Who We Are

Sharon, a woman with trees in the background
Sharon F. Li - Senior Director, Center for Global Education 
Preferred Pronouns: She/ Her/ Hers
Sharon has enjoyed working at USF in the field of international education for over 23 years and during that time she has been able to contribute to a number of campus internationalization efforts, provide a variety of co-curricular activities and programs that engage the USF community in the development of a global perspective.  USF was recognized for our efforts with the prestigious Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.  Sharon's experience ranges from development and innovation in education abroad to U.S. higher education institutions navigating best practices related to health, safety, and security and opportunities abroad.
Sharon serves on the Advisory Board of several national education abroad institutions and organizations.  She has helped organize and develop the content for the Diversity Abroad conference and the International Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities annual meeting.  Before joining USF, she worked in social services in San Francisco providing affordable housing and resources for single parent families and at risk youth.  Sharon is also an alumnae of USF and a proud San Franciscan.
Allyn, a man on a staircase
Allyn Nobles, Associate Director, Center for Global Education 
Preferred Pronouns:  He/Him/His

Allyn is a graduate from USF and received his Bachelor's degree in Sociology.  He returned to his alma mater to work in the College of Arts and Sciences International and Area Studies Programs and the James Irvine Foundation Diversity Initiatives which supported programming for USF students and faculty of color.

Allyn was promoted to Assistant Director in the Center for Global Education in 2007.  In addition to advising outbound study abroad students he administers the Jesuit Educational Exchange Program which welcomes exchange students from other Jesuit institutions and partner universities to USF.   Allyn also manages short term faculty-led programs providing risk management, health and safety support for travel within the U.S. and abroad.   He is an active member of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.  In 2019, he co-chaired The Forum on Education Abroad's 10th Annual Standards Institute: Best Practices for Health, Safety, Security and Risk Management, which was hosted at USF for the first time.

Allyn was born in the Philippines and has visited 13 countries on six continents.