GEO Summit

Join our Global Engagement Online Summit, which will cross borders and disciplines, offering our community a real-time, interactive study abroad experience!


Bienvenue! Welcome! 歡迎! Willkommen! Benvenuto!

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Now, more than ever, we are committed to connecting our global community; ensuring that the critical role of international education and collaboration continues to thrive.

TCS Global Engagement invites you to join our inaugural GEO Summit (Global Engagement Online). This 3-day virtual summit brings the world to your window through sessions led by renown faculty leaders, presentations by international partners, networking sessions, career consultations, and opportunities for virtual community service.

We will offer this GEO Summit Spring 2020, free to all members of our global community, April 15 – 17, 2020.

All students, alumni, faculty, staff, & friends of the community are invited and encouraged to participate.


*ALL TIMES SHOWN IN CST (Chicago). Find your local time here.

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Terrorism, Trauma, and Resilience within the Context of Israel

This session will give an overview of the work done during study abroad in Israel, define terrorism, provide Israeli context, and delve into trauma and resilience.

Presented by: Dr. Nancy Zarse

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Protests in South Africa: Understanding Community Resistance

A focus on the high level of Service Delivery Protests in South Africa, and why they are invariably accompanied by violence and looting. Why is it that when a community is protesting the lack of municipal services, that it burns down the local school in the process?

Presented by: Lizette Lancaster

Recording: (Access Password: V1&95*4u) 


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Coffee Chat - Working/Studying from Home 101

Join us for an informal coffee chat discussing the new normal in working & studying from home. We will discuss strategies for a successful remote lifestyle through the "5 C's" framework with a little bit of caring (& commiserating) together in these new times!

Presented by: Dr. Jenn Fullick

Recording: (Access Password: c4=Fxo70) 


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The New Normal: A View from Germany

This GLOBE Talk series provides a peek into today in the life of those around the globe. Learn about crisis response, mental health, cultural distinctions, and daily life in Germany today.

Presented by: Dr. Thorsten Bagshik

Recording: (Access Password: u3?+Ya9+) 

1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

*Community Based Trauma & Community Based Healing: Including a Perspective from Rwanda

*CEU Eligible Session

Systemic violence interacts at ecological levels to traumatize individuals, families, communities and societies. These systemic forces reinforce and exacerbate underlying conditions that contribute to trauma, often through stigmatization. The effects of trauma can thus last over generations, and contribute to long-lasting oppression. Interventions at only one level fail to address the entrenched nature of trauma. This presentation will explain how trauma intersects at multiple levels, using social and psychological theories. It will examine systemic trauma of state sponsored torture in particular. Also included in the presentation will be examination of community based healing strategies. There will be a review of strategies as well as in depth examination of a community based healing model used by the Torture Abolition and Survivor Support Coalition (TASSC). This organization promotes healing through involvement of survivors in decision making; peer support and peer healing groups; and advocacy efforts at individual and systemic levels.

Presented by: Dr. Nancy Bothne & Leonce Byimana



3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Education in Peru: A Global Perspective

During this session, participants will evaluate the current educational system in Peru and learn the structure, methods of instructional delivery, and understand the economic impacts of race, location, and socio-economic status have on educational performance. The continuous improvement model coupled with the analysis of the current complexities of policy will give the participants insights into K-12 and the higher education system in Peru. The guiding questions will frame the discussion by bringing quality and accountability to the center of the presentation to unlock potential solutions. 

Presented by: Dr. Jerell Hill & Manuel Rodriguez

Recording: (Access Password: m7@@7H18) 


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Implicit Bias & Cultural Understanding

Implicit bias refers to a person’s unconscious understanding, beliefs, decisions, and actions that relate to their individual attitudes and stereotypes of the world. Implicit bias is a shared human phenomenon that is shaped by our environments over time and often influences how we relate to one another. This training will introduce the concept of implicit bias so that participants can understand their behavior on a deeper level and begin to identify how implicit bias shows up in their lives. Additionally, participants will learn to approach others from a place of cultural humility in an effort to minimize the impact of implicit bias and relate to others from a place of respect, compassion and kindness.

Presented by: Kristin Lancaster & Arin Donovan

Recording Part 1: (Access Password: Y9@Gs1qi) 

Recording Part 2: (Access Password: h1##78F3) 


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Virtual Happy Hour - Cheers Around the World

Join us for a GEO virtual happy hour - all are welcome!

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

GLOBE Talk: Online Pedagogy

Join us in learning more about online pedagogy and best practices for virtual, student-centered learning.

Presented by: Dr. Sean Nufer



10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Live Meditation

This session will include a live meditation followed by Q&A regarding mediation and its effects on the mind & body.

Presented by: Dr. Donald Moss

Recording: (Access Password: h8*T96s2) 

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Keynote Address - "Love in the Time of Corona: Historicity, Epoch and Nearness, and the Quest to Become more Human Today."

To live at this time in the history of the world and its people, is to wake up in a crucible of fragility, when all the world struggles for a future in the face of an undiscriminating pandemic that brings a discriminating world to its knees. How does one engage with such a reality, not as a matter of theory, but as a matter of the lived realities of people who have little choice but to love, and therefore also hate, differently. What does it mean to be more human today? What are the intersects of and interstices between your life and the histories of the world and its people? How will the new distances emerging in today's post-corona world define proximities? Drawing in broad strokes with socio-cultural and psychoanalytical analysis, and transformative pedagogies of the global South, the session will explore notions of history, of in-betweenness as identity and the praxis of freedom at a time when the each stranger seems an intimate threat - an attempt to think through what love must look like in this time of corona. 

Presented by: Rudi Buys, Executive Dean at Cornerstone Institute in South Africa

Recording: (Access Password: m3^Y!2.o) 


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The New Normal: A View from South Africa

This GLOBE Talk series provides a peek into today in the life of those around the globe. Learn about crisis response, mental health, cultural distinctions, and daily life in South Africa today.

Presented by: Kari Prince

Recording: (Access Password: B4^?#+j?)


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

*Switzerland Tour: Understanding Cultural Assumptions that have Helped Shape Western Culture

*CEU Eligible Session

Zurich Switzerland sits at the crossroads of Europe and as such, has a long history of intimate connection with its neighbors. This presentation will explore the ways in which Switzerland has developed into a country that has managed accomplish its ideal of “unity, not uniformity”. In addition, this presentation will focus on the Zurich Study Abroad program on “Spirituality and Addiction Treatment” that explores the ideas of Dr. Carl Jung and his influence on the understanding and treatment of substance use disorders.

Presented by: Dr. Melody Bacon



2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Greece: The Birth of Ethics

This session is a true, virtual walking tour of Greece. Dr. Liljedahl leads participants on this tour - covering history, education, culture, family, food, religion, and ethics - alongside virtual visits to important historical sites. Delve into the birth of ethics through this engaging tour of ancient Greece!

Presented by: Dr. Erika Liljedahl

Recording: (Access Password: E1%*l0g0)


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Intersection of the Finnish & US Culture: Academic Blog Presentation

Jennifer and Mattika are Doctoral students at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, currently enrolled in the Power of One - Finland study abroad course. Their presentation will highlight an overview of Finland, what they have learned this term, and their perceptions of academic blogs.

Presented by: Jennifer Howze-Owens & Mattika Davis

Recording: (Access Password: r3*+9#I*) 


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Virtual Speed Networking

Join us for a breakout session in virtual speed networking. Meet other GEO Summit attendees and expand your professional & personal network, virtually!


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Family Dynamics: Overcrowding Amongst the Poor

Hotel Hope Ministries has been receiving abandoned babies since 2009, providing a safe haven and interim care, until their adoption into a “forever home” is complete. Oliver Quambusch, Founder of Hotel Hope, will share with us the realities of life in the overcrowded and poverty-stricken township of Alexandra, Johannesburg South Africa, and the dynamics responsible for the many unplanned pregnancies. 

Presented by: Oliver Quambush

Recording: (Access Password: f5?x&+b!) 

Hotel Hope Video:

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Coffee Chat - Virtual Volunteerism

This coffee chat will be an informal discussion around the rise of the virtual volunteer & ways to give back globally in our new situations. The discussion will revolve around the question, "How are you continuing to be a (virtual) global agent of change?" Ideas and projects to be shared from all participants!

Presented by: TCS Global Engagement

Recording: (Access Password: u4+ww9LC) 

*Resources can be found on the participant portal here.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The New Normal: A View from China

This GLOBE Talk series provides a peek into today in the life of those around the globe. Learn about crisis response, mental health, cultural distinctions, and daily life in China today.

Presented by: Cindie Zhou

Recording: (Access Password: C6&pM8t%) 


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

*What It Means to be Human: Transcending Cultural Barriers Through Dream Analysis

*CEU Eligible Session

Even though dreams are common to every human being, for most of us they are often strange and mysterious. This workshop will review the basic ideas of dream analysis held by Carl Jung and will take you, step-by-step, through some of the ways you can work with your own dreams. We will explore the Dr. Jung’s psychology and its basis in human experience that both derives from and transcends place and culture. 

Presented by: Dr. Melody Bacon



2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Zurich Student Service Learning Project: Giving Back Globally

Kristi Creed is a Doctoral student in the Applied Clinical Psychology Program at TCSPP. Kristi is currently enrolled in the Switzerland Power of One Study Abroad course and will showcase her Service Learning Presentation focusing on psychoeducation, spirituality, shadow work/dream work, and 12-step questionnaire on Spirituality. Kristi will also explore how mindfulness solutions can help patients and clinicians. 

Presented by: Kristi Creed

Recording: (Access Password: d4!.3*$2) 


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

*Aging Successfully in Mexico: Into the Psycho-social Conditions for Aging Positively in Contexts of Social Adversity

*CEU Eligible Session

As the worldwide population is undergoing a demographic transition, concerns around aging have increased. While many scientific studies show the coexistence of contrasting representations of older adults as either frail or vigorous, in developing countries they tend to highlight mostly the negative effects of aging in contexts of social adversity. In this session, we will critically discuss how the theoretical definitions of what it means to age “successfully” or “positively” are playing a role in those observations and the need for context-specific approaches. To support that claim, we will present partial results of an ongoing study about the psychosocial conditions of older adults in Mexico.

Presented by: Dr. Gustavo Morelos Padilla



4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Developing Professionally during Global Uncertainty

Join TCSPP's Director & Assistant Director of Career Services for a presentation on professional development in uncertain times - including best practices, innovative ways to career preparation, career services resources and discussion on the challenges & opportunities currently faced in career advancement.

Presented by: Charles Kelley & Elke Hardt

Recording: (Access Password: g9^z6iD&) 


Our Leadership Welcomes you to the 2020 GEO Summit!

CEU's & Certificates

Add a *TCS Non-Credit Bearing Certificate of Completion in Global Engagement to your resume as an example of a commitment to continuing education with a global perspective.

Certificate Requirements: All GEO Summit participants who attend 4 summit sessions will receive a *TCS Non-Credit Bearing Certificate of Completion in Global Engagement. Prior to the summit, participants will receive an email to RSVP for their chosen sessions. Feel free to sign up for as many sessions as you like! Attendance will be tracked at each session and certificates sent to those who were present in at least 4 different sessions.  

*Please note, this certificate is non-credit bearing and issued by TCS Education System

Sessions offering continuing education credit are designated as such in the itinerary. Participants in these sessions will be emailed with instructions on how to obtain credits.

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to offer continuing education programming for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs, and/or LCSWs. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is an accredited or approved postsecondary institution that meets the requirements set forth in Sections 4980.54(f)(1), 4989.34, 4996.22(d)(1), or 4999.76(d). The Chicago School of Professional Psychology is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to provide continuing education programming for counselors/clinical counselors (License197.000159) & social workers (License # 159.001036).


Melody Bacon

Department Faculty, Marriage & Family Therapy The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Melody Bacon, PhD, is a professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in the Marriage and Family Therapy department and a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Dr. Bacon is a clinical psychologist specializing in relational issues and has been in practice for over 20 years.

Thorsten Bagschik

International Liaison Officer; Germany TCS Education System

Thorsten Bagschik is a German economist. He has been Managing Director of SRH Hochschulen Berlin GmbH since September 2017. It is the sponsoring company of the SRH Hochschule Berlin, including its campus in Dresden, the SRH University of Popular Arts (hdpk) and the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design. Thorsten Bagschik studied business administration at the University of Paderborn, at Chapman University, at St. Olaf College and at the University of Kansas. At the TU Bergakademie Freiberg, he assisted Egon Franck at the Chair of General Business Administration, where he graduated summa cum laude. In addition, he was employed as a research assistant at the research center for innovation economics at the TU Bergakademie and at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe. He worked in industry and at an American consulting firm as a strategy consultant.

Nancy Bothne

Department Faculty, Clinical Psychology The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Nancy J. Bothne is an associate professor in the clinical PsyD program of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Before entering the academic world, Nancy had worked in international human rights advocacy. Understanding how human rights abuses created community trauma motivated Nancy’s research and teaching. Nancy teaches classes that examine refugee trauma, community psychology and community healing from human rights abuse. Nancy’s research has examined how resiliency is experienced by refugees living in the U.S., and how communities contribute to both the experience of trauma and healing. She earned her PhD in community psychology from DePaul University.

Rudi Buys

Executive Dean and Dean of Humanities Cornerstone Institute

We are honored to have Rudi Buys as our GEO Summit Keynote Speaker.

Rudi joined Cornerstone Institute in 2017 as Dean of Humanities, and since 2019 serves as the Executive Dean leading all faculties. He chairs the Senate and its executive and academic planning committees, leads the faculty management committee and is responsible for the oversight of all undergraduate and graduate degree, diploma and certificate programmes.

Rudi’s earlier professional roles include appointments as a youth pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church, spokesman for the Western Cape Education Ministry and as Commissioner tasked with Education and Arts and Culture of the Provincial Youth Commission.

Léonce Byimana

Executive Director Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC)

Léonce Byimana is the executive director of the Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) in Washington, D.C., and a clinical psychologist who holds an MPH. A health professional and dedicated human rights activist, he previously served in the role of program director for the Western New York Center for Survivors of Torture at the Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County. He also worked in Rwanda for organizations such as Clinton Health Access Initiative, Delagua Health/UK, Handicap International and Partners in Health. Mr. Byimana holds a postgraduate degree in Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution from the School of International Training, Vermont; a Master of Science in Public Health from the International Health Sciences University, Kampala, Central Region; and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology, National University of Rwanda. He is a Board member of the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) and the chair of the Policy Committee of the National Torture Treatment Programs (NCTTP).

Kristi Creed

Student Presenter The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, LA Campus

Kristi Creed has her BA in Contemporary Christian Ministries, minor Psychology, from Fresno Pacific University (FPU), and her

Master's in Social Work with a Sub-concentration in Military Families, Children from the University of Southern California (USC).

Kristi is currently enrolled in Applied Clinical Psychology (Psy.D) with Chicago School of Professional Psychology LA campus.

She works as a Clinical Therapist with Fresno Pacific University-Seminary contracted by On-Site. She provided therapy to adults UG and Grad students (under her ACSW) in addition to elementary students who are identified by their schools as special education for needing counseling services. 

Mattika Davis

Student Presenter The Chicago School of Professional Psychology,

Mattika Davis completed her undergraduate studies at Howard University. A Bachelor's of Fine Art honed her knowledge of visual problem solving which she practices in the business realm through organization, presentation, communication, and marketing. Mattika furthered her education by earning an MBA from University of Phoenix. Equipped with a better understanding of business methods, tools, and corporate dynamics, she chose to grow her knowledge by also completing a Master’s of Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology while attending University of Phoenix. Currently, Mattika is enrolled in the Business Psychology, I/O Doctoral Program. From inherent artistic being (art), organized applications (business), and careful evaluation of why (psychology), Mattika aims to fuse her dynamic academic background into innovative business solutions based on a greater understanding of how people interact. 

Arin Donovan

Student Presenter The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Arin Donovan, M. Ed, BCBA, LBA (they/them) is an adjunct faculty member at Capella University and Shenandoah University, co-owner of BH3, Inc., and doctoral student of Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. After more than a decade working in the field of autism services, Arin currently has a passion for teaching and supervising students of behavior analysis and developing inclusive and equitable learning environments. Arin's commitment to the values of authenticity and being an agent for social change has driven them to promote affirmation and inclusion through education, language development and committed actions.

Jennifer Fullick

Senior Director, Global Engagement TCS Education System

With over fifteen years of experience in international education leadership, Jennifer Fullick serves as the role of Senior Director of Global Engagement for TCS Education System. Prior to TCS, Dr. Fullick led international student services at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has worked at Columbia Business School in international alumni relations, Northwestern University’s International Services, the School of the Art Institute in Judicial Services, and at the Institute of International Education. Dr. Fullick earned a PhD in Organizational Leadership from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology; a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration with a Student Affairs Concentration from Loyola University Chicago, and a Bachelor's in Sociology with a concentration on Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Fullick is a Fulbright Scholar recipient, travelling to Germany to explore higher education leadership.

Elke Hardt

Assistant Director for Career Services The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles

Elke Hardt currently serves as Assistant Director for Career Services at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles campus. She received her B.A. in Psychology from La Sierra University (California) and began her counseling career at a residential treatment center for teenagers in Lincoln Heights, CA. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Elke returned to her native land and opened a regional office of the Canadian Olympic Association’s Olympic Athlete Career Centre in Calgary. Providing transition counseling to national team athletes sparked an interest in career counseling, and when she returned to the U.S. Elke began her career in university career services, an environment she has enjoyed for 20+ years.

Jerell Hill

Administrative Faculty Pacific Oaks College School of Education

Jerell Hill is an Administrative Faculty in the School of Education at Pacific Oaks College, serving as a faculty advisor for Multiple Subject Credential candidates as well as the chair of the Development and Evaluations Committee. His responsibilities include program development, supporting adjunct faculty, and student teaching. Dr. Hill’s areas of research interest include Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs), student motivation, educational administration, special education, and urban schools. Dr. Hill’s professional memberships include the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (Co-Chair the Diversity and Cultural Competence Committee), and The Council of Exceptional Children. Dr. Hill has been a Keynote Speaker and presenter at the International Congress of Educators in Lima, Peru. 

Dr. Michael Horowitz

President TCS Education System

As the founding president of TCS Education System, Dr. Michael Horowitz has brought with him over 28 years of experience in the field of higher education.Under his leadership, TCS Ed System has grown to include over 9,000 current students and over 32,000 alumni. Further, our institutions have expanded their campuses nationally while increasing their reach globally. Dr. Horowitz continues to lead TCS and its community of nonprofit colleges and universities in the shared mission of preparing innovative, engaged, purposeful agents of change who serve our global community. During his tenure as president of The Chicago School from 2000-2010, Dr. Horowitz guided the institution into becoming a thriving graduate school on the leading edge of professional psychology. In that time, enrollment increased from 200 to 3500, the school expanded geographically to include sites in California, Washington, D.C., and online. In that same timeframe, the historic Chicago campus moved to a prominent downtown location that is now owned by the school. Prior to 2000, Dr. Horowitz’s experience in higher education included roles as a faculty member, program director, dean, and executive team member that led and managed a national, growing multi-campus university. Dr. Horowitz received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University in 1986 and B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in 1981.

Jennifer Howze-Owens

Student Presenter The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Jennifer Owens currently works as an analyst in the Office of Undergraduate Education at University of California, Davis. She lived in Washington, DC and New York City, but returned to California to continue working toward bridging the gap between educational research, policy, and practice.  Jennifer has spent her entire career as a researcher. Prior to graduate school, she spent four years as an Investigator on Capitol Hill. Since 2012, she has worked for K-20 organizations and institutions as an analyst, focused on data analytics, program development and evaluation. In her third year in the Educational Psychology and Technology doctorate program, Jennifer has found a passion for instructional design. Research interests include motivation, faculty development, and online teacher preparation in higher education institutions. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Howard University in Communication and Culture and Master of Arts in Educational Policy and Social Analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Emily Karem

Vice President, Global Engagement TCS Education System

For more than 10 years, Emily Brinkmoeller Karem has served as Vice President of Global Engagement for TCS Education System. Ms. Karem earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus on cross-cultural communication from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY; an international business development certificate from Thunderbird University in Phoenix, AZ; an MBA with concentrations in international business, marketing and entrepreneurship/innovation from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago, IL; and a certificate in Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship, from Kellogg’s Center for Non-Profit Management. She brings to the role a passion for global education rooted in a belief that global education creates a ripple effect of positive community impact by exposing students, faculty and administration to international experiences, strategies and insights that create an appreciation for cultural diversity beyond the classroom.

Charles Kelley

Director, Career Services The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Charles has over fifteen years of experience in career advising within Higher Education and six years of experience in Social Services assisting the ex-offender youth adult population with job placement, providing academic advising for high school students, and assisting first generation college students. In his current role as Director of Career Services, Charles provides leadership, mentorship, vision, administrative strategic support and career- related services to enhance the marketability of students and alumni nationally. Additionally, he provides customized career advising and has established new procedures and strategies to enhance career services using innovative technology including social media. Charles is very passionate about his career and takes pride in seeing others succeed. Those who know Charles know that Sports are my first love! Charles motto is, "Life is a sport, compete, and play to win." 

Kristin Lancaster

Student Presenter The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, LA Campus

Kristen Lancaster, M.S., BCBA is an adjunct professor for Capella University and is currently completing her PhD in Applied Behavior Analysis at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Kristen has extensive experience working with children and adolescents with ASD, supervising students enrolled in ABA programs, and mentoring newly certified analysts. Her current clinical and research interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), working effectively with caregivers, and promoting well-being. Additionally, Kristen is an advocate for equitable rights for all, a passion that stems from her personal experience of raising one child that identifies as transgender and another that is biracial.

Lizette Lancaster

Crime & Justice Hub Manager Institute of Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa.

Lizette Lancaster has been a consultant working on the HSF Funded Crime and Justice Hub project since 2010. Lizette manages and has overseen the creation of the South African Crime and Justice Information and Analysis Hub of the Institute for Security Studies’ Justice and Violence Prevention Programme. Her focus is the collection, analysis and dissemination of data and information to promote evidence-based crime- and violence-reduction policies and strategies.

Erika Liljedahl

Department Chair, Forensic Psychology The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Erika L. Liljedahl trained in the field of disability and neuropsychology. Dr. Liljedahl worked in various settings including outpatient and inpatient hospitals and clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing homes, in substance and day treatment facilities as well as in private practice. She has been teaching at the graduate level since 2000. Besides her current teaching and administrative duties, she maintains a private practice performing clinical and forensic neuropsychological evaluations. Dr. Liljedahl has presented at local, national, and international conventions and maintains an active interest in her own professional development. Dr. Liljedahl has provided a variety of pro bono work since 1990. She is inspired by her travels to continuously integrate diversity variables into the classroom.

Gustavo Morelos Padilla

Coordinador de la Maestría en Gerontología Social CETYs

Gustavo M. Padilla is a Doctor of Social Science with an academic background in Social Psychology and Psychoanalysis. He is currently interested in the interdisciplinary fields of Social Gerontology, mainly oriented to qualitative and critical approaches. Dr. Padilla is a full-time Faculty member at CETYS University, Tijuana campus (Mexico), where he teaches seminars on Psychopathology and Society, and Social Gerontology. Dr. Padilla is also an active member of the Mexican Association of Suicidology (Asociación Mexicana de Suicidología).

Donald Moss

Dean, Online Programs, Academic Affairs Saybrook University

Donald Moss, Ph.D., BCB, is Dean, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, at Saybrook University, Oakland, CA. There he has built training programs in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis, integrative mental health, wellness coaching, and integrative/functional nutrition. Dr. Moss is the Education Chair of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH). He is also the ethics chair and international certification chair for the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance. He has served as president of Division 30 (hypnosis) of the American Psychological Association, SCEH, and the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

Sean Nufer

Director of Educational Technology TCS Education System

Sean works collaboratively with the Instructional Design team to ensure utilization of state-of-the-art resources in the classroom. He assesses organizational eLearning needs and works to develop and implement policies and procedures for utilizing educational technology by identifying and coordinating the design, execution, implementation, and evaluation of all online and virtual educational activities (including webinars, instructor-led courses, virtual conferences and online courses) within the TCS Education System affiliates.

Kari Prince

International Liaison Officer TCS Education System

Kari Prince joined TCS Education System’s Global Engagement Team in 2013, and in her role as South Africa International Liaison Officer, has collaborated on many projects in South Africa focusing on trauma and education. Kari was born in Durban, on the east coast of South Africa, but now lives in the city of Johannesburg. Her travels abroad have fueled her love for her African roots. Following her degree in Economics at the University of KwaZulu Natal, Kari’s creative skills led her to pursue further studies in Public Relations, and Business Marketing. After many years in the corporate field and her own business, it was the outreach work that was the most rewarding – more specifically project managing the delivery of schoolbooks, and teacher training, to primary schools in the rural areas of South Africa. She continues to host many Field Experience and Study Abroad groups, and leads our many international partnerships in South Africa, developing opportunities for our global community across the TCS Education System.

Oliver Quambusch

Founder Hotel Hope

Oliver Quambusch was born in Germany and during his career he has lived in France, Hong Kong, Russia and England. He came to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1996 to live up to his life philosophy of ‘Learn – Earn – Return (what you have learned and earned)’. After volunteering full-time for 2 years with a South African NGO he set up Hotel Hope Ministries in 2008. The organisation consists of 3 family style children’s homes, a Montessori Pre-school as well as reaching out to Teenagers in Crisis Pregnancy Situations among Johannesburg’s poorest communities. The charity is not state supported but derives nearly 30% of its annual income through its own Social Trading activities encompassing 3 charity stores and a carpentry workshop.

Oliver loves God, loves people, loves life. He is the proud dad to his sons Innocent (14) and Thapelo (19).

Manuel Rodriguez

Director, Career of Education & Learning Management Peruvian University of Applied Sciences

Manuel Rodriguez is the Director of the Career of Education and Learning Management of the Peruvian University of Applied Sciences (UPC). He has been a director and teacher in important educational centers in Peru, President of the Talent and Entrepreneurship, Talent Peru and AIDUC organizations, all linked to the training of leaders, promotion of culture and education in Peru. In addition, he has worked as an educational consultant for the Ministry of Production and the Ministry of Defense among other public and private institutions in our country. He is currently investigating in the lines of leadership, general ethics and educational management.

Nancy Zarse

Professor The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Dr. Zarse is a forensic psychologist and full professor in the on-ground Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She worked as a forensic psychologist at several high-profile prisons, including Chief Psychologist at two federal prisons and the Director of Inmate Administration at the United States Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, the maximum-security military prison. Dr. Zarse worked as a consultant to the FBI’s Countering Violent Extremism section, with Secret Clearance. She speaks at regional, national, and international forums, and has provided multiple keynote addresses. Dr Zarse maintains a consulting practice and serves as industry expert on violence prevention. She developed a course on Israel, focusing on terrorism, trauma, and resilience, with a 10-day study-abroad trip, which she has led for 9 years. 

Cindie Zhou

Associate Director, International Programs & Services, Student Affairs The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Cindie Zhou received her MBA degree from Southern Illinois University (SIU) in 1996 and worked in an international marketing firm in the Chicago area 11 years. Cindie's passion in International Education started from the time when she was a Graduate Assistant in the Office of International Students & Scholars at SIU. As an international student herself, she understood their challenges and wanted to help them to achieve their goals. Cindie transitioned her professional development to International Education in 2005 by working in a Cultural Exchange institution’s English Training Center in Chicago as an Administrative Supervisor and a Designated School Official (DSO), providing immigration advising to international students from all over the world. She joined TCSPP in Oct. 2012, continuing to provide immigration advising and support to international students and managing study abroad programs to offer powerful and life-changing international learning experiences to TCSPP students.

International Partners

We are thrilled to invite our international partners to the GEO Summit, with attendees participating from South Africa, Germany, Mexico, Peru & beyond!


Who is invited to participate in the GEO Summit?

All students, faculty, staff, international partners, members, and friends of the TCS community are invited to participate in the GEO Summit.

I can't attend all of the sessions, but I'd like to attend 1 or 2. Should I still register?

Absolutely! Everyone is invited to attend as few or as many sessions as they wish / are available.

Please note, to receive the non-credit bearing TCS Certificate of Completion, you must attend at least 4 of the live sessions.

How do I login to a session?

All registered participants will be receive an email with all GEO Summit session login links. They can also be found in the GEO Participant Portal.

I'm unavailable at the time of a session I'd like to attend. Will the sessions be recorded?

Yes! All recorded sessions will be emailed out after the summit.

Where is the information for the Education Beyond Borders Reunion?

If you are a past participant in one of our Education Beyond Borders programs, you were sent an outlook calendar invite to the Virtual Reunion for your specific program. The email invite included the GoToMeeting Link to login. Please email if you have any questions regarding the Education Beyond Borders Virtual Reunions. We look forward to seeing you there!

All EBB Virtual Reunions are scheduled for 1 hour on April 14, 2020.

South Africa - 10am PST / 12pm CST / 1pm EST / 7pm SAST

Germany - 1pm PST/ 3 pm CST / 4 pm EST / 10pm CEST

Japan - 3pm PST / 5pm CST / 6pm EST / 7pm (+1 day) JST

*After registering for the summit, and prior to April 15th, you will receive an email prompting you to register for individual sessions. Session login links are available above & in your GEO Summit Participant Portal.

Thank you for joining us for this exciting new adventure in virtual global engagement!