Melissa Edwards Smith is a program coordinator in the Global Training Initiative, a unit of the Office of Global Engagement. Smith recently received the Office of Global Engagement’s Campus Outreach Award.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’ve been in the field of international education since 2002, previously working for the UNC Center for International Understanding facilitating short-term study programs for policymakers and community leaders. Much of what I was focused on was helping communities work together to better integrate their new Latino residents and to better understand the push/pull factors around migration from Mexico to North Carolina. I was also fortunate enough to facilitate study programs for industry and government leaders to examine economic development topics that are important to the future of North Carolina, like advanced manufacturing in Germany or the biomedical industry in Singapore.
How long have you been with NC State and the Office of Global Engagement?
Coming up on five years already!
Tell us what you do in a few sentences.
What’s your favorite thing about your work?
Tell us one thing we might be surprised to learn about you.
What do you like to do outside of work?
I enjoying running outdoors most mornings before my children wake up, and then they become my main focus outside of work.
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