Our Team

Dr. Mustapha Jourdini
Director

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A former F-1 student from Morocco, Dr. Jourdini served as the President of International Student Association. He is active with NAFSA, Association of International Educators. Dr. Jourdini holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies with a specialization in international education from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU). His published research examines the impact of international students, cultural stereotypes, and bigotry. He is passionate about serving and advocating for international students and scholars.

Prior to joining Lamar University, Dr. Jourdini served international students and scholars at Lesley University, Pellissippi State Community College, Al Akhawayn University, and Eastern Kentucky University.


 

 

 

Ms. Hymer is a Texas native, a Lamar University alumna, and a Southeast Texas transplant. She has several years of experience working in higher education.  Ms. Hymer is eager to have returned to OISPS.  She is looking forward to working with the international student community, faculty and staff.

Margo Hymer
Assistant Director

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Joshua Kai
Coordinator

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Joshua Kai joined Lamar University as the OISPS Coordinator in September 2018. He was born in Taipei, Taiwan and lived in Hong Kong as well as numerous states including New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, California, and, of course, the great state of Texas! Mr. Kai holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology from the University of Rochester and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix.

Prior to joining Lamar University, Mr. Kai served domestic and international medical students as DSO and Manager of Distance Learning Operations at Becker Professional Education.


 

 

 

Tracy Bourgeois was born in Fort Worth, TX, and recently moved to the Beaumont area.  She has been employed by Lamar University since 2015.  Ms. Bourgeois is excited to start this new adventure in the Office of International Student Programs and Services.  She enjoys traveling, hanging out at the beach and watching football.  Go Cowboys!

Tracy Bourgeois
Sr. Specialist

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David Frederick
Administrative Specialist

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Mr. Frederick is an Iowa native and a veteran of the Army National Guard. Before graduating from Lamar University in 2016, he spent a summer studying abroad in Spain, finding a new love for international travel and experience. He has his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. His hobbies include playing guitar, mechanic work, and writing.

 


 

 

 

Hello, I am Ramya Krishna Kannan from India.I am a student worker at the OISPS.  It would be great to help you all with any doubts or questions you may have.  Please do not hesitate to call or ask us for help.  It would be great to interact with different cultures and communities at the OISPS.



Ramya Kannan
OISPS Student Worker

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Sierra Davis
OISPS Student Worker 

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Hello! My name is Sierra Davis. I am a Studio Art major with a concentration in Photography. I love working with OISPS, because I believe that diversity is very important. I appreciate the sense of unity Lamar University incorporates within our diverse community. I’m proud to be a member of the Office for International Student Programs & Services.


 

 

 

Hi, I am Diego Castilleja and I am grateful to be part of the International Student Programs and Services team. I am currently a student at Lamar University following my passions on becoming an electrical engineer. I enjoy being a DJ and my hobbies include skateboarding and playing soccer.

Diego Castilleja
OISPS Student Worker 

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