Global Ambassador Program | Kent State University

The Global Ambassador Program was created to provide assistance to international students before they come to Kent, as well as after their arrival and adjust to life away from home at Kent State University. Your primary function is to be a support system to international students during their first semester. Your responsibilities will begin in the end of the spring semester and conclude at the end of the fall semester. Upon successful completion of the program, each Global Ambassadors will receive the Global Program Participation Certificate. Contact Angela Schwarzer at for more information.

Program  Guidelines

Global Ambassador Goals in Brief:

  • To assist international students as they adjust to life at Kent State University.
  • To help international students locate campus resources.
  • To provide international students with a cultural liaison to help them navigate American culture.

Please read about the Global Ambassadors who are helping to adjust international students:


rebecca dillonRebecca Dillon
Hi, my name is Rebecca Dillon and I am a Junior Exercise Science major. My plan is to attend physical therapy school.  I also serve as a Student Service Leader on campus and I am involved with Exercise Science Club, National Society for Collegiate Scholars, and H2O Church.  I love running, playing sports, and exploring nature!  I look forward to being a Global Ambassador and learning more about different cultures!


manideep reddy lankireddyManideep Reddy Lankireddy
Hello! My name is Manideep Reddy Lankireddy and I am a graduate student majoring in Digital Sciences. I am from Hyderabad, India and I love music, cooking, and badminton. I am a travel enthusiast who likes to visit all the beautiful, exciting, and adventurous places around the world. I also love meeting new people and exploring their cultures, and traditions. I look forward to welcome you to Kent State and assist you in experiencing some cool and exciting stuff here.



kristy nguyen Kristy Nguyen
My name is Kristy Nguyen. I will be a senior for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year. I'm originally from California. I like to keep an open mind. I love the idea of traveling but have yet to do so. I've only ever left the country once, but I'm hoping to travel in the near future. It's what I look forward to mostly because I think it's important to experience different cultures and perspectives. I think it helps cultivate feelings empathy and openness.




anjali krishnanAnjali Krishnan
I am Anjali Krishnan from Mumbai, India.  I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Biomedical Sciences and began my graduate school in the spring of 2014. I love adventure sports like hiking, trail walking and such. I am extremely passionate about volunteer activities and have been a part of a number of them like donations of food supplies, campus kitchen, school donations and many more. I love interaction and conversing with people from different backgrounds. Being a part of global ambassador program would give me an opportunity to help new students adjust to Kent State University and therefore be part of their journey towards making Kent their new home.

ashleigh vivoAshleigh Vivo
My name is Ashleigh Vivo. I graduated from Brookfield High School. I am currently in my third year here at Kent State University. I am majoring in Early Childhood Education. I am excited to begin working as a global ambassador and assisting international students as they begin to adjust to their new lives here at Kent State! 




chris willerChris Willer
Hello, my name is Chris Willer and I am from Buffalo, New York. Currently, I am a doctoral student in the Department of Geography. I am very excited to be a Global Ambassador! I enjoy sports, music, cooking, and traveling to new places. In addition, I love meeting and talking to new people from different parts of the world.



sarah norgaardSarah Norgaard
My name is Sarah Norgaard. I am a senior fashion design student at Kent State with minors in entrepreneurship and textile arts. I am from South Dakota originally. I love traveling, trying new things, and going on adventures. I spend most of my time outdoors as I love nature and fresh air. I’ve traveled a lot internationally and have a few friends from other countries. I love learning about others’ cultures and traditions and I can’t wait to get to know more international students! I’m so excited to be a Global Ambassador this upcoming year!

madeline mehlerMadeline Mehler
Hi, my name is Mady Mehler and I'm a sophomore Fashion Design Major! I'm very excited to make many new friends from all over through the Global Ambassador program. I'm very open to meeting new people and I love engaging in new experiences! I'm involved with dance and performing arts on campus, as well as the Honors College and LaunchNET in the student center. I can't wait to meet you all! 



odtsetseg yadamsuren Odtsetseg Ydamsuren
My name's Odtsetseg. I'm probably the only Mongolian at Kent State University. :-) I'm a Fulbright scholar pursuing a Master's program in TESOL. I've always been fascinated by meeting people from different cultures and learning more about their culture, language, history and so on. One interesting fact about me is I'm from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the world's coldest capital city! :)  


amanda jacobson Amanda Jacobson
Hello! My name is Amanda Jacobson and I am a current graduate student in the School Psychology program at Kent State University. My ultimate goal after I graduate is to be a successful practicing school psychologist in a school, serving a diverse group of children. I currently work at the Child Development Center in Kent and love every minute of it!  Not only do I love my job, but I love meeting new people and learning about different cultures. I also enjoy the performing arts, including theatre and dance.

kristina kamisKristina Kamis
My name is Kristina Kamis and I am a first year graduate student in the Higher Education Administration & Student Personnel M.Ed program. I currently work as a graduate assistant in the Department of Psychological Sciences Undergraduate Advising Office. I hope to one day attain a career as an academic advisor or another higher-level administrative position at a college or university.


morgan larueMorgan LaRue 

My name is Morgan LaRue! I am a Senior Psychology major with a concentration in Family and Marriage Counseling and Italian minor. I am from Willoughby, Ohio, which is a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Even though English is my first language, I have knowledge of the Italian language. I am currently a Resident Assistant in Clark Hall for new first year on campus students. I serve on the Executive Board of Latin Social Dance Club and am a member of the Spanish and Latino Student Association. When I am not doing school work, I love to Latin dance, read, watch and play tennis and be around my friends! I look forward to welcoming you all to Kent State University!



mitali vaidyanath Mitali Vaidyanath
I am a Junior Construction Management student with a keen ear for Rock 'n' Roll and love all things canine. Idealistic as it may seem, I seek to be the change I wish to see in the world. I hope to combat inequality of all sorts and build sustainable buildings while I'm at it.


dayeong yangDayeong Yang
Hi, my name is Dayeong (pronounced as dah-young) Yang and I am a third semester graduate student studying speech-language pathology here at Kent State University. I am originally from South Korea. When I was in fifth grade, my family and I moved to the Kingdom of Tonga, which is a South Pacific Island nearby New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia. I really enjoyed the relaxing island life and because my parents are still in Tonga, I plan to visit very soon upon graduating. I came to Florida by myself to finish my senior year of high school. Then I moved to Minnesota to attend the University of Minnesota for my undergraduate studies. I have been very fortunate to travel and experience various cultures, which has molded me to be who I am today. I love learning and experiencing different cultures and also enjoy sharing my experience. I'm always open to making new friends so don't be afraid to email me if you want a new friend!

lauren pankiwLauren Pankiw
Hi, my name is Lauren Pankiw and I am a senior biology major. I couldn't be more excited to be a Global Ambassador! Besides science, I also love art and my hobbies include drawing, painting, playing video games, reading, hiking and meeting new people. I am very adventurous and love trying new foods and traveling to new places. So far, I have been to twelve countries but I would love to keep traveling! I am fluent in French but I absolutely love languages and hope to learn many more in my lifetime! I am always looking to make new friends and help in any way I can, so if you see my around campus, come up and chat with me!

rachel masonRachel Mason
Hello, my name is Rachel Mason, I'm a senior honors college student. I am double majoring in Psychology and Spanish Literature, Culture, and Translation. I'm also a research assistant in the Culture, Parenting, and Child Development Lab. Currently, I'm working on my honors thesis studying acculturation among adolescent Latina mothers. I'm also the president of the Spanish and Latino Student Association. As I love to learn about different cultures, I'm looking forward to being a first-time Global Ambassador. Whenever I have a moment, you can find me on a yoga mat or with my face in a book.


kunwar mehraKunwar Ujjwal Mehra
I am Kunwar Ujjwal Mehra, a second year MBA student double majoring in Finance and Economics. I'm from India and am an internationally rated chess player. Apart from chess, I play pool, bowling and table tennis enthusiastically. 


sarah waiteSarah Waite
Hello everyone! My name is Sarah Waite and I am going into my third year at Kent State. I am pursuing a double major in Fashion Design and Magazine Journalism. I am a writer for College Fashionista and Her Campus Kent State. I am from northeast Ohio so I can point you in the right direction for the best food, parks, attractions, and more. I love getting to meet new people and can't wait to get to know you all!




vanessa byersVanessa Byers
Hi! My name is Vanessa Byers. I am from a small town in Ohio and am going to be a sophomore at Kent majoring in Construction Management with a Business Spanish minor. I love learning new things about people, places, and things, so I am very adventurous and up for almost anything. I will be studying abroad this summer (2016) in Valparaiso, Chile, and I am so excited to see a new part of the world. I can’t wait be a part of this program and make new friends!


bobbie szaboBobbie Szabo
I am a senior at Kent State majoring in Integrative Studies with concentrations in English, Classics, Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, LGBT Studies, and Women's Studies. I studied abroad with Semester at Sea during Fall 2015 and had the opportunity to explore 12 countries. I have a passion for international affairs and social justice. 


adrienne bronnerAdrienne Bronner
Hi! My name is Adrienne Bronner and I am from Dayton, Ohio. My majors are Teaching English as a Second Language and Pan-African studies and my minor is Education. I love spending time with family, learning new languages, reading, dancing with friends, listening to music, and cooking.




marlo kiblerMarlo Kibler
Hi, my name is Ms. Marlo P. Kibler, MBA, and I am the Assistant Director of Scholarship and Fund Administration for the Division of Institutional Advancement. I am also an Instructor for the College of Business Administration at Kent State University.  I received my Associate of Arts degree from Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. While working full time, I received my Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Organizational Management and Master of Business Administration in Organizational Management from Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. I am also completing another degree in Pan African Studies so I can teach the course Black Images for which I co-facilitate with Professor Traci Williams.  I am so excited for the opportunity to meet, share and learn with you during your time here at the university. Some of my interests include the following: I love to read, walk, ice-skate, cook, travel, watch movies, play with my black dog, Zoe, and learn about other cultures. I do hope to hear from you soon so we can get to know each other better. Welcome to Kent State!

siera terrySiera Terry
I'm a junior at Kent State. I am back and forth between Tampa, Florida, and Kent, Ohio, but I've learned the benefits of both (where else can you get cookies delivered to you?!) I am studying Fashion Merchandising with a minor in International Business. I'm very involved with the fashion school participating in over 8 fashion shows through modeling, promotion & merchandising.  I've been on Dean's list since I've come to Kent so I'm your study buddy if you need one! I love cooking, being in the sun and taking naps. 


evan haskinsEvan Haskins
Hi, my name is Evan Haskins and I am from Buffalo, New York. I am a Junior majoring in Exercise Sciences with a concentration in Exercise Physiology. Some of my extracurricular activities include playing piano and being a member of the Kent State Tennis club team. During the summer, I teach tennis to all age groups and volunteer teaching tennis for non-profit organizations. I enjoy meeting new people, making new friends, and constantly exploring all of what Kent State has to offer!


rachel broasRachel Broas
Hi! I am Rachel Broas, a senior fashion design student at Kent. I am from a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and love any and all things to do with warm weather and the beach. Once I graduate, I hope to open my own store with my sisters. In my free time you can find me outside, whether it be running, taking pictures, playing sports (and cheering for them, Go Cowboys!!!) or by the water. I dedicate a ton of my time to my fashion blog and hope to be able to travel the world because of it one day! I studied in Italy last semester and loved experiencing a new culture. I am beyond excited to help others understand our culture better as a Global Ambassador!