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Mana Derakhshani


Mana Derakhshani

Email: mana@saintmarys.edu
Phone: 574-284-4058

Saint Mary's College
Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
122 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556


Director, Global Women's Leadership Institute

Dr. Derakhshani is Professor of French in the Department of Modern Languages and Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership. She also serves as Director of the Intercultural Studies Program as well as Director of the Intercultural Leadership Certificate Program, a co-curricular experiential program with a cohort of 20 students. Since coming to Saint Mary’s College in 1989 her scholarly work has focused on the pedagogy of languages and intercultural studies. She has published French language textbooks and articles on teaching culture and cinema. She has developed new courses in Francophone Studies, the Culture of Business in the French-Speaking World, and French Cinema. She was instrumental, along with several other colleagues across the campus, for creating the Intercultural Studies Minor and has taught the Introduction to Intercultural Studies course every year since its inception. She was one of the co-writers of the proposal to the Lilly Foundation for the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership and served as its Interim Director in its first year (2000-2001).

Martha Smith


Martha Smith

Email: msmith@saintmarys.edu
Phone: 574-284-5262

Saint Mary's College
Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership
124 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

 


Administrative Director, Global Women's Leadership Institute

Martha is the Project Director of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative at Saint Mary’s College. She graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Martha is originally from Managua, Nicaragua. She is an entrepreneur with 24 years of small business management. Martha has previous work experience with banking and manufacturing. She held jobs with First National City Bank (Citibank) in Nicaragua; Owens-Corning Fiberglas, Toledo, Ohio; and AM General in South Bend. She served on the Small Business Division Advisory Board for 1st Source Bank. Martha has served as community volunteer with the Niles YMCA and the Senior Citizens Center, as well as Hospice of Saint Joseph County. Martha has two daughters, and of them is a recent Saint Mary’s College graduate.

 

Ann Marie Alfonso Short

Email: aalfonso@saintmarys.edu
Phone: 574-284-4475

Saint Mary's College
220 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  46556

 

Assistant Professor, English

In her teaching and scholarship, Ann Marie is interested in the dynamics of power and privilege in contemporary global literature, and her courses introduce students to a multiplicity of voices from around the world. In particular, she focuses on Anglophone writers from the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia, and she is especially interested in writers negotiating identities across borders and continents. In her classes, students are encouraged to think critcally about how the texts they read represent issues sourrounding imperialism and globalization, including ethnicity, socieconomic class, culture, gender, and geopolitical conflict. She is also interested in gender and sexuality studies and teaches courses in the Gender and Women's Studies department. Her current research focuses on the politics of narrative memory in the fiction of Mohsin Hamid, Chimamanda Adichie, Junot Diaz, Teju Cole, and Jhumpa Lahiri. Ann Marie received her B.A. from Boston University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Miami. 

 

Julie Storme

Julie Storme

Email: jstorme@saintmarys.edu
Phone: (574) 284-4059

Saint Mary's College
128 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN  

 

Associate Director, CWIL
Professor of French 

Julie A. Storme, Associate Director of CWIL and Professor of French (PhD in French Literature from Northwestern University) has worked on many initiatives related to intercultural learning since her arrival in 1986, including participation in the Design Team for the Sophia Program’s engagement learning outcomes (LO3) and the Intercultural Studies Minor. Much of her research has focused on foreign language pedagogy, particularly reading and writing, the teaching of culture and intercultural understanding. She has published several articles in these fields and is the co-author of an intermediate French textbook.

 

 

Linda Biggins

Email: lbiggins@saintmarys.edu
Phone: 574-284-4051

Saint Mary's College
129 Spes Unica Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556

 

 

Administrative Assistant, CWIL and History

Linda Biggins has been working at Saint Mary’s since 1994. Her role as administrative assistant in the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership is comprehensive. She coordinates events, calenders and budgets for the central administration as well as the research, scholarship and global education components of the department. Linda received a master’s degree in secondary education from Indiana State University in Terre Haute and has experience teaching in a classroom. Her favorite pastime is gardening.



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