Assistant Director, Study Abroad
Maraina Montgomery is an alumna of Howard University with a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Anthropology. She also holds a Master’s degree in Education from Rutgers University focused on International Student Affairs. Ms. Montgomery was hired in 2016 to manage and expand the study abroad opportunities offered through the Bunche Center. Since then, the visibility, functionality and culture around short and long term study abroad at Howard has been reimagined. As the new Assistant Director for Study Abroad, Raina is more dedicated to collaborating across institution type, supporting external partners, social justice through equity and inclusion, and student development through empowerment and challenge. The #StudyAbroadSoBlack movement is the brand through which her mission is visualized and the students behind this movement tell the story of its impact at Howard University and throughout the HBCU/study abroad community.
Prior to transitioning into this role, she managed the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship Program. Her passion for international education and community development has led Ms. Montgomery to pursue work in Mexico, Japan, South Korea and Ghana. She studied abroad in Spain, the Dominican Republic, Belize, Mexico, and South Africa.
Academically, professionally and personally, Ms. Montgomery has chosen to integrate intercultural competency development with community empowerment.It is best said that her work empowers others to seek out and maximize global opportunities for themselves and those around them.