UMD: A Globally Connected University

GLI Staff

GLI Staff


Raluca Nahorniac, Ph.D.


Dr. Nahorniac leads the effort of integrating global learning into the curriculum, co-curriculum, and extracurricular opportunities. She works with academic departments to develop Global Learning for All plans, including in-person and virtual engagement opportunities, at home or abroad. She helps pilot and scale global learning opportunities in collaboration with global partners, Dr. Nahorniac led the development and implementation of Global Classrooms: project-based virtual courses offered in collaboration with partner universities abroad. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, she served as the global partnerships coordinator in the Office of Global Affairs at the University of Connecticut. Previously, she was a lecturer and projects manager at the National School of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Bucharest and a doctoral degree in Anthropology from Università degli Studi di Perugia.


 Taylor Woodman, Ph.D. 

​Associate Director

Taylor Woodman supports the development of resources to support faculty as they infuse global learning components into their courses and programs. In addition to supporting faculty, Taylor holds an appointment of Assistant Clinical Professor of International Education Policy in UMD’s College of Education. Taylor uses his firsthand experience leading international research groups, teaching abroad, and globalizing his course content in his collaborative approach with faculty. Outside of supporting faculty and students, Taylor enjoys road-tripping to explore the cultural communities within the U.S. and serving the DC community as a resource parent for DC foster youth. Taylor holds a B.A. from Virginia Tech and an M.A. & Ph.D. in Higher Education, Student Affairs & International Education Policy from the University of Maryland.


Lei Bao

Program Manager

Lei supports the operations and administration of various GLI programs. She works directly with instructors on scheduling, enrollment and course management of Global Classrooms courses, collaborates with the communications team to promote GLI programs, advises students on course registration and program application, and manages the International Education Scholarship application process. She also serves as program manager for the Office of China Affairs. Lei obtained her Bachelor of Laws degree from Zhejiang University, P. R. China, and her Master of Laws degree from the George Washington University.


Catalina Moraga

Graduate Assistant

Catalina joined OIA in September of 2022. In this position she provides administrative support to the office of Global Learning Initiatives within the Office of International Affairs. Catalina is from Chile and is currently a master's student in International Education Policy at the College of Education of the University of Maryland. Before joining OIA, she worked as a research assistant at Millennium Nucleus: Student Experience in Higher Education in Chile. Catalina holds two bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Design from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.