Pashoua Vang joined the Learning Abroad Center as an Associate Institutional Relations Director in August 2021. She is the representative for the Northeast region and Texas. She holds a BA in Global Studies and Asian Languages & Literatures from the University of Minnesota and a MA in International Educational Development from Teachers College, Columbia University. Pashoua is an alumna of the NSLI-Y China program, FLAS Fellowship and Fulbright Malaysia. As a Hmong American who navigated college and graduate school as a first-generation and low-income student, Pashoua is passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion in international education. When she’s not traveling, Pashoua is an avid baker and crafter who also enjoys hiking, weight training and chasing sunsets.
Paula Haeder started in the Learning Abroad Center in August of 2018 as an Associate Institutional Relations Director, representing the University of Minnesota in the Southeast and Lower Midwest portions of the United States. Paula grew up in a small town of 500 people (on a good day) in South Dakota. She graduated with a Spanish and Global Studies major from Concordia College where she studied abroad in Cordoba, Argentina. After college, she spent a year as a teaching assistant in Zhuahi, China. Prior to coming to the UofM, she worked for three years in Institutional Relations for another provider. In her free time, Paula likes to drink mate, bake bread, search for great Chinese restaurants, and listen to the same three audiobook series over and over again.
BJ has worked in education abroad since 2002 at both the University of Minnesota as well as Macalester College. He is currently the Director Institutional Relations & Diversity Initiatives in the Learning Abroad Center at the University of Minnesota. He holds a BA in Spanish and Linguistics and an MA in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. In the past, he has worked with the Study & Intern in Toledo, MSID Kenya and MSID Ecuador programs, Study & Intern in Rome, Study & Intern in Florence, Arabic Language & Culture in Morocco program, as well as the Global Seminars. He has an amazing memory, likes Thai food and Indiana. Contact BJ.
Antonia Lortis is one of the six Assistant Directors in the office. She focuses on marketing and communications. She received her BA (1994) and MBA (2007) at the University of Minnesota. She joined the Global Campus/Learning Abroad Center in 2001. She leads a talented team whose duties range from advertising, outreach, print collateral, and social media. Her weeks are filled with to-do lists that include national marketing strategy and brand management, on-campus initiatives, and alumni relations. She loves meeting people, bumbling through urban areas and exploring open-air markets. She is fascinated by consumer behavior and cuisines around the world.