Meet the Team
Susie Morris | Director
Susie joined San Jose State University in January 2016 to serve as the Director of Global Education and Initiatives under the College of International and Extended Studies. As a linguist at heart (she studied Russian, Czech, Polish, French, Spanish, and Thai), Susie has diverse work experience; Susie taught Bachelor's and Master's level courses focusing on English language skills in Thailand, Russia, Spain and the U.S.
Susie holds a BA in Russian from the University of Iowa and a MA in International
Education with a focus on Intercultural Development from the SIT Graduate Institute.
She says her passion is promoting “greater intercultural understanding, community
collaboration, and positive relationships between students and the rest of the world.”
Susie loves to travel and meet people from different backgrounds and cultures. In
her spare time, Susie loves listening to her record collection, spending time with
her two fat cats, and exploring the world.
Thao Phan | Operations Coordinator
Thao has been working in the international education field for over nine years. At GEI, Thao works with faculty to implement faculty-led programs and advises students in their program options and registration process. As a former Spartan and a Salzburg Fellow, she is excited to be working with students in their pursuit of education abroad experiences. Thao also coordinates custom programs that welcome international students from institutions around the world. In her free time, Thao likes to travel, try new food, and catch up on her favorite TV shows.
Greta Decker | Operations Coordinator
Greta works on the planning and coordination of Faculty-Led Programs, Summer School Abroad, and U.S. Culture Programs, advises students on all of their study abroad questions, and runs SJSU’s new Global Ambassador program for returned students. She received her B.A. in International Studies and Spanish Area Studies from Kenyon College in Ohio, and her M.A. in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. As an undergrad she had the opportunity to spend two semesters studying in Costa Rica and Bolivia, and she is excited to help more Spartans study abroad.
Lauren Issvoran | Student Assistant
Lauren is GEI’s student assistant and the newest addition to the GEI team. She promotes Faculty-Led Programs, Summer School Abroad, and US Culture Programs through social media and events put on by GEI. She is working towards her B.A. in History and minor in Anthropology. She recognizes the importance of studying abroad during college to experience the richness of other cultures and is eager to help students find the right program to help them in their academic and professional pursuits. Lauren spends her leisure time playing with her dogs, making/eating food with friends, and taking fun road trips when she can.