Sarah Smith
Sarah SmithDirector of Global Gap Year Fellowship
Sarah came to UNC in 2006 to study archaeology but soon realized her passion was in public service. In 2010, she earned her B.A. in anthropology with minors in social & economic justice and Asian studies before joining the staff of the Carolina Center for Public Service. As Student Services Specialist, Sarah worked directly with the Buckley Public Service Scholars program, the Service-Learning Initiative (APPLES), and the Bryan Social Innovation Fellowships.

Sarah recently completed her M. Phil. in international peace studies from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. During her two years in Dublin, she helped develop policy for Trinity around ethical development volunteering and taught a course on intercultural competencies in partnership with two NC schools.

Friderike Seeger
Friderike SeegerDirector of Community Engaged Learning and Student Development
Friederike is an international educator who is committed to guiding and mentoring students through experiential learning experiences and supporting them in reaching their personal and professional goals. Friederike previously served as director of Burch Programs and Honors Study Abroad at UNC from 2005-2015. During that time, she designed and managed experiential learning programs abroad in collaboration with UNC faculty and discovered her passion for mentoring students. She also briefly worked with the Carolina Covenant and the Morehead-Cain Foundation.

Prior to joining the Campus Y team in 2019, Friederike conducted her dissertation research while raising her young daughter. Her dissertation focused on the role of faculty mentoring relationships in the college experience of first-generation, low-income students. A native of East Germany, Friederike came to the US on a gap year program, working as an AuPair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lives in Chapel Hill with her partner, their daughter, and delightful puppy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master’s degree in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a PhD in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University.

Phun H
Phun HGlobal Programs Assistant
Phun H is from Greensboro, North Carolina and a member of an ethnic minority group of Vietnam called the Montagnards. Her first interaction with the Campus Y was through the Global Gap Year Fellowship which allowed her to travel to Indonesia and Thailand and volunteer with different English education projects. She intends to graduate in 2020 with a degree in Global Studies. She’s enthusiastic about being a member of the Campus Y and being surrounded by global-minded, thoughtful individuals.
Keara McLean
Keara McLeanGlobal Programs Assistant
Keara McLean is a senior from Sarasota, Florida. She is studying Geography and Environmental Science, with a particular focus on how to build more sustainable and inclusive communities. She is excited to be continuing her work with the Y Global Office, and to help make thoughtful global experiences a reality for more students..
Owen Conley
Owen ConleyGlobal Programs Assistant
Owen Conley is a senior from Concord, North Carolina. He took a bridge year through the Global Gap Year fellowship between his sophomore and junior years at UNC. During his year, he worked at a LGBTQ+ drop-in center in Cambodia, took a brief hiatus to work at the Meantime Coffee Co. here at UNC, and then went to Samos, Greece to provide psycho-social support at a community centre for people seeking asylum. He also traveled to Bangkok, Singapore, Copenhagen, Austria and a large portion of Germany during his time abroad. He is studying Geography and Sociology and looks forward to serving future bridge/gap fellows.
Georgia Morgan
Georgia MorganGlobal Programs Assistant
Georgia Morgan is a junior from Cary, North Carolina. She took a gap year through the Global Gap Year Fellowship, Self-Design Pathway. During her gap year, she spent half of her time working with a refugee and migrant organization called Scalabrini in Cape Town, South Africa and the other half in Agadir, Morocco working with an education and environment-based NGO called Dar Si Hmad. She also traveled to Genoa and Milan in Italy at the end of her Gap Year. At UNC, Georgia is double majoring in Public Policy and Sustainable Planning/ Development. She is excited about working with and supporting future fellows as the program grows.
Alyson Cabeza
Alyson CabezaGlobal Programs Assistant
Alyson Cabeza is a sophomore from Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. She took a gap year through the Global Gap Year Fellowship. She lived and taught English in Hanoi, Vietnam for the entirety of her gap year. She traveled all throughout the country as well as visiting Singapore and Thailand. At UNC, Alyson plans to double major in Advertising & Public Relations and English. Alyson looks forward to being involved more in the Campus Y by working closely with the Fellowship.