Category: Intercultural Initiatives for Campus and Community

Tackling Global Initiatives with Intercollegiate Athletics

Thursday, Jun 1
2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Table 51

The poster explores how relationships between athletic departments and international offices can boost diplomacy, intercultural competency, and improve universities’ strategic positions.

Thomas Opio

Office of Global Initiatives
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

For the past 10 years Thomas Opio has been working with international students and athletes including publishing an article on international student athletes. The last 7 years Thomas was a faculty member at Zayed University Dubai, United Arab Emirates where his teaching areas were in student development courses, global studies and sports. He has also taught freshman first year seminar classes and career development courses as well. While in Dubai, Thomas was acting coordinator and advisor to Multimedia Degree Program, mentoring and designing students internships among other advising tasks and duties. Thomas was immersed in the culture and community not just in UAE but the Gulf region as a whole building lasting networks and bonds with the regions natives.

Currently, Thomas works at the University of Arizona Office of Global Initiatives developing broader UA institutional global strategies, developing country region and discipline centered reports, serving as project manager on special projects, creating global strategies and building the Global Knowledge Network among other duties.