As a part of Hofstra’s Peer Alliance mentor initiative, new international students are assigned a Global Mentor to guide them through their cultural transition at Hofstra University. Global Mentors are current students who have gone through an intensive selection process to fulfill this volunteer role. Each Global Mentor provides pre-arrival communication to a group of students, helps with international student orientation and arrival services, and provides support to new international students throughout their first semester. Global Mentors act as intercultural liaisons to new international students to aid them with their adjustment to life at Hofstra and in the U.S.

If you are a new international student, your Global Mentor will be in contact with you via email as you prepare to travel to Hofstra University. Their job is to remind you of what you need before you get here and answer any questions you may have about Hofstra student life, including student activities and residence life, and to offer advice on navigating cultural adjustment. They also will provide you with information about different on- and off-campus events throughout the semester that you can attend together. They will be there for whatever you need throughout the semester.

If you are a new international student and you have not heard from your Global Mentor, please email

Apply to Be a Global Mentor

Each year, International Student Affairs recruits over 20 current Hofstra students to be a part of our Global Mentor team. Global Mentors guide our new international students through their cultural transition at Hofstra University. Each Global Mentor provides pre-arrival communication to a group of students, helps with international student orientation and arrival services, and provides support to new international students throughout their first semester.

Who should apply?

All current Hofstra students, both international and domestic, are encouraged to apply.

Why become a mentor?

Global Mentors gain leadership skills, participate in valuable training experiences, and have the opportunity to connect with people from around the world while acting as intercultural liaisons to aid new international students with their adjustment to life in the U.S.

Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now open! 

Apply to be a Global Mentor

For more information, please call 516-463-6796 or email

Meet Our Global Mentors 2019


Abby Briggs
Preferred Name: Abby
Hi! My name is Abby Briggs. I'm from Las Vegas, Nevada, studying Community Health and Spanish here at Hofstra. I'm a member of Bollywood Giddha Bhangra, Nippon Culture Society, Yoga Club, and Honors College. I also run on Hofstra's track team and work as a student assistant at the Career Center.


Michal Kaplan
Preferred Name: Michal
My name is Michal Kaplan and its pronounced like Michelle. I'm from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My major is marketing and I will be an MBA marketing student in the fall 2019. Through my whole undergraduate career, I've been a part of the Hofstra Division 1 women's tennis team.


Caroline Bartley
Preferred Name: Caroline
My name is Caroline Bartley, and I am majoring in International Business with hopes of picking up a minor in Marketing. I come from Muhlenberg Township all the way in Reading, Pennsylvania, and I live on campus. I am involved in various programs and extracurriculars such as Honor's College, HUHC Service Corp, the Dean's Business Scholars Program, and I am also on the Dean's List.


Isabella Morich
Preferred Name: Isabella
My name is Isabella, I am from Islip on Long Island. I’m a health science major. On campus I am involved in Operation smile which is a club I just started with my friends.


Anh Duong
Preferred Name: Anh
Hello, my name is Anh, and I’m from Vietnam! I’m a double major in Information Systems and Management. At Hofstra, I’m a Global Mentor and also a member of Hofstra Information Technology Association. I had the pleasure to participate in an international entrepreneurial consulting class where my group worked with entrepreneurs in South Korea, and I plan to participate in many more study abroad programs.


Alena Clark
Preferred Name: Alena
Hey there! I'm an Anthropology and Global Studies double major with two minors in Chinese and Geography. I'm from Castle Rock, Colorado and I enjoy art, writing, photography, and exploring! At Hofstra, I'm involved in Anthropology Club, Get Global, and Operation Smile.


Aleksandra Radeva
Preferred Name: Aleksandra
My name is Aleksandra and I am originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. I am currently a senior majoring in Political Science and Global Studies with minors in International Affairs, European Studies, and Geography. Outside of the classroom, I work as a Resident Safety Representative, serve as a Peer Teacher for the Global Studies Department and participate in the Tennis club.


Khin Han
Preferred Name: Khin Su or Rebecca
I am Khin Su and I am from Myanmar (aka) Burma which is in Southeast Asia. I am a junior majoring in Accounting, and I am in Beta Alpha Psi.


Keshianah Malvoisin
Preferred Name: Keshianah
Hi I’m Keshianah Malvoisin. I was born in Brooklyn, New York but raised in Reading, Pennsylvania. I am a junior and a Psychology major.


Shelby Mitchell
Preferred Name: Shelby
My name is Shelby, I'm from a small town called Pedricktown, NJ and I'm a Computer Science major with a minor in Spanish. I'm currently on e-board for Hofstra's Computer Science Society, I'm a part of the Pep Band, and this is my second year to have the amazing opportunity to be a Global Mentor!


Lucía Galindo Cáceres
Preferred Name: Lucía
My name is Lucía Galindo and I am from Guatemala City, Guatemala. I am majoring in Bioengineering on the Pre-Med track and am minoring in Math and Dance. I am a part of SWE (Society of Women Engineers), as well as part of the e-board for HOLA (Hofstra's Organization of Latinx Americans).


Jordin Freeman
Preferred Name: Jordin or Jay
My name is Jordin Freeman and I am from Baltimore, Maryland. My major is Entrepreneurship and my minor is Management. I am currently involved in the Nippon Culture Society Club on campus and helping create a new YouTube club on campus.


Waranya Plengpojjanart
Preferred Name: Jao
My name is Jao. I’m from Thailand. I’m an accounting major in junior year. I’m member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting society, and an active gym goer!


Paula Chirinos
Preferred Name: Paula
Hello! My name is Paula Chirinos-Paucar and I am a Public Relations and Global Studies double major and a minor in Civic Engagement, Geography and Marketing. I was born in Huancayo, Peru but grew up for the most part in New Rochelle, New York so I consider both places home. On campus, I am involved with the Honors College, the University Chamber, Symphonic and Opera Orchestra, the Hofstra Organization of Latin Americans, Mu Kappa Geographical Honor Society, and Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society.


Katrina Angela Arenas
Preferred Name: Kat
Kat is from Randolph, NJ and is a Forensic Science major. She also volunteers as an UpClose Host and plays the alto sax in Hofstra's Pep Band.


Wei Guo
Preferred Name: Edison
I am Edison Guo. I am from China. My major is Marketing. I like all kinds of sports; I am always down for playing soccer.


Allie Richardson
Preferred Name: Allie
My name is Allie Richardson and I'm from Atlanta, Georgia. I am a double major in History and German.


Anna Fletcher
Preferred Name: Anna
Hello! My name is Anna Fletcher, and I come from Oradell, New Jersey. My studies here at Hofstra University include Art History, French and Psychology. And while I am here, I also engross myself in club activities, such as with the Culinary Club and GiveKindness Organization.


Junwen Yang
Preferred Name: Tina
My name is Junwen Yang, but I love people to call me Tina. I’m from China. I’m majoring TV productions and Studies and minoring in Japanese.


Mary Mohamad
Preferred Name: Mary
My name is Mary Mohamad, and I’m from Canada. I am Biochemistry Major, with a Pre-Medicine concentration. Aside from the Global Mentorship Program, I was a Welcome Week Leader. I am part of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity, HCLAS Student Advisory Council and the Biology Peer Mentorship Program.


Shora Ngarambe
Preferred Name: Shora
Hi! My name is Shora and I am an Information Systems major from Kigali, Rwanda. I'm an avid coder and the beautiful game also known as soccer is my favorite sport.