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Meet the Staff

Generation Abroad logo912 W. Grace St., 4th Floor
Box 843043
Richmond, Virginia 23284
Phone: (804) 827-7882
Fax: (804) 828-2552

VCU Education Abroad Staff

Please review the advising areas for each advisor and request an appointment with the appropriate adviser 

Stephanie Davenport Tignor, Director



Stephanie Tignor
Stephanie Tignor has worked in the Global Education Office for more than a decade in a variety of positions. As the director of Education Abroad, Stephanie oversees the administration of the university's study abroad and exchange programs including faculty-led programs. She is an alumna of VCU, at which she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She first discovered her passion for international education while on a semester study abroad program in Edinburgh, Scotland, through the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP). As a graduate student in English, she studied abroad in Peru and spent time volunteering in Ecuador as a teacher of English as a foreign language. She has also co-led service and study abroad programs to Mexico and Malaysia, and has led a program in the U.S. for students from VCU's Partnership institutions in China.  

Annia Dowell-Wiltshire, Adviser



Annia Dowell-Wiltshire joined VCU Education Abroad in August 2015. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2010 with a B.A. in History and Italian, and again in 2014 with an M.Ed. in Higher Education. She studied in Lisbon, Portugal and worked in Rome, Italy as an undergrad, coming back to the U.S. committed to helping other students access transformative experiences abroad. Annia has also served as a college access counselor in rural Virginia; taught English and fine art in Spain; and worked for Semester at Sea. Throughout that time, she has combined her passions for international education and diversity, and she is excited to help the VCU community engage globally.

Annia's advising areas

Regional advising areas
  • Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Europe (except UK, Ireland and France)
  • Africa
  • Multi-country programs


Simone Biasuzzi, Adviser



Simone Biasuzzi
Simone Biasuzzi joined the Global Education Office in 2016. She graduated from VCU with a B.A. in International Relations and French, minor in Italian. She studied the performing arts in England, studied and conducted research in France on the basis of La Francophonie as a Benjamin E. Gilman scholar, lived in Italy, and traveled to many countries in South America and the Caribbean. She has worked in global education with Academics Programs International and KEI Abroad.  Simone has always had an understanding and appreciation of culture, as a native of Nassau, Bahamas. She passionately promotes cultural exchanges and believes that global education should be possible for all individuals. Simone is excited to be back at VCU and to support the connection between VCU and the global community.

Simone's advising areas

Regional advising areas:
  • First Advising Sessions
  • General advising
  • UK and Ireland
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania
  • Middle East
  • Asia
  • France and French-speaking locations

Sarah Young Carrier, Academic Advising Coordinator



Sarah Young
Sarah Carrier joined the Global Education Office in 2008 after graduating from Allegheny College with a degree in International Studies and Spanish. Sarah studied abroad with American University’s Washington Semester Program and has traveled through Western Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. She is also a graduate of the VCU School of Education’s Counselor Education program where she focused on the importance of cultural exchange and the career development of college students. Sarah joins the Education Abroad staff in assisting returnees with their career development and professional goals, as well as working with incoming exchange students.

Sarah's advising areas

Advising areas   
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