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Our Team

Trond Petersen

Trond Petersen

BISP DIRECTOR AND SOCIOLOGY PROFESSOR

My name is Trond Petersen. I am the Director of BISP, and a Professor in the Department of Sociology and in the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and also serve as Executive Associate Dean in the College of Letters and Science. I grew up in Oslo, Norway, finished two Masters degrees at the University of Oslo and came to the United States in 1982 as a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I was previously at the Faculty in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University 1985-1988 and came to UC Berkeley in 1988. My research areas are on inequality, gender inequality, the role of family policy for equality, and quantitative methods.

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Kristi Larson Bedolla

Kristi Larson Bedolla

Associate Director

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-Carrillo

Jenny Cornet-Carrillo

Assistant Director

My name is Jenny Cornet-Carrillo and I’m the Assistant Director of the Berkeley International Study Program, specifically overseeing the Letters and Science 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.

Bridgette Lehrer

Bridgette Lehrer

Assistant Director, Marketing and Outreach

Hello, I’m Bridgette Lehrer. I’ve been fortunate to work in a variety of student advising and marketing/communications roles at UC Berkeley since 2007. As an art history undergraduate, I studied abroad in Florence, Italy, which greatly enhanced my academic studies and altered my views of the world. Before and after completing an M.A. in Museum Studies, I focused on marketing, communications and fundraising for both public and private sectors before transitioning to higher education. One of my biggest pleasures through this unique study abroad program is to capture and promote BISP students' diverse experiences through storytelling, including interviews, videos, social media promotions, and marketing campaigns. It is a true honor to collaborate with BISP visiting students, university and campus partners, and parents.

Rachel Marquez

Rachel Marquez

Program Advisor

My name is Rachel Marquez, 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 for six months to Rio de Janeiro, 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 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.

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Emily Normile

Program Advisor

Hello! As a BISP Program Advisor I work closely with Letters and Science 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 my work with 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 UC. My hope is that students leave BISP transformed and inspired, with new perspectives and lifelong friends. Go Bears!

Keila Diehl

Keila Diehl

Academic Specialist

Keila grew up in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. She majored in French and Communications at Stanford, and then got a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Texas-Austin. She conducted a year of fieldwork with Tibetan refugees living in Northern India, an experience she wrote about in her book Echoes From Dharamsala: Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community. Keila's interest in refugees continues through her volunteer work as an English tutor for the International Rescue Society in Oakland. She has worked at UC Berkeley for 14 years, seven of those as an academic advisor with BISP and as an instructor of Sociology 198 ("Cross-Cultural Learning"). In that class, Keila uses anthropological concepts and approaches to help BISP students learn about American culture, reflect on their own cultural assumptions, and thrive at Cal.

Jiaying Song

Jiaying Song

Academic Specialist

Hi! I am Jiaying Song, an academic advisor with BISP and an instructor of Sociology 198.  I have a Ph.D in Social Science and Comparative Education from UCLA. Born in China and educated in both China and the U.S, my experience has made me a more worldly person and a compassionate educator. Our world is increasingly interconnected, as such, the greatest value of education is to cultivate citizens with global competence. At BISP, I look forward to sharing my own experience as an international student and how it shaped me to become who I am today. I hope to instill critical thinking in my students and help them become more objective and receptive to differing viewpoints.