The Center for Global Engagement

The Center of Global Engagement promotes the internationalization of academic life at the College of Staten Island in order to foster an awareness of the interdependence of nations, the value of diversity, and the importance of international understanding. The Center promotes internationalization across the campus through innovative programming in study abroad, specialized programs, international student and scholar support, the English Language Institute, and on-campus programming that brings the larger world to the CSI community.


Contact Information

Address: 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, NY 10314
Building 2A, Room 206
Phone : 718.982.2100
Fax : 718.982.2108
Email: intstudy@csi.cuny.edu 

Website: https://www.csi.cuny.edu/international


Office Hours

The Center for Global Engagement is available by virtuaappointment only, Monday through Friday 9 am - 5 pm.
 

Staff

Director's Office

 

Stephen FerstDr. Stephen Ferst   stephen.ferst@csi.cuny.edu
Executive Director
Dr. Stephen Ferst serves as the Executive Director and is charged with providing the overall direction for the Center and campus internationalization. He has worked in international education for over 25 years in multiple roles in study abroad, international student and scholar services, and strategic planning.  Dr. Ferst has studied, lived, and worked abroad in Israel and England and has travelled to over 50 countries.  Among his favorite cities in the world are Sydney, Delhi, and small town of Lewes, England - particularly on November 5th. He prefers to spend his spare time riding a bicycle and is recalls fondly riding up the 21 switchbacks of Alpe D’Huez before settling in to watch the Tour de France riders tackle the famed climb.

 

Winnie BrophyWinnie Brophy   winnie.brophy@csi.cuny.edu
Director of Special Programs and Initiatives
Winnie Brophy is the director of Special Programs and Initiatives in the Center, where she manages arrangements for international visitors, special projects and international programming. She is also a chapter coordinator of the Phi Beta Delta Honors Society for International Scholars at the College. Winnie had served as the coordinator of the Pluralism and Diversity Program simultaneously for seven years where she developed and implemented diversity programs for the campus community. Prior to working at CSI, Winnie was working at the Council of East Asian Studies at Yale University. She received her B.S. in Geography and M.A. in Urban Education in Connecticut. Her mission is to broaden our students’ perspectives and increase their understanding and appreciation of diversity here at the College of Staten Island and in the world.

 

Donna IncorvaiaDonna Incorvaia    donna.incorvaia@csi.cuny.edu
College Assistant
Donna Incorvaia has been a College Assistant in the Center since 1998, working for the Executive Director and supporting study abroad programs.  She has also assisted the Center in its many activities and events, including faculty study-tours and the CSI chapter of the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars.

 

Elina Verba, Finance Manager    elina.verba@csi.cuny.edu

Melanie Thompson, College Assistant   melanie.thompson@csi.cuny.edu

 

English Language Institute (ELI)

Gonzalo VillenaGonzalo Villena    gonzalo.villena@csi.cuny.edu
English Language Institute (ELI) Director
Gonzalo Villena serves as ELI Director and is in charge of the academics and promotion of the English programs at the Center. He has worked in international education for almost 10 years and 17 years dedicated to the field of language teaching and training. Gonzalo has been the Executive Director at another international area in a university with branches in Peru, Paraguay, and the United States, traveling to more than 20 countries around the world. He holds a Master's degree in Education from the TEC de Monterrey (Mexico). His mission is to make teachers and students enjoy ELI with its semester and summer terms and faculty-led and customized programs.

 

Linda Lewis   linda.lewis@csi.cuny.eduLinda Lewis
College Assistant
Linda Lewis is  working mainly with International Students and Scholar Services.  She also works with students attending the English Language Institute along with other tasks.  Ms. Lewis has been with the Center since 1990.  She was born and raised on Staten Island and worked in Manhattan for 9 years as a secretary for a maritime lawyer.  She enjoys spending time with her two small grandchildren.  She also enjoys walking, shopping, music, crafts, cooking, and movies. Her dream is to visit Italy one day and walk the cobblestone streets and see all the beautiful sights.

David Bridston


ELI teacher
David Bridston holds a Bachelor's degree in English Linguistics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Japanese studies at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, and a Master's Degree in English from the College of Staten Island. He has taught at CSI and ELI since 2008, and he was also an ESL instructor in Japan.  He enjoys hiking, reading, and playing with his dog.

 

Robert FaisonRobert Faison
ELI teacher
Robert Faison holds a Bachelor's Degree in International Studies from the City College of New York, a Master's degree in Special Education from Touro College, a TESOL (Teaching English of Speakers of Other Languages) certificate from Teachers College at Columbia University, and various certificates in online content creation. He is a licensed teacher and has taught ESL in the New York City public school system; as well as teaching English online, and overseas in various countries, especially in Thailand and Cambodia. He currently works as ELI teacher at the College of Staten Island and administers and creates content on social media platforms, which blends his skill of teaching English and his enjoyment of video games.

 

Sean Jacobsen
ELI teacher
Sean Jacobsen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology, a Master's Degree in Social Studies Education from Wagner College, and a certificate in Political Science from the University of Melbourne (Australia). He is currently a Social Studies teacher at Michael J. Petrides School, a college lecturer at Kingsborough Community College, among other schools including the English Language Institute at CSI as an ESL online instructor. In addition to teaching ESL, he has taught high school seniors for 13 years in the New York City Department of Education with topics related to U.S. Government, Geography, U.S. History, International Relations, among others.
 

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Deborah StengleDeborah Stengle     deborah.stengle@csi.cuny.edu
Associate Director for International Student & Scholar Services /RO & DSO
Deborah Stengle is the Assistant Director for International Student & Scholar Services and SEVIS Coordinator. In this role she works closely with the all the J-1 and F-1 international students and scholars. She worked previously in the Center from 2006-2011 as a Study Abroad Advisor. Prior to joining the Center for Global Engagement she was most recently the Director of Study Abroad at the Borough of Manhattan Community where she worked with faculty to implement study abroad programs and help students go abroad. Deborah loves traveling and working with students to help them realize their goals in their undergraduate careers. She herself was a study abroad student in Belize and then a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lithuania where she taught English as a Second Language.

 

Nina MorgenlanderNina Morgenlander    Nina.Morgenlander@csi.cuny.edu
International Student Advisor, DSO
Nina developed a passion for International Education while studying abroad in high school, college, and graduate school. She received a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Asian Studies from Wheaton College (Mass) and a Master's degree in International Education from New York University. She has been working as an International Student Advisor at the College of Staten Island since 2010. While at work she enjoys meeting students from all over the world and in her free time she enjoys learning about new cultures and spending time with her two amazing children and her wonderful husband. 

 

Danielle CastroDanielle Castro   danielle.castro@csi.cuny.edu
College Assistant

Danielle Castro is a College Assistant at The Center for Global Engagement. She works mainly with student and scholar services, since 2004. Danielle enjoys working with students from around the world, talking with them and learning about their cultures and traditions. She was born and raised in Staten Island. Her free time is spent creating party favors and invitations, but spending time with her family is what she treasures the most.

Study Abroad

Russell DavisRussell Davis   russell.davis@csi.cuny.edu
Senior Study Abroad Advisor

Russell Davis manages programs in Australia, China, Denmark, Greece, Hong Kong and Japan and advises CSI students who study on programs world-wide. Russell lived four years in Asia, has an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and speaks Mandarin. He has helped CSI students study in Iceland, on an archeological program excavating Viking ships, and in many countries including England, Russia, France, Mexico, and Botswana… Russell loves to swim, bike, and travel. He has happily helped a couple of thousand students study abroad! Where do you want to study abroad?

 

John DunleavyJohn Dunleavy   john.dunleavy@csi.cuny.edu
Study Abroad Advisor

John Dunleavy has worked with the Center for Global Engagement since 2010. He has over thirteen years of experience in international education with four of those years spent teaching and living in Guayaquil, Ecuador, a city he originally fell in love with through a CSI study abroad program. Having helped many of his Ecuadorian students achieve their dreams of studying abroad, he is committed to helping CSI students do the same.

 

Global Peer Ambassadors

Sofia CadavidSofia Cadavid  sofiacadavid92@gmail.com
Sofia was born in Colombia and grew up in the United States, she graduated from CSI with a BA in Spanish and a minor in Psychology, and is now pursuing a BS in Business Marketing. She just came back from studying abroad in Japan and is excited to share her experiences. One of her main goals as a GPA is to help students get over the fear/doubt of studying abroad, and make their decision, application and transition process easier. 

 

Candide Gainyo (JB)  gainyocandide@gmail.com Candide Gainyo
Candide (JB) is an international student pursuing a master’s degree in Neuroscience at C.S.I. He was born and raised in Benin, a French-speaking country in West-Africa. Currently, he’s doing research on Epilepsy and Anxiety disorders, and when not in the lab, enjoys learning about different cultures and assisting fellow students. He also likes, outings, podcasts, and spicy food. Feel free to say hi if you catch him strolling around the campus. 

 

Marielza Magalhaes De AlmeidaMarielza Magalhaes De Almeida  marielza.magalhaesdealmedia@cix.csi.cuny.edu
Marielza is a graduate student in the Clinical Mental Health Master Program. She holds a bachelor degree in Psychology, which she earned in her home country, Brazil. Prior to moving to the U.S to pursue her master's degree she worked as Psychologist and has experience in counseling.

 

 

Faculty Advisory Committee

Jane Marcus Delgado Jane.MarcusDelgado@csi.cuny.edu
Andrew Lambert Andrew.Lambert@csi.cuny.edu
Barbra Teater  Barbra.Teater@csi.cuny.edu
William Bernhardt William.Bernhardt@csi.cuny.edu
Beth Livensperger Beth.Livensperger@csi.cuny.edu
Halil Ege Ozen  HalilEge.Ozen@csi.cuny.edu
Peter Kabachnik  Peter.Kabachnik@csi.cuny.edu
Katie Cumiskey Katie.Cumiskey@csi.cuny.edu
Lara Saguisag  Lara.Saguisag@csi.cuny.edu
Catherine Lavender Catherine.Lavender@csi.cuny.edu
Lisa Manne Lisa.Manne@csi.cuny.edu
Mark Aaron Polger MarkAaron.Polger@csi.cuny.edu
Emmanuel Mbah Emmanuel.Mbah@csi.cuny.edu
Gerry Milligan Gerry.Milligan@csi.cuny.edu
PrabudhRam Misra PrabudhRam.Misra@csi.cuny.edu
Nuria Morgado  Nuria.Morgado@csi.cuny.edu
George Sanchez George.Sanchez@csi.cuny.edu
Sarah Pollack Sarah.Pollack@csi.cuny.edu
Susan Sullivan Susan.Sullivan@csi.cuny.edu
Alan Zimmerman Alan.Zimmerman@csi.cuny.edu