Bellinger has over a decade of experience leading international strategy, programs, and partnership development in higher education. She served previously as University Director of International Programs and Services at Pace University in New York City where she oversaw study abroad, international student and scholar services, national scholarships, and bridge (English-language) programs. Prior to this, she was Director of International Programs at the School of International Service, American University, where she designed international opportunities for graduate students and developed school-wide international partnerships. Her experience in international education also has included positions with the Institute of International Education/CIES; the Congressional Youth Leadership Council; Envision, EMI; and various private schools in Eastern Europe (Czech Republic, Romania, Russia, and Serbia). Rebecca is a graduate of the Transatlantic Master’s Program and holds an MA in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA from the University of Rochester (NY).
Rebecca also spends time out of the office supporting global education. She has a special interest in public diplomacy and volunteers with the FLEX (Future Leaders Exchange) and A-SMYLE (America-Serbia and Montenegro Youth Leadership Exchange) programs with the American Councils for International Education. She is also the founder of the Member Interest Group on Graduate Study Abroad in NAFSA and is an active presenter and contributor to this association and others.
Her passion for international relations began with a semester abroad in Milan, Italy, continued into graduate school with fieldwork and study completed in the UK and Italy, and has led her to over 50 different countries for work, study, and leisure. Cuba, India, Jordan, and Kazakhstan are among the more interesting locations she has visited.
She still calls upstate New York her home but has lived in the DC area off and on for the last 12 years.
Phone: 301-405-6171; Email: RBellinger@rhsmith.umd.edu
Claudia Donnelly, Program Manager
Claudia Donnelly’s position with the Robert H. Smith School of Business is two-fold. She is the manager of undergraduate short-term programs for the Office of Global Initiatives and also coordinates study programs for visiting international university groups. The Smith School sends a greater portion of UG’s abroad for 10 day-2 week 3-credit courses during scheduled school breaks than any other department at UMD. As the assistant director of the Business, Society & the Economy (BSE) program of College Park Scholars, a special living-learning by-invitation only program, Claudia helps students adapt to college life as freshmen and helps them navigate through their sophomore years.
Claudia has helped develop and has accompanied students on global study programs to the United Arab Emirates, Singapore/Malaysia, Australia, France/Netherlands and Israel and enjoys personal travel with her family. She is a first generation American and recognizes the unique challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that go along with this.
Phone: 301-405-0200; Email: CDonnelly@rhsmith.umd.edu
Christopher Olson, Program Manager
Chris coordinates the semester programs (undergraduate and graduate) for the Office of Global Initiatives. He serves as the main point of contact for both outgoing and incoming exchange students participating on the Smith School of Business exchange programs.
Chris' international experiences began with a semester program in Paris as an undergraduate at the George Washington University. After graduation, he returned to France as an English teaching assistant working in a middle and high school in Tours – about two hours southwest of Paris. While in France, he traveled extensively throughout Europe and developed a taste for extravagant pastries and Wiener Schnitzel. He’s traveled extensively throughout France and also to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and the UAE.
Chris is currently enrolled in UMD's Master of Public Policy program. While at GW, Chris studied international affairs at the Elliott School. Combined with his experiences abroad, he is excited to be able to help American and international students have similarly impactful opportunities.
Originally from the Boston area, Chris has lived in DC since 2004.
Lauren Beilin, Program Consultant
Lauren coordinates graduate programs abroad for the Office of Global Initiatives, including short-term faculty-led global business courses, international consulting projects, and on-campus global speaker series. Lauren serves as the main point of contact for outgoing graduate students (MBA, EMBA, MS) participating in the Smith School’s globally themed programs.
Lauren has held multiple positions in the field of International Education. She most recently was the Manager of study abroad programs for undergraduate students at George Washington University, and also filled the role of Interim Resident Director for the GW Chile study abroad program.
Having worked in Barcelona, Spain and in Santiago, Chile, Lauren has been involved in the creation of partnerships with foreign universities and businesses. Lauren has also worked for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) and the Experiment in International Living (EIL). Lauren earned a Masters degree from the SIT Graduate Institute with a concentration in International Education.
Originally from Philadelphia, Lauren has lived in DC since 2010.
Phone: 301-405-9477; Email: email@example.com