As a part of Hofstra’s Peer Alliance mentor initiative, new international students may request to be 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 within 2 weeks of your request, please email international@hofstra.edu.

Apply to Be a Global Mentor

Each year, International Student Affairs recruits 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 2023-2024 academic will open in Spring 2023!

For more information, please call 516-463-6796 or email international@hofstra.edu.

Meet Our Global Mentors 2021

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Kaihil Charles

Kaihil Charles
Preferred Name: Kaihil
Hello, my name is Kaihil and I’m a junior and returning Global Mentor. I'm an Electrical Engineering major with computer concentration and an international student from the Caribbean island Dominica. In my free time, I love drawing and playing music. An interesting fact about me is that I used to be a children’s recorder teacher for a while before coming to Hofstra.

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Grace Watson-Carr

Grace Watson-Carr
Preferred Name: Grace
My name is Grace and I’m from Sydney, Australia. I’m currently a Student Athlete on the women’s soccer team and I’m majoring in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences with minors in Cognitive Science, Psychology, and Disability Studies. Additionally, I’m involved in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee on campus.

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Hongli Zhou
Preferred Name: Hayley or Hongli
Hello, my name is Hongli and I am currently a junior majoring in Mathematics. I am also an international student from China, but I have studied in the U.S. for over eight years. This will be the second year that I am a part of the Global Mentor program, and I am looking forward to meeting all of the new students coming to Hofstra. One interesting fact about me is that in my free time I love to explore new types of crafting and watch shows or anime.

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Zhenzhen Li

Zhenzhen Li
Preferred Name: Zhenzhen
My name is Zhenzhen Li and I am an international graduate student from China pursuing a Master of Health Administration at Hofstra. Before I became an overseas student, I worked in Harbin Children's Hospital of China for over 15 years. I organized and hosted more than one hundred activities for our Children's Hospital and the community, including symposia, performance, educational and volunteer activities which fostered my strong organizational, leadership, communication, and coordination skills. In my free time, I like listening to music, playing the accordion and ukulele. On campus, I am the president of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) and I am part of the Future Healthcare Leaders club. I am excited to help new international students better adapt to Hofstra's life and academics.

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Luna Shigemori

Luna Shigemori
Preferred Name: Luna
Hi I’m Luna Shigemori and I am an international student from Japan. I am currently a junior majoring in Film Studies and Production with a minor in History. Fun fact about me is that I like to drink coffee, watch movies, and draw.

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Perryhan Nassar

Perryhan Nassar
Preferred Name: Perryhan
Hi! I'm Perryhan, a pre-med senior at Hofstra. I love traveling, music, and meeting unique people from all over the world. Learning about different cultures whilst taking on this leadership role has had a really positive impact on the person I am today. Being able to engage with and guide new international students through their careers at Hofstra has been so rewarding as it has allowed me to appreciate the beauty of all cultures. I'm so glad that I get the opportunity to experience personal growth through being a global mentor for the second year in a row! :) 

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Qinchuan Zhang

Qinchuan Zhang
Preferred Name: Qinchuan or Chuan
Hi, I’m Chuan and I’m a graduate student majoring in Business Analytics. I come from Northern China. You can simply think of it as Winterfell in Game of Thrones and I am one of the Stark. I like sports, philosophy, and visiting museums and I’m part of the climbing club at Hofstra. I look forward to meeting the incoming international students.