Allison CHURCH



Allison joined the SUNY COIL Center in March 2016 to provide pedagogical, administrative and logistical management for all areas of the Stevens Initiative. She is responsible for fostering faculty and institutional partnerships, creating promotional materials, and facilitating professional development between the 27 members of the COIL Network of SUNY campuses and 4 institutional partners in Lebanon, Morocco, and Egypt. For the past decade, Allison has championed the international educational experience seeking her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the American University in Cairo, Egypt during one of the most tumultuous political shifts in the region in recent history, the Arab Spring. While there she thrived in education and worked as a language and history teacher in an international high school, as an exchange student representative for the American University in Cairo, communications & media relations specialist for an energy corporation, translation analyst for the House of Translation, and photojournalist during the Arab Spring. Over 10 years in international education between the MENA and US she developed intercultural faculty training programs, curriculum design at international k-12 schools, and with the SUNY COIL team she co-designed and managed the implementation of the first intercultural assessment for virtual exchange with over 700 students in 25 higher education institutions. In addition to her linguistic abilities and experience in international exchange she has given back to her home town in Wellsville, NY by providing diversity training and seminars to various agencies including the Department of Transportation, Alfred University, and the Seneca Nation. She volunteers, teaching Arabic to members of the US Armed Forces, Montessori schools, and students at St. Bonaventure University.