Staff > Kat Aldag
Kat joined the Study Abroad Office in November, 2015. She holds a BA in Hispanic Studies from Oberlin College and an MA in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. During her undergraduate career, she spent 10 months studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain at Universidad de Salamanca, cultivating her appreciation for international education. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Kat’s experience in higher education has included academic administration, development of curricula around Feminist Theory, and the organization of a Cultural Studies Colloquium Series. For the past four years, Kat has been an academic advisor in UIC’s School of Literatures, Cultural Studies, and Linguistics where she advised over 650 students on majors and/or minor across 14 programs, working closely with the Study Abroad Office as a course equivalency signatory to ensure holistic advising. She was also an instructor for the Global Learning Community Seminar, a first-year course on global issues such as (im)migration, climate change, food security and food sovereignty, labor exploitation, and community formation through online social networking and other media, facilitating respectful debates and fostering cross-cultural understanding. Since August of 2015, she has coordinated this Certificate Program, a curriculum engaging students in coursework that emphasizes viewing the world in terms of shared challenges and opportunities. Kat serves as Co-Chair of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women and is active in the work of the Campus Advocacy Network and the Women’s Leadership and Resource Center. As a student advocate and ally, Kat is eager to address issues of identity and discrimination in order to make the study abroad experience a positive and developmental one.
In addition to her advising and program management portfolio that includes Germany, Portugal, Brazil, and the Spanish speaking world, Kat takes the lead on Study Abroad diversity initiatives, oversees the growing scholarship/grant portfolio, is a first responder for safety and risk management, and supervises all outreach and marketing efforts.