Welcome to CILMAR, International Program's

Center for Intercultural Learning • Mentorship • Assessment • Research

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, and Research is housed in the Office of the Dean of International Programs.

Young Hall, Suite 120
155 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2114
Phone: (765) 494-9399
Fax: (765) 496-1989
Email: cilmar@purdue.edu 

CILMAR Directory

  

  Dr. Michael Brzezinski  Dr. Michael Brzezinski
    Director of CILMAR and
    Dean of International Programs
    Hovde Hall, Room 303
    Phone: (765) 496-6085
    Email: mbrzezinski@purdue.edu 

  

 

Fun Fact:  I coached an All-American Cross-Country student-athlete “back in the day.”  She was New York State champion, East Coast champion, and an 8th place finisher in the NCAA National Championships held in Seattle, WA.

Responsible for:

    International Students, Scholars, and Admissions
    Study Abroad
    Center for Intercultural Learning ● Mentorship ● Assessment ● Research (CILMAR)
    International Programs Officers (IPOs) 
 
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Jacqueline Lanter
     Jacqueline Lanter
     Administrative Assistant
     Young Hall, Suite 120
     Phone: (765) 496-6085
     Email: lanter@purdue.edu   

 

 

 

Fun Fact:  I have gone skydiving, hang-gliding, parasailing (in Hawaii), and zip-lining (in Costa Rica). I'm looking for a new adventure!

Responsible for:
   Administrative support for the Dean of International Programs
   Logistical support for CILMAR 

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Curricular Learning and Faculty/Staff Support Team

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Katherine Yngve    Katherine Yngve
    Associate Director of Intercultural Outcomes Assessment
    Young Hall, Suite 120 and Room 956
    Phone: (765) 496-3076
    Emailkyngve@purdue.edu 

 

  

Fun Fact:  I am a huge fan of detective fiction and consider Hercule Poirot to be my alter ego:  he's also 5'4", speaks French, loves to travel to the Middle East, and has made a career out of "infinite inquisitiveness."


Responsible for:
   Assessment
   Institutional and interinstitutional research
   Intercultural Pedagogy Grant
   Intercultural learning action research consultations

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Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair

   Dr. Kris Acheson-Clair
   Associate Director of Intercultural Pedagogy and Scholarship
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-1711
   Emailkrisac@purdue.edu 

 

Fun Fact:  I am a small farmer who has become accustomed to raising all her own meat and dairy, so ironically moving to Indiana from Georgia was a difficult transition - Purdue is not rural enough! I really miss the milk cow I had to leave behind. We were able to bring a couple of draft horses with us, though, and I do still get to watch my chickens play in their new tractor coop.
Responsible for: 
   Needs assessments and intervention design
   Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) and other faculty/staff training
   Intercultural research support (fellows, grants, writing group, consultations)
   Supervision of Intercultural Learning Specialists and their projects
   IDI, BEVI, and other intercultural assessments
   Peace Corps Prep certificate program
 

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   Untouched Annette Benson


   Communication Strategist and Intercultural Learning Specialist
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-0614
   Emailannetteb@purdue.edu 
 

 

Fun Fact:  I grew up in a little town whose claim to fame is a colony of albino squirrels.  The biology professor at the local jr. college took his students out to count them each year, and the city council used to argue about whether the cats should wear bells to warn the squirrels that they were in the area.

Responsible for:
External and internal stakeholder communication and branding   
Needs analysis for staff training
Certificate programs
Workshops and simulations

  

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Dan Jones, Intercultural Learning Specialist

    Dan Jones
    Intercultural Learning Specialist
    Young Hall, Suite 120
    Phone: (765) 496-3084
    Email: dcjones@purdue.edu 

  

  

 

 Fun fact: My first experience living abroad was as a Rotary Club exchange student in Stolzenau, Germany in 1993-94, a small village near Hannover. I had four host-families (this was pre-planned, not because I’m such a handful), which gave me a diverse glimpse into German family life. While there, I got to play soccer with a local club and tour most of the country, including the “new states” in the east. I was fortunate enough to live in Germany again in 2008-09, this time in Freiburg—the sunniest city in Germany.


Responsible for:
SAIL course coordination
Faculty/Staff training
IDI debriefs and coaching
Study abroad mentoring
Needs assessment and analysis

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Florence Adibu

Florence Adibu
    Intercultural Learning Specialist
    Young Hall, Suite 120
    Phone: (765) 494-5077
    Email: fadibu@purdue.edu

  

 Fun fact: Between being an activist for Afro Brazilian women and girls, directing plays in China and being a top chef (Ghana Jollof is the BEST) the most touching fun fact about me was the time I taught English to Vietnamese women and girls at a nail shop after business hours! What can I say? I love getting my nails done.
 Responsible for:
   Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
   The Purdue InterCultural Learning Community of Practice (PICLCoP) 
   Intercultural Training Student Mentoring IDI Debriefs and Coaching

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Curricular Learning and Community Engagement Team

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Sarah Speir   Dr. Sarah Speir
   Associate Director, Co-Curricular Programming & Engagement
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-8463
   Email: sspeir@purdue.edu

 

 

 

Fun Fact:  I was paid $50 to be in a hamburger commercial in Finland that was shown each week before “Happy Days”(an old U.S. sitcom in 1979-80). I was a vegetarian at the time, and an AFS (American Field Service) exchange student, selected for the commercial because of my “cheesy American grin”…. Cultural assumptions? Stereotypes? Visit us in CILMAR if you’re interested in expanding your intercultural learning!! 😊

Responsible for:
  Co-Curricular Learning Needs Assessments and Program Design
  Intercultural IDI debriefs and coaching
  Supervision of Intercultural Program Specialists


   

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Carrie Anne Thomas

   Carrie Anne Thomas
   Intercultural Programs Specialist
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 496-8759
   Email: carrieannethomas@purdue.edu  

 

 

  

Fun Fact:  I am interested in all things international, educational, cultural, linguistic, artistic, green, and good! I am also a firm believer in the Oxford comma.

Responsible for:
   Boiler OUT
   Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program
   

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Leighton Buntain

   Leighton Buntain
   Intercultural Programs Specialist
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 496-2306
   Email: buntain@purdue.edu 

  

 

 

Fun Fact:  I can play badminton better than most of my Asian friends.  Is that a challenge?...You better believe it!.

Responsible for:
   Global Partners Program and Somen Scholars
   Trips and Events
   IP Ambassadors
   One Community Grant

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 Betth Tucker

 Beth Tucker
   Intercultural Programs Specialist
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-9225
   Emailbtucker1@purdue.edu 

Fun Fact:  I learned my first words of Mandarin Chinese when I was in my 20’s from the Lins, a Chinese family I had the privilege of living with my first year in Taipei--Grandmother, her two grown children, a daughter-in-law, Bin-Bin (her 4 year old grandson), an aunt and her college-aged son. I will never forget our meals and conversations around the dinner table. 

Responsible for:
   International Parents Welcome
   International Friendship Program
   Educational Exchange
   CILMAR Ambassadors
   Martin C. Jischke International Student of the Year Award

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Wendy Medbourn

   Wendy Medbourn
   Intercultural Programs Liaison
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-9225
   Email: wmedbour@purdue.edu 

 

 

 

Fun fact:  I love to laugh and joke around. I buy a jar of Bread & Butter pickles when I go shopping, drain the juice in the parking lot, and then eat the whole jar while driving! (I don’t know why, either.) And I crank the music and dance in my kitchen when no one is home...must be the pickles!

Responsible for:
   International Friendship Program
   CILMAR Ambassadors
   International Parents Welcome

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Julie Correll

   Julie Correll
   Program Assistant
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-9399
   Email: correllj@purdue.edu

 

 

Fun Fact: I grew up in small-town America. Population 100.  The greatest thing that maybe came out of the town was my father. My father was a racecar driver and a bit of a celebrity in the town. Every Saturday all the kids in town would watch him load up his car and get it ready for a night of racing. My father raced against the fathers of a lot of the NASCAR drivers today. Ryan Newman’s father and my father remained very good friends throughout the years. My father’s racecar was number 77, and because of his success, the number 77 has been the family’s lucky number. My father’s children, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren have worn 77 on their jersey’s for whatever sporting event they were in for good luck and as a tribute to my father.

Responsible for: 
   Program administrative support
   Marketing and social media support

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