Emily Desa Tooy
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Emily joined EIU's Office of Study Abroad in 2018. Prior to, she was the Associate Director of the Office for Global Engagement at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah (2015- 2018). She is a former high school foreign language educator (2009- 2015) and has extensive study abroad and international work experience. She earned a BA in French from the University of Iowa ('09) where she studied abroad three times at universities in Québec and France.
After earning her undergraduate degree, Emily moved to French Guiana, South America to work for the French government (2009-2013). She was a teacher for the French Ministry of National Education (le Ministère de l'Education Nationale) and an interpreter for the French Military Police (la Gendarmerie). Emily also served as a volunteer Warden for the US Embassy in Paramaribo, Suriname during her time in South America. She is a TAPIF (Teaching Assistant Program in France) alumna & is passionate about helping students find international study and work opportunities. Emily is a dedicated polyglot and speaks French, Serbo-Croatian, Sranan Tongo (Surinamese Creole), and Ndyuka (Eastern Maroon Creole). She is learning Patois and Spanish. Her academic interests include African-American history and the history of Maroon societies in the northern Amazon rainforest.
Emily was born in Chicago, IL and grew up in Lockport, IL. Her family immigrated to the U.S. from the former Yugoslavia during the 1980's. She has one son, Luka, who is 7.
Emily is an EIU Staff Senator.