Meet the Staff

scottJ. Scott Van Der Meid

Associate Dean of Study Abroad

Office: Usdan 169
Phone: 781-736-3483
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Scott has directed the study abroad program at Brandeis University since 1999. Prior to his time at Brandeis he worked for several years in Boston University's Office of International Programs.

Scott received his B.A. in History and German Literature with a concentration in Asia in the Modern World from Allegheny College and his M.A. in Intercultural Relations from Lesley University. He studied in West Germany during the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany's eventual unification. Scott also studied and worked for several years in Tokyo, Japan. He has been to over 52 countries on every continent except Antarctica.

Professionally, Scott has served on several national advisory boards in the field of international education including Arcadia University's National Advisory Board, IFSA-Butler's Executive Council of the National Advisory Council and SIT Study Abroad's Partnership Council. He is past Co-Chair of the NAFSA Rainbow Special Interest Group and served as a founding member of the Forum on Education Abroad's Advisory Council. Other national committee involvement included NAFSA's Committee on Underrepresentation in Education Abroad, the SECUSSA Data Collection Working Group, the CIEE Nomination's Committee, the IES Membership Committee, the Forum on Education Abroad's Data Committee and Forum on Education Abroad's Ethics Working Group. He currently serves as chair of the IES Institutional Membership Committee and is a member of the Advisory Board for the NAFSA Rainbow SIG.

Alisha Cardwell


Study Abroad Advisor

Office: Usdan 169
Phone: 781-736-3483
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Alisha began working at Brandeis in November 2012. She holds a B.A. from Miami University (Ohio) in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs and a M.Ed. with a specialization in higher education administration from Northeastern University. As an undergraduate, Alisha studied abroad for her junior fall semester in Differdange, Luxembourg where her most impactful experience was meeting with the few remaining Luxembourgian survivors of concentration camps during the Holocaust.  She also spent a summer in the rural mountains of Costa Rica volunteering in a community center.

Alisha brings with her to Brandeis five previous years of experience working in faculty-led international education at EF College Study Tours and Miami University. At Brandeis, Alisha works with both students interested in studying abroad as well as exchange students studying at Brandeis for a semester or year and is excited to be a part of such a globally focused campus. 

Darren R. Gallant '08

Darren R. Gallant

Assistant Director of Study Abroad

Office: Usdan 169
Phone: 781-736-3483
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Darren returned to Brandeis as an alum in March 2013 since double majoring in Sociology and Politics as an undergraduate at Brandeis. A member of the 2nd midyear class, Darren was very involved in various campus organizations and student life. During his junior year, Darren studied abroad in Copenhagen with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) to bolster his academic learning. Darren earned his M.A. in Higher Education / Student Personnel Administration from New York University. During his time at NYU he traveled to Israel to study international higher education.

Darren has presented on conference topics around social media use, LGBTQ student advising, disability accommodations abroad, Title IX and study abroad, identities abroad,and engaging alumni in study abroad. He is excited to share his experience as an undergraduate at Brandeis and his international experiences with students and staff.

Wanda Weinberger


Assistant Director for Brandeis-Led Study Programs

Office: Usdan 169
Phone: 781-736-3483
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Wanda began work in the Office of Study Abroad in June 2016. A Belgian-American who was raised in the Netherlands, she holds a B.A. from Tufts University in Religion and a M.A. from SIT Graduate Institute in Intercultural Services, Leadership, and Management. As an undergraduate she studied in both India and Australia, and in 2000, returned to India to work with Antioch University’s program in Bodh Gaya, Bihar. Most recently she worked with the Alliance for Global Education where she served as the Assistant Director for The City, The River, The Sacred program in Varanasi for two years. She was an integral part in establishing the Varanasi program before going on to develop and lead the Alliance’s Beijing-Delhi program as Resident Director.

Wanda's responsibilities at Brandeis include the management of all Brandeis-Led Study Programs including sites in The Netherlands, India, Italy, and Denmark. She serves as a back-up advisor for regular summer students and is part of the risk management team.