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Careers in GSE and HRD: Online EdM Student Alumni Panel - Education at Illinois, Online Programs

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As part of our series, Careers in Education, we feature two online student alumni who earned their Master of Education degrees in Education in Global Studies in Education and Human Resource Development.  

The panelists will discuss their current positions and how their studies at the College of Education at Illinois impacted their professional pursuits. The second half of the session will enable participants to pose career-specific questions to the panelists and learn about how others might move into or advance within their fields. You could join us for the entire session, or the second half focused on career-specific questions. This event aims to inform current and prospective students about career possibilities.


Careers in GSE and HRD: Online EdM Student Alumni Panel
Justine O'Connell and Josh DeVincenzo
 Online Programs EdM Alumni Panel featuring Student Experiences and Career Insights 
Date & Time:
 Wednesday February 15th, from 5 - 6 p.m. CT 
 Online via Zoom 
 The Office of Online Programs
Registration is required. 
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Justine O'Connell is the Director of Global Programs, International Student Coordinator, and a member of the language department at Mercersburg Academy. Previously she was the exchange coordinator and an English language teacher at Colegio Alemán de San Felipe, Mercersburg's sister school and exchange partner in Chile, and accompanied Colegio Alemán students on two trips to Mercersburg. Justine serves as the faculty chair of the Conduct Review Committee, works with Model UN, and is an adviser in Fowle Hall. She holds a Master of Education degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Global Studies in Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Josh DeVincenzo is the Assistant Director of Training and Education and Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia Climate School's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. He is also a Doctoral Candidate in the Adult Learning and Leadership Program at Teachers College, Columbia University. He focuses on developing learning experiences associated with training projects that navigate disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and resilience. At NCDP, he has developed national-scale instructor-led and web-based curricula regarding financial literacy, economic impact analysis, and community partnerships. Josh hopes to create accessible, quality educational programming that benefits the common good at scale, particularly around climate change and equity themes. Josh has also developed and taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, the Columbia University Earth Institute Professional Learning Programs, and the School of Professional Studies. His work on climate pedagogy has been published in the Journal of International Affairs, State of Planet, and the Hill. He holds a Master of Education degree in Education Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Human Resource Development from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

All are welcome. Please register if you plan to attend! Click here to register. You will receive the Zoom link upon registration. Please download the free Zoom software and set up an account to participate.

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