International Center Staff

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
taik@umich.edu
International Center

Tai Kim

Associate Director

Tai is incredibly privileged to bring bright international students to the University of Michigan – Flint which has had a tremendously positive influence in his family’s life.  His wife and mother-in-law graduated from this exceptional university and have successful careers in the healthcare field.  His kids, when they were babies, were safely nurtured at the Early Childhood Development Center on campus and even received a diploma with a UM-Flint logo on when they graduated from their Kindergarten as part of the Great Expectations Program through ECDC.

Tai graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in German and received an MBA from Purdue University.  He is an audiophile and a dedicated fan of classical music, and when he studied in Hannover, Germany, he was fortunate enough to do a consulting project with Sennheiser, the world-renowned German audio company that manufactures Hi-Fi headphones and microphones.

He believes that UM-Flint has an outstanding combination of the resources of the world-class University of Michigan, small classes taught by exceptional professors who make learning fun and exciting, and amazing opportunities for hands-on and engaged learning.  He also believes that the international students on campus greatly contribute to this university being a truly vibrant place for fostering intercultural understanding and collaboration.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
juliecoe@umich.edu
International Center

Julie Coe

Interim Assistant Director

Julie’s journey with second language acquisition dates back to her childhood and her exposure to the Spanish language; however, it wasn’t until she studied and lived abroad did she come to the realization of the complex challenges of living in a bilingual and bicultural home. This personal experience led her to her chosen professional path.

Julie is grateful that her talent, passion, education, and experience has led her to her role in the International Center. The favorite aspects of her position is interaction with students. She strives to provide an engaging, challenging, and dynamic learning environment and culture for students as they are faced with language acquisition and cultural adaptation. Julie is a strong advocate of creativity and promotes an innovative culture. 

Outside of work, Julie enjoys being active with her son. Together, they have adventures, travel, visit with family and friends, and enjoy being in the moment. She indulges in her creativity in photography, gardening, mindfulness techniques, and exploring eastern philosophies. Julie also appreciates a good sense of humor!

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
kitaylor@umich.edu
International Center

Kimberly Butka

International Student Services and Scholar Manager

Kimberly enjoys her work with students and helping them to become well rounded indivduals.  She joined the University in 2005 in Undergraduate Admissions.  During her time there she processed and evaluated International Student applications and was given the opportunity to become a “DSO” Designated School Official. She has worked with several different departments on campus including Undergraduate Admissions, International Center, Housing and Residential Life and Financial Aid.  Kimberly has a BA in History from Monmouth College and a MA in College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University.  Kimberly’s duties include Immigration advising for student and scholars, updating student records, orientation preparation, and programming for the International Student population.  Kimberly enjoys what she does because the work is challenging and different every day.  She enjoys working with the students to help them learn and navigate the US higher education system.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
riddhim@umich.edu
International Center

Riddhi Mehta

Recruitment Coordinator, India

Education: MBA

Riddhi serves as the Recruitment Coordinator, from India for the International Center at the University of Michigan-Flint. Her role includes serving as the international marketing and recruitment efforts in the region, coordinating activities and serving as the point of contact for students, parents, and institutions. She has previously worked as the International Admissions Processor at the International Center, Research Analyst at the Office of Graduate Programs at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Riddhi has been working in International Higher Education for over seven years and travelled to over 20 countries across the world. She holds a master’s degree in Business from UM-Flint, and an undergraduate degree in Marketing from her hometown in India. She is passionate about meeting people from different cultures and learning about their ways of living.

During her time as a student at UM-Flint, she served as the President of the International Student Organization which was home to students from over 40 countries. Riddhi is a huge advocate for studying abroad and participating in intercultural exchange. She likes to believe that it helps you respect diversity, think big, and get a new perspective on the world.

In her free time Riddhi loves to bake, travel, and spend time with her loved ones.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
lalqafsh@umich.edu
International Center

Lamis  Alqafshat

Admissions and Marketing Coordinator

Lamis used to be an International Student Ambassador. She came to Michigan in 2013 to get her degree in Computer Information Systems (CIS). She served as the Vice President of the Saudi Student Club. She enjoys meeting new people and learn about different cultures which encouraged her to work on Immigrant U project.  Lamis speaks Arabic and English. She also loves traveling, exploring and going on adventures. She believes that experience is what makes you grow up, that's why she decided to work at the International Center to encourage prospective students to have the experience and enjoy it as she did!

INTERNATIONAL AMBASSADORS

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
International.Flint@umich.edu
INTERNATIONAL CENTER

BETTY AGO AGYEI

International Student Ambassador

BETTY AGO AGYEI is from Ghana, West Africa. She is a graduate student at UM-Flint pursuing Masters in
Public Administration. Betty seeks to be a health facility analysist, she enjoys meeting new people, loves
to help and work around others and making them feel warm around her. She loves country music,
singing and learning more about other countries. The community of UM-Flint is vibrant, inclusive and
interactive, that is why I chose UM-Flint, she said.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
International.Flint@umich.edu
INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Nickxit  Bhardwaj

International Student Ambassador

Home Country: India
Languages: Pahari(Kangri dialect), Hindi, Urdu,Sanskrit, Punjabi, English, German.

Nickxit Bhardwaj is an undergraduate student majoring in Computer Sciences and taking courses in Music. He is from Palampur, Himachal Pradesh (H.P), India. Nick is an artist and loves to play music, especially flamenco guitar around downtown and adjoining areas. He likes to meet and greet new students and people in the town and help his best to make them connected with the campus community.  He is part of the diverse campus community and an active member/officer of several organizations and clubs like Theta Chi Fraternity, Student Government, ACM. Michigan reminds him a lot about Himalayas back home while friends and community continue to make UM-Flint an amazing experience.

 

Phone:
(810) 762-0867
Email:
International.Flint@umich.edu
International Center

Nathan Cornelio

International Student Ambassador

Nathan was born and raised in Dubai, U.A.E. with his roots being traditionally Indian. Moving to UM-Flint was a spur of the moment decision yet it was one decision he would make in a heartbeat. Apart from living the life of an international student 24/7 and journeying through the planes of Biochemistry, Nathan feels the community has accepted him as one of their own and has inspired him to actively take part in and be a part of various organizations such as Theta Chi Fraternity and Intervarsity (to name a few). Nathan feels that you won’t make friends coming to this campus, you will make family.

Phone:
(810)762-0867
Email:
International.Flint@umich.edu
International Center

Mohamed Elaswad

Home Country: Egypt

Languages: Arabic, English, German, Spanish.


Mohamed Elaswad is an undergraduate student majoring in Molecular Bio. & Biotechnology with a Research concentration. He is from Cairo, Egypt-the megacity of the Middle East. Mohamed is also a graphic designer and loves art. He enjoys meeting new people every day and is always adding new friends and experiences to his time at UM-Flint. Through his previous job as a Resident Advisor on-campus, Mohamed built strong connections with many international and domestic students, who enriched his experience and helped him grow both academically and socially. He has always been part of the diverse community of UM-Flint by participating in most of the activities and events on-campus. To him, getting to know new students and making new friendships has made his time in the US an amazing and unique experience.

Phone:
(810) 762-0867
Email:
International.Flint@umich.edu
INTERNATIONAL CENTER

Anushika Srivastava

International Student Ambassador

Anushika is an international student from Lucknow-Uttar Pradesh, India. She is a junior at University of Michigan-Flint and her major is Biology Pre-Med. She is currently the President of Indian student Association and an active member of Theta Phi Alpha Fraternity. She is also a Senator in Student Government. Her goal is to graduate and attend medical school so that she can make her dream come true and make her family proud. Her utmost goal is to be a surgeon and contribute to this society in the best way possible. She has also been a blood donor ambassador at American Red Cross-Los Angeles Region. She is very passionate about dancing. She is a big Harry Potter Fan!! In her free time, she likes to dance, play guitar, volunteer for NGO’s, travel around, go to concerts and listen songs, watch movies and Netflix.