Julie’s journey with second language acquisition dates back to her childhood and her exposure to the Spanish language; however, it wasn’t until she studied and lived abroad did she come to the realization of the complex challenges of living in a bilingual and bicultural home. This personal experience led her to her chosen professional path.
Julie is grateful that her talent, passion, education, and experience has led her to her role in the International Center. The favorite aspects of her position is interaction with students. She strives to provide an engaging, challenging, and dynamic learning environment and culture for students as they are faced with language acquisition and cultural adaptation. Julie is a strong advocate of creativity and promotes an innovative culture.
Outside of work, Julie enjoys being active with her son. Together, they have adventures, travel, visit with family and friends, and enjoy being in the moment. She indulges in her creativity in photography, gardening, mindfulness techniques, and exploring eastern philosophies. Julie also appreciates a good sense of humor!
International Center / International Admissions
Roxana Bratcher is a University of Michigan Flint graduate with a BA in Graphic Design and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Roxana is originally from Romania and has a slight accent to prove it. She had lived, studied and worked in England prior to moving to the United States in mid 2000’s. Before joining the International Center team, Roxana worked in both Undergraduate and Graduate Admission Offices at the University of Michigan Flint for a total of seven years. She is determined to assist students in their academic journey as she also “walked a mile “ in those shoes. Her life and work experience makeup a set of skills complimentary to the International Center. Roxana speaks three languages so don’t hesitate to come in the Office and say “Buna Ziua”, “Holla” or/ and “Hello”.
Kimberly enjoys her work with students and helping them to become well rounded indivduals. She joined the University in 2005 in Undergraduate Admissions. During her time there she processed and evaluated International Student applications and was given the opportunity to become a “DSO” Designated School Official. She has worked with several different departments on campus including Undergraduate Admissions, International Center, Housing and Residential Life and Financial Aid. Kimberly has a BA in History from Monmouth College and a MA in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. Kimberly’s duties include Immigration advising for student and scholars, updating student records, orientation preparation, and programming for the International Student population. Kimberly enjoys what she does because the work is challenging and different every day. She enjoys working with the students to help them learn and navigate the US higher education system.
International Center / International Admissions
Kathrine Colpaert serves at the Global Outreach Coordinator at the University of Michigan-Flint. She previously held the position as English Instructor in the English Language Program and has taught internationally for a year in France and Saudi Arabia and for shorter terms in China and Senegal. She holds her Bachelor's degree in French from Michigan State University and Master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from St. Cloud State University. She is currently studying in UM-Flint's NetPlus MBA program.
Kathrine's role includes serving as a coordinator for international marketing and recruitment efforts in the International Center as well as the Global Outreach Ambassadors pilot program. She also participates in other global outreach initiatives on campus including workshops and other programming. She serves as the liason for international alumni engagement and hopes to be considered a point-of-contact for anyone who would like to connect or collaborate with the International Center. She also serves as the staff advisor for the International Student Organization and on the Staff Council Committee.
Her professional affiliations include NAFSA (organization for international educators), TESOL, and MiTESOL, which was hosted at UM-Flint in 2016. Kathrine presented with her colleagues on Civic Engagement and with a fellow instructor on Speech Acts and won the "Best of Affiliates" presentation award. Her most memorable professional experience was teaching a short-term program, English for Health Professionals, where she created the curriculum, course content, and programming.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, traveling, the outdoors, and spending time with her husband and family.
Riddhi serves as the Recruitment Coordinator, from India for the International Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. Her role includes serving as the international marketing and recruitment efforts in the region, coordinating activities and serving as the point of contact for students, parents, and institutions. She has previously worked as the International Admissions Processor at the International Center, Research Analyst at the Office of Graduate Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Riddhi has been working in International Higher Education for over seven years and travelled to over 20 countries across the world. She holds a master’s degree in Business from UM-Flint, and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from her hometown in India. She is passionate about meeting people from different cultures and learning about their ways of living.
During her time as a student at UM-Flint, she served as the President of the International Student Organization which was home to students from over 40 countries. Riddhi is a huge advocate for studying abroad and participating in intercultural exchange. She likes to believe that it helps you respect diversity, think big, and get a new perspective on the world.
In her free time Riddhi loves to bake, travel, and spend time with her loved ones.