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Global Engagement Staff

Penelope PynesPenelope Pynes, Director
As the Associate Provost for International Programs, Penelope leads the internationalization efforts at UNCG. Since 1995, she has worked to promote student/faculty exchange at UNCG and in the state. She piloted the Baden-Württemberg state-to-state program, which led to the establishment of UNC’s system-wide exchange program housed at UNCG. In 2005, she represented the UNC system in an administrative exchange at the Ministry of Science and Arts in Baden-Württemberg. Penelope facilitates diversity and intercultural workshops on and off campus to prepare faculty and students for successful experiences abroad. She is a former Fulbright scholar to Heidelberg, Germany, and was awarded a Rotary Club Study Exchange Scholarship to Norway. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Alabama and a doctorate in Germanic linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Patrick LiljaPatrick Lilja, Assistant Director
Patrick possesses more than a decade of experience in the fields of English as a Second Language and International Education having held positions as a teacher, a teacher trainer, and an administrator. Curious about places and ideas he has traveled to over 50 countries and spent several years living in Japan. He has presented at several national and international conferences including: English USA, TESOL, and NAFSA. He was a 2014 participant in the NAFSA Academy and a member of the NAFSA Region VI leadership team. He is also familiar with accreditation through his work as a site reviewer for The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). Patrick holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cornell University and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the SIT Graduate Institute.



Anna Kristen Poteat Anna Kristen Poteat, Administrative Assistant
Anna Kristen Poteat is the Program Assistant for the Global Engagement office. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Geography at UNCG in May 2017. During her undergraduate career she was involved in many areas of campus life such as orientation, leadership & service learning, intercultural engagement, and student government. Anna loves traveling and has spent time in Ecuador, France, Mexico, and Germany. She is currently working on a Master's of Education in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education.



Noor Ghazi Noor Ghazi, Global Leadership Program Coordinator
Noor Ghazi is currently a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) majoring in Peace and Conflict Studies. She graduated from UNCG in 2017 with a Major in Art and minor in Philosophy. During her academic carrier, she worked with a number of local organizations and helped with the resettlement of newly-arrived refugees. In 2017, she published an academic article, “The Syrian refugees in Turkey”. Noor was born and raised in Iraq and moved to Syria when she was 16 years old. She came with her family to the Triad Area as a refugee in 2008 when she was 18 years old. Coming from a background filled with conflict and war has inspired her to help others and make the world a better place in which to live.



David Chen, Graduate Assistant for Data Assessment David Chen, Graduate Assistant for Data Assessment
David Chen is pursuing a PhD in Educational Research Methodology in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He is of Chinese and French descent, but was born and raised in Maryland. His interest in research and evaluation has extended to several fields including psychology, child welfare, and education. Over the last several years, David worked at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), School of Social Work as a research analyst, where he examined the use of evidence-based practices as alternatives to out-of-home placements. David received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Loyola University Maryland in 2012.