Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Roy Pietro

Roy E. Pietro, Ed.D.

Tel: (860) 486-4252

Roy’s academic background includes a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Connecticut. In addition, Roy received a Master’s degree in Education (Sport Management) from Springfield College and a Doctor of Education degree (International Education) from the University of Bath (U.K.). His research interests include transformative global citizenship, critical service-learning, and sport for development and peace (SDP).

Roy has served as the Principal Investigator for numerous  professional and academic exchange programs for UConn, funded by the U.S. State Department. He has also initiated academic partnerships and educational collaborations with various national and international higher education institutions, including the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS); the University of Maryland; the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel; Bahcesehir University in Istanbul, Turkey; Hong Kong Baptist University in Hong Kong, China; the University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa; and the UN-mandated University for Peace in Ciudad Colón, Costa Rica. He has also established partnerships with several highly regarded international NGOs, including TechnoServe, Ashoka, the Junior Chamber International (JCI), and the Institute for International Education (IIE). During his 20-year tenure at UConn, Roy has led efforts to secure approximately $12 million in federal and state contract awards. In 2008, he was selected as New England’s nominee for the prestigious Adelle F. Robertson Professional Continuing Educator Award.


Laura Labato, MA
Program Coordinator

Tel: (860) 486-0235

Laura provides administrative and program support for the Global Training and Development Institute’s programming for international participants. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a focus on diversity, a Master of Arts degree in International Studies with a focus on Cultural Studies, and two Graduate Certificates in Human Rights and in Culture, Health, and Human Development from UConn. She enjoys learning about other cultures and working with the international participants involved in educational and professional exchange programs, which are funded through the U.S. Department of State and implemented by UConn GTDI.


Jack J. Barry, Ph.D.
Learning Activities Facilitator

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A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Jack received his Ph.D. in political science in 2015. Jack’s areas of research are Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Human Rights, with a particular focus on Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). He is the author of a recently published book, Information Communications Technology and Poverty Alleviation: Promoting Good Governance in the Developing World (2018), in which he addresses the impact of ICTs on the poor in developing countries, staking the claim that governance is the missing link overlooked in the literature. Jack’s scholarship has appeared in the journals Third World Quarterly and Contemporary Politics, as well as chapters in titles from Routledge and Cambridge University Press. He has taught courses at various institutions of higher education including the University of Connecticut, the University of Rhode Island, and Trinity College. Jack served as an Academic Co-Director for the Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) with participants from North and West Africa for three years when he was a doctoral candidate at UConn (2013-2015), after which he became the Academic Director for SUSI for three years (2015-2018) as well as the Academic Director for the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) for five years (2015-2020). He currently serves as a Facilitator for YSEALI group simulation activities and cultural exercises. A native Rhode Islander, Jack enjoys surfing and playing basketball in his free time.