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Associate Vice President, Global Learning and Strategy

Dr. Gigi Do

Biographical Sketch

Dr Gigi DoGigi Do has served as associate vice president of Global Learning and Strategy and Senior International officer at the University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) since 2019 where she oversees international partnerships, education abroad, scholar services, international student services, and most recently, the Diplomacy Institute. She is the founder of the UHCL Diplomacy Institute.

At the age of 8, she came to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam and has called Houston home since the early nineties. Dr. Do has over 25 years of work experience in international education and her contributions to the higher education international community have been featured in the National Public Radio, the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Houston Chronicle. Additionally, she has accumulated numerous awards for her innovative efforts in higher international education including the Andrew Heiskell of the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Bellwether Awards.

Prior to arriving at UHCL, Dr. Do was executive director for the Office of International Programs at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the executive director of the Office of International Initiatives for Houston Community College (HCC). During her tenure at HCC, she played an instrumental role in establishing the first American-styled community colleges in Vietnam and the State of Qatar which had its first graduating class in 2012. She led the first American community college to Saudi Arabia in 2008 to support the Ridyadh Community College obtained their first National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Assessment (NCAAA) certification. Under her leadership and close professional relationship with the country, UHCL was able to establish a first of its kind partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar with the launch of the Diplomacy Institute in 2020. UHCL's Diplomacy Institute aims to expand the range of educational services and training of diplomats and consular officials throughout the Houston area.

Dr. Do earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of Washington, her M.A. in sociology from the University of Houston, and her Ph.D. in Program in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Texas at Austin.

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