Meet our team

The CGE is made up of passionate staff who are dedicated to the fields of International and Intercultural Education. The CGE is an academic resource center for students, faculty, and staff interested in global and intercultural education opportunities (domestic and abroad).  We provide professional advising and support services for international students, students interested in education abroad and community-based learning, and faculty interested in infusing their teaching and scholarship with global and intercultural perspectives and learning experiences.   The CGE seeks to coordinate and facilitate efforts across the campus and around the world to enrich, deepen, and expand international activity and intercultural engagement through travel, research, and study.  We invite you to reach out to our team today!

Email:
spattis@umich.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Sarah Pattison

Associate Director for Global Engagement

Education: M.A., M.S.Ed.

Contact Sarah to learn more about:

  • International partnerships & agreements
  • Virtual Exchange & Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)
  • Integrating international and intercultural learning in the curriculum and co-curriculum
  • Making global learning accessible to all
  • Assessment of international and intercultural education

Sarah is passionate about providing students with cross-cultural learning experiences.  She believes that participatory learning provides the confidence, skills, and perspectives that today's college graduates need to emerge as thoughtful, responsible, and engaged citizens in their local and global communities.

Sarah holds a Master's in Education (M.S. Ed.) from St. John's University specializing in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).  She also holds a Master's in Global Development and Social Justice, also from St. John's University.  She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education, specializing in Leadership for Intercultural and International Education from the University of Minnesota. 

Sarah's research interests include critical intercultural communication, place-based education, and internationalizing the curriculum.  She approaches her work and scholarship with a commitment to social justice and integral human development.

Email:
taik@umich.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Tai Kim

Associate Director of International Admissions

Email:
kitaylor@umich.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Kimberly Butka

International Student and Scholar Services Manager

Email:
cmoya@umich.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Ché Moya

Education Abroad Program Coordinator

Education: M.A.

Email:
lsanker@umich.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Leyla Sanker

Program Manager

Leyla Sanker approaches her work from a sustainable community perspective and recognizes the importance of connecting people to the land, to their communities, and to each other.  She utilizes her training and experience in public participation, community engagement, organizational capacity building, urban planning, and natural resources management to advance those efforts.  Over the past twelve years, Leyla has worked with local, state and federal partners, community residents, non-profits, K-12 teachers and students, and University faculty and students to address local and regional efforts, and currently coordinates Discovering PLACE, the Flint place-based education hub of the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative.  Leyla holds a Master’s Degree from Duke University in Environmental Management and B.S. from UM-Flint in Resource Planning and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Email:
gaashley@umich.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Gary Ashley

Program Manager

Email:
jeculver@umcih.edu
Center for Global Engagement

Jessica Hammond

International Admissions Counselor

Email:
lalqafsh@umich.edu
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Lamis Alqafshat

Admissions and Marketing Coordinator