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Dr. Learie Luke

Dr. Learie B. Luke is the Director of the Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs (OINSEP), and Associate Professor of History at SC State University. He has also held various administrative positions at the University including Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty and Programs, Interim Chairman of the Department of Social Sciences, and Acting Chairman of the Department of Political Science and History. Dr. Luke has played a key role in promoting the internationalization agenda at SC State for many years, and was partly instrumental in getting SC State University to declare November as International Awareness Month.  Dr. Luke hails from the island of Tobago, in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  He has traveled to England, France, Mexico and Barbados. Dr. Luke believes that every student should have an opportunity for international travel before they graduate.  To that end he initiated Study Abroad fairs and Passport fairs at SC State University.

His publications include the book Identity and Secession in the Caribbean: Tobago Versus Trinidad, 1889-1980 (University of the West Indies Press, 2007) which won the 2010 UWI Press Award for the Bestselling Revised Dissertation.  He has served as the Principal Investigator of internationalization and faculty development grants funded by the Title III program, as well as the Principal Investigator of the Montford Point Marines Project funded ($470,062) by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research.

In October 2010, at the invitation of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Dr. Luke presented four public lectures in Tobago to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the THA.  In the state of South Carolina, he serves as a Commissioner of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History.  He also serves on the Board of Education of the South Atlantic Conference of Seventh Day Adventists, and as the Chairman of the Board of the Vanard Mendinghall SDA Jr. Academy, as well as the First Vice President and Interim President of the University of the Southern Caribbean Alumni Association, North America. He is a life member of the Association of Caribbean Historians and a member of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.

Mrs. Kathlyn Stephenson

Kathlyn Stephenson is the Study Abroad Coordinator in the Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs at SC State University. She facilitates SC State’s Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Programs. She is originally from the Caribbean island of Barbados, and came to SC State University on full volleyball scholarship where she graduated with honors. She worked in 1890 Research & Extension as a Research Assistant and was also a Volunteer Assistant Volleyball coach at SC State University.

Her travels include England, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, and St. Lucia. Her international experiences have increased her cultural awareness, as well as her appreciation for diverse cultures. Kathlyn believes that when you travel internationally to expose yourself to a world outside of your own, you expand your knowledge, interests and cultural competencies in a way that would otherwise not be possible. Kathlyn’s organizational memberships include: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Association of Nutrition and Food Service Professionals, USA Volleyball (USAV) Palmetto Volleyball Association, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.

Mr. Irran Duncan

Irran Duncan is the Administrative Specialist in the Office of International and National Student Exchange Programs at SC State University. He helps to plan and promote international events on campus. He is from the city of Inman, SC located in Spartanburg County.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from SC State University in 2009, and his MBA from SC State University in 2012.  While in graduate school, he served as a graduate assistant for the office of Student Success and Retention.  That is what ignited his desire to continue his work in higher education.

His international experiences include traveling to the Bahamas.  Irran insists that small town people should travel the world to open their minds to more global concepts.  Irran’s organizational memberships include: Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and the Golden Key International Honour Society.