Global Engagement

Meet the Team

Dey Barriga
Director of Global Engagement

Dey Barriga has worked at Rivier University for 17 years. She serves as the Director of Global Engagement. She provides leadership in areas of International Student Services and Study Abroad. As the department’s leader, she is in charge on development and delivery of communications pertaining to Study Abroad, Faculty Led Trips and all initiatives in strengthening international relationships and outreach to international students. Ms. Barriga manages all departmental initiatives and administrative processes to ensure implementation of the University’s strategic plan with focus on globalization on campus, increase students’ mobility through study abroad and faculty-led trips and to continue to provide a welcoming atmosphere to international students from all around the world.

She is a candidate for Master Degree of Educational Studies in Counseling at Rivier University. She obtained her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with Centro Escolar University, Philippines. She is an active member of the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA), currently serving as the SEVIS, Principal Designated School Official for the university, and members of various community committees. Her passion to serve students (international and domestic) and her mission be instrumental in transforming one student’s heart and mind at time through mentorship is a priority to her. Her dedication to promote the importance of global experience through faculty-led trip and study abroad program has been successful. She is very grateful for the collaboration she had formed with academic deans, faculty and staff in her initiatives to promote international trips.

Ms. Barriga enjoys her continuing role as the Senior Immigration and International Student Advisor. Her dedication to serve her international students is a lifelong goal. A dedicated leader and a mentor in providing a highly personal approach to help international students adjust to life at Rivier University through immigration, personal, social and cultural advising. Dey continues to develop programs, policies and practices in the area of international student services, including cultural integration and achieving success academically.

Ms. Barriga has traveled over five countries including Costa Rica where she co-led a teaching trip which focused on Biology experience in 2015, and Loyola University Chicago site visit with John Felice Rome Center, Rome, Italy in 2017. Her goal is to expand study abroad opportunities further especially summer programs for nursing students.

Suzanne Bartlett photoSuzanne Bartlett

Suzanne Bartlett joined Rivier University as the Coordinator for International Student Records in April 2016. She obtained her M.Ed. in School Counseling from Rivier, and her B.A. in International Studies from Baylor University. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of higher education positions; and is happy to now have the experience of working with international students in the Office of Global Engagement.

OGE_UptalaUtpala Lingalwar
Graduate Assistant for Global Engagement

Utpala Lingalwar joined River University to pursue her master’s degree in Computer Information Systems. She has completed her undergraduate degree in BE (IT) from one of the reputed colleges in Nagpur University in India. She was a secretary of students council named SPIRIT (Society of Passionate Individuals Representing Information Technology), which conducts curricular activities of inter/intra college. Utpala also worked as an editor in a magazine published by the IT Department which has an IT News Track. Additionally, she worked in a forum named “Aura” where social cause activities used to take place. Utpala is a seasoned professional with experience working in a software organisation in India. Apart from her work, she likes to explore new things and loves to travel as much as possible.

Jenna Sabino OGE_Sabina2
Student Ambassador for Global Engagement
Jenna Sabino joined Rivier University as an undergraduate student, majoring in Nursing. She is a member of the Global Scholars Honors Program offered at Rivier University, which led to her becoming a Student Ambassador for the Office of Global Engagement. With guidance and mentoring from Dey Barriga, she is able to assist anyone who is interested in study abroad. Apart from her work with the Office of Global Engagement, Jenna is also an active member of the Student Nursing Association and Dance Team on campus.