USF World News

Kyna Betancourt
Leading by Example
May 30, 2012

Two students from the USF Doctoral Student Leadership Institute have been shadowing USF World’s Senior Vice President, Dr. Karen Holbrook and Associate Vice President for Global Academic Programs, Dr. Roger Brindley to observe USF’s global leadership first-hand.  The Doctoral Student Leadership Institute is an initiative by the USF Graduate School to prepare the university’s highest qualified students with the skills they need to be pioneers in their chosen fields. The two-year program requires fellows to take the Building Leadership Skills Across Settings course during the first year followed by the presentation of a Leadership Action Plan. During the course of the program, students are required to attend a leadership conference, help lead the Leadership Journal Club and participate in two leadership workshops every semester in addition to shadowing a leader within or outside the university system.    

Pictured: Kyna Betancourt, USF student

Kyna Betancourt, a doctoral student in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, has always had a passion for research and travel. Receiving her Master’s degree through a program that required her to spend three months each in Italy, Finland and Germany, Kyna has also travelled to Costa Rica, Africa and England. When she began following Dr. Holbrook’s work as a scholar in the academic world and a facilitator for global initiative in the education industry, Kyna said she got to marry her two loves. Observing Dr. Holbrook on a daily basis, Kyna has watched her at meetings and discussions, dealing with people and personalities. “She’s so experienced in life; I want to be her when I grow up. It’s my dream job.” Eventually Kyna hopes to work at a top-tier research institute. 

Shadowing Dr. Roger Brindley since April 2012, Helen Terry is a doctoral student in the department of Second Language Acquisition & Instructional Technology. Following Dr. Brindley will give Helen the know-how she needs to understand global education partnerships. She says helping synthesize the work and mission of USF World has given her a unique insight into the innovative leadership practices of an internationally focused office. Specializing in heritage language education, she plans to travel abroad to create community connections before going into academia where she hopes to pursue a faculty position. Formerly a graduate assistant at the Graduate School, Helen played a notable role in the development of the Leadership Institute and is excited about being a part of the program.  

More information about the program can be found at