Director of Education, Community Engagement and Belonging
Cloe Liparini (she/her) is the Director of Education, Community Engagement and Belonging. Cloe is a trainer, consultant, strategist, and curriculum designer with over 20 years of experience leading and managing international and multicultural teams through organizational change that leverages diversity, inclusion and cultural humility.
Cloe’s experience designing and delivering culturally inclusive programs to increase leadership effectiveness and collaboration across boundaries focus on self-awareness, policy advocacy and systems change. Her professional experience spans higher education, not-for-profit and global health sectors. As the Senior Advisor for Leadership Development Programs and a lecturer at the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health in Rwanda, Cloe trained diverse graduate and executive education learners on inclusive leadership. In this role, she collaborated with senior administrators, community partners, and SME’s to provide guidance and coaching on interventions and capacity-building efforts through an equity lens.
Prior to her work with the University of Global Health Equity, she held numerous positions at Duke University. She served as the Associate Director of the Duke Global Policy and Governance program in Geneva, oversaw training and student development with the DukeEngage program, a global civic engagement initiative, and was the Assistant Director for Programs and Training with the International House.
Cloe was raised in a bi-cultural, bilingual and interfaith family and moved to the U.S. at the age of five. Her lived experience, academic interests, and professional passion and commitment to social justice, equity and inclusion were deepened by her own early civic engagement as an Amigos de las Americas volunteer in the Dominican Republic, an Americorps VISTA member in New York, a Youth and Development Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, and an International Development Fellow with Catholic Relief Services in Armenia.
Cloe earned an M.A. in Intercultural Relations from the SIT Graduate Institute, a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Bard College, and has a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University.
Get to Know Cloe
Name your favorite podcasts.
Though a die-hard NPR fan, my favorite podcasts are: Story Corps, Code Switch, Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, Unladylike, Still Processing, and Rebel Girls (with my daughter).
Best perk of your job?
I absolutely love working with students and supporting their leadership development, voice and agency. I have always found this to be one of the most rewarding and energizing aspects of working in higher education.
In an alternate universe, what would you do for a living?
First alternate reality: I love anything that brings food, art, and positive social action together – possibly running a community arts café space….
Second alternate reality: Working with female artisans from around the world to support women’s entrepreneurial and leadership initiatives.
Name three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.
- I owned and ran an Art Conservation Studio.
- I sold all of my earthly possessions at age 25 and “backpacked “ around the world for 10 months, traveling to Indonesia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Egypt, Israel, Turkey and Greece on a solo adventure.
- I am a native Italian speaker.
What's on your bucket list?
My fantasy “bucket list” adventure is to take a cross-country road trip on a Vespa and side-car with my daughter.
Whom do you admire...and why?
I admire people that are “includers” and lead with humility and conviction.