Office of International Affairs Staff Directory

Office of International Affairs Staff Directory

Nick Seamons

Director, Office of International Affairs

Contact Nick for:

  • a student, scholar or employee with an urgent or sensitive issue requiring the Director's assistance or attention
  • reaching out about strategic initiatives for international program development and the impact of US immigration policy
  • inquiring about the Office of International Affairs' mission and structure

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Rachel Anderson

Employee and Scholar Adviser

Rachel advises international scholars and employees:

  • In the Biological Sciences Division units and affiliates, except for the Department of Medicine (see Dan Ashton)

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Dan Ashton

Associate Director, Scholar & Employee Services

Dan advises scholars and employees:

  • Department of Medicine, BSD Dean's Office, BSD Center for Translational Data Science, UChicago Urban Labs, Office of the Provost, Polsky Center, Pritzker School for Molecular Engineering, and university affiliated third party entities (e.g. Argonne National Laboratory, etc.)
  • hiring or sponsoring of foreign national employees and scholars, policy development and federal compliance
  • provides information and guidance on all employment/scholar visas including H-1B, J-1, TN, E-3, etc.
  • general Legal Permanent Residency (LPR/green card) and physician-related matters

Prospective H-1B, TN, E-3 or J-1 scholars/employees should contact their inviting/hiring department directly.

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Amima Diagne

Assistant Director, Student Services

Contact Amima for:

  • Questions about OIA policies regarding student immigration and new academic programs
  • Information for campus partners with questions about student visa compliance and policy

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Renée DuPree

Associate Director, Administrative Services

Renée supports the mission and work of OIA and provides the following:

  • budget management and planning, liaises with CSL and central administration, facilities, etc.
  • human resources operations and functions
  • supports both advising teams when needed

Reshecoa Flanders

Employee and Scholar Adviser

Reshecoa advises international scholars and employees:

  • In the Physical Sciences Division (except for the Institute for Molecular Engineering - see Dan Ashton), and the Humanities Division.

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Alexandra Kirshenbaum

International Scholar and Employee Adviser

Alex advises:

  • Scholars and employees Social Sciences Division
  • Scholars and employees in the Booth School of Business, Divinity School, Harris School of Public Policy, Law School, School of Social Service Administration, Graham School, IT Services, Alumni Relations, Chapin Hall, the College, Court Theatre, Facilities Services, Financial Services, Global Engagement, Housing/Dining, Registrar, UChicago Language Center, Athletics, the Library and all other professional schools/units.

  • Please note, Alex does not advise students.

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Heather Rushing

Front Desk and Administrative Assistant

Heather welcomes visitors to OIA, and:

  • can schedule appointments by scholars wanting to speak to an Employee Services Team (EST) advisor
  • provides travel signatures to students and scholars

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Kayla Smith

Front Desk Immigration Assistant