Ohio University

Kirsten Dabelko

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Senior Program Coordinator
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Kirsten joined OGO in 2013. She has previously held several administrative and teaching positions in international education. She was the founding Director of the Global Communities living-learning program at University of Maryland, where she also led three study abroad programs to the Czech Republic, Denmark and Costa Rica. Kirsten is a native of Denmark and has taught Danish to U.S. military personnel, diplomats and other adult learners. 

Kirsten holds Master’s degrees in American Studies and Political Science from University or Southern Denmark and Ohio University, respectively, and she is ABD in Government and Politics from University of Maryland. She has taught courses in American Politics as well as Intercultural Communication.

At OGO, Kirsten works with Ohio University faculty and staff who plan and lead study away programs. She also coordinates OGO’s exchange programs, a role she particularly enjoys because she herself first came to Ohio University as an exchange student from Denmark. Kirsten is a member of the OGO risk management team, which means she spends a significant amount of time supporting the health and safety of all participants and program staff taking part in all Ohio University study away experiences.

When not at work, Kirsten enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks with her dog, gardening, or sitting down with a good book. She enjoys traveling and is always dreaming up future trips. 

You can visit Kirsten’s virtual office or schedule an appointment.

Ask Kirsten about:

Exchange programs, travel health and safety protocols and considerations, intercultural communication and cultural adjustment.

"I enjoy working at OGO because it's always inspiring to engage to work with students, who are excited about upcoming adventures. It's also great to work with OHIO faculty and staff, who put so much work and heart into planning program offerings. Finally, I enjoy my fantastic colleagues at OGO" - Kirsten on her favorite aspects of working at the Office of Global Opportunities.