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Global Engagement

About Us

Our Staff

Jane Gatewood
Vice Provost for Global Engagement
+1 585-273-1665

Ruth Levenkron
Assistant Director of Global Affairs and Engagement
+1 585-273-2190

Alan Ryon
Manager for International Travel and Security
office: +1 585-275-8699
cell: +1 585-857-1168
24/7 Rochester Public Safety emergency line: +1 585.275.3333

Michelle Bopp-Smith
Executive Assistant to the Vice Provost for Global Engagement
+1 585-273-1820

Megan Bennett-Spears
Program Manager for Global Engagement
+1 585-273-2877 

The Office for Global Engagement is a hub for information about the University of Rochester’s international activities.


Global engagement at Rochester is comprised of the Office of the Vice Provost and the International Services Office (ISO).

We work with the University’s academic and administrative units to:

  • Identify and develop opportunities for the University to enlarge its international engagement in research and education.
  • Provide central support for and coordination of international activities undertaken by the University’s schools and units.
  • Represent the University in dealings with major international partners and relevant international agencies.
  • Gather, analyze, and present data on the University’s international connections and engagement.
  • Provide services (such as visa documentation, sponsorship, immigration advice, reporting, and more) to University’s international visitors as well as the administrators and departments that support them.

Our goal is to help the University’s departments, schools, and individuals to collaborate. By partnering, combining resources, and leveraging research facilities in different places, we can do more with less.


Who We Are

We are the central point of contact and coordination for international activities undertaken by Rochester’s schools and units, and for external institutions that want to engage with Rochester.

As trained negotiators, planners, and organizers with cross-cultural communication and diplomatic skills, we leverage resources to help you engage globally, conduct research, and learn without borders.

We also consult and advise at all stages of partnership development, including identifying funding opportunities, hosting visitors and delegations, and coordinating with internal and external stakeholders.