International Student & Scholar Services

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) serves Illinois' international population and campus units through advising, immigration services, programming, advocacy, and outreach.

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Martin McFarlane

Director, International Student and Scholar Services


(217) 333-1303
mmcfarln@illinois.edu

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Martin became director of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) in 2015. A former international student himself, he had been with the ISSS office for ten years prior to becoming director, and held responsibility as the office’s primary expert on student visa policies and regulations. Martin earned his Master’s degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Aberdeen.


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Stephanie Dvorachek

Associate Director


(217) 333-1303
sjahn@illinois.edu

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Stephanie has served the international student population since 2008, when she joined ISSS. Her primary duties are to represent the office policies and practices when interpreting Federal regulations to international students, faculty and staff, and departments on campus as well as communicating existing and new regulatory updates to ISSS staff. She also trains and supervises the International Advising Specialists and Assistant Directors.


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Cheryl Hinkel

Associate Director


(217) 333-1303
chinkel@illinois.edu

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Cheryl joined ISSS in 2006. She currently works with international faculty, staff, and scholars and their University departments. She received her Bachelors in Foreign Languages from Eastern Illinois University and her Masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from Southern Illinois University.


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Afroza Faruque

Senior Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
afaruque@illinois.edu

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Afroza has been with ISSS since 2008. In addition to advising international students, she helps co-coordinate New Student Check-in each semester. She also oversees the ISSS Front Desk, manages the ISSS website, and works on internal staff training and outreach to campus units.


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Amira Al-Mutairi

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
almutai2@illinois.edu

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Jennifer Avery

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
jsavery@illinois.edu

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Kara Carpenter

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
porterk@illinois.edu

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Kara joined ISSS in 2015, and currently works with international scholars, faculty, and staff. Kara earned her B.A. in Communication from Michigan State University, where her study abroad experience inspired her to pursue her current career in international education.


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Nicholas Dunn

Assistant Director


(217) 333-1303
nickdunn@illinois.edu

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A proud alumnus of the University of Florida, Nicholas has been an ISSS advisor since 2014. He co-coordinates new student Check In each semester, supervises the best student workers in the world, and helps students maintain their status. His passions include intercultural communication, connecting students and the community, and East African coffees.


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Florence Adibu

International Training and Programs Specialist


(217) 333-1303
fadibu2@illinois.edu

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Florence joined ISSS in February 2020 via CILMAR (Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research) at Purdue University where she served as Intercultural Learning Specialist. Prior to her work at CILMAR, Florence taught as an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, was a recruiter for African American Studies at Northwestern University, and was a TEFL Certified Oral English Teacher at Peking University in Beijing. Florence holds a certificate in Marketing Business Administration from South Suburban College, has completed courses at the School for International Training in Fortaleza, Brazil, holds a BA in Sociology and International Studies with a concentration in Latin America and African Diaspora Studies from Spelman College, an international diploma in TEFL from Peking University in Beijing, and a MA in African American Studies with a graduate certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Northwestern. Florence is an Intercultural Development Inventory Qualified Administrator and brings with her valuable experience in intercultural learning and mentoring intercultural competence with students who have taken the IDI. She coordinates intercultural training workshops, international student and scholar programming, new international student orientation, and liaises with campus and community partners who contribute to our international population’s success.


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Denise Benton

Office Support Specialist


(217) 333-1303
dlbenton@illinois.edu

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Denise joined ISSS in August 2018, as an Office Support Associate for the Scholar Team. Since May 2020, she has held the role of Office Support Specialist. Denise earned her B.S. in Advertising with minors in Marketing and Business Management from Bradley University in 2012. Originally from the suburbs of Chicago, she moved down to the Champaign-Urbana area in 2016.


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Courtney Evans

Office Support Assistant


(217) 333-1303
clboyd3@illinois.edu

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Scarlette Briones

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
sbriones@illinois.edu

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Holly Bullamore

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
bullamor@illinois.edu

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Henry Craft

International Training and Programs Specialist


(217) 333-1303
hcraft@illinois.edu

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Henry joined ISSS in January 2020 via the University of Illinois Office of Undergraduate Admissions where he served as an International Admissions Specialist. Prior to that, Henry worked as a junior high and high school substitute teacher, a co-director of a start-up in Indonesia, a residence hall director at University of Wisconsin-Stout, and as an advising assistant supervisor for the Academic Resource Center at Lincoln Christian University. Henry holds a B.A. in Intercultural Studies, an M.A. in Counseling (both from Lincoln Christian University) and is pursuing his Ph.D. in Higher Ed Administration (Illinois State University). Henry serves as a panel contributor for the Career Center, as a leadership coach for the Leadership Center, and as a member of the Student Affairs International Education Committee. He coordinates international student and scholar programming, new international student orientation, and liaises with campus and community partners who contribute to our international population’s success.


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Leonardo Covis

International Data Coordinator


(217) 333-1303
leocov@illinois.edu

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Karen Fenton

International Scholar Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
klfenton@illinois.edu

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Karen joined ISSS in 2020 working with international scholars and their departments. She came to Illinois from North Carolina State University where she first worked as an International Taxation Specialist and then as a Program Assistant for Global Partnerships. She holds a B.A. in International Studies and a Master of International Studies focused on immigration policy and higher education administration, both from North Carolina State University. She credits her career interest in global mobility and international education from her education abroad experiences in France and Ghana.


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Michelle Gray

International Scholar Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
mkgray@illinois.edu

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Michelle joined ISSS in 2018. She advises international scholars and works closely with their host departments at the University. An advocate of intercultural and language education, she holds a B.A. in French from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in English and American Studies from Paris Diderot University in France.


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Rhonda Henderson

Clerical Assistant


(217) 333-1303
rrhender@illinois.edu

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Rebecca Jewell

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
rljewell@illinois.edu

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Maria McCollum

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
mariamc9@illinois.edu

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Shayonna Reid

Office Support Assistant


(217) 333-1303
shayonna@illinois.edu

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Laura Reiter

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
lreite2@illinois.edu

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Laura Reiter joined ISSS in 2018 and currently advises international students. She received her B.A. in Secondary Education from Concordia University Chicago and her M.A. in Higher Education from Loyola University Chicago. She studied Spanish in Argentina and Peru, and worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Spain. Laura’s family has hosted international students in their home for more than twenty-five years and she is excited to continue her involvement with the international community at Illinois.


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Elizabeth Sheppard

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
eertel@illinois.edu

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Elizabeth has been working as an Office Support Assistant at ISSS since early 2015. She works at the front desk at the student office and answers the phones. Elizabeth is from Central Illinois and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 2009.


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Luanne Schroeder

Office Support Associate


(217) 333-1303
lrschroe@illinois.edu

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Luanne Schroeder began working at the University of Illinois in 2010. She worked at the Information Trust Institute before joining the China Executive Leadership Programs in August, 2011. Luanne is responsible for the general office operations, which include documenting expenditures, scheduling, meeting university guidelines, and assisting the director, program coordinators, and business administrative associate with details for each and every program. Luanne has lived in the Champaign-Urbana area all her life, having grown up in a small town nearby. She attended Parkland College and worked in the newspaper industry for over 16 years, assisting a wide range of clients with their advertising needs.


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Kimberly Yau

International Student Advising Specialist


(217) 333-1303
kyau87@illinois.edu

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Contact

Students
432 Student Services Building
610 East John Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-1303 ext. 1
Email: isss@illinois.edu

Faculty, Staff, & Scholars
327 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-1303 ext. 2
Email: isss-scholars@illinois.edu

Training, Operations, & Programs
327 International Studies Building
910 South Fifth Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Email: isss-tops@illinois.edu