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Faculty Member and Alumna Promote U.S.-Japan Study Abroad

July 2016

Spelman College in JapanMargery Ganz, Ph.D., history professor and director of Spelman College’s Study Abroad and International Exchange Program, and Gretchen Cook-Anderson, C’90, director of diversity recruiting and advising for IES Abroad, recently traveled to Japan as part of a U.S. State Department project to increase the number of exchange students participating in U.S. -- Japanese study abroad programs.

Spelman was one of six U.S. institutions that participated in the eight-day familiarization tour, sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Japan to support the initiatives of TeamUp US-Japan.

During the tour in June, the group visited colleges in Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa and met with U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy. The group also met with Emerald Garrett, C’2017, an exchange student at Tsuda College, a private women’s college in Tokyo, and Tsuda student Chisato Watanabe, who will be studying at Spelman in the fall.

From The Go Abroad Archives . . .


Gretchen Cook AndersonAs the director of diversity recruiting and advising at IES Abroad, Cook-Anderson oversees efforts to increase enrollment and enhance the study abroad experience of diverse students. She is a marketing and PR professional with over 10 years of experience in international education. An IES Abroad alum (Japan) herself, she holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Government from Spelman and a Master's degree in International Economics and Japan Studies from Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. An award-winning professional, her efforts led to 11.3 percent growth in participation among ethnically diverse students in IES Abroad programs in 2013 and 2014.

Must-read Interview! Discover What Sparked Cook-Anderson's Love Affair With Global Travel.

From the Socials . . .

Gretchen Cook Anderson, C'90, Pays Homage to Margery Ganz, Ph.D. and Reminisces About Her First Trip to Japan as a Spelman Student



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