The Global Relations team shapes and promotes the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s global identity through support of partnerships and linkages, communications, academic and cultural programming, and exhibitions. The office works closely with units across campus to establish agreements with partner institutions; assist incoming and outgoing international visitors and delegations; maintain the UNC Global website, social media channels and promotions; and host global events and exhibitions in the FedEx Global Education Center, on campus and worldwide. Global Relations is also a resource for UNC units on international relations and protocol. The Global Relations offices are located on the first floor of the FedEx Global Education Center in Suite 1200, adjacent to the Nelson Mandela Auditorium.
Katie Bowler Young
Director of Global Relations
Katie Bowler Young joined UNC Global as Director of Global Relations in 2011, leading the office as a member of the Chief International Officer’s leadership team and overseeing global communications, international partnerships, cultural programming, and high-profile international events. She has more than 20 years of experience in communications, with demonstrated expertise in thought leadership, executive communications, internal and external relations, and community relations. She is also senior editor of Carolina Passport, a magazine produced through an internship program in her office.
Young has extended the university’s strategic partnerships and led high-profile and successful programs around the world. During her tenure, NAFSA awarded UNC the 2016 Senator Paul Simon Spotlight Award for its Galápagos Science Center, a collaboration with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in Ecuador; Young is a member of UNC’s Galápagos Council. She is also Carolina’s liaison for the UNC-King’s College London Strategic Alliance, a partnership that includes more than 20 areas of study and research.
Young was previously Assistant Dean for Communications at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she was editor of Carolina Law magazine. Prior, she led communications at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where she was editor of the award-winning Global Health magazine. She has earned awards from the New Orleans Press Club, the American Public Health Association, and the American Association of Port Authorities.
Young is a member of the advisory board of the Organization of Women in International Trade, Triangle Chapter. She is also a member of the North Carolina Coalition for Global Competitiveness and chairs its Collaboration and Research subcommittee.
Young is the author of Enrique Alférez: Sculptor (The Historic New Orleans Collection, forthcoming), Through Water with Ease (Louisiana Literature Press, 2019) and State Street (Bull City Press, 2009). She earned an MFA in creative writing with a concentration in poetry from Warren Wilson College, where she was the Lisel Mueller Scholar and a Friends of Writers Scholar. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of New Orleans.
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Global Relations Assistant
Emmy Grace is the global relations assistant and is responsible for providing communications, event, and office support. Her background is in environmental and nonprofit work with international program experience. Before joining UNC Global, Emmy worked on economic development opportunities with coffee communities in Guatemala. There she facilitated service learning trips and community tourism activities. She earned her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and Hispanic studies from Illinois Wesleyan University, including studying in Quito, Ecuador. After being involved in the environmental field, Emmy pursued her master’s in international affairs, natural resources, and sustainable development from American University and the UN Mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica.
International Liaison Officer
Melissa McMurray serves as international liaison officer for UNC Global and is responsible for coordinating and hosting university-wide visits by institutional partners and other international delegations, providing protocol guidance and managing the Memorandum of Understanding and agreement process for the University, as well as providing additional support for University partnerships. She has also served as co-advisor for the student-published Carolina Passport magazine since 2010. Before her current appointment, she served as the special assistant for UNC Global since 2004, supporting the directors of development and global relations. Prior to joining the staff at UNC Global, she worked with international students at Georgetown University in the English as a Foreign Language Program to coordinate activities, events, student services and publications. She earned her master’s degree in international studies from the University of South Carolina and her bachelor’s degree in international relations and Spanish from the University of Richmond.
Events and Exhibitions Manager
Ingrid Smith is the events and exhibitions manager for UNC Global. In her position, she collaborates with international units across campus to manage conferences, lectures, film screenings, music and dance performances, dinners and receptions, and art exhibitions. These events provide continuing global education to UNC students, staff, faculty and the North Carolina community. A North Carolina native, Smith was a Johnston Scholar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she received her bachelor’s degree in international studies and German. She earned a European Commission scholarship to participate in the Erasmus Mundus Master’s in Global Studies program, which allowed her to receive a joint degree from both the University of Vienna and the University of Leipzig. During her graduate studies, her primary interest was linguistics with a focus on English as a lingua franca in international higher education. Before returning to UNC, Smith worked in a variety of capacities to foster international education and bolster professional and academic exchange. This included teaching English in Seoul, South Korea, and providing logistical support for programs at an international experiential education company.