Dr. Sharyl Cross, Director
St. Edward's University, Kozmetsky Center of Excellence
Dr. Sharyl Cross was appointed Director of the Kozmetsky Center and Distinguished Professor at St. Edward’s University in 2013 and is a Global Policy Fellow at the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. From 2005-2013, Dr. Cross was Professor in the College of International & Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany serving as Director of Academics for both the Program in Advanced Security Studies and Senior Executive Seminar and in key leadership capacities for strategic outreach engagement initiatives in Russia, Eurasia, and South-East Europe. Prior to the Marshall Center, Dr. Cross was at the United States Air Force Academy, where she had been appointed Distinguished Professor of Political Science. She is a tenured full Professor and former Chair of the Department of Political Science at San Jose State University in the California State University system. (biographical profile continued)
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Current and Recent Kozmetsky Senior Interns
The Kozmetsky Center Senior Internship offers SEU students opportunities to develop professional experience in supporting global programs and projects. Participation of the Senior Interns in Kozmetsky Center programs and engaging in discussion with expert speakers has been valuable for SEU students in pursuing post-graduate educational development and defining career directions and areas of interest.
Emma Viquez 2021-2022 Kozmetsky Center, Senior Intern
Emma Viquez is majoring in International Business with minors in French and Global Studies. After college, her long-term goal is to pursue a career with an international organization, such as the United Nations or the Federation Internationale de Football Association. This dream is driven by her passion for foreign policy, international relations, and sports. Emma has maintained an outstanding academic record as a Dean’s list recipient, Honor’s Program participant, Martin Scholar, Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar, and was awarded the D2 Athletics Directors Association 2020-21 Academic Achievement Award. In addition to academics, she is involved on campus as a member of Phi Alpha Delta, founder of the organization BridgeSEU, and Women’s Soccer athlete. Outside of campus, she has served as an intern for the Chief Marketing Officer of the AT&T Stadium and the non-profit organization American International Health Alliance in Washington, DC. In addition to playing soccer for the university, Emma also plays for the Costa Rican Women’s National Team. Playing soccer has allowed Emma to travel worldwide and inspired her to learn Spanish, French, German, Arabic, and Sign Language.
Rania Lewis 2020-2021 Kozmetsky Center, Senior Intern
Rania Lewis is double majoring in International Business and Business Administration with interests in foreign policy, civil advocacy, and international relations. Rania has held various leadership roles on campus, including Orientation Coordinator and Leader for the Office of Student Involvement and the Internal Affairs Director for the Student Government Association. Outside of campus, Rania has served as a Legislative Intern in the Texas and United States House of Representatives for Representative Carl Sherman and Congressman Lloyd Doggett. She was the legal team member for the United Nation’s Social Development International (SODEIT) organization offering her knowledge to assist citizens of Cameroon during COVID-19. Rania has maintained an outstanding academic record at St. Edwards University and is Founder and President of the Global Business & Policy Leaders Society, and a member of the business-professional fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi. As a Rotary International Scholar, Rania will continue her graduate study at Queen's University in Belfast Ireland concentrating in Conflict Transformation and Social Justice.