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The University of Connecticut enters into a number of partnerships with institutions of higher education abroad. These partnerships generally revolve around particular projects, however, some have a broader directive laying the foundation for focused future activities. Our office facilitates these partnerships through the development of specialized agreements—tailored to programmatic needs—and, when necessary, processes for implementation.

Search our Global Partnerships database or consult our Interactive Map to learn more about our global presence.

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Zahra Ali
Director
E-mail: zahra.ali@uconn.edu
Phone: +1 860.486.5184

Zahra became the Director of the Global Partnerships & Communications office—now Global Partnerships & Outreach—in March 2015. She joined UConn in August 2013 as Global Partnerships & Communications Coordinator after six years of service at New York University. She holds a B.Sc. in International Business from the University of Rhode Island (2006) and an M.Sc. in Global Affairs from New York University (2012).

Zahra works in collaboration with faculty, key university administrators and partners around the world to advance UConn’s global initiatives. She oversees data collection and reporting on global endeavors for dissemination to senior administration, donors, government officials, and the broader community. Her team coordinates outreach events, promotes engagement in global networks, and supports Global Affairs’ units with website management. Zahra also serves on the Norian Armenian Programs Committee and is Global Affairs' representative on the University's Diversity Council.

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Carolyn Golden
Administrative Services Specialist II
E-mail:carolyn.golden@uconn.edu
Phone: +1 860-486-4406

Carolyn Golden began working at the University of Connecticut in December 2003, in what was then known as the Office of International Affairs. Over the course of the last twelve years, she has been witness to the transformation of the office into UConn Global Affairs, which includes the Global Partnerships and Outreach unit, for which Carolyn provides administrative support. Carolyn is also responsible for preparing visitor schedules and travel arrangements for Universitas 21 (U21) programs, as well as providing support to Middle East Studies and Norian Armenian Programs.

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Christina Wong
Program Assistant II
E-mail: christina.wong@uconn.edu
Phone: +1 860.486.4112

Christina joined the UConn Global Affairs' team in January 2017, relocating from Los Angeles, California. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from University of California, Los Angeles (2012), and an M.Sc. in Homeland Security from San Diego State University (2015). Christina has a diverse work history from which she has gained knowledge in international organizations, media marketing, data analytics, human resources, and office administration. Prior to joining UConn, Christina was working in Vienna, Austria at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime where she obtained experience in the operations of global organizations. She provides support to the Global Partnerships & Outreach unit with partnership agreements, database management and websites.

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Amber Lee
Temporary Project Specialist
E-mail: amber.lee@uconn.edu

Amber (CLAS '17) joined the Global Partnerships team in September 2014 as a student worker. She graduate from UConn with a B.Sc. in the Chemistry in May 2017. She assists Global Affairs units with website maintenance and design, photography, and record-keeping. She seeks a future in management, but has always held a strong passion in videography and media publishing. Amber is fluent in Chinese and has taken advantage of various opportunities offered at UConn to work closely with international students, such as being a First Year Experience Student Mentor and an International Student Orientation Leader.

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Derefe Chevannes
Assistant Editor, The Global Citizen (Graduate Assistant)
E-mail: student4762@ad.uconn.edu

Derefe joined the Global Partnerships & Outreach team in Fall 2016 to support the launch of The Global Citizen—A UConn Global Affairs news website launching in Spring 2017. His position centers on editorial work, acting in the capacity of team leader, whose duties include writing faculty profiles pieces, editing published articles by the undergrad communications and design staff, providing a creative vision for the team, among other things. He is also a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science, whose research focuses on racial politics. A native of Jamaica, Derefe enjoys quality time at the beach and is currently learning American Sign Language.  In the long-term, Derefe hopes to be a professor in Political Science, as well as work within an institutional policy setting on issues relating to diversity and communications.  

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Hayley Joyal
Student Graphic Design Assistant
E-mail: student4764@ad.uconn.edu

Hayley (SFA '19) joined the Global Partnerships & Outreach team in fall 2016 as a graphic designer for The Global Citizen—A UConn Global Affairs news website launching in Spring 2017. She is currently an undergraduate student at UConn pursuing a B.F.A in illustration.

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Radhika Kanaskar
Student Graphic Design Assistant
E-mail: student4765@ad.uconn.edu

Radhika (BUSN '19) joined the Global Partnerships & Outreach team in September 2016. She is currently an undergraduate honors student at UConn pursuing a B.Sc. in Business as a Management Information Systems major with a minor in the Digital Arts. She assists the Global Affairs unit by designing marketing materials and website posts for The Global Citizen—A UConn Global Affairs news website launching in Spring 2017. In her free time, Radhika enjoys hiking, photography, and playing tennis. After graduation, she hopes to work in the digital analytics department of an innovative and creative company. 

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Colin Mortimer
Student Communications Assistant
E-mail: student5310@ad.uconn.edu

Colin (CLAS '19) began working with the Global Partnerships & Outreach team in February 2017. Colin is pursuing a B.A. in Economics with a double minor in Computer Science and Mathematics. On campus, he is a member of Undergraduate Student Government, helping to advocate for students in the Town of Mansfield and in the State Capitol. He is also a member of Outing Club, Economics Society and has conducted research both independently and along with faculty members. Colin enjoys the outdoors, photography, and rock climbing. In the future, Colin hopes to obtain a doctorate in Economics abroad, and work in the public sector using Economics to create informed action.