Samantha has worked as a staff writer for SIL Corporate Communications, been a multilingual specialist for SIL Bangladesh, worked as a recruiter for Wycliffe US, and as a cultural anthropology researcher of Roma people while in Bulgaria. Now she serves on the SIL Global Diaspora Team looking at trauma and recovery among displaced people, like refugee communities, while living in San Diego, CA. Her passion is for her work to not just service diaspora communities, but to include diaspora churches and individuals as partners and co-workers, drawing from their rich personal experience and insights.
Having studied social psychology as an undergrad, she often tries to step back and look at the larger systems that guide and govern the world. This has led to interests in sociolinguistics, cultural anthropology, cultural intelligence, and different cultural views on leadership, organizational systems, parenting, as well as resilience and non-western approaches to healing from trauma. She tends to draw from multiple disciplines and viewpoints to think about any given situation, possibly as her life has always been a bicultural take on the world.
Other Interesting Facts
It is not unusual for someone to meet their life partner while going to school on the campus of the International Linguistics Center, but Samantha was proposed to at the top of Key building after hours (with special permission from the Center Director).