International Affairs

Division Introduction

Led by Hong Yang, Ph.D., the Division of International Affairs at Bryant University is playing a crucial role in achieving our strategic plan, Vision 2020: Expanding the World of Opportunity. Together with the U.S.-China Institute and the Confucius Institute at Bryant, Office of International Student and Scholars, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, the Division of International Affairs is currently engaged in a wide range of international collaborations and works hard to provide a wide range of services to international students and scholars, Bryant faculty and staff, domestic students, the Bryant community, and the general public. It is the division’s goal to continue supporting Bryant’s international strategies and build a strong bridge for two way educational exchange and create meaningful exchange opportunities for all students and faculty.

Academic Affairs

Offering insights and perspectives on Chinese history, culture, language, and society.


Kongli Liu

Associate Director for Academic Affairs
Phone: (401) 232-6556

Business Services

We aim to build relationships and develop crucial skills for all constituents. Through a variety of services and academic business programs, we aspire to create opportunities for the Bryant community to expand their global perspective and to create higher efficiency through improved integration.


John Forrest
Assistant Director for Business Services
Phone: (401) 232-6884

Center for Diversity and Inclusion

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) brings leadership, vision, integrity, and a team oriented philosophy to the diversity and inclusion efforts at Bryant University. The CDI is responsible for leading the University on matters of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will educate the campus community regarding the importance and advantages of a culture that values and supports each member of our community.


Mailee Kue
Executive Director
Phone: (401) 232-6448

Rosedelma Seraphin
Assistant Director for International Student Integration, Assistant Director for Intercultural Services
Phone: (401) 232-6289

Confucius Institute

This joint project between Bryant University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban) offers resources to benefit students, educators, individuals, and businesses in Rhode Island and surrounding areas.

  • K-12 Chinese Programs
  • Communicaty Language Classes
  • Chinese Proficiency Test Services
  • STARTALK Summer Chinese Camp
  • China Study Trips
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Confucius Institute Library


Kun Xie
Assistant Director for Confucius Institute
Phone: (401) 232-6883

Leslie Mortland
Program Assistant for Confucius Institute
Phone: (401) 232-6887

Office of International Students and Scholars

The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) supports the University’s strategic goal for internationalization and globalization through education and programming outreach to the Bryant Community.  OISS serves as a resource guide for international students and scholars by advocating and providing them with essential services to assist, educate, and support them with their educational and professional pursuits.

OISS also provides professional expertise on immigration issues and is responsible for keeping the University in compliance with the Federal regulations pertaining to student and exchange visitor visas.

OISS Assistant Director

Supports the International Student and Scholar population as an outlet for University Information and is responsible for compliance with immigration regulations for the University.


Kaoru Paganelli
Assistant Director
Phone: (401) 232-6955

US-China Institute

The US-China Institute, located in the Chafee Center for International Business, is focused on providing students and faculty with broad global perspectives by forging academic, business, and cultural partnerships between Bryant University and higher learning institutions, business enterprises, and govoernment offices in China.


Phone: (401) 232-6884

Fax: (401) 232-6416

Mailing Address

US-China Institute

Bryant University
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI 02917