International House (IHouse)

About Us

Our Mission is to provide educational services and advocacy to the international population at Duke as well as outreach to the Durham community.  We offer extensive cross-cultural programming and information to enhance the global mission of the university.

Our Motto: Connect, learn, and grow. 

Staff

Annette Lindsay Moore, Program Coordinator

International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-3585
Fax:  919-684-8241
annette.l.moore@duke.edu

Annette joined the I-House staff in September 2012.  She is responsible for the International Undergraduate Orientation and is the advisor for the International Association.  She also coordinates Parent's Weekend and the winter break housing.  

Annette is from Cincinnati, Ohio and earned her BA degree in Mathematics from the University of Dayton.  Go Flyers!  She then moved to Shizuoka, Japan and taught conversational English and worked with a college ministry for a year and a half.  She absolutely loved living there and plans to travel back any chance she gets.  Annette had the privilege of teaching high school mathematics upon her return to the States while pursuing her Master's of International Studies degree at North Carolina State University.  

In her free time, Annette enjoys cycling along the greenways in Raleigh, swing dancing, and going to broadway shows.  She loves to cook and try new recipes. 

Byron Turner, Staff Assistant

International House
300 Alexander Ave.
Box 90417
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-681-4265
Fax: 919-684-8241

Center for Multicultural Affairs
125 Science Dr.
0010 Bryan Center
Box 90917
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: 919-684-6756
Fax: 919-681-7565

Byron.turner@duke.edu

Byron serves as the Staff Assistant for the International House as well as the Center for Multicultural Affairs.  He is heavily involved with the day-to-day operations for both centers.

At the IHouse, he assists with office coordinating and organization.  He provides support to students and staff by acting as a resource for the international community that the IHouse serves.  Helping the IHouse run smoothly and efficiently is his forte. 

Byron holds a B.S. in Business Management from Shaw University and a M.Ed in Educational Leadership from Concordia University in Portland, OR.  In addition to his IHouse responsibilities, Byron also serves as the on-campus advisor to the Duke University Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and is also the State Coordinator for Membership Intake for more than 20 North Carolina Universities and Collegiate chapters as well as  20 Alumni chapters.

Byron is a football junkie!!…from Pop Warner to the NFL!!  "Win loose or tie, I'm a Cowboys fan till the day I die!" he says. He admits that his golf game is not where it needs to be, but vows to be a force to be reckoned with by the time he retires.

He is also a professional musician, old school hip-hop music expert, and has a love for science fiction movies and trivia.

Joie Foust, Office Coordinator

International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-6396
Fax: 919-684-8241
Joie.foust@duke.edu

Joie serves as Office Coordinator for the IHouse.  She is the glue that keeps the team connected, as well as, handles the daily operations of the office.

Joie received her BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting in 2002 from Shaw University.   Joie recently completed Duke’s Financial Specialist Certification, and is currently enrolled in the Procure to Pay Certification.  Joie’s goal is to serve as a Business Manager, for the budget aspect of her job excites her the most.

During Joie’s leisure time she enjoy spending quality time with her daughter, extended family and friends and taking spontaneous road trips.

Li-Chen Chin, Director of Intercultural Programs
International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-5480
Fax:  919-684-8241
li-chen.chin@duke.edu

Li-Chen is responsible for providing leadership for the development, implementation and maintenance of policies, programs and services for students, scholars, families and groups with diverse cultures, identities and perspectives.  She acts as chief advocate for these groups, and plays a key role in efforts to encourage a global perspective on campus.   In addition, she serves as a pre-major advisor for Trinity College.

Li-Chen received her B.A. in music from National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and her M.M. and Ph.D. in music education from the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Prior to joining Duke in 2008, she worked in Bryn Mawr College, the University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and the University of Oregon.

Li-Chen enjoys playing clarinet and piano, reading, traveling, taking walks, cooking, and arts and crafts.  She is also an avid fan of Tetris/Welltris.

Lisa Giragosian, Associate Director
International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham NC 27708
Office Phone:   919-681-3922
Fax:  919-684-8241
lmg@duke.edu

Lisa provides leadership in the area of international scholar programs and services.  She supervises program coordintors and acts as liaison among International House and various university administrative offices and acdemic departments as well as the Durham Community.  In addition, she coordinates off-campus transportation, and manages apartments for short-term scholars.
 
Lisa received her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts.  Most folks spend time studying abroad for academic reasons but due to her love of all things British punk rock, she spent her junior year abroad studying in England - at the University of Bristol.  Her grades really suffered but she managed to catch a number of cutting edge new wave music concerts while living in Bristol and later London.  This was the 80's! After graduation, she spent one year as a Peace and Justice intern with the Palestine Human Rights Information Center in East Jerusalem.  Eventually she trotted off to graduate school, studying international education at the School for International Training, located in Brattleboro, VT.  Her official master's degree is: Masters in Intercultural & International Management. Do not try to say that 10 times fast.  After SIT Lisa was happily living at her parents' home, rent free, until her parents wised up, informed her that she had to get a job and pay them back rent.  Lisa arrived at International House, Duke University, Durham NC in August 1996 and happily stayed put ever since.
 
Fortunately the interest in punk rock music has diminished.  Now Lisa listens to a lot of old and some new world music.  Koffi Olomide, Ismael Lo, Shakira, Cesaria Evoria, to name but a few.  A favorite radio program is Charlie Gillet's: World of Music on BBC radio.  One book you always see Lisa carrying around is Day Trips from Raleigh/Durham.  The book includes information about delicious spots for lunch and fun things to do that do not cost a lot of $$.  Another favorite is the series: The Number One Ladies Detective Agency, about a woman sleuth based in Gaborone, Botswana.  Lisa has yet to see the HBO series based on the book.  Have you?

Paige Vinson, Assistant Director
International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham NC 27708
Office Phone:   919-684-3253
Fax:  919-684-8241
paige.vinson@duke.edu

Paige is responsible for planning the International Graduate and Professional Student Orientation, and managing the English Conversation Club, Spanish Conversation Hour, and International Friends Program.  In addition, she leads the Lunch and Learn Series for postdocs and scholars, as well as workshops for administrators and local business members. She assists the Assistant Director for Training & Outreach with cross-cultural training sessions.  She also moderates the Intl-House listserv and advises the Passport magazine staff.  In addition she counsels international students, scholars, and spouses with the issues they present.

Paige moved to North Carolina from her hometown of Austin, Texas where most of her family still resides.  After pursuing a BA in archaeology, and living and working abroad in pursuit of fossils and cross-cultural experiences, she returned to school to get her Masters in Education.  After teaching English as a Second Language for a number of years, she determined that her real passion was for assisting internationals in more ways than just acquiring English fluency.  She began working as a Program Coordinator for International House in September 2008, and has enjoyed every minute.

Paige lives with her family in Durham County.  She enjoys cooking (she can make a decent Spanish tortilla with local sweet potatoes), walking (ask her about her pilgrimages to Santiago de Compostela and Mont St. Michel), enjoying a glass of wine with friends (she’s a big fan of big, bold zinfandels), playing with her daughter (Mancala is one of their favorite games), and supporting local farmers by shopping at the Durham Farmer’s Market.  She would love to see you there some Saturday morning.

SangHee Jeong, Program Coordinator
International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-613-0509
Fax:  919-684-8241
sanghee.jeong@duke.edu

SangHee came to Duke in 2007 from South Korea with Rotary World Peace Fellowship and studied in the Masters in International Development Policy program at Sanford School of Public Policy.  After graduation, she worked at the World Bank in Washington DC as a consultant for climate change knowledge dissemination.  She loves being in a multicultural environment because she really enjoyed her cross-cultural experience in the Middle East (Kibbutz volunteer program in Israel and travel in Egypt), Europe (extensive travel throughout the continent and UK, student exchange program at the University of Amsterdam, internship in Geneva), Asia (working for the Korean Red Cross in Sri Lanka and travel in India, China, Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Japan), and the US for North America.  She’s covered Australia and Morocco as well and would really love to visit more countries in Africa and South America to complete her global citizenship! 

Grateful for all the help and support she received from innumerable people throughout her journeys in so many different countries, she would like to give back and share her experience through her job at the International House.  She facilitates English Conversation Club and runs many I-House programs together with other staff members such as International Graduate/Professional Orientation and Global café.

Although she forgot most of her skills in Taekwondo, she still loves kicking in the air (for practice only!) from time to time.  Despite being a literature major in her undergrad studies, she prefers delving into international news and policy related articles to reading fictions.  She loves cooking, eating healthy and practicing meditation.  Her favorite quote: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” – Helen Keller

 

Seun Bello Olamosu, Assistant Director for Intercultural Development & Outreach
International House
300 Alexander Avenue
Box 90417
Durham NC 27708
Office Phone:  919-684-3585
Fax:  919-684-8241
seun.olamosu@duke.edu

Seun plans, designs, and coordinates trainings that promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding between the international community and the university at large. She acts as liaison among International House and various university administrative offices and academic departments as well as the Durham community and professional organizations to develop and apply latest knowledge and research in cross-cultural education and training.  She also coordinates spouse/partner programs, organizes Parent Orientation, and oversees the office website and publications.

Seun completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies from NC State University. Her experiences after moving to the US triggered her interest in Intercultural Encounters and Adaptation hence her quest to concentrate in Intercultural Communication/Counseling while receiving her Masters in International Studies.

Seun enjoys traveling, reading, watching movies, and writing both songs and prose.