Global Education Initiatives


Effective March 16, 2020:
To slow transmission of COVID-19 and remain consistent with recommendations from state health authorities to practice physical distancing, all Kent State University campuses are closed until further notice.

During this time, Kent State Stark Global Education Initiatives is assisting students remotely.

Email Sarah Schmidt at for assistance.

Emails will be answered as soon as possible.

The Office of Global Education Initiatives is responsible for advising international students and scholars, advising students interested in Study Abroad, and overseeing all education-abroad initiatives and international partnerships at Kent State University at Stark.

As the liaison with the Office of Global Education at the Kent Campus, the Office of Global Initiatives also connects domestic and international students with excellent services and support.

International Student Organization (ISO)
Kent State Stark's International Student Organization (ISO) is a place for international and domestic students to engage and share in differing cultures and experiences. The goal of ISO is to create an environment of cultural awareness and friendship on the Stark Campus. To get involved, contact Deborah Rosa at

Global Education Initiatives is located in 133K Main Hall. Stop by any time to meet with Sarah or Julia.

Sarah Schmidt
Sarah Schmidt
Assistant Director, Global Education Initiatives

Sarah Schmidt is the Outreach Program coordinator of Global Education Initiatives at Kent State University at Stark. She holds a master’s degree in Ethics, Peace and Global Affairs from American University, Washington, D.C. Her passion for international social justice has led her to speak at conferences and seminars in Washington, Oxford, London and Prague; she has advocated for refugees in the Middle East, partnered with schools and universities in Haiti, and travelled throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Arabian Gulf learning language and culture to further her understanding of Human Rights issues. Before her work at Kent State, Sarah served as the program coordinator of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at American University.