Advisory Committee

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s Illinois International Advisory Committee is charged by Dr. Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Global Affairs & Strategies. In addition to leading the development of the university’s Global Strategy, the Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Associate Chancellor and Vice Provost for Global Affairs & Strategies on a range of international issues.


Meredith Blumthal, Director, International Programs, Grainger College of Engineering.

Anita Chan, Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences and College of Media.

Clara M. Chu, Director, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs.

Brian Dill, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

J. Stephen Downie, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Information Sciences.

Mohit Gupta, graduate student research assistant in Informatics, School of Information Sciences.

Christine Gozdziak, Assistant Dean of International Programs, Gies College of Business.

Sammer Jones, Director for Global Relations, Illinois International.

Daniel S. Katz, Chief Scientist, National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), and Research Associate Professor, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the School of Information Sciences.

Ryan Lamare, Reuben G. Soderstrom International Labor Professor, School of Labor and Employment Relations.

Benjamin Lough, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, and Director of Social Innovation, Gies College of Business.

Lowa Mwilambwe, Associate Vice Chancellor for Auxiliary, Health & Wellbeing, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Erik S. McDuffie, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Cynthia Oliver, Associate Professor, Department of Dance, College of Fine & Applied Arts, and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation in the Humanities, Arts and Related Fields.

James Pait, Director of Program Management, Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

Suzana Palaska, Associate Director for Global Partnerships and Capacity Building, College of ACES Office of International Programs.

Christine Renshaw, Director for the Office of Graduate and International Programs, College of Law.

Roberto Rojas, graduate student teaching assistant in Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education.

Emanuel Rota, Associate Professor, Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

Ken Salo, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, College of Fine & Applied Arts.

Beth Scheid, Assistant Chief Information Officer, Technology Services.

Elizabeth Spark, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Registration, and Enrollment Services, Graduate College.

Anna Tsai, Senior Executive Director of Administrative Services, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

Mike Yao, Professor of Digital Media and the head of the Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising, College of Media.

Allison Witt, Director of International Programs, College of Education.

More Information

The Illinois International Advisory Committee has existed since 2016. More information about the committee’s work can be found on the Illinois International website.

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