Exploring U-M’s Opportunities Around the World


Global Engagement Team

On behalf of the Provost’s Office, the Global Engagement Team provides consultation, support services and infrastructure for U-M Schools/Colleges/Units offering education abroad programs and placements for U-M students. Team members develop and maintain resources for international travel health and safety; respond to travel emergencies and critical incidents abroad; offer pre-departure workshops for faculty, staff and students; and manage the M-Compass and travel registry systems.

Team members in alphabetical order:

Valeria Bertacco
Vice Provost for Engaged Learning, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, professor of electrical engineering and computer science

In her role as vice provost, Valeria advocates for and supports university initiatives that create opportunities for action-based and engaged student learning, including such opportunities as international experiences, community-based curricular experiences, undergraduate student research, student projects and co-curricular experiences. She can be reached at valeria@umich.edu or 734-763-0395. 

Heidi Doyle
Technical Manager

Heidi is the primary contact for M-Compass and the University Travel Registry, providing technical support and direction to campus users, system configuration and maintenance, and business owner approval for administrative system access. Heidi is also responsible for U-M education abroad annual reports and responds data requests for student engagement abroad. Heidi can be reached at hdoyle@umich.edu or 734-647-3518. Please submit technical/data requests to global.engagement@umich.edu.

Sarah McNitt
Technical Coordinator

Sarah provides assistance to M-Compass administrative users via user trainings and processing system change requests. She also works with applicants to solve problems or answer questions that arise in their use of the system. Sarah also supports the usability, accessibility and style of the M-Compass system. Sarah can be reached at smcnitt@umich.edu or (734) 647-3517. Please submit technical requests for Sarah to global.engagement@umich.edu.

Patrick Morgan
Chief International Safety Officer

Patrick provides guidance to all U-M units concerning travel abroad health insurance, the International Travel Policy, and unit-specific policies.  As the chair of the International Travel Oversight Committee, Patrick stewards the Travel Warning and Restriction destination list and is the point-person for Safety Plan inquiries.  Patrick is available to facilitate unit-specific program leader workshops; consult on health, safety, and security for individual travel and managed education abroad programs; and create common travel resources for M-Compass and Global Michigan.  He serves as the primary international emergency responder for all U-M travelers overseas, actively monitors international events, and coordinates communications with U-M travelers and their U-M units in times of crisis.  Patrick can be reached for non-emergencies at morganpt@umich.edu or (734)-763-8840.  For overseas emergencies, please follow instructions on Global Michigan.

Asinda Sirignano
Project Manager

Asinda supports students, student organizations, faculty, and staff seeking assistance in organizing international educational experiences. In collaboration with campus units, Asinda develops and maintains shared travel resources and coordinates campus-wide networks and working groups related to international education, including the International Education Network (IEN).  She also delivers on-demand pre-departure workshops on topics such as health and safety, cultural adjustment and humility, and travel preparation logistics. Recognizing each unit, department and program is unique, her support is customizable and tailored to fit individual needs.  Asinda can be reached at asirigna@umich.edu or 734-647-3631.

Ayesha Usmani
International Travel Safety Manager

Ayesha is a International Travel Oversight Committee member who co-manages the safety plan and COVID-19 travel plan process and the evaluation of higher risk travel designations. She develops health and safety resources for student, faculty, and staff travelers. Ayesha also liaises with U-M units regarding U-M policies, pre-departure preparation, and best practices related to travel safety. Ayesha has a split appointment with the Ross School of Business, where she is a Global Education Advisor. Ayesha can be reached at ausmani@umich.edu or (734) 764-4623.

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