Asabe W. Poloma, PhD, Assistant Provost for Global Engagement, and Director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship
She supports and advances Brown’s global strategic priorities and international academic initiatives and partnerships both on campus and overseas. She is responsible for developing and coordinating Brown’s diversity and inclusion plan for internationalization.
In this capacity, she oversees Global Brown’s reporting offices, including the Office of Global Engagement (OGE), and Office of International Students and Scholar Services (OISSS), and she works closely with the Office of International Programs (OIP). Dr. Poloma is also the director of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship program, a prestigious fellowship with the goal of increasing the number of students from historically underrepresented groups who pursue careers in the professoriate.
Prior to joining the Provost’s Office, Dr. Poloma was associate dean of the College for international students where she was responsible for academic advising, curriculum development and professional development opportunities, and providing inclusive support for Brown’s international students with highest demonstrated financial need. Before coming to Brown, Dr. Poloma was the Executive Director of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers at Phillips Academy Andover, program staff at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and legislative policy staff aide at Hampton Roads Refugee and Immigration Services. She earned her BA in Political Science from Hampton University, MA in International Relations from Old Dominion University, MS in Management from Columbia University, and Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As a researcher, her scholarship and publications focus on critical internationalization studies, and race, equity and education in the U.S. and transnational contexts. She has taught secondary school, undergraduate and graduate-level courses on globalization and higher education, gender and leadership studies, and global inclusion and social development.
Christine Sprovieri, Director, International Travel Risk Management
Christine is responsible for the development of University-wide global travel safety policies and works collaboratively with faculty, administrators, and students across campus to promote international health, safety and security and risk mitigation through trainings and outreach among the University’s outbound global travelers.
A member of the Brown community since 2006, Christine brings over two decades of experience in international education to this position. Christine began working in the OGE in 2014 as a Global Relations Officer, building partnerships between Brown and international institutions in Europe, Africa, and Brazil. She also served as a member of Brown’s International Risk and Operations Working Group. Between 2006-2014, Christine served as Senior Academic Manager in the C.V. Starr Program in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO) where she was instrumental in expanding and strengthening the BEO International Internships program. Her diligence and hard work earned her the Brown Excellence Award for Service in 2011 and a Fulbright grant to Germany in the fall of 2016 as part of the International Higher Education Administrators seminars, a program of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs with the U.S. Department of State.
Christine also has worked on a number of programs that send students on education abroad opportunities, including serving as the emergency contact administrator responding to crises, and has over four years cumulative experience living, working or studying overseas in Europe, South America, and Africa. Christine also has developed training programs through her service in the U.S. Peace Corps in Togo, teaching at schools in Brazil and Colombia, as well as through her employment at Harvard University, where she managed HIV/AIDS training initiatives in Botswana and Uganda.
Christine is fluent in Portuguese and proficient in French. She earned her MS in Global Studies and International Relations with a concentration in Global Student Mobility from Northeastern University and a dual BA degree in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of New Hampshire.
Shaira Kochubaeva, Associate Director for Global Engagement
Shaira oversees all aspects of international partnerships, official foreign delegation visits to the university, global communications and visibility strategy, and other strategic initiatives for the OGE. Ms. Kochubaeva works with the Assistant Provost for Global Engagement on implementing and identifying strategic initiatives to support the internationalization efforts at Brown, which led to the University receiving the NAFSA Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization in 2019.
Ms. Kochubaeva is fluent in Russian, Kyrgyz, and Uzbek, and proficient in Spanish. She has extensive experience in the world of nonprofits, higher education, and international development management. She is also a faculty member teaching International Business at Bryant University. Prior coming to Brown, Shaira worked on international and community development projects for the United Nations Development Program, Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development, Jalalabad Education and Development Institute, U.S. Department of State, Aga-Khan School, and other organizations.
Shaira holds an MBA from Bryant University, MS in International Development and Management from Lund University, and a BA in International and Comparative Politics from American University of Central Asia.