Leeza Fernand is the Associate Director for the Community College Initiative Program and holds an M.B.A. in International Business with a focus on leadership and cross cultural integration from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. Her background in higher education began with a role as Study Abroad Assistant with Miami Dade College and later as the Program Coordinator of the CCIP pilot year in Miami. Originally from Belarus, Leeza has lived in Argentina and Spain; volunteering with underprivileged children and interning, respectively. She has also served as a translator and cultural attaché for visiting State Department dignitaries. Her work has taken her to various countries in Latin America – including Mexico, Peru, Brazil and Chile – where she has created new exchange partnerships and fostered cross-cultural understanding.