Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Intercultural Relations
Tues/Thurs 1-3 p.m.
Erin Hoffman, in her role as Director of the Office of Intercultural Relations leads the programs and services designed to support the diverse Lake Forest College student community and provide opportunities for intercultural understanding and dialogue. She also serves as the primary advisor for international students from orientation through graduation. She earned her Master of Arts in Higher Education from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Business and Sociology from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Erin is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Illinois – Chicago.
Prior to joining Lake Forest College in 2007, Erin worked with international students and international education at the University of Denver and with K-12 education programs in Denver.
Erin enjoys exploring Chicago, opportunities to travel, Nebraska football, and NPR.
Jasmin Thurston serves as the Assistant Director of Intercultural Relations. Her primary job responsibilities include leading diversity training and intergroup dialogue opportunities as well as supporting and advocating for underrepresented students populations on campus. She was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Jasmin earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio Television in 2009 and a Master of Science in Higher Education in 2011 at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Prior to her transition to Lake Forest College, she served as a Residence Hall Director and Acting Complex Coordinator at Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. Jasmin hopes to pursue a Ph.D or MBA in the next three years.
In her free time, Jasmin enjoys shopping, cooking and spending time with her family and friends. She has a few things on her bucket list that include learning how to sew and learning how to bake.
Interim Program Coordinator
Miriam Meza, as the Interim Program Coordinator of the Office of Intercultural Relations, serves as a liaison to culturally focused student organizations (e.g., Latinos Unidos, United Black Association, United Asia, PRIDE, International Student Organization, Muslim Student Association). She also supports the planning and delivery of culturally focused programs and workshops for the College community and provides advocacy and support for students who are traditionally underrepresented or underserved. Miriam earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics with a minor in Education from Lake Forest College.
Miriam enjoys spending time with her puppy, traveling, shopping for purses and watching Friends.
Yvonne Kaminsky, Department Assistant in the Office of Intercultural Relations, provides administrative support to the entire department assisting with departmental programs and services. She welcomes students and visitors and is here to assist them. In addition, she provides support for the Early Action Student Support Team, a function of the Office of Student Affairs. Yvonne earned a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and a Master of Science in Business Administration from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Prior to her position with Lake Forest College, Yvonne worked at Rush University in admissions and Loyola University Chicago in advising.
Yvonne likes doing yoga, going to her son’s swim meets, watching her daughter’s tennis matches and spending time with her family and 2 dogs, Wilco and Guster.
Richard Fordwor ’16 from Ghana, West Africa
Fun Fact: Richard started playing the piano when he was 7; he loves music of all genres and listens to more than 20 songs per day.
Autumn Jennings ’15 from Blue Island, Illinois
Secondary Education and English major with a minor in African American Studies
Fun Fact: Autumn wants a bunny so she can name him Mojo Jojo.
Katerina Roldan ’17 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
International Relations and Spanish major
Fun Fact: Katerina loves sunglasses and owns about 20 pairs.