Staff > Ms. Emily Tooy
I joined EIU's Office of Study Abroad in April 2018. Prior to my appointment at EIU, I was the Associate Director of Global Academic Programming at Utah Valley University for three years. I specialize in international emergency management, risk management, policy compliance, and faculty-led study abroad program development. I enjoy collaborating with campus stakeholders to increase study abroad program visibility to under-represented students, students of color, and students with disabilities. I am committed to working with campus departments to overcome barriers to studying abroad, to promote the benefits of study abroad, and to provide resources that address the needs of students of color.
I have worked and studied abroad in four countries on three continents comprising a total of five years. I graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009 with a BA in French. While completing my undergraduate degree, I studied abroad in Pau, France, Lyon, France, & Quebec, Canada. After I completed my degree I moved to French Guiana, South America- an overseas department of France- where I was employed by the French National Ministry of Education for four years. While working as a teacher for the French government, I was also an interpreter for the French Military Police. In addition, I also served as a Warden for the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname during my tenure in South America. I am a first generation college student and a polyglot. The languages I speak are French, Serbo-Croatian, Surinaams, and Ndyuka. My academic interests are African-American history & Maroon communities in the northern Amazon basin.