Education Abroad (EA)


Athletic Department Collaboration to Expand Student-Athlete Education Abroad

Wednesday, May 31
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
LACC, Room 410

Innovative program design and collaboration with your athletic department can lead to increased education abroad, civic engagement, and internship opportunities for student-athletes. Gain insights into obstacles deterring student-athlete participation, potential channels for cooperation, and successful models.

Learning Objectives:

Marissa Floyd

Director of Academic Programs
Student-Athletes Abroad

Dr. Marissa Floyd specializes in sport education and curricular development at the Unversity of New Mexico. Her research involves relationships, culture, and identity in sport as well as structural tensions in student-athlete's academic experience. Marissa is dedicated to sport scholarship and has worked with multiple sports organizations at varying levels (youth, club, DI). She works with on-campus sport communities in a variety of capacities, including organizing the UNM Annual Symposium on College Athletics. Marissa focuses on curricular development and instruction and has developed and re-designed both face-to-face and online courses. Several of her courses include service-learning components. She has recently joined Student-Athletes Abroad to design custom programs that integrate international education and service.


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Emily B. Durham

Program Director
Duke University

Emily Durham is the Director of the Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program (ACE), which provides student-athletes from Duke and Stanford University with the opportunity to engage in international immersive summer service programs. She graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in English and completed her master's degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Pomona, she spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Hongseong, South Korea, teaching English in a public elementary school while living with a host family and volunteering at a local youth center. Before coming to ACE, Emily worked for over five years at DukeEngage managing faculty and staff-led international and US-based programs and directing the DukeEngage in Seattle program. A former student-athlete herself, Emily oversees all administrative and programmatic functions of the ACE program with substantial input from her counterparts at Stanford University.


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Grant Leslie

Program Director
Beyond Sports

Grant is a Co-founder and Director of Program Development. He has been developing programs designed for student-athletes since 2010 and has recruited thousands of student-athletes from over 350 different universities across the United States. He studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark during graduate school and was a three-sport collegiate athlete as an undergraduate.


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