Sarah Wagner | Director

Dr. Sarah Wagner is the Director of the VIH Program in the Center for International Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.  In her current role, she oversees a legacy program from The Heinz Endowments that offers international experiences, leadership development, and community engagement experiences to underrepresented women at fifteen colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania.  For the past three years, she has taught a course on Cultural Competency Development.  As a certified facilitator in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), Sarah enjoys working to improve team dynamics and organizational culture, and she was recently awarded a Chancellor's Award for Mentorship. Sarah has spoken about various aspects of international education in Barcelona, Prague, Shanghai, and Colombia as well as at conferences across the United States.  

Sarah recently completed a doctorate in Social and Comparative Analysis in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Conducting field research on decentralization in El Salvador and completing an intensive Portuguese language course in Fortaleza, Brazil were the highlights of her M.A. in Global Political Economy.  Currently, she is a co-instructor in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh.           

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Sarah Wagner| University Center for International Studies | 1209 Cathedral of Learning | Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412.624.0276 direct | sewst29@pitt.edu




Jean Ferketish | Faculty Advisor

B. Jean Ferketish, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Education as well as the Faculty Advisor for the VIH Program, working with the program since 2007.  Prior to joining the School of Education fulltime in 2015, she served as Secretary of the Board and Assistant Chancellor for the University of Pittsburgh for 13 years.  During this time she also taught Leadership in the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs, the School of Education, the School of Public Health and the School of Social Work.  In addition, she led a variety of projects requiring the ability to build consensus across constituency groups, affect the image of the University and provide advice on sensitive and complex situations.


Throughout her career, Jean has helped people develop their leadership abilities and improve the effectiveness of their organizations in multiple settings including industry, healthcare, education and non-profit human services.  She introduced the first organization development methods to the University in 1995. Before joining Pitt, Jean was a consultant for Development Dimensions International, where she worked with clients across the country to implement major culture change strategies.  She is a recipient of the company’s Presidential Award and co-authored the book, Organization Change that Works:  How to Merge Culture and Business Strategies for Maximum Results.  Jean spent the first 10 years of her career at Westinghouse where she directed efforts in organizational development, total quality management, and internal communications.

Jean has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Africa and has taught in Qatar.  She is a frequent speaker on women and leadership. She learns so much from her clients and is particularly pleased to work with young women who are at the beginning of their leadership journey in a world that is very different from the past.  


  Jean Ferketish | WWPH 4309 | Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | 412.648.7177 | ferkjean+@pitt.edu





Katrina Harrison | Graduate Intern

Katrina Harrison is an alumna of the 2014 Cohort and graduated from Temple University with a B.A. in Political Science. The VIH Program afforded Katrina the opportunity to study abroad for 10 weeks in Bangalore, India where she studied religion and socioeconomic and political in India and South Asia. Upon her return, Katrina and her CEE team hosted an event entitled “It Never Happens Here”, a program geared toward defining and identifying instances of sexual violence using a series of skits that depicted personal experiences of the CEE team occurring both abroad and in Philadelphia. After graduating in December of 2014, Katrina spent nearly two years a Project Manager for a translation company based in Easton, PA.

Katrina is now a second year law student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is concentrating her legal education on International and Comparative Law. When she is not studying, Katrina does freelance work reviewing translated documents for her former employer, and the rest of her free time is spent planning her next international experience. Katrina is honored to serve the VIH Program as the Graduate Intern for the 2018-2019 Academic Year, and is thrilled to work with the 2018 and 2019 cohorts.


  Katrina Harrison | University Center for International Studies | 1209 Cathedral of Learning | Pittsburgh, PA 15260 | vihprogram@pitt.edu

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