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Michigan State University
International Center
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Leydi Egan International Student Advisor
Office for International Students and Scholars

105 International Center
eganleyd(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Leydi M Egan is an International Student & Scholar Advisor with OISS. She grew up in Merida, Mexico and has a background in Psychology from her studies in Mexico. She moved to Michigan in 2005 and since then she has earned her ESL certificate and Associate’s Degree from Lansing Community College and a B.A. in Human Resources from Michigan State University. Having had the opportunity to live and study in a different country from her own, she developed a passion for working with people from different countries and cultures. Leydi had three years of professional experience in the HR field until she decided to work more with students by teaching GED classes to Migrant seasonal farm-workers in both English and Spanish languages. In addition to this she collaborates as a Program Leader with the International Engagement in Mexico (IEM) study abroad program, which takes MSU students to Mexico during the MSU spring break to work on service learning projects in the local communities. Her passion for higher education and working in a global and multicultural environment grew even more, leading her to start and eventually complete a Master’s Degree in Higher Education from MSU.

Leydi is also interested in creating a more diverse and inclusive environment in her community and helping people around the world to feel welcomed and cared for. She enjoys participating in and promoting events that empower women, and foster cultural and educational enrichment. Through work and personal traveling, she has had the privilege to visit Edinburgh, Scotland, London, England, and Panama City, Panama as well as several cities in her native Mexico. She would love to travel more to other countries to get to know other customs and cultures.

Katharina Ehni Clerical Aide
Asian Studies Center

301 International Center
ehnikath(at)msu.edu

Anne Ferguson Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
fergus12(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Dr. Anne Ferguson is the Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement for ISP. She is also GenCen Co-Director and Professor of Anthropology, and does research and teaching on development studies, gender, agricultural and environmental change, and medical anthropology. Her early work in El Salvador in medical anthropology centered on the impacts of multinational pharmaceutical firms' business practices on health care provided at pharmacies, and on the integration of these companies' products into lay and alternative medical practices.

In the mid-1980s, Dr. Ferguson shifted her research focus to Southern Africa, where she has studied development initiatives in the areas of agriculture, fisheries, and water sector reform. Currently, her research centers on the gender dimensions of Malawi's new water and land reform policies. Much of Dr. Ferguson's research has been carried out in collaboration with colleagues at MSU and at the University of Malawi. Support for her research has come from the McArthur Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

In 2000, she received a Fulbright Hays Faculty Research Abroad Program grant to study the gender dimensions of Malawi's and Zimbabwe's water reforms. She teaches classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels on gender, environment, and health issues in global perspective.

Kathryn Fillinger Finance and Program Officer, Tanzania Partnership Program
Partnerships for Sustainable Community Development

207 International Center
fillin10(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kathryn Fillinger was appointed Finance and Program Officer for TPP in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the accounts, while also providing administrative and financial support for TPP. Prior to her current position in International Studies and Programs, Kathryn was a Project Coordinator for the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a multi-million dollar research initiative at MSU. Kathryn is an alumna of MSU’s College of Social Science, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology.

Kathryn Fillinger Finance and Program Officer for the Tanzania Partnership Program
Office of the Dean

207 International Center
fillin10(at)msu.edu

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Biography: Kathryn Fillinger was appointed Finance and Program Officer for TPP in 2019. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the accounts, while also providing administrative and financial support for TPP. Prior to her current position in International Studies and Programs, Kathryn was a Project Coordinator for the Facility of Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB), a multi-million dollar research initiative at MSU. Kathryn is an alumna of MSU’s College of Social Science, and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sociology.

Mary Firdawsi Secretary
Muslim Studies Program

304 International Center
firdaws2(at)isp.msu.edu

Mary Firdawsi Secretary
Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies

304 International Center
firdaws2(at)isp.msu.edu

Cecilia Flores Secretary
Canadian Studies Center

306 International Center
floresce(at)msu.edu