Meet the Team
Susie Morris, M.A.
Director of Study Abroad & Away
Appointment: - TBA -
Advising Areas: All areas of the department including program development, faculty engagement, student initiatives, risk management, partnership development and contracts, personnel supervision, budgets and everything else.
Bio: Susie joined San Jose State University in January 2016 to serve as the Director of Study Abroad and Away in the College of Professional and Global Education.
As a linguist at heart (she studied Russian, Czech, Polish, French, Spanish, and Thai), Susie found a natural pathway to a career in international education.
In addition to running study abroad programs for over a decade, Susie lived abroad for 12 years, teaching Bachelor’s and Master's level courses focusing on Cross-cultural Communication and English language acquisition 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.”
Fun Facts: Susie loves to travel and meet people from different cultures. In her spare time, Susie loves listening to her record collection, spending time with her two fat cats, working jigsaw puzzles, gardening and exploring the world.
Nicole Beck, M.A.
Advising Areas: Long Term Programs (semester and year-long SJSU Exchange Programs in Asia, Oceania, and North America); all operational needs of the department with students, faculty, on-campus partners; specializing in advising & development of the Alternative Break Programs (ABP) portfolio.
Bio: Nicole holds a BA in Secondary Spanish Education from Auburn University, where she spent a semester of her sophomore year studying in Granada, Spain. She also holds a MA in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). During her last semester at MIIS she spent time working with a nonprofit organization in Managua, Nicaragua.
Fun Facts: She was born and raised in South Alabama but now lives in Monterey where she loves to spend time at the beach with her family.
Julie Lucas, M.A.
Advising Areas:Long-Term Programs (semester and year-long SJSU Exchange Programs in Europe, Latin America, and Africa, CSUIP Programs, ISEP Programs); all collaborations with faculty and international partners to develop new programs.
Bio: Julie is a proud Chicago native! She studied abroad in Granada, Spain her junior year of college and earned a B.S. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, she moved to Salamanca, Spain where she taught English and worked with students studying abroad in Spain. She then completed her M.A. in International Education Management at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Before moving back to California, she worked with outbound study abroad students at a nonprofit organization in Chicago.
Fun Facts: Julie enjoys practicing yoga, dancing salsa, and spending time outdoors. She loves weekend hikes and traveling to new places.
Erin Kelly-Weber, M.A., M.P.A.
Bio: Erin was born and raised in New Jersey but calls Chicago her second home after having studied and worked there for 12 years. Erin studied abroad in Santiago, Chile during her junior year of college and earned a BA in Anthropology and International Studies with a Spanish minor from Northwestern University. After graduating, she worked for a nonprofit that facilitates cultural exchange programs, managing programs to support international high school students who studied in the U.S. for an exchange semester or year. Erin moved to California to attend the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), where she earned an M.A. in International Education Management and a Master of Public Administration (MPA). During her last semester at MIIS, she worked in Mexico City, Mexico and Buenos Aires, Argentina to facilitate study abroad programs onsite.
Fun Facts: Erin is thrilled to continue living her CA adventure at SJSU! In her spare time, she enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her two cats and learning about different languages and cultures.
Vidalino Raatior, Ed.D
Bio: Vid is a native Pacific Islander from Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM).
He studied abroad in the US eventually earning a B.A. in communications from the University
of Guam, M.A. in school administration from University of San Francisco, and a Doctor
of Education (Ed.D) from University of Hawai’i. During his 20-year career in higher
education Vid has held a number of roles as International Student Advisor, Assistant
Director of Study Abroad, Associate Director of the Center for Multicultural Learning, Director
of the Pacific Islander Student Center and a STEM-focused initiative at Santa Clara
University, University of Hawaii at Hilo, and University of California Santa Cruz
Fun Facts: Vid lives in the Santa Cruz area, loves to watch his kids play volleyball, basketball, football and golf....and if he has his ways he would barbecue every night while listening to reggae music.