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Mandela Washington Fellowship BSU Team

We are excited to welcome you to our 2022 Mandela Washington Fellowship Public Management Institute! The Leadership Institute at Bridgewater State University will provide a well-rounded public management curriculum and support an enriching learning experience for all our Fellows. All our staff and members of the campus community are looking forward to engaging with you.

Members of the team include:

  • Dr. Wing-kai To, Institute Director and Administrative Co-Director
  • Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Academic Co-Director
  • Dr. Mia Ortiz, Academic Co-Director
  • Ms. Mia Zoino, Administrative Co-Director
  • Ms. Stephanie Hamilton, Common Leadership Curriculum Coordinator
  • Ms. Catherine Hayes, Program Coordinator
  • Ms. Sasha Link, Program Associate
  • Ms. Susan Williams, Program Assistant
  • Mr. Kyle Resendes, Program Assistant
  • Mr. Jonathan OpioProgram Assistant

About the Mandela Washington Fellowship's BSU Team

Dr. Wing-kai To

Institute Director and Administrative Co-Director

Dr. Wing-kai To is the Assistant Provost and Senior International Officer at Bridgewater State University. He has been involved with the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute since 2016. He holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of California at Davis and an MA and BA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He was a Professor of History, created the Asian Studies minor, and served as the Minnock Institute’s Academic Director. As the SIO of the university, he is responsible for overseeing international operations, including partnership and exchange agreements, global academic programs, study abroad, international student and scholar services, and special projects in global engagement, such as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Program and events with WorldBoston. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Hong Kong, a Mandela Washington reciprocal exchange fellow to Uganda and Cape Verde, and an awardee of several national grants. He can be reached at wto@bridgew.edu.

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi

Academic Co-Director

Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi is a Professor of Communication Studies and the Director of Global Programs at Bridgewater State University. Dr. Al-Obaidi coordinates global programs and faculty initiatives for global engagement. In addition to his extensive teaching and administrative experiences in the U.S., he has taught in Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, and China. His contributions include scholarly research, teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, producing and hosting the television program InFocus, and producing documentary films. He can be reached at jalobaidi@bridgew.edu.

Dr. Mia Ortiz

Academic Co-Director

Dr. Mia Ortiz is an Associate Professor, and Internship coordinator, in the Criminal Justice Department at Bridgewater State University. She teaches advocacy efforts to reform the criminal justice system through education and rehabilitation. Dr. Ortiz is also a Continuing Studies coordinator. She can be reached at mortiz@bridgew.edu.

Ms. Mia Zoino

Administrative Co-Director

Ms. Mia Zoino is the Director of the Office of Grants and Sponsored Projects at Bridgewater State University. In her role, she facilitates award activities and ensures overall policy compliance. She conducts grant-related training and advises about budgeting management for faculty grant development. Her office reviews contracts and amendments and develops MOUs. In her work, she also aligns grant activity with institutional strategic plan goals. She can be reached at mzoino@bridgew.edu.

Ms. Stephanie Hamilton

Common Leadership Curriculum Coordinator

Ms. Stephanie Hamilton is the Staff Associate in Talent Development and Engagement at Bridgewater State University. She is also a certified Strengths Coach and the Chair of the BSU Wellness Committee. Stephanie’s role on campus consists of professional development oversight, execution of employee engagement initiatives and all employee wellness related events and programs. She works with employees on individual coaching needs as well as with departments and teams for specific programming and development. She can be reached at s4hamilton@bridgew.edu.

Ms. Catherine Hayes

Program Coordinator

Ms. Catherine Hayes is a Graduate Student in the English MA program at Bridgewater State University and Graduate Assistant for Global Programs at the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement. In this position she worked closely with the Assistant Provost and Senior International Officer for Global Engagement to manage and attend a new innovative form of global learning called COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) which provided Bridgewater State University classes an opportunity to connect with students from partner universities across the globe to learn more about their culture and inform their own understanding of their subjects. She also worked closely with the staff of the Global Programs office to coordinate and promote events and assist with managing the office social media. She also participated in “The Pathways Institute for Negotiation Game Changers in Education” 3-month certification program, which sought to connect students from Bridgewater State University with students from academic colleges in Israel. She can be reached at c1hayes@student.bridgew.edu.

Ms. Sasha Link

Program Associate

Ms. Sasha Link is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of English, Communication Studies, and Political Science. She is also a Staff Assistant for Marketing for the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement(MIGE), where she works with a team to develop MIGE’s publication, social media / communications platforms. Sasha can be reached at slink@bridgew.edu.

Ms. Susan Williams

Program Assistant

Ms. Susan Williams is Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Provost/Senior International Officer, to the Director of Global Programs, and to The Journal of International Women's Studies in the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement at Bridgewater State University. She serves as the budget manager and event coordinator at the Minnock Institute for Global Engagement in support of global studies programs. She has a BA in English Literature from Emerson College and is the author of several published works of short fiction. She can be reached at swilliams@bridgew.edu.

Mr. Kyle Resendes

Program Assistant

Mr. Kyle Resendes is a Graduate Student in the Educational Leadership, Higher Education Administration Master’s program at Bridgewater State University. He completed his undergraduate BS degree in Psychology at the same institution and will complete his M.Ed. leadership degree next spring, earning him the title of becoming a double-bear at Bridgewater State University. Mr. Resendes has a wide range of leadership experience on-and-off campus including, traveling, and participating in leadership summits across the U.S., working for the U.S. Senatorial Committee, holding executive leadership positions in Sigma Chi Fraternity, becoming Vice President of the Graduate Professional Student Association at Bridgewater State University, and studying abroad at the University of Azores, in Portugal. He also participated in “The Pathways Institute for Negotiation Game Changers in Education” 3-month certification program, connecting college students in America with college students in Israel. He is a recipient and scholar of the national Huntsman Leadership and KRACH Transformational leadership programs. He can be reached at k3resendes@student.bridgew.edu.

Mr. Jonathan Opio

Program Assistant

Mr. Jonathan Opio is a Graduate Student in Computer Science at Bridgewater State University. He can be reached at jopio@bridgew.edu.