Tina Breakell has worked in the field of international education for over a decade and has extensive experience with international education programming and policies. Tina obtained her undergraduate degree in English from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York and her graduate degree in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in International Education from the George Washington University. Tina has worked at Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Skidmore College within the field of international education and study abroad. Now at Williams, she works closely with partners around the world to offer quality academic experiences. She is a member of NAFSA, Forum, The Guild, and serves on a number of advisory boards in the field of international education and study abroad. Tina is a recipient of the 2016 Lily von Klemperer Award.
Tina believes strongly in the transformative power of international education as an important component of any academic plan. She was drawn to this work when she studied abroad as an undergraduate student in London. It was during this time that Tina realized the profound importance of multicultural and global understanding in an ever changing and complex world. She has since traveled and assessed programs extensively and is dedicated to helping students determine the best possible semester study away options for them. The office works hard to provide quality advising and programming for Williams students every step of the way.
International Education and Study Away
Abi Cavazos started at Williams in the summer of 2017, coming from the Education Abroad office at UConn where she served as a study abroad advisor and later as Assistant Director. She earned her undergraduate degree in Geology from St. Lawrence University and her M.B.A. from UConn. She has worked in higher education for over 13 years now, serving in a variety of roles. Prior to that she worked in the non-profit sector, and even as a travel tour guide and a science teacher for a short time.
Abi first traveled internationally to Scotland when she was 8 years old with her grandmother, and has had a love and passion for travel ever since. She spent a semester abroad in Finland during high school, and a semester in Australia at Monash Uni. during college. Both of these experiences were pivotal moments in her life, as she was exposed to the value of learning about other cultures and people (as well as herself) along the way. She thoroughly enjoys working with students to help them through the study away application and pre-departure process, as well as working with returning study away students as they adjust to life back home. Her hope is that all students will consider a study away experience as part of their college career – so many students don’t think it’s possible or worthwhile – but it is a truly life-changing experience!