Meet Our Team


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Samba Dieng
Senior Internationalization Officer
and Executive Director


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Jenn Kennison
Director of Business Operations 

  • Financial Management
  • Human Resources

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Jordan Vernon
Communications and Marketing Specialist

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Shay Chaix
Assistant to the Executive Director

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

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Jill Clemmons
Associate Director
Programs and Exchanges in Europe

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Programs and Exchanges outside of Europe

International Cultural Center

The International Cultural Center 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 International Student Engagement

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Killian Dumont
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 and questions about insurance waiver process, please email

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Loveness Schafer
Interim 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 assistance with student petitions to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services
  • Overall advising and guidance for international student population on maintenance of immigration student status
  • Advising on F-1 Extensions, Travel, Visas, F-2 Dependents, Immigration Documents
  • Supervise international student admissions process and issuance of initial I-20 certificate of eligibility

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Sara Olivier
Documentation Services Coordinator

  • Communicate with and advise Prospective and Admitted International Applicants on F-1 student visa status matters
  • Monitor International Student Admission
  • Evaluate financial ability (for admitted applicants and dependents) and process Initial I-20 Documents and F-1 SEVIS Immigration Transfer Forms (entering LSU)
  • Facilitate New Student Intake processes – Immigration Documentation Clearance and Reports for New and Re-entry Students

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Abby Mensing
LSU Global Coordinator

  • LSU Global student advisor: current and prospective students

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Janice Goodloe
Administrative Program Specialist

  • 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

Mike the Tiger

  • On-campus employment inquiries for F-1 students
  • Curricular Practical Training (CPT)
  • Optional Practical Training (OPT)

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  • 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