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.  Details are in the Global Engagement Team Service Menu.

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. 

Amy Carey
Assistant Vice Provost for International Engagement

Amy leads the Global Engagement Team and works closely with Education Abroad units and other central units in advancing international and multicultural experiences for U-M students. She also promotes, facilitates, and supports connections with the University’s strategic international partners. Amy can be reached at  or 734-615-9206.

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.

Natalie Gilbert

Natalie supports the work of the Global Engagement Team, focusing on communications and training content. Natalie can be reached at nataligi@umich.edu.

Erika Kohl

Erika supports the work of the Global Engagement Team, focusing on web content and usability. Erika can be reached at ekohl@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. Patrick chairs the International Travel Oversight Committee; 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 an 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.

Ayesha Usmani
International Travel Safety Manager

Ayesha supports enterprise wide travel safety initiatives, serves on the International Travel Oversight Committee, co-manages the Safety Plan and COVID-19 travel plan process, evaluates higher risk travel designations, provides emergency support for international travelers, as well as develops health and safety resources for student, faculty, and staff travelers. Ayesha also works with U-M units to interpret U-M policies, assists with pre-departure preparation, develops best practices related to travel safety, and works on special projects as they arise. Ayesha can be reached at ausmani@umich.edu or (734) 764-2395.

Project Manager

The Project Manager works on strategic projects related to international engagement such as pre-departure consultation and orientation sessions for U-M units with students traveling overseas. The Project Manager manages campus-wide outreach efforts and marketing campaigns, developing promotional materials to complement unit-level efforts to support education abroad and travel safety.

Technical Coordinator

The Technical Coordinator provides assistance to M-Compass administrative users via user trainings and processing system change requests, and also works with applicants to solve problems or answer questions that arise in their use of the system. The Technical Coordinator also supports the usability, accessibility and style of the M-Compass system.

  • 60+

    More than 60 languages are offered at U-M

  • 115

    U-M hosted students from 115 countries in Fall 2020