Emily Schiavone, Center Director
Employed by CEA Florence since 2008, Emily is responsible for the management and development of the Florence Study Center and all study abroad programs that it hosts. Emily provides leadership and direct oversight to the Student Services and Student Life sectors of programs, and works in tandem with the Academic Director on academic matters regarding the Florence Center and partner institutions.
Emily hails from northeast Ohio. She holds a BA in Art History from Carleton College and an MA in Italian Renaissance Art from Syracuse University. Two study abroad experiences in Florence prompted Emily to remain after her third stint abroad, and she has called Florence her permanent home since 2004. She has traveled throughout Italy (but says that she has still not seen enough), in addition to Spain, France, England, Ireland, Greece, Malta, and Albania. Many more locations—especially around the Mediterranean—are on her to-see list.
Before joining CEA, Emily worked at an American university in Florence, helping to create an archive and database of digital images for teaching purposes and traveling to towns in central Italy to teach students art and architectural history on-site. She has also worked on small projects as a freelance graphic designer. In her free time she likes to curl up with a good book.
Emily's advice to incoming study abroad students is to embark on your journey with an open mind, preparedness for unpredictable situations, confident self-reliance, and a willingness to break out of your comfort zone. These traits will allow you to discover new things about the world, about yourself, and about what you can handle. Push yourselves to discover all that you can!