As a Missouri native, Jennifer has learned the power of sincerity and curiosity—particularly at points where they intersect. Moments of curiosity have led Jennifer around the world and into the lives of people who have changed the way she views and experiences the world. Her current professional life developed along the interstitial spaces of projects of passion and necessity.
Jennifer is now the managing partner at CoreCollaborative International—a woman-owned partnership of colleagues who met while working for the University of Virginia. She took up this role after ten years of work and research in international education in the US and abroad. Her prior research has involved questions of how institutions know and understand the impact of intercultural experiences on youth who participate in their programs–with a particular emphasis on measures/instruments organizations use to evaluate impact. She is a certified administrator in a number of instruments which gauge intercultural competence, global perspectives, self and other awareness, and open mindedness.
Jennifer and her partners have found that skills involved in formal program evaluation, intercultural competence training, and intercultural curriculum development are often desired in diversity, multicultural, and international offices, but the jobs that must be done on a daily basis prevent many staff and faculty from developing those skills or using them on projects important projects. Her group brings skills and experience to bear in collaborative partnerships with institutions of higher education to design and implement those projects. As a doctoral student, curiosity about what specific elements of transformative learning experiences and participant backgrounds combine to precipitate worldview change is the driving question of her dissertation at the University of Missouri. In the space between work and study, Jennifer enjoys spending time in her multi-generational, multi-specie, multi-century home in Springfield, Missouri.