CASA Center in Granada
The CASA-Granada Center is located in the very center of the city, offering easy access to students enrolled in the various programs at the UGR & CLM. Temporarily located in the University’s International Welcome Center for visiting faculty and researchers, the CASA-Granada staff and students benefit from interactions with professors and graduate students from all over the world. The CASA-Granada Divisional Center is expected to relocate to the UGR’s Palacio de la Jarosa Building, near the School of Translation and Interpreting, in 2019.
Christine Kelly-Vereda Resident Director
Christine is originally from southeastern Massachusetts, although now she has spent over one third of her life living in Spain. Prior to moving to Granada, Christine worked at the Office of International Programs at Brown University and for the LASPAU Program at Harvard University. She moved to Granada to direct Arcadia University’s programs in Spain and, since then, Christine and her husband have become fully integrated into the local community, started a family, and embraced all of the benefits of living in Granada. Among her favorites are the proximity of the Sierra Nevada (for the great hiking and skiing!) and the Mediterranean Sea.
Christine has been working in international higher education for over 20 years. The most fulfilling part of her work is facilitating the learning that happens outside of the classroom, where students living in another culture not only learn about that culture but learn a lot about themselves. Christine holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental and Educational Psychology from Boston College, where she focused on identity development in college students.
María Maldonado Rubiño Program Director
María is from a small town in the “Alpujarra Granadina,” the region of valleys nestled in the south-facing side of the Sierra Nevada. María had the opportunity to live in France for several years and this experience awakened her passion for other cultures, having come to realize how much they enrich life. She studied at the School of Translation and Interpreting of the University of Granada, majoring in French and minoring in English, and went on to complete two years of doctoral studies in French language and literature at the UGR’s School of Philosophy and Letters.
María loves Granada and being able to share the opportunity to experience a new culture with students, especially in this city and its surroundings. Having worked for the California State University Program for 24 years, and knowing very well the academic system of the University of Granada, María is aware of the challenges that North American students face. She is well-equipped to help them surpass the difficulties they may encounter living in a completely different culture and academic system.
Together, in 2012, Christine and María launched the Brown in Granada Program, which ultimately evolved into the CASA-Granada Program in 2016.
Each academic year the CASA-Granada Center chooses one or two graduate students from the schools of the University of Granada to assist the program directors with the day-to-day running of the program. The CASA-Granada interns play an integral role in the planning and execution of language partner encounters and cultural activities throughout the academic year. They are also qualified to serve as tutors for students who require academic support.