Our Directors and Affiliates

Our Directors facilitate the development and implementation of the Institute's mission and vision with the guidance of our faculty and student affiliates.    

Directors

Filomena Critelli has a history of engagement in global social justice advocacy, social work within immigrant communities and a track record of research and publications on South Asia and migration issues.

Laura Lewis has facilitated academic partnerships in Moldova and Mexico, and developed and supervised international field placements for MSW students in several countries including India, Macedonia, Thailand, South Korea, and the Dominican Republic.

Affiliates

Gokul Mandayam email: gokulman@buffalo.edu
Professional/research interests: Social Innovation, Program Evaluation, International Social Development, Non-profit Management, and Spatial Analysis
Kelly Patterson email: klp27@buffalo.edu
Professional/research interests: Community-based Housing Organizations, Fair Housing Advocacy, Housing Patterns and Poverty, Spatial Issues and Social Service Access/Delivery, Subsidized Housing, Urban Neighborhoods
Asli Yalim email: asliyali@buffalo.edu
Professional/research interests: Refugee Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing, Forced Migration in The Middle East, Resilience and Empowerment, Community-Based Participatory Research