Meet the Team

Department Mission

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) Department of Study Abroad, which includes the Office of Sister School Partnerships and the Study Abroad Office, provides meaningful service to UIW’s diverse student, faculty and staff community by:
  • Fostering cross-cultural competencies through curriculum which includes global perspectives and an emphasis on social justice.
  • Engaging students and faculty in intentional international opportunities such as the exchange of students, scholars, research and innovative ideas.
  • Building strategic partnerships across UIW’s campuses, San Antonio and the globe, especially those in the Americas.

Administrative Staff

Dr. Javier Lozano

Dr. Javier Lozano

Director of International Affairs

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Phone: (210) 805-3015

Meet Dr. Lozano:
Dr. Javier E. Lozano is a native Texan who was born in Houston, raised in El Paso, and has been living in San Antonio for the past 24 years. Traveling to Juarez, Mexico every weekend to visit his grandparents was the beginning of his unofficial training in cross-cultural competence.

Due to his early experience, Dr. Lozano earned a bachelor’s degree in international business and marketing from St. Mary’s University, followed by a master’s in business administration and a doctorate in international education and entrepreneurship from the University of the Incarnate Word.

For the past 16 years, Dr. Lozano has served the University of the Incarnate Word in two main capacities. Currently, he is the Director of International Affairs as well as a business instructor in the School of Professional Studies. Since 2009, Dr. Lozano has taught over 70 undergraduate and graduate business courses. For the past five years, he has taught graduate level business courses that focus on effective team and change management theories and practices. Dr. Lozano’s teaching philosophy is based on collaborative learning, which has promoted understanding through respectful dialogue and healthy debate among his students and colleagues.

Countries traveled to: Canada, Mexico, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Costa Rica, Philippines, Singapore, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece, France, U.K.

Studied/worked abroad: Austria, China

Karen Veraza Uriarte Karen Veraza Uriarte

Study Abroad and Exchange Coordinator

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Phone: (210) 805-5709

Meet Karen:
Karen was raised in Mexico and moved to San Antonio when starting her undergraduate studies in 2009. Her first study abroad experience was at the age of 14 when she studied at a high school in Germany for a year. Ever since then, she has enjoyed living and studying abroad and has a passion for meeting people from different cultures. Karen pursued her studies in Political Science at UTSA and later on went to earn her master’s degree in Anthropology from Queen’s University of Belfast in Northern Ireland.

Since 2014, Karen has been involved in working with international communities in different capacities, from working in immigration, to aiding Hispanic entrepreneurs launch businesses in the United States. Karen believes that going abroad opens up so many possibilities and creates life changing experiences. She is eager to help UIW students make their study abroad dreams come true.

Countries traveled to: Over 28 countries, including New Zealand, the UK, Germany, France, Costa Rica, Colombia, Iceland, Scotland, Italy, Mexico and more.

Studied/worked abroad: Germany, France, Italy, Northern Ireland and Mexico.