Cynthia Toms


Position: Board of Directors

Cynthia Toms, Ph.D., joined CFHI’s Board in 2015. She is associate professor and director of global education at Westmont College and specializes in the intersection of higher education, student volunteerism, and sustainable community development. Cynthia brings the experience of living in Uganda and China to her research and writing. During her tenure as assistant director of the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns, she led seminars to help students examine Global Health in Honduras; U.S. Healthcare, Poverty and Policy in Washington, D.C.; and Migrant Experiences in Immokalee, Florida. Cynthia is co-principal investigator for the Advancing International Service in Higher Education project supported by the Henry Luce Foundation, the Global Engagement Survey, and she serves on the editorial board and research committee for, a web-based initiative of scholars amassing evidence-based tools and peer-reviewed research to advance best practices in global learning, community-university partnership, and sustainable development. Cynthia is excited to help expand CFHI’s influence in undergraduate study abroad and university-sponsored community engagement.

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