Michelangelo, as the Director of the Florence Study Center, is responsible for the management and administration of all ACCENT Florence programs. He takes care of what is behind the scenes, developing programs before their arrival, leading the Florence team, and ensuring the smooth running of programs. If needed, Michelangelo is more that happy to be “on stage” interacting with students, helping them with all sort of matters and making sure that students have a wonderful experience. Michelangelo was born in Southern Italy but as soon as he got the chance he moved north. First to the University of Bologna (branch in Rimini on the Adriatic coast), then to Sweden on a study abroad year-long program at the University of Uppsala, near Stockholm. Having discovered the charm of studying abroad, Michelangelo applied for an exchange program at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. This was his first experience in the United States, which was followed by a summer internship in Florida and one in Dublin, Ireland. Not yet satisfied, Michelangelo worked for a year at Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT in the Romance Languages department before returning to Italy.
Senior Programs Coordinator
As Senior Programs Coordinator, Lacie aids the Florence Center Director with the daily management of the ACCENT Florence Study Center while serving as a liaison with US faculty and administrators to organize each study abroad program. Lacie originally came to Florence as a study abroad student, and she completed both short and long term programs in Italian language, literature and culture. She studied Comparative Literature and holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and a M.A. from the University of Toronto. Lacie previously worked as a teacher in Italy, and currently organizes the Study Center’s internship and volunteer initiatives.
Programs Coordinator/Housing Coordinator
As Housing Coordinator, Daniela is responsible for the housing search and assignments for all ACCENT Florence students. As a native Florentine, Daniela has a wealth of knowledge of the city. She also has over 15 years of experience working with study abroad students from all over the world. Once a study abroad student herself, in England, she understands the experience of living and studying abroad.
As Academic Coordinator at the Florence Study Center, Mariarosa is in charge of all the academic aspects of the University of California and University of Minnesota programs. She plans classes, coordinates faculty, and advises students on all matters related to their academic curriculum and performance. She also serves as liaison with the home institutions, providing support on course registration, grades, and academic requirements. Mariarosa has experience with both international academic exchange and study abroad programs. After graduating from the University of Verona in Foreign Languages and Literatures, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to pursue her graduate studies at the University of California, Davis. While at UC Davis she earned an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, as well as taught courses in Comparative Literature and the Humanities. Mariarosa then returned to Italy where she taught Italian language, culture, and literature at the University of California Study Center in Padova and at Boston University International Programs in Padova, furthering her experience with American universities and study abroad programs. Her research focuses on European and American women writers from the late 18th to the early 20th century and on gender studies, and she has written on American writer and traveller Margaret Fuller and on Italian novelist Neera.
As Programs Coordinator, Lilia works with students, visiting faculty and organizes many of our Study Center activities. She is Mexican-American and grew up in California. Lilia originally came to Florence as a student while earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Art from California State University, Long Beach, then returned to the US to complete a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in Exhibition Design and Museum Studies from California State University, Fullerton. She has a passion for cultural and artistic promotion in all its forms, and has worked in the non-profit sector in addition to being a curator of contemporary art. Her past projects include the Florence Biennale (2011-2015), MetaDataPhile: Collapse of Visual Information, Begovich Gallery, CalState, Fullerton, CA (2010). She is also a member and curator of SixPack Projects in Southern California (since 2009).
Francesca is a Programs Coordinator that both supports students while they are living in Florence as well as assists visiting faculty prior to arrival in Italy. Born in a tiny seaside town located in Southern Tuscany, she moved to Florence to study at University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science (curriculum in “International Studies”) and a M.A. in International Relations and European Studies. Her experiences abroad include a one-year Erasmus program in Brussels (Belgium) and an internship in Plymouth (UK). She has worked at the University of Florence as a student tutor and has collaborated with them as an external researcher. She continues to publish and present her work at international conferences.
Programs Coordinator (part-time)
As a Programs Coordinator, Francesco works closely with students, in addition to both local and visiting faculty. He is in his second year as an undergraduate at the University of Florence where he is enrolled in the Education Sciences degree program. He is originally from the nearby town of Prato and has both studied Interior Design and worked abroad extensively in the UK.
Martina is the ACCENT Florence Study Center’s intern. She supports our students and works side-by-side with our coordinators. She lives in Prato and will soon be graduating with a degree in Communications from the University of Florence after having completed a six-month Erasmus experience at the University of Birmingham (UK).