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  • Paapa Nkrumah-Ababio

    Paapa Nkrumah-Ababio is a doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership with a double concentration in Global Studies in Education and Social Science and Education Policy at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Paapa's research interest lay in the intersections of education and national development in African countries centered around literacy, citizenship, human development, and educational funding issues using quantitative research methods. Paapa is an international student from Accra, Ghana and is driven in his doctoral journey by the desire to bring a world-class education to the doorstep of every African child.

    Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Hinze-Pifer

    Expected Graduation: 2025

    Academic Background:

    Ph.D. student, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana Champaign

    M.S. Ed., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Baylor University, Texas

    B.S., Petroleum Engineering, Marietta College, Ohio


  • Alicia L. Ross, ABD (She/hers)

    I am a doctoral candidate excited about the experiences I have had at UIUC. My research focuses on DEI in international education and leadership. I have presented at several conferences including NAFSA (Nat&Reg), IEI, HEI Butterfly, LINKS Incorporated. My volunteer experiences include AERA, NAFSA, IEI, UNDP, UIUC-GSC, and Alumni Club(s) of University of Chicago.

    Teaching Assistant: Communications Department-Public Speaking

    Publication: "Digital Divide In Developing Countries". GIMPA Journal, Ghana.

    Certifications: Learning Design Leadership (LDL)

    LinkedIn Profile

    Inspiring Others

  • Tammy Orahood

    Tammy is a doctoral student in Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership with a concentration in Global Studies in Education. Her research interest focuses on cultures of learning in higher education. She is currently the Director of Global Programs for the Brown School at WashU.

    She has experience in global education, having published, taught, and presented at numerous conferences on study abroad and career development, globalization, global competency and comparative education. 

    Advisor: Allison Witt

    Expected Graduation: 2023

    Academic Background:

    • EdD (in progress), EPOL, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign A.,
    • International Affairs, American University A.,
    • International Studies/ French, Bradley University


  • ACP Stonehenge

    Alicia Cabrera-Prado (she/her)

    Alicia Cabrera-Prado is a doctoral student in the Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

    Her research interests include Dual Language teacher training and study abroad programs. 

    Prior to coming to UIUC, Alicia worked in education as a National Board Certified high school Heritage Spanish teacher, a department chair for World Languages, and as an assistant principal. 

    Graduate Advisor: Dr. Allison Witt

    Expected Graduation Year: 2023

    Academic Background

    Ph.D. Student, Global Studies, Organization & Leadership in Global Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    M.A., Educational Leadership, Concordia University

    M.A., Secondary Education in World Languages, Roosevelt University 

    B.S., Mass Communications, Illinois State University 

    LinkedIn: ACP

  • Hanna Kim

    Hanna Kim

    Hanna Kim is a doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership with a concentration in Global Studies in Education (GSE) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). Her research interests focus on Americans' perception of Korean Americans as well as Korean international graduate students' academic challenges and adjustment in an American university. Hanna serves as a research assistant for the College of Education’s International Program and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. She also works for the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies (CEAPS) in a graduate student hourly position. Prior to coming to UIUC, Hanna worked for World Vision Korea as a broadcast filing coordinator and studied her master's in Applied Linguistics and TESOL at the University of Mississippi.

    Advisor: Dr. Hyun-Sook Kang

    Anticipated Graduation: 2026

    Academic Background:

    Ph.D. Student, Education Policy, Organization & Leadership, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

          Concentration: Global Studies in Education

    M.A., Modern Languages with a concentration on Applied Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, University of Mississippi

    B.A., International Cultural Studies with Education in Early Childhood Education, Soonchunhang University


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    Ade Akinrinola, Ph.D. (ABD)

    Program of Study, Research Interests, & Advisors

    My interests in and passion for international education and higher education anchor on the philosophy that one cannot aspire toward a future that one does not know is possible. Anchored on the values of equity and fairness, education can equip one with the tools to dream, actualize and become more—for oneself and others.  

    My research interests focus on the racialized experiences and Black identity formation of Black African international students in American higher education institutions. My work problematizes and unpacks the politics of (Black) identity formation at the intersection of race and international education, advancing its implications for policy, research, and praxis. 

    At the core of my career and life aspiration is the desire and commitment to inspire and support young people of color toward the fulfillment of their dreams. 


                   Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Primary; GSE)

                   Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher (Secondary; Higher Education)

    Expected Year of Graduation: 2021

    Professional & Educational Background

    • Ph.D. Candidate (ABD), Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in Global Studies in Education and Higher Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    • M.A., K-12 Educational Administration, Michigan State University 
    • B.A., Educational Administration, University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria