Company: University of Pittsburgh
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
E. Maxine Bruhns is the Director of the Nationality Rooms and Intercultural Exchange Programs at the University of Pittsburgh. At present, Ms. Bruhns knowledgeably oversees 27 nationality rooms, which includes the construction of new spaces, collaborates with nearly 40 organizations from around the world, and issues study abroad scholarships to students; throughout her career, she has awarded 1,088 Summer Study Abroad scholarships to University of Pittsburgh graduate and undergraduate students. She lived and owrked abroad for 15 years prior to becoming the Director of Nationality Rooms Programs, and she has coordinated the creation of ten nationality rooms. In her current role, she is also responsible for planning and organizing committee events. With a wealth of experience that has accumulated over a period of 46 years, Ms. Bruhns strives for excellence in her every endeavor. She worked on a special project on the construction of the Cathedral of Learning which was completed in 1937, and she recorded her project titled ‘Working Abroad is Worth Exploring from West Virginia to West Africa’ in video disc. She has received a number of awards throughout her career, including the World Affairs Council Award and the Athena Award. Ms. Bruhns feels that her experience in the Diplomatic Corps. and her respect for all cultures and religions has sharpened her skill set over the years. She enjoys working with 36 ethnic groups and organizations to preserve and promote their cultures and values, and utilizing her unique talents and first-hand familiarity with many cultures in her role in order to support the missions of the program. She has a knowledge of French and German and some ability to speak Arabic and Greek. She has honed a versatile skill set which has garnered a reputation of distinction, and she is a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania and a recipient of the World Affairs Council’s David Glick Award–she is only the second woman to ever receive the latter honor.
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