Sandra Martins is Professor of Spanish at COD and holds graduate degrees in Spanish from Northwestern University. She has been directing and administering study abroad programs with College of DuPage for nearly 20 years. During this time, she led students to Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, and Peru, and for six years was responsible as Dean for oversight of COD’s study abroad programs in Liberal Arts. She has been actively involved in the Illinois Consortium on International Studies and Programs (ICISP) and other international education professional organizations, and has presented at several conferences. She believes in helping students discover their unique strengths and potential to grow as global citizens as they develop meaningful relationships with others through language and culture. In her spare time, she enjoys travel, learning Portuguese, the outdoors, nature photography, and her large tabby cat, Paulo.
Donna Gillespie is a Professor of Spanish at College of DuPage. She holds a M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University-Madrid campus, and a Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Florida. Donna has been working at COD since fall 2012 and received the Outstanding Faculty Award for the Liberal Arts Division in 2017-2018. She has lived abroad in Greece, Turkey, Venezuela, Mexico, and Spain, and has enjoyed traveling throughout Europe and Latin America. She studied abroad in her undergraduate and graduate career, and has directed both COD Spain and Costa Rica summer programs in recent years. She also directed a COD Field Studies program to Spain to hike the last 100km of the Camino de Santiago. In addition to her academic interests, Donna enjoys a variety of music and film, traveling, exploring different cultures, and the great outdoors.