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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Marissa Baham

Study Abroad Program Manager

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