Global Relations

Global Relations facilitates inter-institutional agreements and partnerships between the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and other universities, governmental agencies, organizations, and private sector corporations.

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Sammer Saleh Jones

Director for Global Relations


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Sammer Saleh Jones is the Director for Global Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign where she is responsible for developing and fostering University international relationships through engagement at the institutional, national and international level. She joined Illinois International Programs (IIP) in 2018 after her position as the first project coordinator for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) Gifted Student Program (KGSP) under the Global Education and Training unit of IIP.

She completed her BS in Pre-Med/African American Studies from Simmons College, MPH in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Boston University, and MBA and PhD in Educational Policy Studies, both from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on nineteenth century educational history of Liberia, West Africa. Among her many credentials, her effectiveness as a teacher and mentor to undergraduate students has been demonstrated through her recognition across several semesters on the “List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent” at Illinois while she was a doctoral candidate.

Her multidisciplinary educational and professional experiences have afforded her the ability to work internationally in the fields of business, health and education in countries such as Liberia, South Africa and as well as domestically in various U.S. states.

Prior to her graduate studies at Illinois, Sammer worked at Harvard School of Public Health on violence prevention and at the MetroHealth Center in Cleveland on a longitudinal breast cancer study.

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Shuo (Erica) Wang

Coordinator for Global Relations


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Erica joined Illinois International as the International Visitor and Protocol Specialist in 2017 before becoming the Coordinator for Global Relations in April 2018. She coordinates campus visits for delegations from foreign universities, diplomatic and foreign service personnel, and she also develops and maintains an interactive inventory of global engagement activities. Prior to working for Illinois International, Erica worked as a translator at Global Education and Training, where she facilitated communication between international executives and University of Illinois faculty and administrators. Erica holds an M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. in English from Tianjin Normal University in China.


Global Relations
507 E. Green St., Suite 426
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-333-6104