Professional Staff:

Yun Shi, Director

Dr. Yun Shi is the founding director of International Education, which became the newest addition in 2014, to the units within the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations under Student Affairs. She is passionate about internationalization on UIUC campus and focuses on enhancing the transformative learning experience to support international students and engage domestic students. She has received ISSS Outstanding Staff Member Award, Outstanding Asian American faculty-staff award, International Women’s Day Award, and Student Affairs Outstanding Program Award. She previously worked as Assistant Director of International Programs and the Asian Program Coordinator at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Yun earned a Ph.D. in education from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, M.Ed. in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and B.A. in English from Xi’an International Studies University in China. Prior to coming to the United States, Yun taught at a local university for 13 years in China, where she was born.

M. Laura Castaneda, Office Support Specialist

Laura is originally from Northwest Illinois, and moved to the area in 1987 due to job opportunities and has been working on campus since 1996. She attended Albuquerque's Central New Mexico Community College. Having worked in the past at La Casa Cultural Latina, she is no stranger to OIIR. She's excited to once again interact with our students and our other units. Laura enjoys dancing and classic films, traveling, and walking her dog, Sofky.


Student Staff:

Eunbyul Park

Eunbyul (Emma) Park is a third year Ph.D student in Education Policy, Organization, & Leadership (EPOL), with a concentration with Human Resource Development. Her research interests are technology and diversity in the workplace. She has been working for the program, GLOBE, for the past three semesters as a program coordinator. She would describe her experience with the GLOBE so far as enlightening, connected, and enjoyable.


Surabhi Kiran

Surabhi Kiran is a first year Master's student in Human Resources and Industrial Relations (MHRIR) and currently a graduate assistant for International Education (IE). She graduated from UIUC in May 2021 with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. She grew up in South India for 9 years before moving to New Jersey for high school, hence her interest in international education and diversity. She is passionate about bringing communities together through dialogue, communication, and building relationships. She was previously a part of the Social Justice Educators Paraprofessional Program which allowed her to explore different social identities and topics related to social justice and have dialogic conversations about issues in relation to social justice globally. You might have also seen her facilitate your i-Connect Workshop! She has been a part of GLOBE as a member since Spring 2021. Her favorite part about being a part of the program is the opportunity to meet diverse people from different backgrounds and learn about their lived experiences.

Petiya Stoichkova

Petiya Stoichkova is a third year undergraduate student, majoring in Communication. She was born in Bulgaria and moved to the United States as a young child. Growing up she experienced two cultures at once which inspired her to explore the world through multiple cultural perspectives. She loves to travel and has a goal of getting to all 196 countries so she may experience their food, language, music, land, and anything else they have to offer. She has been a GLOBE member for two semesters and is looking forward to working with the International Education team!