Mansir Petrie

Mansir Petrie Joins Hartwick’s PSGE Center

March 21, 2012

The Center for Professional, Service, and Global Engagement at Hartwick College has announced the appointment of Mansir Petrie as Global Education and Service Learning Advisor. Petrie will work closely with international students, as well as with students and faculty pursuing community engagement through partnership with service organizations.

As an international community development professional, Petrie has managed and coordinated educational programs and cross-cultural exchange activities on several continents. He holds degrees in Anthropology and International Sustainable Development, speaks fluent Portuguese, is proficient in Mandarin, and knows elementary Kiswahili. Until recently, he was based, along with his wife and daughter, in Rio de Janeiro, where he was working as an economic development consultant and free-lance photojournalist. A selection of his photography is available at

A graduate of Grinnell College, Petrie readily acknowledges the role of the liberal arts in preparing him for a multifaceted, international career. He considers his new position at Hartwick a good fit.

"Hartwick's emphasis on Liberal Arts in Practice creates an environment where my experiences working and living abroad in the humanitarian aid and nature conservation fields are valued and capitalized upon. Because of this, I feel I have an important role to play," he said. "I hope to inspire students to have study abroad and service learning opportunities similar to the ones I had as a student and young adult."

"We are very fortunate to be bringing Mansir on board," said Teresa DiMagno, Executive Director of the PSGE Center. "Through the lenses of both his camera and his particular combination of training and experience, he can help students focus on their potential to become global citizens, with the power to effect change and do good on a local, national, and international scale."

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