Welcome to CILMAR, International Program's

Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment 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

  *All director-level and specialist staff members contribute to efforts pertaining to intercultural training and consultations, the mentoring of students while studying abroad, as well as debriefing sessions for those who have taken the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).

  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.

Responsibilities include:

    International Students, Scholars, and Admissions
    Study Abroad
    Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and 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!

Responsibilities include:
   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."


Responsibilities include:
  Assessment training, consultations, and support
  Institutional and inter-institutional research
  Study abroad intercultural learning outcomes assessment

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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
   Email: krisac@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.

Responsibilities include:
   Currciular needs assessments and intervention design
   Intercultural Pedagogy Grant (IPG) and other faculty/staff training
   Intercultural research support (fellows, grants, writing group, consultations)
   
  

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   UntouchedAnnette Benson
   Communication Strategist and Intercultural Learning Specialist
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-0614
   Email: annetteb@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. Check it out at http://www.ci.olney.il.us/visitors/white_squirrels/index.php

Responsibilities include:
  External and internal stakeholder communication and branding   
  Staff training
  Intercultural Learning HUB (virtual resource and collaboration center)
  

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Dan Jones, Intercultural Learning Specialist

    Dr. Daniel C. 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.

Responsibilities include:
  Intercultural mentoring for study abroad students (SAIL courses)
  Intercultural Teamwork Certificate
  IDI qualifying seminars and debriefing calendar

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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.

Responsibilities include:
   Diversity and Inclusion Liaison
   The Purdue InterCultural Learning Community of Practice (PICLCoP) 
   Different Lenses

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Co-Curricular Learning and Community Engagement Team

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Sarah Speir   Dr. Sarah Speir
  Senior Intercultural Learning Specialist 
   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!! 😊


Responsibilities include:
  Co-Curricular Learning Needs Assessments and Program Design
  Cultural Catalysts program
  Peace Corps Prep certificate program

 

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Leighton Buntain

   Leighton Buntain
   Intercultural Learning 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!


Responsibilities include:
   Global Partners Program (GPP)
   Global Network Connections student organization
   Weeks of Welcome events

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 Betth Tucker

 Beth Tucker
   Intercultural Learning Specialist
   Young Hall, Suite 120
   Phone: (765) 494-9225
   Email: btucker1@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.

 
Responsibilities include:
   International Friendship Program
   Martin C. Jischke International Student of the Year Award
   Community Outreach

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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!


Responsibilities include
   International Friendship Program
   
   

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