Hi, I’m Kristi Bedolla, and I have been managing the Berkeley International Study Program since 2012, but assisting with it since it started in 2005. I have spent my entire career in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley. Most of those years I have been working in student services for the undergraduate Sociology program. This is a great department and I was delighted when we began inviting international students to visit UC Berkeley to study in courses that have space available. International students bring a unique perspective to each class creating a globally based learning environment, which I believe is critical knowledge and experience in today’s global workforce. I enjoy meeting students from many parts of the world and working with my staff to create meaningful intercultural experiences for all who are visiting, as well as for our Berkeley students.
Jenny Cornet-CarrilloAssistant Director
My name is Jenny Cornet-Carrillo and I’m the Assistant Director of the Berkeley International Study Program, specifically overseeing the L&S part of our program. I work with campus departments and with international partners to bring students from overseas to take the courses we have available at Berkeley. I also coordinate our language assessment process for students coming from non-English speaking countries, so I get to meet with most of our students either online or in person before they come to Berkeley. I’ve been on the UC Berkeley campus since 2005, working as a graduate advisor, undergraduate advisor, career counselor, and supporting students throughout their time in Berkeley, whether that be for one semester or for many years. I am a strong advocate for studying abroad, and I came to BISP because I love the idea of bringing students to Berkeley to enhance their studies at their home institutions.
Hello, I’m Bridgette! My role as a BISP Program Advisor and Marketing Specialist allows me to work closely with international students and institutions each day; what fun! As an art history undergraduate, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, which greatly enhanced my academic studies and altered my views of the world. Early in my career, I focused on marketing, communications and development in the private and nonprofit sectors. Soon after completing my graduate studies, my career took an exciting turn towards higher education. Since joining UCB in 2007, I’ve been fortunate to work closely with international and domestic students, both as an undergraduate advisor in the History of Art Department, followed more recently as a Letters & Science College Advisor. It’s a privilege to work closely with international students as they dream, stretch, change and accomplish in more ways than they could have imagined.
Rachel MarquezProgram Advisor
My name is Rachel and I am the Program Advisor for BISP. I advise BISP students, plan our fun social activities, and supervise the Cultural Peer Mentors. Before I was in this position, I bounced around a lot! After college, I worked in the Bay Area and in San Diego to make enough money to travel to Rio de Janeiro for six months, where I taught English. After I came back, I went to graduate school at the University of Pacific in Stockton before landing back at my alma mater – Go Bears! I like working with BISP and international students because it is a way to meet people from all over the world and learn about different cultures and mindsets. Intercultural learning and helping others increase their intercultural competency is a big interest of mine, and I’m fortunate to help both UCB and visiting international students learn from each other through study abroad.
Emily NormileProgram Advisor
Hello! I am the newest BISP Program Advisor, working closely with L&S students especially, and I am thrilled to be a part of this program. I have a passion for international education and cultural exchange, having studied in Spain, worked in Australia, taught in Japan, and traveled to many countries. Now I travel the world through amazing international students. Prior to BISP I facilitated international programs at Stanford and UC Davis, primarily supporting undergrads, both visitors and new freshmen. Demystifying American culture for visitors is a real joy, and as a Midwesterner, I can appreciate the cultural quirks of California, the Bay Area, and even UC. My hope is that students leave BISP transformed and inspired, with new perspectives and lifelong friends. Go Bears!