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VCU Globe Staff

West Grace North 830, West Grace Street
Box 842540 Richmond, Virginia 23284-3034
Phone: 804.828.7853 
Fax: 804.828.8665





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Christina Marino

Interim Director


Christina Marino is the Assistant Director of Residence Education.
Christina Marino received her B.A. in international studies and political science from Baldwin-Wallace College, her M.A. in international studies from Ohio University, and her M.B.A from Virginia Commonwealth University. The focus of her work at Ohio University was religion and politics in Southeast Asia, specifically in Indonesia and the Philippines. Before becoming Assistant Director of Residence Education for VCU Globe, Christina served as a Hall Director at the Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) in Chicago, Illinois. While at Illinois Tech, she worked with a student population that was 40% international and worked with a residential theme community that was globally-focused for upper-class and graduate students. Christina also worked at Elmhurst College and co-instructed a course called the "McDonaldization of Society," which focused on global issues and globalization. She has traveled to Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Canada, Japan, China, Vietnam, Thailand, India, Tanzania, South Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico.



Audrey Short

[View Image]Interim Assistant Director of Academic Programming


Audrey Short, Faculty since 2006 in the English Language Program at Virginia Commonwealth University, holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Teachers College (TC), Columbia University.  Starting her graduate work at TC’s branch campus in Tokyo while simultaneously working in the Japanese public school system, Audrey’s teaching has been motivated for over 20 years by the need for collaborative dialogue in an interconnected world. She is dedicated to cultivating a globally engaged citizenry, engaging students through service-learning courses as well as community-building and student-leadership experiences. Current examples include initiatives such as the Cross-Cultural Cooking series and the Cultural Ambassadors Program.  Guiding her commitment to her students are her experiences working with Teach for America, the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program, Cambridge University Press, Columbia University, Educational Testing Service and VA TESOL as well as her own study abroad and/or work experiences in Brazil, Mexico, Mozambique, Spain, Japan, and Germany. In her free time, Audrey loves to spend time with her family and friends and to play music in two Richmond based ensembles (Gamelan Raga Kusuma and River City Taiko), engaging her interests in mindfulness, exploration and community. 


Raymond Trac

Raymond Trac [View Image]Program assistant


Raymond Trac graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. He started off as a student worker for Residence Life at Randolph-Macon and eventually became a Resident Assistant. After serving in that role for two years, Raymond was promoted to the role of Mentor Resident Assistant where he was able to mentor, coach and supervise the RA staff. Raymond also served as the Housing Assignments Intern for four years, and it was that opportunity to work with students for both Residence Life and Housing that made him fall in love with higher education.

Working with students and helping to develop their success is Raymond's greatest passion. Prior to VCU he worked as the graduate assistant for Residence Life at his alma mater, and then as the Assignments Coordinator for Housing at the University of Virginia. He began his work at VCU in July as a Records Specialist for the Office of Records and Registration. Raymond is excited for his new role as the Program Assistant for VCU Globe and to offer his assistance to VCU Globe, GEO and the students the offices serve. 


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Melissa Puopolo

Community Outreach Assistant


A recent graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, Melissa received her B.S. in Psychology - Life Science Concentration with a minor in Chemistry. Throughout her undergraduate studies, she was a member of VCU Globe Cohort ’17 and actively volunteered throughout the Richmond community. Due to Globe, she was able to provide ESL aide at Greene Elementary and be a conversation partner to international students. Passionate about helping and aiding others, her future goals are to attend medical school and participate in Doctors without Borders. Taking her love for global cultures she also hopes to provide a global and holistic approach to patient care in medicine.

Melissa is excited to continue her membership in Globe, now as the Community Outreach Assistant, where she will be arranging student placements and transportation with community partners around the Richmond area.


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