Donald Hawkins II

Associate Academic Director

Donald fell in love with travelling after studying abroad at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados in 2010.  Since his time abroad Donald has traveled to 25 other countries and studied abroad in Israel in 2017. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in 2012 with a B.A. in African American Studies. In 2019 Donald earned a M.A. in Theology from Liberty University. He has taught and preached in Uganda, co-led academic and ministry trips in South Africa, Colombia, and Israel. Donald feels incredibly blessed to network and connect with people all around the world seeing the work of God and the Church in different countries and cultures. Donald credits his love of travel to his dad who served in the Air Force on deployments all over the world and his mom who started her travelling with a study abroad trip to Mexico. He is passionate about cultural and ethnic identity, history, and education. Before joining WorldStrides, Donald taught history at a middle school for a year and a half. Prior to teaching, he worked as an International Educator for four years at Liberty University. Outside of travel and international education Donald enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing and coaching sports, reading, writing, sneakers and watching movies. He lives in Virginia with his wife and labradoodle.

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Associate Academic Director