Loyola University Maryland

Global Awareness, Engagement and Learning

Task Force

The charge of the Task Force is to serve as the leadership team for the ACE Laboratory, be inclusive and consider the institution as a whole, help frame a new conversation on global engagement and learning within the community, engage the entire Loyola community in the internationalization process, define internationalization, with special reference to its meaning in light of Loyola's Catholic Intellectual tradition and institutional mission, carry out a review of the current state of internationalization (curricular, co-curricular, activities, programs, and policies) at the University, and to collaborate with all appropriate governance bodies throughout the process.

ACE Laboratory Task Force Vision 

Guided by its Jesuit mission, Loyola University Maryland’s vision for internationalization is to broaden and deepen the global awareness, engagement, and learning of all community members by intentionally cultivating an inclusive multicultural environment that promotes self-reflection, communal discernment, and care for all living things.


Jen Lowry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Special Assistant

Astrid Schmidt-King, J.D., LL.M., Executive in Residence in Management and International Business

Project Assistant

April Roberts, CAP-OM, Executive Assistant to the Associate Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs

2016 – 2017 Task Force Members

Sunanda Bhatia    
Director, International Student Services

Jean Lee Cole, Ph.D.
Faculty Director of Community Engaged Learning and Scholarship and Associate Professor of English

Andre Colombat, Ph.D.    
Dean, Office of International Programs

Elizabeth Dahl, Ph.D.   
Associate Professor, Chemistry

James Dickinson, Ph.D.    
Assistant Vice President for Career Services

Maureen Faux    
Executive Director of Graduate Admissions

Joshua Hendrick, Ph.D.     
Associate Professor, Sociology

Sharon Higgins    
Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Communications

Deborah Kim   
Director of Ethics, Undergraduate Student Government Association 

Peter Litchka, Ed.D    
Associate Professor, Education Specialties and Director of the Educational Leadership Program 

Fabio Mendez, Ph.D.    
Hanway Chair in Global Studies and Associate Professor of Economics

Brian Oakes    
Assistant Vice President for Advancement

Erin O'Keefe
Director, Center for Community, Service, and Justice and the York Road Initiative

Oluwatofunmi (Tofunmi) Oni    
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology

Rodney Parker  
Director, ALANA Services 

Fr. John Savard, SJ    
Rector of Ignatius House and Lecturer in Education Specialties

Ace Labratory