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.

2017 Steering Committee

Suzanne Austin, PhD Senior Vice Provost and Senior International Officer
Craig Wilson, MD Sparkman Center
Shannon Blanton, PhD Honors College
Henna Budhwani, PhD Sparkman Center
Josh Carter, PhD Office of President
Kellie Carter, PhD Graduate School
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 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.

2017 Coordinating Committee

Dr. Suzanne Austin Senior Vice Provost and Senior International Officer
Dr. Craig Wilson Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health
Amy Badham Sparkman Center for Global Health
Dr. Henna Budhwani Deputy Director, Sparkman Center for Global Health
Catherine Crowe Director, International Sudent and Scholar Services
David Hofmann Executive Director, INTO UAB
Dr. Brian Johnson Director, Education Abroad
Christopher Jones Program Director Of Student Multicultural & Student Life
Curtis Jones Graduate School Financial Officer of Student & Academic Services
Dr. Ashley Kuntz Director of Honors Administration, Strategic Initiatives, and Fellowships
Dr. Tracy Lyons Retention Initiatives
Dr. Julie Price Sustainability
Amy Snow Director, Academic Programs-INTO UAB

Past Minutes

Global Citizenship Meeting January 2017