Who We Are


Emily Rose McManus, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership
Academic Director, Global Women’s Leadership Study of the United States Institute (SUSI)

Emily Rose McManus, Ph.D. is the Director of the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) and the academic director of the Saint Mary’s College Global Women’s Leadership SUSI. She also teaches in the Department of Global Studies, Intercultural Studies, and Gender and Women’s Studies. She holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Wyoming, a master's in musicology from the University of Minnesota, and a doctoral degree in ethnomusicology from the University of Minnesota. Her research and teaching are highly interdisciplinary, integrating anthropology, ethnomusicology, performance studies, gender and women’s studies, critical race theory, and disability studies. As an ethnographer, Emily seeks to document, analyze, and amplify the stories and lived experiences of women and members of underrepresented communities as a way toward greater equity and justice.


Alice S. Yang, Ph.D.
Director, International Education

Alice S. Yang, Ph.D. is the Director for International Education. She oversees study abroad programs and inbound international programs, chairs the Global Education Advisory Committee, serves as the Senior International Officer (SIO) for campus internationalization and the Primary Designated School Official (PDSO) / Responsible Officer (RO) to support international student and scholar immigration services. She is the China Summer Program Director and teaches Chinese Women and Society. Alice is an IDI Qualified Administrator and offers intercultural training for study abroad students. She received her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota (UMN). Her dissertation research fieldwork focused on women's development and gender mainstreaming in Chinese higher education. She received her master's degree in women's studies from the University of Northern Iowa. Alice taught English at Wuhan University in 1989-98. She helped design and manage the Beijing Summer Program of the UMN Law School before joining CWIL.


Adriana Petty ‘01
Director, International Students and Multicultural Services

Adriana I. Petty graduated from Saint Mary’s College in 2001, earning her bachelor’s degree in social work. Adriana worked with the Saint Joseph County Minority Health Coalition, Saint Mary’s College Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership (CWIL) office with International Students and Scholar Services, was the graphic designer for New Dimension Wear, and worked with United Way of Saint Joseph County. Today she focuses on assisting international students and scholar services.


Beth V. Gaffigan
Administrative Assistant

Beth Gaffigan supports the entire CWIL program through a variety of administrative functions and complex support staff duties for the director of CWIL, director of International Education, director of ISSS, and the director of WEI. She briefly attended Bryn Mawr College where she was able to take advantage of women’s educational, empowerment, and gender equity resources at an early age before marrying and starting a family. She has also worked with the restorative justice team at the Center for Community Justice in Elkhart, IN. Beth has focused on supporting higher education programs beginning at Princeton University and later for the University of Notre Dame before joining CWIL at Saint Mary’s.