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Chelsea Dresen

EDUCATION • M.S. in Organizational Leadership Winona State University • B.A. in Communication Studies - Leadership & Advocacy Winona State University

ENROLLED • Cohort 4

LOCATION • Baraboo, Wis.

Chelsea Dresen believes that a global and connected world is a sustainable world. Stemming from her own passion for travel and transformative cross- cultural experiences, she is interested in conducting research in the student travel and volunteer tourism domain. Chelsea believes that travel is a powerful tool for international development, and she envisions a world where sustainable travel programs are an integral part of every student’s education and host communities around the world experience sustainable change through these cross-cultural partnerships. Prior to her doctoral studies, Chelsea obtained her B.A. and M.S. at Winona State University. During that time, Chelsea studied abroad in Cape Coast, Ghana, and she also completed a leadership and team development course in New Zealand. More recently, she spent a summer working and volunteering in Tanzania with student travel and volunteer programs. All of these experiences fostered her passions for experiential education, sustainable community development work, and building cultural bridges. Professionally, Chelsea has worked and volunteered with a variety of organizations focused on transformative cross- cultural travel experiences, including African Impact, Rustic Pathways, and Legacy International’s Global Youth Village summer program. She currently serves as a volunteer team leader with Xperitas, and her most recent trip involved co-leading a group of college students on a community partnership program to the Quileute reservation in La Push, Washington. Chelsea’s prior academic and professional experiences will inform her future sustainability work. She strongly believes in the power of intercultural experiences and the relationships that develop within the context of cross-cultural exchange and service programs, and she hopes to pave the way through research and evaluation for current and future programs to work sustainably and ethically for communities, for the environment, and for the global world.

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