UAB is committed to promoting global citizenship by striving to address global challenges through engagement of its constituents in research, education, and service.

Given this mission, the Sparkman Center for Global Health was chosen as the organizing entity for this effort. The UAB Campus Wide “Global Citizenship” Initiative was established and Co-Chaired by Dr. Suzanne Austin, Senior Vice Provost and Senior International Officer and Dr. Craig M. Wilson, Director of the Sparkman Center for Global Health.


The Global Citizenship Steering Committee was established in early 2013 and includes representatives from all UAB Schools. Meetings are held monthly for the Steering Committee and yearly for all academic faculties.

2018 Steering Committee

Suzanne Austin, PhD Senior Vice Provost and Senior International Officer
Craig Wilson, MD Sparkman Center
Shannon Blanton, PhD Honors College
Dan Bullard, PhD Graduate School
Josh Carter, PhD Office of President
Leandra Celaya, MSc School of Health Prof.
Renato Corbetta, PhD CAS- Dept. of Government
Doug Fry, PhD Department of Anthropology
Nicolaas Geurs, DDS School of Dentistry
Wendy Gunther-Canada, PhD Department of Government
Gregg Janowski, PhD Office of Provost
Karen Kennedy, PhD School of Business
Robert Kleinstein, PhD School of Optometry
Ada Markaki, PhD School of Nursing
Arie Nakhmani, PhD School of Engineering
Josephine Prado, PhD School of Education
Tina Reuter, PhD Director, Institute for Human Rights
Michael Saag, MD School of Medicine
Penny Whiteside, MA, MSPH Sponsored Int’l Programs/Office of VP Research & Economic Development;
Global Health Operations / School of Medicine
Majd Zayzafoon, MD Director, UAB International Education & Director of International Medical Education

The Global Citizenship Coordinating Committee includes representatives from all offices active in international programs. Meetings for the Coordinating Committee began in 2013 and are held monthly.

2018 Coordinating Committee

Suzanne Austin, PhD Senior Vice Provost and Senior International Officer
Craig Wilson, MD Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health
Amy Badham, MPH Director, Student Service Learning and Undergraduate Research
Michele Bunn, PhD Director of International Business Programs, School of Business
Catherine Crowe, JD Director, International Sudent and Scholar Services
Ariel Gil, PhD Quality Enhancement Program
Holly Hebard, MS Director, Student & Academic Services
David Hofmann, MEd Executive Director, INTO UAB
Brian Johnson, PhD Director, Education Abroad
Christopher Jones Program Director Of Student Multicultural & Student Life
Ashley Kuntz, PhD Director of Honors Administration, Strategic Initiatives, and Fellowships
Tracy Lyons, PhD Retention Initiatives
Julie Price, PhD Sustainability
Amy Snow, MA Director, Academic Programs-INTO UAB

Past Minutes

Global Citizenship Meeting February 2018