Meet Our Team


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Samba Dieng
Senior Internationalization Officer and Executive Director

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Jenn Kennison
Assistant Director of Business Operations 

  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources

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Shay Chaix
Assistant to the Executive Director


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Shelby Breaud
Business Officer

Asia Butler

Asia Butler
Operations Coordinator

Academic Programs Abroad

Academic Programs Abroad (APA) facilitates student exchange, offering offer LSU students a wide range of safe and affordable opportunities to participate in long and short-term programs abroad or in the United States. APA also handles incoming semester- and/or academic year-long international student exchanges from our bilateral agreements.

For general questions, please contact

Ashley Neyer

Ashley Neyer

Director of Academic Programs Abroad




 Dr. Angela Miller

Dr. Angela Miller
Associate Director
Faculty-Led Programs

Jill Clemmons

Jill Clemmons
Associate Director
Exchanges and Direct Enroll Programs

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Study Abroad Advisor

International Cultural Center

The International Cultural Center (ICC) serves to promote international friendship and facilitate greater interaction and understanding between the international students at LSU and the Baton Rouge Community through educational, cultural, and social activities. 

For general questions, please contact

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Laura Dean

Director of Global Partnerships

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Killian Dumont

Coordinator of International Student Engagement

Jade Ngo

Jade Ngo

Coordinator of International Student Engagement

International Services

International Services (ISO) provides primarily US Immigration advisory services to international students regarding their educational, financial, immigration, personal and social concerns in relation to their status in the US. Similar services are available to international faculty and research scholars. ISO is responsible for the University's compliance with US federal regulations which pertain to non-immigrant students and employees.

For general questions, please email

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Annette Burris


  • F-1 and J-1 student advising
  • On and Off campus work authorization and employment inquiries for F-1 and J-1 students
  • Campus Partner Workshop requests
  • J-1 Academic Training
  • Legal status compliance






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Loveness Schafer

Associate Director

  • J-1 exchange visitors or visiting scholars
  • International employees including H-1B, TN, E-3, O-1
  • Permanent Residence or Green Card sponsorships and processing particularly for international faculty
  • Educational and cultural programming particularly for international scholars


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Lorena Colina

Assistant Director

  • Advising and assisting with student petitions to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • F-1 student advising and student requests

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Sara Olivier

Documentation Services Coordinator

  • Primary point of contact for
    • International Student Admissions, 
    • Prospective and Admitted International Applicant F-1 student visa matters,
    • Initial I-20 documents and F-1 SEVIS Transfer forms (entering LSU)



Janice Goodloe

Janice Goodloe

Administrative Program Specialist 

  • Student Health Insurance Waiver Process
  • J-1 Professor/Scholar/Researcher Requests
    DS-2019 (J-1) Form Generation and Production
  • New J-1 Professor/Scholar/Researcher Orientation
  • Documentation/Monitoring for J-1 Scholar Spouse and/or Children (J-2)
  • Sponsored Student Billing Contracts and Inquiries





Katie Meek


Katie Meek

International Student and Scholar Advisor 

  • LSU Global Student Advisor: current and prospective students

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LSU Global Coordinator

  • LSU Global Student Advisor: current and prospective students

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SEVIS Coordinator

  • I-20 updates and general F-1 student requests
  • F-1/F-2 travel signatures on I-20s
  • SEVIS transfer out requests for F-1 students


Office of Global Partnerships

The Office of Global Partnerships (OGP) encourages, supports, and cultivates ethical and impactful international partnerships and global engagement. OGP uses its resources to elevate LSU’s visibility as an innovative, collaborative, and globally impactful university. OGP manages the international agreement process in concert with the Office of General Counsel and all risk and compliances offices on campus. OGP also facilitates funding opportunities to support global engagement for faculty, staff, and students.

For general questions, please email

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Laura Dean

Director of Global Partnerships

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Clare Schnabel

Partnerships & Exchange Specialist