Said Graiouid has an MA (1989) in comparative literature and critical theory from the University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, Morocco and a PhD (2000) in communication and cultural studies from the School of Performing Arts, University of Surrey, UK. From 1992 to 1996, he had a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Radio-Television-Film Department at the University of Texas at Austin.

Since 1986, Dr. Graiouid has served as an assistant professor and then a professor of communication and cultural studies at University Mohammed V-Agdal, in Rabat, Morocco, where he has designed, coordinated and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in cultural studies and communication, migration and post-colonial theory and culture and media studies. He was also a founding faculty of the Communication Studies Program at Al Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco, and The Institute for Language and Communication Studies in Rabat, Morocco. He is currently the head of the Research Group on Migration and Culture, housed at University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, the general editor of Langues et Littératures, University Mohammed V-Agdal’s journal in the humanities and social sciences, a co-founder of the master program in cross-cultural studies, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, a member of the Research Unit on Culture and Development, University Mohammed V-Agdal, Rabat, and a research fellow with the Africa Network Group, Stirling University, UK. Dr. Graiouid has lectured in a number of institutions in Morocco, the U.S. and Europe and taken part in international conferences on youth culture, migration and cross-cultural dialogue. He had been working with the Morocco: Multiculturalism and Human Rights program for many years as lecturer, ISP advisor and co-academic director before developing the Migration Studies program.

Dr. Graiouid’s areas of academic interest include cultural studies and communication, African studies and transnational networks, globalization and cultural development, youth culture and identities, and the dynamics of cultural translation across borders. Dr. Graiouid is widely published on Moroccan and North African culture and politics. His articles are published in referee journals and as chapters in edited books. He is currently working on a book on Migrancy and Cultural Politics in Morocco.

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Dr. Howlett comes to SIT from Kean University in New Jersey, where she was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. She holds a PhD in European Renaissance Philosophy and Literature from York University, UK, and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University. She has extensive international experience in more than 40 countries. During the past two decades, she has taught, researched and written in philosophy, literature, and comparative and international higher education policy.

In 1997, Dr. Howlett became director of the External Higher Education Co-operation Office at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. She founded the school’s Special and Extension Program focusing on international higher education development for emerging democracies, and was its Dean from 1999 through 2012. There, she developed the first international program providing access to graduate education for Romanies; oversaw human rights activities across the region including the creation of the first LGBTQ network for Eastern Europe; and developed faculty support programming recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

She has served on the boards of NGOs including the Civic Education Project. She was an Open Society Institute Fellow, a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and a consultant, trainer and evaluator with Open Society Foundations, Amideast, Institute of International Education, the Academic Training Association, the Swiss Development Agency, and others. She worked at the ministerial level to support higher education in Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and the Palestinian territories. She has conducted policy briefings for NGOs and research on Renaissance philosophy. Howlett has written several books examining Renaissance philosophy and philosophers, including Marsilio Ficino and His World published in 2016, and her most recent work, Re-evaluating Pico: Aristotelianism, Kabbalism, and Platonism in the Philosophy of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola, published in 2020.

Dr. Laura Colket earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where she focused on international education, international development, practitioner inquiry, and educational leadership. She conducted her dissertation research in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, focusing on the experiences of leaders at the Ministry of Education as they worked to rebuild the education sector through the ongoing crisis. 

Dr. Colket is an educational leader with a history of working in international contexts in higher education, as well as in primary and secondary education. Prior to joining SIT as associate dean for SIT Graduate Institute, she was associate professor at St. George’s University, where she designed and led a new Master of Education program and engaged in faculty development across the university as associate director for Leadership & Excellence in Academic Development.

Dr. Colket previously held a leadership position at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, where she taught across several teacher education programs, as well as the School Leadership Program. She began her academic career in Morocco, teaching undergraduate students as an assistant professor at Al Akhawayn University.  

As a qualitative methodologist, Dr. Colket focuses on storytelling (and counter-storytelling), through narrative research and participatory, action-oriented and practitioner-led approaches to research. Her published articles focus on the connections between professional learning, inquiry, narratives, storytelling, and educational equity. A grant she received from the Spencer Foundation helped her to launch the Center for Research on Storytelling in Education (CRSE) with a 9-month virtual conference series. Through CRSE, she is engaged in research focused on collecting peoples’ stories of learning in service of supporting the professional growth of educators.

Dr. Colket’s edited volume, Becoming: Transformative Storytelling for Education’s Future, models an inquiry process for educators to reflect on and tell their own stories of teaching and learning in order to fuel personal, professional, and organizational transformation.   

Dr. Michael Zoll, SIT’s Dean of Student Health, Safety, and Wellbeing, has more than three decades of leadership experience in student affairs and international education. Prior to his arrival at SIT in September 2019, he was vice president and senior executive for the Institute for Shipboard Education/Semester at Sea where he led multiple departments including student and academic affairs, enrollment, risk management, and program administration. Mike led more than a dozen Semester at Sea voyages, including several as executive dean, visiting over 75 countries. He has held administrative and faculty positions at Saint Mary’s College of California (vice provost), Mount Saint Mary’s University (dean of students and adjunct faculty), Gonzaga University (associate dean of students), Harvey Mudd College/Claremont Colleges (associate dean of students/dean of residence life) and College of the Holy Cross (assistant dean of students). Mike earned an EdD in organizational leadership from University of La Verne, an MA in higher education and student affairs administration from University of Vermont, and a BA in communication studies and religious studies from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Nara is a global marketing and communications specialist, currently serving as Vice President of Marketing and Communications at World Learning. Her role oversees the global marketing, branding, and communications strategies and campaigns for World Learning’s three distinct branches: World Learning, School for International Training, and The Experiment. She brings to the role 17 years of experience spanning over 30 countries. Prior to joining World Learning, she led large-scale marketing, branding, and communications campaigns and strategies at leading non-profits, startups, and major corporations. Throughout her career, she has strengthened marketing partnerships and worked with local and national media to grow brand awareness. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in international economics and foreign languages with a focus on development from the University of Kentucky and continued her studies in digital marketing at Georgetown University. She speaks Portuguese, Spanish, and French, and lives in Washington, DC.

Expertise: global marketing, communications, branding, and media strategy; international communications; development

Ian O’Brien, SIT’s director of security, has more than twenty years of operations and security management experience, with a focus on designing field operations policies and security protocols. His background includes working with international development and international education organizations on programs all over the world, including in central and subcontinental Asia, eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Ian has lived and worked in central Asia and southern Africa and has managed projects in high-risk environments including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Lebanon. He is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP®).

Mory joined SIT Study Abroad as the university relations manager for the Southeast region in 2008 and became director of university relations in 2016 and executive director of institutional relations and strategic partnerships in 2018. In his current role, Mory supports the university relations, custom programs, and graduate programs outreach teams. He is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mory has two decades of experience working in international education and exchange programs. Prior to joining SIT Study Abroad, Mory completed his graduate studies at American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, and he holds an MA in international communication. Mory’s entry point into international education was through a high school exchange year in Germany on the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program. He then went on to work in youth exchange at Youth for Understanding USA where he helped promote international exchange to high schoolers and their parents. Mory has worked with the National Council for International Visitors as a graduate assistant, helping with their ongoing advocacy efforts for the International Visitor Leadership Program, and at American University where he assisted with communications. Mory’s specific interests include increasing access to study abroad for underrepresented populations and promoting study abroad in nontraditional locations. He has been an active presenter at conferences hosted by NAFSA, Forum on Education Abroad, HACU and Diversity Abroad. As a student, he also participated in study abroad programs to England, Australia, and Italy. Originally from northeast Iowa, Mory holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and German from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.